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Tuesday 7 May Friday 10 May 2019

X Festival 2019

X Festival is a week of pop-up exhibitions showing the work of some of the best up and coming artists, designers, filmmakers and photographers in the city.

The free exhibitions and events will be taking place across Manchester in venues including Manchester Art Gallery, The Lowry Hotel, Arch 7, Terrace NQ, Fred Aldous, 81 King Street, Leaf, Islington Mill, Hatch, The Old Bank, Fairfield Social Club, The Deaf Institute, NEO, Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Soup Kitchen and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art.

Exhibitions & Events

7 10 May

X Festival Hub

The X Festival Hub is a central infomation point based in Manchester School of Art’s heart, the Benzie Building. Visit us here to find out more information about the range of events being held as part of the festival. We will be holding daily walking tours that will begin at the hub so feel free to come down and join a group.

Benzie Building

Manchester School of Art, Boundary Street West, Manchester M15 6BR

Launch Event Tue 2pm–4pm Tue–Fri 10am–5pm

4 May


As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the RNIB students have been running workshops with people with sight loss, talking to them about their experiences and responding with an array of very creative haptic textile work.

The Lowry Hotel

50 Dearmans Place, Salford M3 5LH

7–10pm. This is an all ticket event run by the RNIB.

7 May


Experience collaboration from different perspectives: organic and structured; clashes and conversations; one and the collective. Includes drawing, painting, plaster, digital, projection, performance, and participatory activities on the launch night

Islington Mill

1 James St, Salford M3 5HW

5pm – 10pm

7 9 May

Art Gallery Gift Shop

A 'pop-up gallery shop' created by Textiles in Practice students, informed by their research into the archives, shops and exhibitions of galleries and museums across Manchester.


Oxford Road, Manchester M1 7AD

Tue 5.30–8pm, Wed 10–5pm, Thu 10–4pm

7 9 May

Art, Politics, Protest

Working with the People's History Museum, students are hosting an event to raise awareness of issues surrounding the Peterloo Massacre, whilst responding to the archives and collections of the museum.

Grosvenor Gallery

Grosvenor Building, Cavendish St, Manchester M15 6BR

Tue 5–8pm, Wed 12noon–6pm, Thu 12noon–6pm

7 May

Future Intelligence

A project aiming to forecast the future of design, this exhibition will explore how changes in the world around us will affect what consumers will be responding to in the coming years.

Benzie Building BZ303

Manchester School of Art, Boundary Street West, Manchester M15 6BR

6pm – 8pm

7 10 May

The Exquisite Corpse

A unique looped installation, embracing chance, absurdity and play, created by a cross-disciplinary cohort of animation, filmmaking and photography students responding to the theme of 'The Exquisite Corpse'.

NEO Building

Charlotte Street, Manchester M1 4ET

Tue 6pm–8pm, Wed–Fri 9pm-5pm

7 May


Using projection to unite a variety of working methods, Graphic Design and Illustration with Animation students respond to the theme of time, both as a historical and a scientific concept.

The Deaf Institute

135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

6pm – 10pm

7 May

Useful Culture

A day of activities at the gallery. This project is based around the history of the art gallery, the relationship with the early days of the art school and what the value and function of the art gallery is / could be.

Manchester Art Gallery

Mosley St, Manchester M2 3JL

10am – 5pm

8 May

Intangible Cultures

In collaboration with Donghua University, Fashion students will be exhibiting a collection of garments inspired by traditional Miao embroidery.

The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

13 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU

5pm – 7.30pm

8 May

Language, Material, Meaning / Zine and Exhibition

Focusing on the playful relationship between language, material and meaning, students have been producing zines that explore language, art and contemporary life.

Terrace NQ

43 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA

5.30pm – 8pm

8 9 May

Little Inventors

Led by Dominic Wilcox Design, the Little Inventors project will create innovative and surprising objects inspired by children's drawings of furniture.

Arch 7

Temperance Street, Manchester M12 6HR

Wed 5.30–9pm, Thu 10–5pm

8 9 May

MIF Festival Square

Themed around the experience of food and inspired by the MIF19 Programme, Unit X students from a range of disciplines bring their expertise together to create two spaces for the Festival's takeover of Albert Square this July, with a flexible approach to both corporate and public use.

Arch 7

Standard Practice Workshop, Temperance Street, Manchester M12 6HR

Wed 5.30–9pm, Thu 10–5pm

8 May

Rebel Tartan

A collection of garments created by Fashion students, taking inspiration from the Rebel Tartan Project's Bluehart tartan.

The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

13 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU

5pm – 7.30pm

8 May


20 groups of students respond to the title of a Joy Division or New Order song, by drawing from themes in the work in ways that resonate with their own practice.

Fairfield Social Club

Archway 6, Temperance Street, Manchester M12 6HR

5pm – 9pm

8 9 May

Theory in/as practice

Challenging the idea that theory is something separate from the students' practice as makers, this event is intended for both the theory-curious and the theory-addict.

Fred Aldous

Lower Basement, 37 Lever Street, Manchester. M1 1LW

Wed 9am–5.30pm, Thu 9am–5.30pm

8 9 May

Whitworth Threads

In collaboration with Whitworth Art Gallery, cross-disciplinary teams of students have designed and produced limited-edition craft pieces inspired by the gallery's mission to become a cultural and creative hub for the community.

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

17 Oak Street, Manchester M4 5JD

Wed 10am–5.30pm, Thu 10am–5.30pm and 6.30–8pm.

9 May

Developing Visual Narratives

An exhibition of artwork, illustration and animations made by the creative talent of the future. Working from the theme of anthropology, this collective of over 50 artists, designers, filmmakers and animators have created rich visual imagery to transport you through their universal stories. The event will include live acoustic music as part of the Leaf Café Sessions.


113–115 Portland St, Manchester M1 6DW

6pm – 11pm

9 May 8 Jun

Dragon's Den

An exhibition containing a number of artefacts created as part of a Dragons Den project, in which students were tasked with creating concepts to promote one of three themes; altruistic lifestyles, insect-based cuisine and introducing young people to opera.

Soup Kitchen

31-33 Spear St, Manchester M1 1DF

Thu 6pm–late. Every day after that 12noon until 1am.

9 May


Edgelands and sustainability will be brought to the forefront in an exhibition by Fashion Art Direction students, making use of found objects to inform image construction.

The Old Bank

Hanover St, Manchester M4 4AH

6pm – 9pm

9 May

The Natural World: Utopias and Dystopias

Students explore ideas of utopia and dystopia for Skepta's DYSTOPIA987 project as part of Manchester International Festival.

81 King St

Manchester M2 4AH

5pm – 9pm