Bench Self Made Gallery

The Northern Quarter’s Bench Self Made Gallery is set to make its creative mark on the city this December, hosting a series of events, exhibitions and workshops in collaboration with some of Manchester’s finest makers and creators.

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A self-made success in its own right, Bench. has evolved from a group of friends selling their t-shirt designs in Manchester to a global lifestyle brand. So we recognise and admire the determination and commitment needed to take on the world. Self-Made sets out to explore, document and inspire and to shine the spotlight on those who deserve it, who always follow their own path.

True to the brand’s Self Made philosophy, the Gallery will welcome musicians, creatives, artists and DJs to use the space as an artistic hub and platform for their work.

The gallery has also launched the first of a series of educational partnerships briefing Salford University’s advertising students to devise an engaging concept to promote the space and its content that could result in a live campaign.

True to the brand’s Self Made philosophy, the Gallery will welcome musicians, creatives, artists and DJs to use the space as an artistic hub and platform for their work.

Lunch Time Live is a series of free mid week lunchtime gigs featuring Manchester’s up and coming talent performing acoustic sets. First up is Jessie Rose on Wednesday 28th November, followed by Frazer King on Wednesday 5th December with more to be announced.

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Saturday afternoons are dedicated to a series of interactive Self Made Workshops offering the chance to learn new skills, consult experts and meet like-minded people. In the Loop on Saturday 1st December offers insights into making beats and writing bars, ending with an open mic session.

The following week (Saturday 8th December) the Self Made DJ Masterclass is a collaboration between some of Manchester high profile DJs offering an interactive insight into DJing, record digging and everything in between.

Creative networking group Northern Digitals will host their fifth BLAB Mini at the Self Made Gallery on the evening of Tuesday 11th December, a fun, social event where six talented and influential creatives have 15 minutes to share their thoughts and inspirations in a quick-fire presentation on ‘Things I’ve seen.’ Tickets are available from here with proceeds going to Forever Manchester.

Currently exhibiting in the gallery is All in the Wrist, a collection of cardboard chaos curated by Moot and featuring works by Tasha Whittle, TJ “KREK” Dolan, Lottie Smith and Tea One. Graphic innovator, Moot, is also behind the store’s Elf Made Christmas window. (images available here)

This is closely followed by international design college Shillington’s end of year show, in which students will design a poster on the theme ‘Sell Yourself’ with the aim of inviting the local creative community into the gallery to view their work.

The new year will see the Self Made Gallery go from strength to strength, developing partnerships with creative students including styling, fashion and photography, plus the much anticipated Self Made competition winner exhibition starting on the 7th January.



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