Open Studio / Federation House NAS Official Opening

My Open Studio was part of the official launch of Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces at Federation House on Thursday 13 March from 6-9pm.

4-500 visitors came for this vibrant opening. Lot’s of helpful comments and conversations with artists, friends and guests. People seemed to pick up on the dream-like quality of my work. ‘Magical’ was a word that came up. More critical artists asked about my reasons for using shredded paper and further implications of the work. I appreciated the spectrum of comments.

Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces (NAS) is an initiative to create dynamic project spaces for artists, artist collectives and artists development agencies. Making use of temporary vacant retail, office and light industrial units, NAS provides opportunities for emerging creatives to incubate their practices, produce work and showcase new art to local communities. Currently CG runs New Art Spaces in Leigh, Widnes, Salford and city centre Manchester.

Great to see your beautiful work earlier this evening Roger. 
Best of luck,
Fran Toms (Lead Cultural Development officer Manchester City Council)

Installation view

Installation view



'Mother & Child'

‘Mother & Child’

(Photo by John Lynch)

(Photo by John Lynch)

Speeches at 6:30pm on the 6th floor by:
Maria Balshaw
(Director Whitworth and Manchester Art Galleries, and Manchester City Council’s Strategic Lead for Culture)
Alison Clark-Jenkins
(Director Combined Arts and North for Arts Council England)
Martyn Hulme
(Managing Director Co-operative Estates The Co-operative Group)

Address: Federation Building, Manchester, Corner of Federation St and Balloon St

Exhibitions and open studios were on all 8 floors:
Lower Ground floor MARS / Upper Ground floor Curated Place, CSV, DIY Art School, and Lauren Sagar & Sharon Campbell / 1St floor Mark Devereux Projects / 2nd floor Greg May, Molly Smyth, Saoirse Higgins, Julie Del’Hopital, Holly Rowan Hesson & Lisa Denyer, and TEA / 3rd floor Filmonik / 4th floor Roger Bygott, and Charma Force & Rafael Perez (guest exhibition) / 5th floor Sam Meech, Kathryn Miller, Darren Nixon, Huw Wahl, James Bloomfield, and Pool Arts / 6th floor TOAST


Further Shreds: Open Studio

Feedback from last Open Studio was great, positive, and with good suggestions for further developments. So this next Open Studio will showcase developments since then.

Roger Bygott Open Studio. Ongoing work with shredded paper, installation and atmosphere.

4th Floor Federation House, Federation St / Balloon St, Manchester M60 0AF

To coincide with Salford Visual Arts 2nd years’ Exhibition – ‘Serendipity’ Private viewing: Friday 7th February 2014, 6 – 9 PM. Also on 4th floor.

And also on the 6th floor CACTUS ON TOUR @Toast Manchester: (Joanne Masding, Lil Atkinson, Rafal Topolewski, Charlie Godet Thomas, Ryan Gander). Opening Fri, Feb 7, 6pm.

Great chance to see what is going on at Fed House!

Programme for Open Studio

Programme for Open Studio

Further Shreds screenshot 2

Programme for open Studio

Facebook invite:

Playspace Project: Artists’ Summer Camp

A project of two parts created by The Heinrich Event and The Verb. Playspace is made possible by Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces

Artists’ Summer Camp 19th : 30th August
8HRS + 2HRS 31st August

Playspace will take place at 4B Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BN.


Artists’ Summer Camp is a chance to get creative in a space with other people – it’s as simple as that. You might want to make something together or play on your own; it’s up to you. Artists’ Summer Camp will provide a workspace and interesting and stimulating people. Just bring anything you may need to make, the site is in close proximity to city centre art shops etc.
Create in the space for a couple of hours, an afternoon, or over week or two: you decide!

Artists’ Summer Camp is open Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd August and Tuesday 27th August to Friday 30th August, 10-5.
It may be open over Bank Holiday weekend, by arrangement, subject to availability.

If you are coming to Artists’ Summer Camp, please first join the Playspace Facebook group and then let us know via the Artists’ Summer Camp Facebook event, stating which day or days you plan to come down. Or, if you are Facebook-averse, let us know via
On your first day at Artists’ Summer Camp, please arrive either between 10 and 10:30 or 2 and 2:30 to be inducted into the space.

8HRS + 2HRS | 31st August 10-6pm

8HRS of creating alongside, and if you choose with, other artists.

This is a 12HRS event, just a more concise day. See for details for past 12HRS events.
12HRS is a series of artist focused events which brings creative minds together to create in the same space over a day.
It provides practitioners with an opportunity to MEET/CREATE/DISCUSS with artists from a range of creative backgrounds. There are no limits to what can be done in this time frame. This is aimed at all creative people from enthusiasts to professional artists at all stages of their career. Learn, share, collaborate, and communicate.

If you want to come to 8HRS, please tell us by joining Playspace Facebook group and then posting to the 8HRS + 2HRS Facebook event, letting us know who you are, what you plan to bring & how much space you may need to create in. Or, if you are Facebook-averse, let us know via


Saturday 31st August, 6-8pm

2HRS is open to the public – invite your friends!
If you cannot take part in the Summer Camp or 8HRS but would like to see what has gone on over the 2 weeks join us for a beer and a peek! MEET|DISCUSS with other artists, and perhaps share experiences had over the two week project.

Playspace is made possible by Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces

Feel free to get in touch with any question at