Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art

Image of the internal gallery space

With a distinguished history dating back over 100 years, the Faculty of Art and Design’s Holden Gallery at Manchester Metropolitan University, offers an ongoing programme of exhibitions that are open free to the public. The Gallery is also home to our yearly BA and MA Degree Shows and is a major exhibitor of staff and student work.

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Opening hours

12:00 - 18:00 during exhibition periods

Admission charges

Free Admission

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
An image of Lara Alamarcegui's work Guide to the wastelands of the Lea Valley, 12 empty spaces await the London Olympics, 2009

Material Remains

  • 23 October — 15 December 2017 *on now

Lara Almarcegui, Becky Beasley, Derek Brunen, Cyprien Gaillard, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs

As exhibitions are often used to mark important events, or the more random anniversaries of the birth or death of an artist or writer - Material Remains offers something different. As the Holden Gallery is about to be surrounded by hoardings, and work begins on a new building on the space next door, the exhibition reflects on that process. Beyond the familiar banality of making and building, there is an interest in the transformation of objects, things and sites. As the sounds of digging, drilling filling, hammering and the pouring of concrete will be heard outside, inside the exhibition will explore the fascination with the materials left behind, or those utilised for other purposes.

Looking at the carefully finished objects, consumer goods and buildings that surround us, it can be difficult to think about them in terms of their raw materials. The turning of these materials into desirable objects is a condition of our financial system, there is a demand for constant progress, yet the implication and consequence of this process is not always so visible or clear. Artworks in the show look to question the nature of everyday materials, provide alternative visions of outmoded things, re-work familiar objects, as well as opening up ideas around materiality and use.

Whatever we do, there is always something that is left behind, some trace of the material remains of our existence. It is these traces which provide the focus of the exhibition, the need to uncover what lies beneath or beyond our vision.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission



Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art
Grosvenor Building, Cavendish Street
Greater Manchester
M15 6BR






0161 247 1072

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