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One of Anne Charlesworth's portraits

Free for Arts – Piccadilly Place

Piccadilly Place was the gritty, concrete, spare home to Free for All (Part 1) and Child’s Play for one colourful week

The Post Board in all its glory

You might have mail

Harriot Allsop investigates the latest in interactive throwbacks

WOW. New photography competition

You’ll probably want to do this.

Ron Dough, Aerial vew of Manchester

This is Your Manchester

Your personally-tailored introduction to the arts page this year

The magnificent Mill

Gallery guide – Islington Mill

So much to see, so much to say.

Brian Slater

Gallery guide – CORNERHOUSE

What’s on chez corner.

Nick Harrison shows us inside the cube.

Gallery guide – CUBE

Centre for architecture and design. But don’t let that put you off.


Gallery guide – Manchester Art Gallery

The big one, also the old one.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Gallery guide – Whitworth Art Gallery

Our introduction to the crucial galleries around and the pick of what’s on ahead.

Adam Cunningham photographs the SMEAR 3 Jam in Otterburn Close, the summer of 1996. He remembers 'annoying drunken Hulme crusties' crowding his view.

Hulme is where the art is (Web Exclusive)

Hulme’s currently pleasant and middle-class face masks a hidden past of cultural rejection and dissent – so much so that it became the underground Mecca of all things creative, including and especially graffiti.

Graffiti covers some of the damage in the window at Dawsons music shop on Portland St.

Graffiti Special – A short history of graffiti in Manchester

From the riot-provoked graffiti that recently graced walls near you, we traced the way back to the explosion of graffiti in Manchester in student-friendly Hulme in the late 80s.

Edinburgh Fringe – Elitist, or for Everyone?

The Edinburgh Fringe – what it is, who it’s for, and one Manchester University student’s experience of it.