Alexandra Arts is an Artist-led collective based in Manchester's alexandra park.

Alexandra Arts was founded in 2010 by Norwegian Artist, Lotte Karlsen. Our team includes Creative Producers, Amy Clancy and Sheri Bello, and Moving Image duo, Pablo Melchor and Bedos Mavanubu. In addition to a number of local and international partners, we also work with volunteers and artists, throughout the year.

The collective aims to empower the local communities around Alexandra Park - 'The People's Park' - through engagement with their local environment and rich social history, and to promote the wealth of talented female artists in Manchester, and beyond, by providing a platform for their work. 

What we do

Initially, there were two main strands to our activity; hosting happenings in the stunning Victorian, Grade 2-listed Alexandra Park between April-October; and, linking the Park with the wider community through a year-round educational arts programme, working mainly with schools and community groups in the local area.

In late Summer 2014, the newly restored Alexandra Park Pavilion was officially reopened which provided the opportunity to extend our programming throughout the year. During Autumn 2014 we curated Pankhurst in the Park; a free public programme of artist talks and installations which took place in and around the Park and Pavilion.

Pankhurst in the Park aims to highlight Alexandra Park’s inspiring socio-political heritage and unique connection to the Suffrage Movement, whose iconic leader, Emmeline Pankhurst, was born and bred only yards from the Park in the neighbouring Moss Side estate. 

Following its success, Alexandra Art's was awarded Arts Council funding to curate Pankhurst in the Park 2016. Our 2018 programme, the third and final instalment, will run from March - September. 

Read more about Pankhurst in the Park.

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