Art Battle Manchester VII returns bigger than ever

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This weekend sees the city’s largest competitive art event, Art Battle Manchester, return bigger and better than ever at a new underground space in Ancoats, Mantra Warehouse.

The seventh Art Battle, never held in the same venue twice, will involve ten daring artists who must create a masterpiece against the 30-minute clock. With many onlookers, the artists compete and the 600-capacity audience circulate and decide who should move onto the grand finale at the end of each round.

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Outside, Art Battle VII will provide a blank space in the open-air courtyard for some of the UK’s top street artists to go head-to-head with spray cans in an outdoor street art battle; again with a live audience watching the art evolve, casting their votes and crowning a winner.

There will be a licensed bar, street food, music and refereeing from Radio X DJ Hattie Pearson and a promise of ‘random surprises.’ What’s more, all artwork created will be auctioned off to the crowd in a silent auction, with 50% going to the artists and 50% of the proceeds going to the event’s chosen local charity, Coffee4Craig.

John Macauley, founder of Art Battle Manchester, told Dial2Donate that the event’s choice of charity was an easy one to make. He said, “We were touched by their story and they are exactly the type of local grassroots charity we like to support. Homelessness is a massive issue in Manchester right now, you only have to walk around the city centre to see that.”

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Deemed as “Art for the people, by the people” by Jay Smith, artist, the event raises both the profile of aspiring artists and funds for a great cause. In the past, battling artists have included illustrators, tattooists, comic artists and landscape and portrait painters, who all reveal their creative processes and ensure the party is a varied one. But as ever, there is only one winner and the work the audience choose to champion is impossible to predict.

John added, We wanted to bring art to the masses, perhaps people who never set foot in an art gallery. It’s highly energetic and you don’t need an artistic knowledge to have a great night.” 

Watch the video made at Art Battle V below.

The event begins at 7pm on Saturday 9th July 2016, and you must be 18+ to attend. If you wish to buy tickets ahead of the weekend, you can do so by clicking the link.

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