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The Reader and dot-art Celebrate Anniversary with New Offer for Artists 

Written by Rachael Norris, 7th February 2022

The Reader and dot-art are marking two years of working together (under the most difficult of circumstances!) with a refreshed offer to artists wanting to exhibit their work. The two organisations are re-launching the Art in the Mansion programme, as well as delivering a new season of art classes. 

Art in the Mansion is a rolling programme of exhibitions of work by local artists curated by dot-art and hosted within The Reader’s home in the Mansion House in Calderstones Park. 

Any artist or group of artists can apply to exhibit work, with exhibitions lasting from 1 to 6 weeks. To ensure this opportunity is as accessible as possible, the hire fee has been reduced, and no commission will be taken on sales. Expressions of interest are also invited from groups and individuals unable to pay fees as there might be opportunities throughout the year when the space can be utilised for free.  

To help artists get the most out of the opportunity, dot-art and The Reader will provide promotional materials and marketing support. Artists wishing to staff their exhibitions can also have a presence in the Mansion reception area to chat with visitors. 

The partnership will also involve a programme of art classes at The Reader, many of which have links to literature or the building’s location within a green space, such as Landscape Painting, Collage Art Journaling and Illustrating Inspiring Quotes. All classes are suitable for beginners. 

As part of The Reader’s outreach programme, workshops will also be available for partner organisations looking to engage their communities in creative activities. 

Lucy Byrne, Managing Director of dot-art said: “We launched our partnership with The Reader just before the pandemic started, and so while the last two years have been nothing like we anticipated, we have learnt to adapt and develop together in a truly collaborative way.  

“We moved art classes outdoors, sent printed workshop packs through the post and much more. Now we are finally able to welcome people back to the Mansion we cannot wait to showcase some of the amazingly talented artists of the city and beyond in a friendly, supportive and accessible environment.” 

Anna Farrell, Head of Programmes at The Reader added: “The Mansion House is a place for everyone and we have greatly missed sharing our home with our Shared Reading groups and artists over the past two years. Our ambition is that everyone who steps inside the building feels at home and we hope to continue to be able to support local artists by working with dot-art.” 

Find out more and apply for Art in the Mansion: https://dot-art.co.uk/art-in-the-mansion/ 

Book an art class: https://dot-art.co.uk/art-classes/ 

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