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AWOL Studios 16th Open Eve!

Monday, August 14th, 2023

🏭 Awol Studios Open Eve 🏭
🗓️Friday 13th Oct | 6-10pm

We’re thrilled to invite you to our 16th annual AWOL Studios Open Evening located in the Grade 2 listed Hope Mill, Ancoats!

Come and explore one of the largest creative studios in the North West. We’ve 5 floors of studios, brimming with artists & creatives all chomping at the bit to meet, greet & share their spaces with you (and maybe a sip or two)

Once again a huge thankyou for our amazing poster design by AWOL resident Alex @crookedcartoon 🙌

Over the coming weeks we’ll be posting more info and sneak peeks on our AWOL Instagram so be sure to follow us and keep checking back in!
It’s gonna be mega, we’re so excited, see you there!

AWOL Studios, Hope mill, 113 Pollard St, Ancoats, M47JA

Jason Carr

Thursday, June 29th, 2023

Born and raised in New Zealand Jason Carr holds a Degree in Character Animation however after studying he quickly turned his hand to the Fine Arts when he moved to the UK in the early Noughties. He is an award winning, established artist with his studio based at AWOL, Manchester. 

Jason has exhibited throughout the UK and internationally including New York and New Zealand. His work is collected all over the world with a significant number of collectors based in New York City ,the Hamptons and London. Jason uses oil paint to delve into his contemporary and unique style of painting the human and natural form, he uses his own lived experiences and the stories of his sitters to deliver contemporary and detailed work with raw and honest narratives. 

In November, 2023 Jason will be showing at the Manchester Art Fair and has created some exciting and exclusive work to be shown. 

To make a studio appointment or enquire about commissions please email

To see Jason’s process and shows  follow Instagram @jasoncarrartist

To view available work online please visit 

Brink Studio

Thursday, June 29th, 2023

Founded by artist Rob Lenihan, Brink Studio brings together the strands of his varied career as a mural artist, Hip Hop performer, children’s illustrator, portrait artist, writer, and product designer. His love of collectible toys, comic books, classical art, act as an accessible vehicle to look deep within ourselves to reflect on who we are.

Using recognisable shared cultural icons, street art motifs, typography, psychological theories, and philosophy, Brink Studio explores how growing up and navigating the world in a western urban environment can be an exciting yet complicated journey. Each work of art is created to encourage a journey of reflection whilst empathising with modern urban cultural experiences.


Creative Art Courses going FULL TIME at AWOL!

Thursday, April 13th, 2023

✨Heads up from Creative Art Courses! ✨

With dreamy ancoats views from our 5th floor, Creative Art Courses will be offering loads more course choices from September as the studio will be opening FULL TIME!

New courses include…

🎨Creative Life Drawing Foundations ~ A special 10-session Thursday morning course.

🎨Learn Life Drawing ~ A topic-by-topic taught life class on Wed afternoons.

🎨Weekly Art Class ~ Every Wed morning for general art enthusiasts.

🎨Creative Wellbeing workshop ~ Every second Friday afternoon ~ A fab way to distress after a busy week and get ready for a relaxed and creative weekend!

Perfect for beginners and Improvers ~

Please contact Brian for more information
Telephone: 07816 791 023


Friday, January 27th, 2023


Comme Ca Art and AWOL Studios invites submissions from artists living within the North West area and working in any 2D or 3D media, video, sound or performance for the Open Call Exhibition. All work must have been completed in the previous 2 years (13th March 2021 – 12th March 2023).

The artists selected for the Comme Ca Art Exhibition will be judged by an expert panel with the following awards going to the chosen artists:

  • The 1st prize winner will receive £2,000 & a £150 Cass Art gift card
  • Highly commended will receive £500

Selected artists will be offered the opportunity to work with Comme Ca Art on future exhibitions.

Submissions will be shortlisted and presented to a panel of external judges from which the winner and highly commended will be chosen. The judging panel includes:

  • Becky Wild & Alan Baker: Artists, curators and Directors of AIR Gallery
  • Dr David Gledhill: Artist, lecturer and co-director of Rogue Artists’ Studios CIC
  • Brendan Lyons: Artist, curator and co-founder of Refractive Pool


Each artist can submit up to TWO artworks.
• If you have any further enquiries, please feel free to email
All submissions to be made by Sunday 12th March 2023 (midnight)
There is an entry fee for all artists of £10 per work payable via PayPal (PayPal details will be sent after entry)


If selected, please ensure all works come with hanging fixtures or clear instructions on how to display.
Artwork will be installed by our team of technicians; artists do not need to be present.
The Comme Ca / AWOL Studios Open Call Exhibition Private View and winner announcement will take place on Thursday 18th May 2023.

The exhibition will continue to run until 24th June 2023. During the exhibition people can view by appointment, Wednesday & Thursday 11am – 4pm and on Saturdays from 11am – 2pm.

Collection of work after the exhibition will be on Tues 27th June 2023 – Thurs 29th June 2023 between 11am – 2pm, artists must book a time to collect with the gallery direct.


• Submission deadline: Sunday 12th March 2023 (midnight)
• Notification of selection: by April 16th 2023
• Delivery of exhibiting art works: 2nd – 4th May and 9th – 11th May 2023, between 11am – 3pm.
• Exhibition Private View and Winner Announced: Thursday 18th May 2023 from 6pm – 8pm.
• Exhibition: Thurs 18th May until 24th June 2023 (Open times Wed & Thurs 11-4pm & Sat 11-2pm)
• Collection of art works: Tues 27th June – Thurs 29th June 2023 between 11am – 2pm, artists to book collection slots with the Comme Ca Art Gallery first.

Please view our data protection policy here

Please read our our T&Cs below

All artists must live within the boundaries shown below

Terms & Conditions:

By entering the COMME CA ART x AWOL Open Call 2023 Artists agree that:

  1. a)  The work(s) is executed by the Artist and declared their bona fide property and that no other person has anyfinancial or other interest in the work(s)
  2. b)  The Artist holds all intellectual property rights in the work(s) and have obtained prior written approval for theuse of any third party copyrighted material contained in the submitted work(s)
  3. c)  Work(s) must have been completed within the last 2 years
  4. d)  Work(s) will be available for the dates stated in the Open Call 23
  5. e)  Artists take full responsibility for the delivery, insurance, and shipping of any selected work(s).
  6. f)  If artwork is for sale Comme Ca Art charge 40% commission on each sale
  7. g)  The Artist lives in the North West area (see map in Open Call 23 Information Document)
  8. h)  Submission does not guarantee selection
  9. i)  Entry Fees of £10 per entry are non-refundable
  10. j)  Artists agree to allow AWOL Studios / Comme Ca Art to use any images of their artwork on publicityassociated with the Open Call 2023
  11. k)  AWOL Studios / Comme Ca Art are not liable for any loss or damage incurred to the artwork if shortlisted andexhibited, and advises all artists to seek their own insurance
  12. l)  Any unsold work not collected within 1 calendar month of final collection date becomes the property ofComme Ca Art

January Workshops & Classes at AWOL

Thursday, January 12th, 2023

✨Try something new with our cracking lineup of creative courses available to the public here at our lovely mill!✨

🌅 Stained Glass Beginners workshop Jan 28/29 with Sharon Campbell ~ Info & Booking here

🎨Abstract Art Weekend course with Creative Art Courses Jan 21/22 ~ Info & Booking here

📸 Photography Session Days Noir workshop Jan 28 with Belle Prive Photography (Sold Out) ~ Info on booking & workshops here

🖼️ Weekend Art Classes for children / Adult Art Classes on Mon & Fri with Chatitze Hatitzee ~ Info & Booking here

Varsity Vintage

Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

Varsity Vintage is a Manchester-based sustainable fashion brand focused on reducing clothing waste, one item at a time. Currently we reuse and recycle approximately 12 tonnes of clothing per year, reselling anything from a 1940’s tuxedo to a last season Burberry coat. Founded in 2015 while studying at university, Varsity Vintage takes pride in both its quality of product and service, and as a result has been amongst the top 50 worldwide sellers on Depop while also being amongst the top 5% of sellers on ASOS Marketplace. For any second hand clothing needs, visit Varsity Vintage on ASOS, Depop or eBay, or pop in for a friendly chat. 


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Rosie Butcher Photography

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

Rosie Butcher is a photographer specialising in portrait photography  and content creation. Based in Manchester but frequently working on projects in London and the rest of the UK. Working with brands, influencers, musicians, fashion houses and magazines to capture personality and visually compelling content. 


Instagram: @rosieannbutcher



TikTok: @rosieannbutcher


Harrison Edwards – The Fresh Prints

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

Design, Print & Illustration Studio

Instagram: @thefreshprints_

Pollard Street Open Day Retrospective!

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

On Saturday 9th July we were delighted to open our doors for our 15th Open Studios!

This time we joined forces with fellow Pollard Street Neighbours Wellington Studios & Bridge 5 Mill to bring you a 3 mill collaboration , showing off our amazing artists, creatives & small businesses!

The theme of the day was ‘Pollard: to cut off the top & branches of a tree to encourage new growth‘, so fitting and depicted on our poster by the incredible AWOL resident, illustrator and screen-printer Crooked Cartoon.

Huge thankyou to everyone who made it over, we had a wonderful day, met some great people & truly enjoyed opening up our doors to you all again!

Hope Mill,
113 Pollard Street,
Manchester M4 7JA
© AWOL Studios.
Registered in England and Wales.
Company No. 07394568
Design by
Candoo Creative
Photography by
Richard Tymon