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Thank you to everyone attending our PROFORMA X Begehungen presents Manchester & Chemnitz 40 weekend!

Thank you to everyone who came to SOUP on Friday and Longsight Art Space and our Crowcroft Park Wellness Garden on Saturday to celebrate our second event and exhibition for Manchester & Chemnitz 40th Anniversary! We had the honour of hosting the Lord Mayor of the City of Manchester, Yasmine Dar and show her the work we are doing at Longsight Art Space and Crowcroft Park through Sustainable Northmoor Urban Greening (SNUG).

The gig was something special and really celebrated the best of our cities grassroots music scenes:
Marco Woolf
Peter Piek
Priceless Bodies
Produced by Donna Loman

The exhibition in the bar explores Manchester as a post industrial city from different photographic perspectives and the theme of tandem between artists from each city and their collaborations during this short residency featuring
Johannes Richter
Omari Taylor
Sara Richter-Hoehlich & Darren Nixon
Produced by Jessica Loveday

The team at SNUG are in the process of building a Wellness Garden in the bowling Green Area of the park and we planted three Olive trees to commemorate our anniversary. We also had a beautiful performance of the Longsight Wassail by
Dr Jo Yee Cheung.
Produced by Claire Biggs

Our exhibition at LAS includes an installation of the tandem collaboration during this short residency by
Sare Richter-Hoehlich &
Darren Nixon
And documentary photography by Omari Taylor and Johannes Richter

Produced by Jessica Loveday

Images Coming Soon!

We will be updating our website very soon!

These residencies have been kindy supported by Manchester City Council

***PROFORMA X Begehungen X Venture Arts: CoLab***

Catherine McAvoy
International artist-in-residence exhibition

Opening: 5pm - 8pm 17 August 
Exhibition continues at Longsight Art Space until 24 September














In collaboration with Begehungen and Venture Arts, we are delighted to host artist Catherine McAvoy as international remote artist in residence here at Longsight Art Space and virtually at Begehungen until 17 August. This is part of Venture Arts new CoLab commissioning series, Catherine has started a month long digital residency at Begehungen Festival, Chemnitz. 

Catherine works using print, 3D printing and ceramics. By using objects to hit tracing paper overlaid on carbon paper, Catherine creates sharp marks and indentations. The results are exquisitely topographical 3D im
ages, as though mountains have been photographed from the air.

This year, Begehungen Festival will be hosted at Palais Lichtenstein, a former courthouse, widow's palace, prisoner of war camp, refugee accommodation, an apartment building and now an exhibition space. As well as exhibiting in Chemnitz, Catherine's work will also be on display at Longsight Art Space until 24 September
More information here

Previous Residencies:

Chris Alton - Long-heim & Thal-sight

PROFORMA X Begehungen 2022


Exhibition: 12th-14th August 11pm-5pm

Opening night: 11th August 5pm-8pm

Chris' residency took place at Longsight Art Space from 11th July - 10th August

Chris has undertaken a remote residency at Longsight Art Space in Manchester, UK. As part of his residency, Chris devised a series of prompts and workshops, which encouraged people to explore their local areas, consider the histories of place names, and imagine alternative uses for unoccupied or abandoned places. These actions have manifested themselves in posters, models, and communication with local representatives.

When planning his residency, Chris took inspiration from China Miéville's novel 'The City & the City', which features two cities that occupy the same physical space simultaneously. The novel led Chris to think about possible commonalities between Longsight and Thalheim, and what might emerge from these overlaps.

The results of Chris's residency will be presented simultaneously at Longsight Art Space in Manchester and Begehungen in Thalheim.

Chris Alton is an artist & curator, based in Manchester, UK. His practice spans a range of media and approaches, including; socially engaged projects, video essays, textile banners, and publications. In 2012 he founded English Disco Lovers (EDL), an anti-fascist, pro-disco group. Other projects include; Adam Speaks (With New Mouths) (2017), a neoclassical treehouse commissioned by the National Trust; and What Mortals Henceforth Shall Our Power Adore (2020), a video essay that frames the trident as a symbol of colonial intent. Each of his projects addresses an array of interconnected social, political, economic and environmental concerns. Chris is also an active member of the Quaker community and a skateboarder.

Chris was a participant in Syllabus III, an alternative, peer-led, learning programme (2017-18). Exhibitions & commissions include; The slabs whistle; a song under my wheels, KARST & Take A Part (2022); Throughout the Fragment of Infinity That We Have Come to Know, The NewBridge Project, Gateshead (2020); Link & Shift, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2019); Survey, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; Bluecoat, Liverpool; g39, Cardiff; & Jerwood Space, London (2018-19); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery; & Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Biennial (2018-19); Adam Speaks, The National Trust, Croome, Worcestershire (2017); and Outdancing Formations, Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg (2015).​ 

Catherine McAvoy

After the Revolution They Built an Art School Over the Golf Course, Textiles. Chris Alton, 2017

The artists for our 2021 residencies were Nicola Dale and Parham Ghalamdar.

Nicola Dale

Nicola's residency explored how idleness gives time a different shape; how the hologram gives the body a different shape and how the remote residency gives space a different shape.

Nicola Dale

Echo Chambers (animation still) Nicola Dale 2021

Parham Ghalamdar

During the Proforma X Begenhungen residency, Parham will use the opportunity to research the relationship between painting and the digital within the context of lockdown, physical absence, and non-productive times. He will train the AI engine to create still and moving images based on studying images of oil paintings. As the result, the responsibility and production are shifted.


AI generated painting from research, Parham Ghalamdar 2021

2020 Christian Selent

Christian Selent was a recipient of a month-long remote residency at Working Class Movement Library and researched their archive to create Idle Thoughts for our LOITER exhibition.


Idle Thoughts – Christian Selent 2021

Lizz Brady

Lizz Brady was the first recipient to take part in our Remote Residency as a response to COVID-19 with artists remaining in their own cities and creating new artwork for what would have been the host city for the residency. For the installation New Means Worse, Brady created a vessel to discover Chemnitz and for those in the physical exhibition to discover the artist.

Lizz Brady

New Means Worse – Lizz Brady 2020

2019 Elliott Flanagan

PROFORMA selected artist Elliott Flanagan for the inaugural PROFORMA X Begehungen.

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Lustre - Elliott Flanagan 2019

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