Liam Spencer

Artists come together to secure Manchester gallery’s future

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Liam Spencer’s Deansgate and Whitworth Street at Twilight (detail)

Artists, curators and collectors from around the world donated 68 artworks in support of Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery, one of the longest established and well known organisations for developing artists in the North of England.

A total of £32,350 was raised at an auction held to raise funds for the gallery, with Liam Spencer’s Deansgate and Whitworth Street at Twilight achieving the biggest single sale at £6,000.

Of the 62 artists whose work was bid for online and then at the auction, 32 are based or have deep connections with Manchester.

The auction included works from Pavel Büchler, an internationally renowned artist and influential teacher living in Manchester; Leo Fitzmaurice (Northern Art Prize 2011 winner); Lubaina Himid MBE; Mark Leckey (Turner Prize 2008 winner); Haroon Mirza (Silver Lion, Venice Biennale 2011); Tim Noble & Sue Webster; Hans-Ulrich Obrist; Olivia Plender (British Art Show and Tate Triennial); Peter Saville; David Shrigley and Liam Spencer.

The event was hosted by Pavel Büchler assisted by Stephen Snoddy, Director of New Art Gallery Walsall. Author, DJ and journalist Dave Haslam rallied the crowded gallery which doubled up as auction room to make the ground breaking sales for a Manchester contemporary art charity auction.