Comme Ca Art

Comme Ca Art Established in 1994, Comme Ca Art pioneered the creation of alternative exhibition venues throughout Most notably the USA, Asia and Europe.
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Established in 1994, Comme Ca Art pioneered the creation of alternative exhibition venues throughout Manchester City Centre, offering up and coming artists the opportunity to showcase their works to a wide and varied audience. Many of the artists who have worked with Comme Ca exhibit their works throughout the world. Over the years, Comme Ca has worked on a number of projects including, The Comme

Ca Art Prize in 2003, awarding £10,000 to Paul Rooney, whose work was deemed to encapsulate the essence of what was being created in the North of England. Judging panel included the Turner Prize winning artist Chris Ofili, Lewis Biggs, Director of Liverpool Biennal, Sune Nordgren, director of Baltic and Carol Maund, director of Site Gallery. One week after Comme Ca Art prize we launched Comme Ca NYC, a 3,500 sq ft ground floor gallery space in Manhattan’s Chelsea district. From 2003-2004, we exhibited Manchester based artists, putting them on an international footing in one of the world’s most prestigious gallery areas. Since 2004 we have worked alongside the five star Lowry Hotel, producing an enviable line up of exhibitions. This has become Comme Ca’s main exhibition space where people from all over the world can view the works on display 24 hours a day. Many of the works have been bought from the shows and are now on display in private homes as far a field as Iceland, the USA and Australia. In autumn 2015 CCA opened the doors to the brand new CCA GALLERY at Hope Mill in Ancoats, Manchester. As well as working on an enviable Exhibition Programme, the space will also be used for Meet the Artist Brunches, Pre-Preview Viewings and Artists in Residence.

You would think we weren’t in the middle of an exhibition install. Jordan living his best life sorting the Comme Ca Art ...
15/05/2024

You would think we weren’t in the middle of an exhibition install. Jordan living his best life sorting the Comme Ca Art tool box out.

We are super excited to announce the next Comme Ca Art exhibition at the Lowry Hotel is a solo painting exhibition by Ol...
10/05/2024

We are super excited to announce the next Comme Ca Art exhibition at the Lowry Hotel is a solo painting exhibition by Olga Mun.

In 2023, Olga won The AXA Art Prize at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition. Writing about her art practice Olga says, “My painting practice explores the vastness of the human condition, often this story and the intention of work is a consistent essence on one canvas. I convey my thoughts about humanity with such a depth that it causes an internal study of life, the environment, history and human activity and interaction. The work isn’t purely figurative, it plays with abstraction. It uses elements like almost abstract figures, transformative forms, gestural strokes, and infinite colour blending for each shape represented.”

The exhibition previews on Thursday 30th May from 18:00 - 20:00 and is open daily from 10:00 - 22:00 until Tuesday 23rd July 2024.

This is a great project we are proud to be part of. ♥️
01/05/2024

This is a great project we are proud to be part of. ♥️

It's time to shine and to share your creativity with The STARTS Award!
Just email images of your artwork, or a video of you performing your own writing and you could be part of an exhibition curated by Comme Ca Art in The Lowry Hotel gallery, or one of the performers at Matt and Phreds.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER - https://forms.gle/uTdLApUHDajNbpWY7

The Starts Award

We love the detailing and colour palette in Alan Yaffe’s painting series, ‘Beyond the Trees’, currently in exhibition at...
30/04/2024

We love the detailing and colour palette in Alan Yaffe’s painting series, ‘Beyond the Trees’, currently in exhibition at the Lowry Hotel and his works are proving to be popular with art collectors too. Here’s a look at a few of the paintings in exhibition. They are all original one-off acrylic paint on canvas.

The exhibition will run until Tuesday 28th May 2024. The exhibition is open daily from 10:00 - 22:00. For sales enquiries, please contact [email protected].

Last night’s opening preview of Rooted Rituals : Tales of Natural Wander was a huge success for the exhibiting artists. ...
17/04/2024

Last night’s opening preview of Rooted Rituals : Tales of Natural Wander was a huge success for the exhibiting artists. The exhibition is open on Thursday 18th April from 11:00 - 16:00 at the Comme Ca Art Gallery so if you are in town, bob in and take a peek!

Rooted Rituals : Tales of Natural Wander is an exhibition highlighting the artworks of six emerging artists inspired by nature, its impact on us, and the memories we hold as a result. Between the 16th-18th April 2024, the artists bring together their work for public viewing at the Comme Ca Art Gallery, creating an immersive space to experience their wide scope of multidisciplinary works. Inviting the viewer into their individual narratives of nature and memory through photography, painting, projection, and sculpture.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS:

FELICITY BITHELL

SADIE TANKARD BOWKETT

IMOGEN GRIFFITHS

FAY PRITCHARD

MIREIA PUJOL SUÑÉ

This beautiful Rebecca Davy 12cm x 12cm painting was commissioned as a Wedding Anniversary gift and they loved it. For m...
30/03/2024

This beautiful Rebecca Davy 12cm x 12cm painting was commissioned as a Wedding Anniversary gift and they loved it. For more details on Rebecca’s art or details on commissions, contact the gallery. Link in bio!

We’ve already had lots of great feedback on the current Lowry Hotel Exhibition FT John Cake & Alan Yaffe and it’s not ev...
28/03/2024

We’ve already had lots of great feedback on the current Lowry Hotel Exhibition FT John Cake & Alan Yaffe and it’s not even been up on the walls for 24 hours. Here’s a look at some of the artworks.

The exhibition will run until Tuesday 28th May 2024. The exhibition is open daily from 10:00 - 22:00 so Come See Comme Ca at the Lowry Hotel.

Great day with the Comme Ca Art X AWOL Studios Open Call Judges today. There were lots of discussions between    on the ...
25/03/2024

Great day with the Comme Ca Art X AWOL Studios Open Call Judges today. There were lots of discussions between on the artists and we can’t wait to curate the exhibition.
Many thanks to all of the artists who applied to be part of the Open Call and the Judges for their time today.

Looking forward to seeing this year's Starts Award applicants!
15/03/2024

Looking forward to seeing this year's Starts Award applicants!

Applications open! Why not listen to Nicki, a winner of last year's visual art category, and "JUST DO IT"!!!

Link to apply here - https://forms.gle/uTdLApUHDajNbpWY7

The Starts Award
Comme Ca Art

Great day going through the applicants for this year’s Open Call Exhibition. Looking forward to seeing who the judges se...
14/03/2024

Great day going through the applicants for this year’s Open Call Exhibition. Looking forward to seeing who the judges select.

Entries have closed for our Comme Ca Art x AWOL Studios Open Call Exhibition! ✨
Huge thankyous to everyone who submitted we’re really blown away by the quality of entries this year 🙌
Notification of selections will be sent via email on April 15th 💌

Here’s a sneak bts of the Open Call team from AWOL Studios & Comme Ca Art (Claire, David, Sara & Jude 👋) in the Comme Ca Art Gallery reviewing the incredible entries we received before the unenviable task of judging takes place!
Good luck to everyone who entered!🤞

We love Debbie Goldsmith art brand new Limited Edition print. ♥️
01/03/2024

We love Debbie Goldsmith art brand new Limited Edition print. ♥️

Hello how gorgeous does this look? The biggest print yet absolutely true to the original colours Mostly Sunny original painting available from

Two weeks to the deadline!
25/02/2024

Two weeks to the deadline!

🔔 Ahoy! 2 Weeks left to enter! 🔔
The deadline to enter our Comme Ca Art x AWOL Studios Open Call Exhibition is swiftly approaching, have you got your entry in yet?
Details below 👇

AWOL Studios & Comme Ca Art are teaming up again to invite artists living in the North West, South Yorkshire & West Yorkshire area to take part in our third Open Call Exhibition!

⭐️Deadline for entry is Sun 10th, March 2024 (midnight).
⭐️Please head to www.awol-studios.co.uk for more info, t&c’s and how to enter!

Any 2D or 3D media, video, sound or performance accepted. All work must have been completed in the previous 2 years, with a cost of £10 per work submitted (max two pieces per artist).

All entries will be judged by an expert panel of external judges with a 1st prize of £2,000, £150 CASS ART voucher and an exhibition at Cass Art Mcr plus there will be a highly commended prize of £500.

Can’t wait to see your entries!

For any other enquiries please email [email protected]

Here’s a little chat with the first ever Open Call Exhibition winning artist, Nerissa Cargill Thompson / Artist
20/02/2024

Here’s a little chat with the first ever Open Call Exhibition winning artist, Nerissa Cargill Thompson / Artist

Don’t forget to enter this year’s Open Call Exhibition!
20/02/2024

Don’t forget to enter this year’s Open Call Exhibition!

Susan Aggarwal’s brand new paintings are in exhibition at The Lowry Hotel until the 26.03.24 and is open daily from 10:0...
26/01/2024

Susan Aggarwal’s brand new paintings are in exhibition at The Lowry Hotel until the 26.03.24 and is open daily from 10:00 - 22:00 giving you plenty of time to visit and experience her beautiful paintings.

Enthused by nature and her passion for creativity, Susan loves to explore the beautiful facets of colour and array of changing textural experiences. Captivated by the smells and wondrous wildlife whilst out walking in her rural home ground, Susan takes this to the studio and expresses this on canvas.

She says ‘I try to capture the joy, emotion, dance, and movement of floral, coastal, and landscapes. Working in acrylic paint I enjoy the freedom and looseness of a palette knife. Nature flows and moves and does its own thing. Nature feeds us with a sense of freedom, it offers such healing qualities and it is that which I try to bring to the canvas.’ And so the many who view my work and live with it in their homes may enjoy and be touched with such beauty.”

Next up  is  solo exhibition of new paintings including her flor and coastal works. A splash of colour to see us through...
17/01/2024

Next up is solo exhibition of new paintings including her flor and coastal works. A splash of colour to see us through to spring.

Exciting News!!The 3rd annual Comme Ca Art X AWOL Studios Open Call Exhibition will be launching 8th January 2024!  Next...
04/12/2023

Exciting News!!
The 3rd annual Comme Ca Art X AWOL Studios Open Call Exhibition will be launching 8th January 2024!

Next year we’re expanding our Open Call catchment area to artists in The North West, South Yorkshire & West Yorkshire. So what are you waiting for? Mark your diaries and get starting on your entries NOW!

Open Call Launches 08.01.24
Open Call Deadline for entry 10.03.24
Exhibition Private View & announcement of winners 17.05.24

More info to come!

A truly wonderful four days of art conversations with visitors and artists alike.   will be back next year with lots mor...
19/11/2023

A truly wonderful four days of art conversations with visitors and artists alike. will be back next year with lots more collaborations across the city of Manchester.

Open today until 4pm then by appointment until the 22nd December.

These hand painted decks by machOne are part of the MAFF exhibition at the Comme Ca Art Gallery and are also available t...
17/11/2023

These hand painted decks by machOne are part of the MAFF exhibition at the Comme Ca Art Gallery and are also available through the Comme Ca Art Online Store!

Introducing Jude WainwrightJude Wainwright's work is autobiographical, painting self portraiture or meaningful objects a...
15/11/2023

Introducing Jude Wainwright
Jude Wainwright's work is autobiographical, painting self portraiture or meaningful objects and landscapes. She is often repetitive with her subject matter, painting similar subjects multiple times in a ritual of sorts.
‘I am Inspired by the performance of rituals as a means of therapy. Rituals have the ability to empower us – to help us learn, grow and reconnect with ourselves. The idea of regaining ‘control’ through creating repetitive habits in order to soothe feelings of anxiety is something I am drawn to.’
Much like diary entries, her paintings serve as keep sakes, a space for reflection and rumination.
Created using photographs taken by the artist’s father, her paintings depict places often visited during family walks in Jude Wainwright's childhood - ‘I enjoy the fact these places have barely changed since I visited them 30 odd years ago. They are a concreted and visceral memory for me, a snapshot in time’.

Introducing Debbie GoldsmithDebbie Goldsmith’s starting point is the landscape and in particular that of Cheshire where ...
11/11/2023

Introducing Debbie Goldsmith
Debbie Goldsmith’s starting point is the landscape and in particular that of Cheshire where she currently lives and works. She uses the local countryside to make field notes and drawings whilst out walking, her quick sketches note the change in season and weather. Back in the studio she uses the sketches as a starting point and employs experimental processes in drawing and printmaking to generate a unique vocabulary of mark-making and exploring various compositions which she then works up into larger scale-paintings.

In the studio Goldsmith’s painting process is both meditative and deliberate in its approach. Her intention is to capture something of the outside to bring in, glimpses of recognisable shapes, repeat as a devise to catch the eye, one might recognise the shape of a tree, the edge a field, a path and although starting with specific subject matter her practice eventually becomes more exploratory and loose. The scale of the work is important as it relates to the way in which the work is made, the physicality of painting is evident, but it is also a way of inviting the viewer to step in.

Introducing Rebecca DavyRebecca Davy’s primary concern when creating her artworks is the act of painting itself. Her foc...
10/11/2023

Introducing Rebecca Davy
Rebecca Davy’s primary concern when creating her artworks is the act of painting itself. Her focus is on what she describes as “the seductiveness and sensuousness of pushing paint on canvas”. She is particularly attracted to painting the colourful, the ephemeral and the kitsch, constructing paintings with a strong element of light and colour that satisfies both the subject and its medium.

For her, sticky and colourful things such as sweets and icing are good subjects for the visceral qualities of paint. Bringing these two elements together produces a new realm between kitsch and the hyper real, paintings that flow into being from the artist’s imagination.

Introducing Nerissa Cargill ThompsonNerissa Cargill Thompson's textile wall art and mixed-media sculptures explore juxta...
09/11/2023

Introducing Nerissa Cargill Thompson
Nerissa Cargill Thompson's textile wall art and mixed-media sculptures explore juxtapositions of structure and colour; particularly coastal textures depicting the lichens and limpets that envelop eroding rocks. Blending recycled fabrics using an embellishing machine, Nerissa builds up subtle variations in tone and texture often augmented with embroidery to produce her signature textiles. Her sculptures highlight climate crisis and plastic pollution through casting her textiles with concrete in the packaging that we use and discard on a daily basis. The concrete gives a weight and presence more in-line with their legacy; naturally inspired textures emphasise the way our waste becomes subsumed into the environment.

The Lowry Hotel Winter Exhibition will run until January 2024.We have six artists in the winter exhibition. Matthew Shut...
08/11/2023

The Lowry Hotel Winter Exhibition will run until January 2024.

We have six artists in the winter exhibition. Matthew Shutt's photorealist paintings depict superhero characters against the backdrop of his art book library. In other works, he takes photographs from the 1970s and 80s New York City, intricately drawn and painted, capturing the city inn a bygone era.

machOne depicts a universe that is both seductive and absurd. Drawing influences from Lichtenstien but executed with an Urban flair, a style derived from 90’s comic book cover art and skills honed through years of painting Graffiti.

Other artists include the very popular BIG H, who had a sell out show at the Lowry Hotel in 2022. BIG H’s art is mainly a mixture of graffiti and pop art with popular culture his subject matter. His art often satirises current issues in society such as celebrity culture, power and commercialism.

Rebecca Davy is much loved by our collectors and has worked on a number of bespoke painting commissions alongside her series of works depicting flowers, cakes and sweets.

Mr Eggs is best known for his street art, which can be found on walls around the city of Manchester and beyond. Having worked with Comme Ca Art for the past twelve months, his work has been sold to collectors as far afield as the USA.

We've even included a Little Artist one-off print. Known for their depiction of famous artists works in Lego, this exhibition showcases their monotone depiction of Hirst's 'Shark Tank'.

The exhibition will run alongside the Comme Ca Manchester Art Fringe Festival, MAFF, which opens on Thursday 16th November. The artists also have works in the MAFF exhibition at the Comme Ca Art Gallery so it's a great opportunity to view to incredible art exhibitions.

Introducing Mr EggsBorn and bread Mancunian, Mr Eggs is proud of his working class roots. From humble beginnings to disc...
07/11/2023

Introducing Mr Eggs
Born and bread Mancunian, Mr Eggs is proud of his working class roots. From humble beginnings to discovering Street Art in his teenage years, Mr Eggs travelled far and fast.

Then life got in the way. After a hiatus of several years when numerous obstacles fell at his feet, he’s back. Why? Why not.

Many of the works on display originated on walls across the North West of England. Mr Eggs believes first and foremost, art should be accessible and what's more accessible than a brick wall? The press certainly seemed to agree with him and after his works appeared in the national news and on TV, Mr Eggs began to work on Limited Edition prints and one-off paintings of his works, bringing them into a gallery environment for the first time with Comme Ca Art. That’s not to say you won’t find a Mr Eggs artwork popping up in a neighbourhood near you…

People have said his work is uplifting, it speaks to them. Art can be a form of social commentary and Mr Eggs brushes and cans are his mouthpiece.

Introducing Christopher RainhamChristopher Rainham’s work has always been inspired by the natural world and more specifi...
06/11/2023

Introducing Christopher Rainham
Christopher Rainham’s work has always been inspired by the natural world and more specifically his experience of the natural world. He is inspired by the way flora and fauna is woven into language, the explanations of things, stories and beliefs. Christopher loves the material qualities of paint, what it does, how it feels, smells, how in painting and drawing materials change and adapt, try and become something else in becoming a painting.

He says, "Animals and flowers and birds have their own symbolism, are the characters in myths, some of the players in religious writings, metaphors for things we can’t explain. The birds in my paintings are the motif of my design, the objects of my composition and an element of my pattern. I’m interested in the way society interacts with the wild and not so wild things around it, the affect we have on the environment and the living things that rely on it to survive."

Introducing Susan AggarwalEnthused by nature and her passion for creativity, Susan loves to explore the beautiful facets...
03/11/2023

Introducing Susan Aggarwal
Enthused by nature and her passion for creativity, Susan loves to explore the beautiful facets of colour and array of changing textural experiences. Captivated by the smells and wondrous wildlife whilst out walking in her rural home ground, Susan takes this to the studio and expresses this on canvas.

She says ‘I try to capture the joy, emotion, dance, and movement of floral, coastal, and landscapes. Working in acrylic paint I enjoy the freedom and looseness of a palette knife. Nature flows and moves and does its own thing. Nature feeds us with a sense of freedom, it offers such healing qualities and it is that which I try to bring to the canvas.’ And so the many who view my work and live with it in their homes may enjoy and be touched with such beauty."

Introducing Big HWhilst studying Graphics Design in College and Fine Art at University BIG H was influenced by Pop / Gra...
02/11/2023

Introducing Big H
Whilst studying Graphics Design in College and Fine Art at University BIG H was influenced by Pop / Graffiti and Traditional Fine Art, and by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matise, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Banksy, whose use of imagery and sometimes vibrant colours reminded him of his youth.

BIG H’s art is mainly a mixture of graffiti and pop art with popular culture his subject matter. His art often satirises current issues in society such as celebrity culture, power and commercialism.

With his art he wants to arouse the senses and stir the spirit and to visually stimulate the observer through strong images, colour, patterns and words.

He often enjoys the look and feel of tight and accurate geometric lines mixed with strong vibrant colours and bold patterns surrounding a central figure from the world of popular culture.

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