About ATM

In 2008, the UK’s first Asia Triennial Manchester successfully launched, in partnership with Castlefield Gallery, Chinese Arts Centre, Cornerhouse, The International 3, Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Metropolitan University as a new long-term programme of contemporary arts and crafts by artists from Asia, the UK and the Asian diaspora.

Described in the media as “an intoxicating flavour of an artistically underrepresented part of the world”, ATM08 featured 5 stunning venue-based exhibitions, 23 site-specific new commissions, innovative residencies and publicly sited work by 18 artists from across Asia. 848 artists and participants were involved in the 2008 programme that reached an audience of nearly 400,000 people.

As ArtAsiaPacific noted, ATM took the innovative approach of giving curatorial freedom to each partner venue. The result was “a unique, holistic experience” according to one of our participating curators.

For 2011, and all our 2008 venue partners returned, and were joined by many more - 17 in total. This growth has allowed for a more diverse and comprehensive survey of Asian art, with artists from new and diverse nations to ATM including Turkey and Mongolia.

“What the Triennial does do, and with excellence in several examples, is commission new works (many of them site-specific), and provide a route across Manchester taking in all of its best venues…. ATM hasn’t lost its edge, but expanded its scope.” Artists' Newsletter, 2011

Now the 2014 festival is here. ATM14 includes 54 artists from 12 countries across 14 venues and is a collaboration with a range of sites and partners focusing on three main clusters in IWM North at The Quays, Manchester city centre, Bury and Rochdale

ATM14 aims to challenge perceptions about Asia and with the recent challenging global events, makes its theme of Conflict and Compassion a timely one. This Triennial includes artists who live in, work in or address issues surrounding Asia as well as this Triennial’s artistic theme. 

So on behalf of the ATM team and all our partners, we welcome you to the Triennial and all its new, exciting flavours of Asian art as we look ahead to 2014. 

Alnoor Mitha
Director, Asia Triennial Manchester

Comments (5)

  • I'm an British Indian Artist, I would love to be involved as an exhibitor. Please can you tell me how I can participate this year or at the next ATM?
    My website is www.kkoria.com . I look forward to your response.

    Comment left by: K.Koria - 17.09.2014 22:51

  • Hi there i would like to volunteer this year Yatie informed me of this event a few days ago and would love to help

    Comment left by: Kristian Molloy - 21.07.2014 14:53

  • Hi everyone, if you'd like to volunteer for the ATM14, please click on 'Volunteer Information' link above, and email me all required details, as per attachments. Thank you and looking forward to working with you all!

    Comment left by: Yatie - 19.07.2014 11:43

  • I would love to hear more about how the festival started and what it entails. I am a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University writing and teaching a new course on Cultural festivals and would love the opportunity to talk to you regarding this. Please get in touch if you are able to have a chat at some point as i would love to talk with the students about all that Manchester has to offer and the diverse culture that is embraced with its events offernings.

    Comment left by: Karen Radcliffe - 24.06.2014 11:52

  • Do you need volunteers to help with the Asia Triennial this year?
    I would be interested in finding out about opportunities in the evenings or weekends as I work full time.

    Comment left by: Sarah Brocklebank - 14.06.2014 12:12

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