LIFE @ LEVEN

This winter the Ruslan Faraev Institute of Art takes up residence at LEVEN Manchester. A series of nine art exhibitions will take place from mid-December 2021 to mid-February 2022.


All exhibiting artists are Manchester-based creatives. Exhibitions are free of charge, ticketed and can be booked via each individual artist's booking link below.

My First Exhibition by Pase
10th - 14th December

A lockdown retrospective by Pase, an illustrator/sculpture and installation artist. Encompassing hurdles within addiction, sexuality, religious identity, and most importantly, mental health. Delves into a journey back to relative sanity and the dark holes fallen in to on the way.

Kimbo’s Vice by Kim Thackeray
16th - 23rd December

Kimbo’s Vice is an undressed, visual playdate. Loud, rude and completely unnecessary.

Perspectives by Tomas Demisivicius
6th - 10th January

The show comprises multi-disciplinary outcomes based on artist work and experiences. Influences include pop art, 2D animation and drawing in a classical sense. The show incorporates new approaches to capturing the beautiful relationship between the artist and the sitter, and Manchester’s vibrant gay scene, while looking for ways to highlight uniqueness and individuality of those willing to participate.

Great To Meet You: Documenting Exchange In Manchester,
12th - 16th January

This exhibition has three strands: visual art, photography and critique. The curator has worked with Refugee charities and their clients over several months. Individual clients who were interested were asked to provide starting points for the artists exhibited. Keen to put the client’s direction first, these prompts are all different, and remain untampered by a curator’s influence. What remains is art made through the marriage of experience and vision.

Narratives of Self Destruction by Rodrigo Blanc
19th - 23rd January

Rodrigo explores the idea of destruction as an intrinsic aspect to the generation of his drawings and creations in general.

Coming Up by Fleur Yearsley
28th - 30th January

A solo exhibition of paintings that explore space, scale and a generation's shared experiences, inviting us to reconnect with ourselves and each other.

Eventually by Tom Burbidge
2nd - 5th February

Showing a series of large format paintings from a very concentrated period of practice, colourful, liberal, fluent and the notion of this ever moving aim as a painter to ‘paint how you want to’.

To support the completed paintings the artist will be performing a live 4 x 5 m canvas, open to the public so one can observe, feel and grasp the sensation of painting as they

experience an in studio atmosphere. ‘Eventually’ encompasses the distance between the aim and the reality.

Is There a Difference Between an Artist and a Curator?
9th - 13th February

“Is there any point in a description when the title says all it needs to”.

Calum Simmons
14th - 19th February

An exploration of subject, dimensionality and colour.