Art History and Curating

Dreams Never End

Dreams Never End is an ongoing project exploring the role of artists in the redevelopment of urban spaces and the rebranding of post-industrial cityscapes. Drawing its inspiration from a walk organised by art historians and Manchester School of Art lecturers’ Gavin MacDonald and Simon Faulkner, the walk began at the School of Art and concluded at Rogue Studios, and was contextualised against readings from Dave Haslam, Steve Hanson, Mark Rainey and Mark Crinson on the regeneration and gentrification of Manchester in recent years.

Originally shown at Rogue Studios Project Space, Dreams Never End was the last exhibition before the closure. Rogue Studios have been purchased as part of Crusader Mill by property developers Capital & Centric, who plan to transform the Georgian building into luxury apartments.

In conversation with David Gledhill (Co-Founder of Rogue Studios), he spoke of a cycle in which creatives relocate to declining industrial areas attracted by the low rental costs, which in turn attracts a market of middle class consumers drawn to the ‘artistic lifestyle’, which subsequently leads to the price of rent rising, pushing artists out of the area.

When Capital & Centric closes the doors of Crusader Mills to Rogue Studios and many others, the spray-painted title Dreams Never End will be left emblazoned on the wall, as a part of the cultural history of the North West.

Curated by third year Art History and Curating students: Amanda Saakwa-Mante, Amelia Surrey, Bethan Thorsby, Elysia Thorpe, and Poppy Wallace.

Features work by Manchester School of Art students Alice Hudson, Bee Garvey, Light Up Collective, Penny Booth and Ruby Conner, alongside archival material from MMU’s Special Collections, and documentation of the original exhibition.