Online: COVID Commissions

Summer programme: #CovidCommissions 

In collaboration with key partners across the North West, we’re delighted to announce six new commissions for the Collection – aiming to capture contemporary experiences during the pandemic, as well as supporting artists who may have otherwise lost work.

Selected artists include: Sarah Eyre (with Open Eye Gallery), Kiara Mohamed (with Open Eye Gallery), Parham Ghalamdar (with Castlefield Gallery) Mandy Cleveland (with Hot Bed Press), Marija Bozinovska Jones (with AND Festival in partnership with Somerset House), and artist Jack Tan.

The selected artists will make work that responds to the wider and deeper impacts of the current situation on our sense of community, connection, wellbeing and belonging; ranging from our relationship to each other and ourselves, to our changing experience of digital and natural environments.

An element of each project will be launched online here during Summer 2020, and the final works shared at our New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery in 2021.


Still from untitled GIF, (2020), Sarah Eyre. Digital GIF

Sarah Eyre
Co-commission with Open Eye Gallery

Eyre’s series of GIF collages will explore our new senses of fragmented space (physical, virtual, public and private), with a focus on the impact of Covid on women, who have been disproportionately affected by lockdown.

View the first GIF here with a blog post from Sarah
– Read more about the project here


a light blue and purple background. a digital drawing of a blackbird sitting on barbed wire. it is drawn quite quickly and loosely. the image is a still from an animated film called Birds or Borders

Parham Ghalamdar, Birds or Borders, still from digital animation (2020)

Parham Ghalamdar
Birds or Borders
Co-commission with Castlefield Gallery

 ‘Birds or Borders’ considers the politics of movement, borders & freedom, through an ‘absurdist’ approach to narrative.

– Now online: watch the full video artwork here.
– Read more about the project here.


Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/PA

Marija Bozinovska Jones
Beginningless Mind
Co-commission with AND Festival and Somerset House Studios

A three-fold audio-visual narrative which examines the ‘flowing process of interconnectedness’.

– Watch the online premiere with Somerset House Studios 1st – 30th September
– Read more about the project here


Detail: Jack Tan. Covid bruise marks – Tale As Old As Time (ceramic decal), 2020. Digital image. Courtesy of the Artist

Jack Tan
Tale As Old As Time

Tan’s work addresses the rise in anti-Chinese racism during Covid, situated within a history of Chinese civil rights narratives that are often overlooked in the UK.

– Read more about the project here
– Aug 2020: Read our Q&A with the artist


Mandy Cleveland Chairs 2020

Mandy Cleveland
Back of the Envelope
Co-commission with Hot Bed Press

Mandy’s series of drawings consider the simultaneous sense of ‘personal and global uncertainty’ during the covid-19 pandemic.

– Read our Q&A with Mandy here
– Find out more about the project here


Coming soon:
New work by Kiara Mohamed
Co-commissioned with Open Eye Gallery

Kiara’s commission will approach the personal impact that Covid 19 has had specifically on the lives of Black and brown people. Using video calls as a device, Mohamed will photograph these conversations as they occur, giving a view into how daily life and the way we relate to each other have changed.

Read more about the commission here.