The popular Art Battle format will stage its next creative bout in the ornate surrounds of London Road Fire Station.

The event invites artists from near and far to test their nerve and steadiness of hand under timed conditions and in front of an audience. Past winners include Carlotta Allum, Trik9, Dave Sharp and SLM, and with a capacity of 500, you’ll need to act quickly to see the next winner working firsthand.

The former fire station is undergoing redevelopment since being bought by Allied London late last year, but has been opening its doors in the meantime to reintroduce the building to the city.

Other events lined up for the former fire station include Made Here on Saturday 10 September, an open market day featuring mosaics, craft ales, pizza, homeware, fresh breads and more across a range of local artisans, which will be based both in the courtyard and Engine Room.

There are also tours being run three days each week through August, led by Manchester Confidential writer Jonathan Schofield.

The venue is an exciting prospect for sensitively regenerating Manchester’s heritage buildings for modern usage, and was the subject of long-term campaigns by both Manchester City Council and the Friends of London Road Fire Station community group to wrestle control from the former owner, Britannia Hotels. Current owners Allied London have been holding public consultations, with ideas ranging from film screenings to room escape scenarios.

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The London Road Art Battle will take place on Friday 14 October as part of Design Manchester 2016.

Made Here takes place on Saturday 10 September and is free entry.

Tickets remaining for the London Road Fire Station tours on Tuesdays 23 and 30 August, 2016.

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