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New NQ Bar Wants Artists

PLY throws open a wall to creatives

Written by . Published on June 20th 2014.

New NQ Bar Wants Artists

THE SECOND eagerly anticipated bar from the team behind Northern Quarter favourite Kosmonaut is yet to open, but they've already thrown open their walls.

PLY will open to the public officially in August, but a pre-launch exhibition and event will take place in July.

Due to open in August, the bar is hoping to be a haven for creatives and is asking them to come forward to help decorate. No paint rollers or wallpaper mind, PLY wants artists to collaborate on their doodle wall within their 5500 square foot venue and contribute to their monthly exhibitions.

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 At 17.03.06PLY is the latest bar for Northern Quarter's Stevenson Square

The doodle wall will take up a full wall of the bar and artists have been invited to make their mark with designs, scribbles and sketches. The wall will be wiped clean every six weeks to allow new artists to showcase their work with a media launch and an opportunity to sell their designs via the bar and PLY website.

PLY are also after bookworms, with owners hoping that the new bar diner will be "somewhere you can stay awhile, and to this end is launching a book exchange, where you'll be welcome to sit and read for as long as you like." 

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 At 17.03.45Books, books, books

Literary lovers are invited to drop a book off, take a book away or swap with other bookish types in the bar and discuss opinions and reviews. Anyone with old or unwanted books and magazines can drop them off at 8 Stevenson Square anytime.

PLY will open to the public officially in August, but a pre-launch exhibition and event will take place in July.

Those interested in exhibiting or collaborating should email: hello@ply.co.uk

Follow PLY on Twitter at @plymcr

Or on Facebook here.

Follow Niamh Spence on Twitter at @missnspence

PLY will occupy the door on the rightPLY will occupy the door on the right

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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Poster BoyJune 20th 2014.

The writer seems to be under the misapprehension that more bars means more 'creatives' -whatever they are. There is a tipping point at which more bars invariably means more 'circuits', means more popularity, means more erosion, means more 'trouble'.

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AnonJune 20th 2014.

Erm... what?

AnonymousJune 20th 2014.

Yes, it'll become the Kavos of Manchester.

AnonymousJune 20th 2014.


AnonymousJune 20th 2014.

Other cities have heavily concentrated bar areas so why not Manchester? and if not here then where? People are always complaining that there is no good bar crawl areas in town.

rinkydinkJune 20th 2014.

The reason that there are more and more bars is because people like you and me are greedy and all want a piece of the action. So what do we do? Save our pennies, buy a space and open a bar. You speak like this is being foisted on us by aliens or the council (same thing?)

AnonymousJune 20th 2014.

The Northern Quarter is dead, long live The Southern Quarter ! I use to be a Creative but I'm alright now.

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AnonymousJune 20th 2014.

Hope do this is ironic. There is no southern quarter. That's just an awful made up name from Thornley Groves.

Mark.June 20th 2014.

Like, totally.

AnonymousJune 20th 2014.

Frightened of getting beaten up by The Big Eared Boys are we Poster Bwoi ?????????

AnonymousJune 20th 2014.

Why do businesses ask artists, but not plumbers, to work for free?

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