Righton Building

Cavendish Street


M15 6BG

Pavement Gallery is an exhibition space set within a listed building which was formerly a drapery store. The window space gallery is not accessible to the public, but due to its corner site – opposite Manchester School of Art and the bustling Oxford Road - it provides a highly visible stage for the display of contemporary art.


The floor to ceiling windows and situation within a busy part of the city centre make Pavement an ideal location for showing contemporary works in a very “public” way. The nature of the exhibition space means that there is very little threshold between the work and everyday surroundings. The exhibitions seek to utilise and exploit its position in order to become part of the everyday experience of the passer-by. The work on show can be seen 24 hours a day.


The gallery returns in Autumn 2019 after previously running from 2009 – 2013. Previous exhibitions include:

John Cage: On Nothing ( 5th July 2019 – ongoing)

Mark Titchner: The World isn’t working (31st January – 15th March 2013)

Martin Creed: Work no.268 Half the air in a given space (21st September – 1st November 2012)

David Batchelor: Magic Hour (16th February – 11th April 2012)


Antoni Muntadas: Warning: Perception Requires Involvement (8th December 2011 – 1st February 2012)

Lawrence Weiner: Works (30th September – 12th December 2010)


Toby Paterson: Ever Growing Never Old, Looped (27th April – 6th June 2010)


Marita Fraser, Matthew Higgs, Emile Pitoiset and Chu Yun: Silent Post (2nd July – 13th August 2009)

William Raban: Kamera Kinetics (14th February – 17th March 2009)


Rut Blees Luxemburg: Caliban Towers (December 2008 – February 2009)