Cultural | Social | Urban
Buddleia is a newly formed commissioning agency based in Manchester whose name is taken from the persistent shrub that flourishes in every environment.
Buddleia takes a collaborative approach to commissioning by shaping a process that allows artists, residents and agencies to work together.
Buddleia’s approach embraces people art and place through artist’s commissions, residencies and projects. We also offer consultancy and expertise in urban and social enquiry and deliver regular symposium and critical events.
Buddleia is a culmination of a ten-year track record of engaging with the complexities and the social understanding of the public realm as well as delivering bold, life-changing art in public spaces.
Buddleia was set up in 2010 by independent curator, Kerenza McClarnan, as an attempt to help develop a culture of ‘socially engaged’ art practice within the city. Prior to this, Kerenza produced a number of projects in the field of public art and social engagement for organisations across the North West, including Liverpool Biennial, Manchester International Festival and Channel 4’s Big Art Project.