Modal Gallery

Showcasing those at the forefront of the digital artworld.

Modal invites you to experience cutting-edge, immersive digital artwork using the latest technologies across three major exhibitions a year.

Explore our large LED façade, cinema, open plan gallery and much more in the heart of Manchester.

What’s on

Details of our next Modal exhibition are coming soon – check back here for details.

Previous Exhibitions

Slip.Stream.Slip (Part 2)
Resistance and Velocity in Game Engine Culture

13 October – 16 December 2022
Mon-Fri: 12pm – 5pm

Part two of our inaugural exhibition, Slip.Stream.Slip, focuses on game engine culture and the shift toward gamification as a model for understanding our lived experiences. The exhibition explores the tensions and contested spaces that open up when the micro politics of everyday living meet complex, simulated worlds.

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SODA Building at Night

Get Involved

Modal is located just off Oxford Road at the School of Digital Arts and its exhibitions are free and open to all.

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Collaborate with Modal

Modal particularly seeks to amplify artistic voices from underrepresented communities supported by UK and international arts and research funding. If you want to be kept up to date with calls for artists and collaboration opportunities please email

Who we are

Based in the heart of one of Europe’s fastest growing digital cities, Modal is a new digital gallery that will showcase artists working at the forefront of creative technology.

Featuring three major exhibitions a year by local and international artists, alongside its exhibition programme, Modal will also have a rich and provocative line-up of talks, conferences and performances.

Modal combines a dynamic production centre with multiple styles of exhibition space to facilitate innovative work in traditional and emerging art forms. Exhibiting artists will be supported by advanced labs for extended reality, video making, sound art and design, motion capture and more.

Modal is located within the School of Digital Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University – a £35M investment to drive the next generation of creative practitioners studying at the intersection of storytelling, technology and innovation.

Curatorial Team

Curatorial Committee

  • Barbara London (former videoart Department Director MoMA, New York)
  • Emma Enderby (Chief Curator at The Shed, NY)
  • Gaby Jenks (Director of Digital Programmes at Manchester International Festival)
  • Nadim Samman (Curator KW Berlin, Berlin)
  • Soh Yeong Roh (Director Art Center Nabi, Korea)
  • Mi You (Professor of Art and Economics at University of Kassel)
  • Ben Vickers (Serpentine Gallery, London)
  • Monica Bello (Curator and Head of Arts at CERN)