“Curated by Lucy Harvey, a studio holder, it’s an admirably outward-looking show: rather than focusing specifically on the Rogue artists’ plight, the exhibition explores the shifting place and purpose of production in the city more generally. Works such as Helen Wheeler’s ‘What Was Is No Longer’, a nostalgic image of factory towers disappearing into over-exposure on a tear drop-shaped piece of photosensitive glass, make the tacit argument that industry, once the mainstay of Manchester’s identity, is steadily being eliminated. The original functionality of the factory is translated into a decorative object, highlighting the irony of the ‘industrial chic’ aesthetic that prevails in mills repurposed for commercial and residential use.”
Exhibition Private View and Awards Ceremony: 7th October 2016, 6-9pm
The annual open exhibition invites contemporary artists living within the UK, working in any 2D media, video, or sculpture, to be in with a chance of both participating in the Open Call group exhibition and winning Bankley’s prize.
This year the selection panel included:
Poppy Bowers – Exhibition Curator at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Ann Bukantas – Head of Fine Art at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Katie Rutherford – Director & Curator at Object / A, Manchester
Charlie Booth – Programme Co-ordinator at Redeye Photography Network
Matt Davies – Artist, Winner of Bankley Open Call 2015
Begin Well, End Better
Exhibition continues Saturdays and Sundays 12 – 4pm until 22nd October 2016
I will be taking part in the Manchester School of Art, Fine Art Staff exhibition “Under the shadow of natural things” during February & March 2015. It will be held in the Benzie Gallery, within the Benzie Buidling on Higher Ormond Street, Manchester.
I am currently taking part in a group exhibition titled “Third Space” in the new Cardroom Gallery, 68-72 Chapeltown Street, Manchester, OL5 0HS.
Brought together though conversations between artists in Manchester and York and in an effort to bring closer links between the two cities, Magnus Quaife has selected a small group of works that demonstrate a playful and determined attitude to artistic practices.
The gallery is open on Fridays from 12-4 or by appointment (call 07811 267752).