Events in the Gallery at Bankley Studios Manchester

Current Events at Bankley Gallery

BLANK LIONS

Katrin Hanusch
Linda Hemmersbach
Jack Vickridge
Isobel Wohl


PV Friday 15th June 2018, 7-9pm (with a reading by Isobel Wohl)
Exhibition continues until 30th June 2018
Open Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment


BLANK LIONS brings together four UK-based artists working in sculpture, drawing and painting. Interested in the ‘Un’ within ‘Un-knowing’, the works play with a reversal of known processes and the un-doing of learned knowledge, questioning clarity and the pre-meditated within the making process.

Sharing a material-driven approach, particular attention is paid to touch, surface, colour and arrangement. Materials from the artists’ everyday surroundings are selected for their specific physical and pictorial qualities– concrete, mud, biodegradable plastic packaging or discarded laptop screens. The magnification of these qualities draws attention to the act of looking and questions the way we touch and experience the world. Muted tones reminiscent of the palette of Piero della Francesca hint at times of transition within the natural world, just as the works on display move from one visual language to another.

BLANK LIONS refers to the term HIC SVNT LEONES (Here are lions), which was used by Roman and Medieval cartographers when denoting unknown territories on maps. Rather than striving towards eventually discovering and naming unknown locations, the artists seem to be interested in moving towards a state of blankness; erasing that which is unnecessary and allowing space for the presence of something that cannot be named. Subtle stitching on transparent plastic, silent screens void of information, calligraphic marks reminiscent of landscapes and scattered fragments of dusty–coloured cement, suggest that blankness and muteness can be forms of understanding rather than things to be identified.

When we imagine the works as ‘texts from a language that has not been given to us to read’(Berger, J.), meaning is found within the gaps of information, where absence is filled with resonance and new possibilities arise within the loss of solidity.

Previous Events at Bankley Gallery

Shaping the Void

Fiona Grady | Linda Hemmersbach | Hannah Luxton

Exhibition Private View: Friday 9th September, 7-9pm
Exhibition continues: 10th – 24th September
Open Saturdays 11am-4pm or by appointment

This exhibition presents three painters united by their belief in painting’s power to transcend the physical world by activating imagination. The artists share a fascination with our ideas of the void, and an affinity with Eastern philosophy and spirituality, which perceives this nothingness as full of energy and light. In their romantic yearning for a sense of intimacy, Hannah, Fiona and Linda are attentive to subtle changes in colour, tone, opacity, and to the negative spaces in between, as they look to capture the intangible and reveal the invisible.

Each artist invokes a visual language that is less defined within the descriptive, recognisable forms of everyday life – instead presenting a hidden view. Minimal forms and gestures speak of an essence in their search for a purer state. The works ask questions rather than giving answers; call for intuition rather than logic; and open a space for imagination to explore and reflect.

www.lindahemmersbach.com
www.fionagrady.co.uk
www.hannahluxton.com

Ness Donnelly : The Undoing of Penelope

Exhibition Opening: Friday 29th July, 7-9pm
Exhibition continues: 30th July- 13th August
Open Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm

Artist Talk 6th August, 2pm

Curated by Zoe Watson

Ness Donnelly was artist in residence at Bankley’s Studio 20 in May and June 2016. During this time she developed a series of Textile works and drawings based around the myth
of Penelope, wife of Odysseus in The Odyssey of Homer.

Donnelly is interested in the repetitive act of undoing and redoing. Deconstructing and then re-presenting the cloth, by removing threads and replacing them with new thread or leaving the space empty to change the form of the material.Similarly within her paper works she takes something away to leave a trace of the original behind.

www.nessdonnelly.com

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Level Seven presents : We Are Who We Are

Level Seven Collective is a group of seven female artists exploring themes surrounding feminine social concerns, stemming from a range of female perspectives. We are a group of female artists working together, however it is not only gender that defines our practice. We will be showing works which range across mediums including painting, sculpture, performance and video.

Collective artists include: Samantha Mayo, Laura Daniels, Cecily Shrimpton. Farhaana Katun, Hannah Connor, Danielle Harrison and Olivia Brittain.

Exhibition preview: Friday 1st July, 6-9pm.

Exhibition continues Sat 2nd - Tues 5th July 12-4pm.

More info: http://levelsevencollective.wix.com/home
Contact: levelsevencollective@hotmail.com

The Great Unanswered

THE GREAT UNANSWERED: VOLUME I

What is time? How did the universe begin? How did we end up here?

The Great Unanswered: Volume I sees eight intriguing emerging artists, hand-picked by Scaffold Gallery, responding to some of life’s most perplexing and impossible questions.

Bijan Amini-Alavijeh: Why Is There Something Instead Of Nothing?

Thomas Cole Tyler: What Is Time?

Gregory Hayman: What Is Dark Energy?

Adam Ralph: How Did We End Up Here?

Eden Mitsenmacher: What Is Consciousness?

Emily Simpson: Nature Or Nurture?

Laura Welsman: How Did The Universe Begin?

Jake Moore: What Is Everything In The Universe Made Of?


Exhibition Opening: Friday 17th June, 7-9pm

Open: 18th -19th June 11am-2pm
Open by appointment: 20-24th June


Volume II and III will follow, at two venues in Manchester with another 13 artists, taking place in July and August. Visit www.scaffoldgallery.com/the-great-unanswered for more information on the other events.

PROCESS

‘Process’ is a group exhibition featuring the work of current members at Bankley Studios. The exhibition invites you to engage in a variety of making and thinking processes, exploring the different methodologies behind artistic decision-making.

The work questions notions of the ‘finished’ artwork, how artists engage with their chosen medium and materials, and how the process of making ultimately informs the outcome. Process may also relate to a chosen subject matter and the recording of changing states within a series of actions.

Featuring sculpture, video, painting, drawing, textiles and photography, ‘Process’ aims to highlight the diversity of art practices at Bankley Studios, bringing them together to celebrate our newly refurbished Gallery Space.

The exhibition ties in a with a programme of talks, residencies and open studio events throughout May and June around the idea of ‘Process’. For more information please visit: www.studio20bankley.wordpress.com

Preview:
27th May, 7-9pm

Opening hours:
Sat 28th May, Sat 4th June, Sat 11th June, 12-4pm
or by appointment

www.facebook.com/events/1322996551089149/

STUDIO 20: Mexican Muralism: Then & Now

Thursday 28th April 2016
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Bankley Studios & Gallery invites you to a talk with Mexican artist and Bankley Studios member Raul Gutierrez Loya on Mexican Muralism and its influence in New Muralism. The talk will be relaxed and is relevant to anyone interested in art, Mexican art, muralism, Latin America, public art and street art in general. The event is free to attend and will take place in the Project Space (Studio 20) on the 3rd floor.
The talk is part of a series of art events organised by Bankley Studios supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The space is limited and the entry is free, so please register as soon as possible to not miss this interesting talk.

Find out more and book your ticket:
www.mexicanmuralism.eventbrite.co.uk

Assembly: An installation by Holly Rowan Hesson

Preview Friday 18th March 6-8pm
Continues Sat 19th March, Sat 26th March and Sat 2nd April
12-4pm

Facebook event listing: www.facebook.com/events/678050199000105

Artist's website and event details: http://hollyrowanhesson.co.uk/2016/03/assembly-solo-show-at-bankley-gallery/

STUDIO 20: A Slow Joy

Studio 20
Third Floor
Bankley Studios & Gallery

Exhibition Dates: 12 – 18 March

An underground film event and mystical creative installation built, curated and realised by the band Groves and good friends presented at Studio20, Bankley Studios,

We invite you to watch a film called A Slow Joy…

The rough cut is the final cut, its slow and long, and we’re showing the film every night for a week within a fun, strange world that we have created within the gallery space.

Exhibition Dates: 12 – 18 March
Opening Event: 12 March, 6-11pm


Installation Opening Times
(By appointment, contact Luca: 07907780779)

12/03 – 6pm – 11pm
13/03 – 6pm – 9pm
14/03 – 6pm – 9pm
15/03 – 6pm – 9pm
16/03 – 6pm – 9pm
17/03 – 6pm – 9pm
18/03 – 10am -1:30pm

A Slow Joy – Film Screenings

13/03 – 9pm – 10:30pm
14/03 – 9pm – 10:30pm
15/03 – 9pm – 10:30pm
16/03 – 9pm – 10:30pm
17/03 – 9pm – 10:30pm
18/03 – 1:30pm – 3pm

Open Call 2015

The Bankley Open Call 2015 returns for the third year. The annual open exhibition once again invites contemporary artists of any age or experience living within the UK, and working in any 2D media, video, or sculpture, to participate and be in with a chance of winning our first prize of £400 and a solo show at Bankley Gallery next year. We also have a second prize of £100 and a month long residency in our project space.

For more information on last year's Open Call winner Holly Rowan Hesson, runner-up Matt Davies and the other exhibitors visit www.bankley.wordpress.com

The selection of work and award of prizes will be made by an impressive panel:

Bryony Bond - Curator, The Whitworth
Matthew Pendergast - Programme Manager, Castlefield Gallery
Paul Stanley - Programme and Engagement Coordinator, CFCCA
Holly Rowan Hesson - Artist, winner of Bankley Open Call 2014

Valley of the Shadow - James Roper

OPENING NIGHT: July 31st, Friday, 6-9pm

Having previously pursued film-making as a side project, through script writing and the making of short films - including the Vimeo Awards shortlisted film 'Outside' - James Roper’s new body of work now uses one of his unfinished screenplays as a document from which to extract and explore themes and ideas, not in film, but within other disciplines, including drawing, video art, installation, music, graphic design and painting.

‘Valley of the Shadow’ will include new drawings and paintings from the series, as well as work that originally debuted in Roper‘s last solo show ‘The Inscending Spiral’ at Mirus Gallery in San Francisco.

View by appointment: August 1st-14th
+ a personal tour around the exhibition from the artist (optional)
Contact:jropermail@gmail.com

**PRINT SALE up to 80% OFF**
Giclée and screen prints will be available to purchase at the opening at discounted prices

RSVP: www.facebook.com/events/1461257244192457/

More work from James Roper: www.jroper.co.uk