Events in the Gallery at Bankley Studios Manchester

Upcoming Events at Bankley Gallery

Strange Little Things

Private View 26th May 2017 6-9pm
Exhibition continues until 4th June 2017
Open Sat & Sun 12- 5pm

Organised and curated by Bankley member Axel Bottenberg

Darren Adcock, Iain Andrews, Clyve Bonelle, Axel Bottenberg, Jemima Brown, Ben Coode-Adams, Paul Dodgson, Jane Fairhurst, David Hancock, Pascal Nichols, Claire Tindale, Teresa Wilson


The human figure has fascinated artists since the beginning of mankind. A lump of clay, fashioned into a human shape, a simple carving from wood or stone. The human figure is without doubt the most recognised form of sculpture in the world.

Axel Bottenberg has chosen a number of artists who have been making small scale human / humanoid figures to contribute to this show. Each artist has their own approach to using the human figure, but an overriding element is their use of a quirky nature or strange narrative.

Some artists are already fairly established, and Axel knew their work from within the Manchester art scene, others are less known and were recommended to him by friends; some he stumbled across in art events, some are long term friends whose work he respects and values.

Previous Events at Bankley Gallery

Thirty Paintings About Nothing : Martin Olsson & Gary Andrew Clarke

Preview Evening: Friday 13th March, 6-8pm
Open: 14th-31st March

Thirty Paintings About Nothing is a two person exhibition featuring Bankley AIR 2015 Martin Olsson and Bankley studio member Gary Andrew Clarke. The two artists have developed the exhibition following Olsson's artist residency at Bankley Gallery between December 2014 - March 2015.

"Without narrative beyond the paint itself, the works in this show take related yet opposing stances on colour, shape and progression. Movement versus stillness, multitude versus repetition within a reductive field are central aspects in this collection. Hard edges, flatness and adherence to fundamentals also unite these works." Martin Olsson, 2015

A Christmas Pop-Up

Open:
Friday 28th November, 4-8pm
Saturday 29th November, 12-4pm

The Pop-Up offers visitors the perfect opportunity to buy unique gifts and affordable artwork directly from our resident artists. Join us for a mulled wine or something cold from the bar, and see the exciting diversity of work produced at Bankley Studios across our exhibition space and stalls, including prints, paintings, sculpture, jewellery and much more!

SAMs Art will be also be running a drop-in workshop suitable for all ages where you can make your own Festive Decoration on Friday 28th, from 4-7.30pm.

Munkispanner Clothing // Paul Dodgson // Lucy Harvey // Hannah Brown // Raul Gutierrez // Jane Dzisiewski // Clair Graubner // Ian Massey // Jessica Browning // Linda Spiteri // David Jarrett // Martha Jean Lineham // Stewart Kelly // Eric Morris // Stacey Coughlin

RSVP to our Facebook Events Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/330490303806718/

Why not make a night of it with Levy Night Market running over the road from 4-9pm on Friday 28th November? Levenshulme Market

Bankley Open Call & Open Studios 2014

Bankley Open Call 2014
Launch Evening: Friday 10th October, 6-9pm
Open: Saturdays and Sundays until 26th October, 12-4pm
Facebook Events page: www.facebook.com/events/1475817086016676

Congratulations to our first prize winner, Holly Rowan Hesson who has been awarded £500 and a solo show at Bankley Gallery in 2015. Our second prize of £150 Fred Aldous vouchers went to Matt Davies.

This year's shortlist and winners were selected by Chris Bloor, Co-Director of & Model Gallery, Leeds; Kate Jesson, Curator at Manchester City Art Gallery; Kwong Lee, Director of Castlefield Gallery, Manchester and Peter Seal, artist and overall winner of Bankley Open Call 2013.



The Bankley Open Call 2014 Shortlist:
Iain Andrews
Holly Rowan Hesson
Lisa Denyer
Claire Tindale
Jessica Edge
Irene Pérez Hernández
Sandra Bouguerch
Corinna Spencer
Stewart Geddes
Jane Fairhurst
Pat Flynn
Aaron Pearce
Matt Davies
Katrin Mäurich
Martin Olsson
Maggie Hargreaves
Gary Andrew Clarke
Cameron Scott
Axel Bottenberg
Jane Lawson


Read more about our selected artists on the Bankley blog.

The Open Call 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 £500 and a solo show at Bankley Gallery next year. We also have a fantastic second prize of £150 vouchers to spend at Fred Aldous, Manchester.

Read more about the Open Call here: http://www.bankley.org.uk/open-call

Bankley Open Studios 2014
Launch Evening: Friday 10th October 6-9pm
Open Studios: 11th & 12th October 12-4pm

Bankley will open to the public three floors of artist’s studios and the work of over 30 artists, covering all artistic disciplines. Painting and drawing, sculpture and ceramics, photography and video art-forms are represented, show-casing the diversity and quality of work by artists currently resident at this renowned artist co-operative.

A6 Dialogue Two

A6 Dialogue Two : Wrap Party
Saturday 18th August, 2-4pm
The Wrap Party draws to a close the second A6 exhibition with a final chance to view the work and discuss where A6 Dialogue will go next alongside a new performance by artist Mike Chavez-Dawson.

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A6 Dialogue Two
Private view: 8th August, 6-8pm
Open: Saturday 9th and 16th August, 12-4pm

Bankley are delighted to host A6 Dialogue Two, the second of a series of inspiring conversations between artists and studios around the A6 and further afield.

To find out more please see the A6 Dialogue blog: www.a6dialogue.wordpress.com

Peter Seal

Private view 18th July, 6-8pm
Open: Saturdays and Sundays until 27th July, 11-4pm

Following on from his award of first prize in the inaugural Bankley Open Call exhibition last year, this show presents an opportunity to enjoy a major body of works on canvas and paper by the artist Peter Seal.

Born in Scotland, and resident in Manchester since the early Eighties, Peter Seal has built a solid reputation for his quietly powerful abstract paintings. The work is notable for its subtle geometries and resonant colour. Notwithstanding their apparent simplicity, each of Seal’s paintings can be six to eight weeks in the making, much of which might be not in the physical act of painting itself, but in a highly considered assimilation or “settling time”. The work is notable also for its craftsmanship and its beauty of surface, achieved through a gradual process of layering.

Along with canvases, Seal will also show a substantial group of black and white collages. These are more organic in form and process to the paintings, and serve as a parallel activity.

Read more about the Bankley Open Call: www.bankley.wordpress.com/tag/bankley-open-call-2013

www.peterseal.net

Unmade In England - Amanda Whewell

Private View: Friday 13th June, 6-9pm
Open: every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 5th July, 11-4pm

Unmade in England emerged from a process based project which involved deconstructing charity shop clothes and reconstructing them into balls of yarn and quilted fabric. The resulting yarn and quilts had the potential to be transformed into something else...

Pre-used clothing & household textiles are unmade and remade to create evolving artworks. The familiarity of the materials makes the work accessible and evocative whilst the demolition process harbours disturbing undertones.

The fabrics have individual histories from which secrets can be discovered and fragments recognized to tell a story or ignite a memory.

Amanda will be running free workshops inspired by the exhibition on 21, 22, 28, 29 June, details to follow on www.unmadeinengland.blogspot.com

A Dream Within a Dream

Private View: 15th May 6-9pm
Open: Saturdays 17th May - 7th Jun, 12.30-5.30pm

Plus Space Coventry presents Karl Bielik, Claudia Boese, Valerie Brennan,
Sarah McNulty, Sophie Rees, Melanie Russell,
Sabine Tress

"Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?"
Edgar Allan Poe

The exhibition takes its title from a work by Sabine Tress, ‘A dream within a dream’, 2014. The Edgar Allan Poe poem which it shares the same name with is a poem about trying to distinguish between reality and fantasy.

In a similar way to dreaming, the activity of abstract painting often treads the line between reality and fantasy, sometimes it is hard to separate the two from each other. The unconscious state of dreaming offers us access to different memories and ideas, whilst in painting we can often look back at created paintings and realise that something has been included in the work from a previous memory.

The fully immersive activity of creating an abstract painting, with the full involvement, and the enjoyment of the process can create a kind of flow. This cognitive flow is a well accepted an idea proposed by Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Cognitive flow suggests that some activities creates an energized focus, and results in all your attention being put into the task at hand with no more attention being left for anything else. There is a merging of action and awareness as well as improvement of performance which results in a intrinsically rewarding experience.

The focus of flow can offer clear goals and direction which in turn offers great feedback, giving the painter the feeling that their actions matter and have a real effect on the painting and world.

A Dream within a Dream continues a thread of Pluspace exhibitions, such as Painted Thought (2014), Without an Edge there is no Middle (2013), Form / Function (2013) and Meditations (2013), that examines contemporary painting.

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Mind Flux

7-9pm
A group exhibition featuring artwork by first year students studying on BA Visual Arts
At University of Salford
http://www.salford.ac.uk/ug-courses/visual-arts#tab_year_2014-15

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100 Adapted Orphans - Jo Clements

Opening event Thursday 1st May 2014, 6-8pm
Open 12-4pm from 2-7th May 2014

The exhibition will show 100 films, displayed as QR codes, that make up the work '100 Adapted Orphans'. Random glimpses of narrative experienced both via the printed text and within the films' content, construct an incomplete and therefore partly imagined analysis of real situations, individuals, theories and movements. The films have been sourced from online moving image archives and respond to the artists ongoing research into the relationships between original intent/provenance, digital consumer and object, copyright and the resulting implications/tensions for the re-appropriation of existing materials.

www.joclements.co.uk

A6

[Off site event]

A group show featuring artists from Bankley Studios & Gallery, Mirabel and Third Floor Studios

Preview evening: Friday 7th March, 6-9pm at PS Mirbel, Mirabel Street, M3 1PJ
Open Saturdays 11-5pm, until 19th April

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http://psmirabel.co.uk/