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

Valuing Women's Work - Valuing Herstory

Exhibition 30th July - 14th August 2011

Gallery Open Saturdays 30th July, 6th August, 13th August 1.00 - 6.00pm
Preview Friday 29th July 6-8pm


Creative hands foundation in partnership with Oxfam will be showing the work of two Sure Start women's groups in South Manchester who have been exploring the value and their personal experiences of unpaid work.

Further information can be obtained from m.lindsay@creativehandsfoundation.org

Distorted Interior Barriers

2nd July - 16th July 2011
Opening evening 2nd July from 3pm onwards

Gallery open Sat & Sun 2 & 3, 9 & 10 and 16 & 17th July 2011 11.00 - 5.00pm

Workshop 9th July 1.00 - 3.00pm

Through wide expanses of texture, collage and colour stretched across the walls and floor, Garth Simmons creates an environment of dislocations and skewed perspectives. His juxtapositions of scale and finely interlaced pattern transform the gallery space into a fully immersive, cerebral landscape.

http://garth-simmons.blogspot.com/

Pursuing the Narrative

Opening Friday 27th May 2011 6.30 - 9.00pm

Gallery open 28th & 29th May - 4th & 5th, 10th & 11th June 11-5pm


Pursuing the Narrative is a collaboration between two Manchester-based practitioners, writer and artist Jo Manby, and artist Gary James Williams. This exhibition explores the narrative of the written word, installation and the moving image, examining the blurred frontier between written and visual fictions.

Jo Manby is a freelance writer and artist who writes various types of fiction. She works in painting, sculpture and drawing and has extensive experience of gallery curating and project management.

Gary James Williams exhibits internationally, working in a broad interdisciplinary practice. Williams’ work enquires into the creative potentials of the narrative structure, the arena of storytelling and our relationship with the material and the ephemeral.



Photo credits

Pursuing the Narrative drawing © Jo Manby 2011

Preview Event sponsored by Barefoot Wine

Vernacular Spaces - Sangita and Monixa Mistry

Opening Friday 18th March 2011 7.00 - 9.00pm

Artists Discussion Saturday 26th March 2.00 - 4.30pm

Gallery Open Sat & Sun 19th, 20th and 26th, 27th March and Sat & Sun 2nd, 3rd April 10.00 - 4.00pm

A participatory photography project gives insight into how two different communities of high school students from India and England occupy and define their personal space.

www.sangitamistry.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/monixa.creations

Preview Event sponsored by Barefoot Wine

Really

Opening Friday 12th November 7-10 pm

Open Sat & Sun 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 & 28 Nov 1.00 - 5.00pm or by appointment,
phone Philip Kennedy on 0161 434 9320

Local artist Philip Kennedy shows carvings, fabrications and paintings from the past 5 years exploring figurative and gestural themes with an emphasis on partial and fleeting aspects of the real world


www.philip-kennedy.com

Creative Cityscape Workshop

Saturday 23rd October 2010
12.00 - 4.00pm
Suitable for all ages

Come and have a go to help draw and build a city that surpasses all others through imagination and creativity. Through drawing, collage and sculpture, add to the skyline with your own architectural masterpiece; a floating park of the future, a farmpartment or a museum of pencils – anything to make the most diverse and creative city in the world – in Levenshulme!


Please be aware - children must be accompanied by an adult.

Part of Levenshulme Festival: www.levenshulmefestival.co.uk

Bankley Studios Open and Processed Limitations

Open Studios 2010
Sat 25 September 11.00 - 6.00pm
Sun 26 September 12.00 - 4.00pm

Processed Limitations
Sat & Sun 25 - 26 September 12.00 - 5.00pm
Sat & Sun 2 - 3 October 12.00 - 5.00pm

Preview for both events
Saturday 25 September 6.00 - 9.00pm

The yearly event when artists open their studio spaces to the viewing public. This year, the event is accompanied by "Processed Limitations" the drawing practices of Stephen Ashdown, JoMcGonigal and Evangelia Spiliopoulou - all recent graduates of Manchester Metropolitan University's MAFA - the work is conceptual, visually dissimilar and technically diverse with a highly individual aesthetic outcome.

Duck Shoot Dino Rescue

Opening Fri 3 Sept 6 - 9
Open Days Saturday, Sunday 4 & 5, 18 & 19 1-6pm
Coffee and Cake Event Sun 12 1-6
Closing Down Sale Sat 18 1-6

Axel Bottenberg is supported by Imitate Gallery in association with Bankley House Studio Gallery. Imitate's Director describes the work: "With a punchy penchant for insane ideas, Bottenberg bolts together a dizzying array of imagery incorporating both classic and contemporary iconography in a technically brilliant visual mashup"

For more info or to arrange a purchase contact 0161 850 0123, info@imitate.org.uk website:
www.axelbottenberg.co.uk

M19's Raree-Show

Open weekends 17, 18, 24, 25 July 11-4pm
Other times by appointment only tom24evans@yahoo.com


Thomas Evans, Laura Simms and Fiona Campbell challenge the traditional 'white cube' approach to art exhibitions with box-like galleries within Bankley Gallery . They explore the idea of the 'peepshow' or 'raree (rarity) to enable unusual visual experiences.

For more information:
www.M19.moonfruit.com

Windows Project

Carolyn Curtis Magri and Charlie Ryder

03 July - 04 July 2010
This weekend event opens with a lunch at 1pm on Saturday 3rd July.

Carolyn Curtis Magri and Charlie Ryder explore the experience of being in a prison from two sides of the divide with posters and performance. Carolyn is an Art and Design Tutor in Offender Learning and Charlie, an ex-offender.