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Current Events from Bankley Gallery Artists

II. A Tale of Two Cities (Manchester to Leeds)

Depot Art Studios at BasementArtsProject present . . .

II. A Tale of Two Cities (Manchester to Leeds)

The last five years have seen a significant period of development for both BasementArtsProject; Leeds and Depot Art Studios; Manchester. Defined over time by a sense of mutual support for each others projects A Tale of Two Cities / A City of Two Tales will be the first opportunity for these two organisations to realise a project that cements a long term working relationship.

Bankley member Linda Hemmersbach will be exhibiting alongside Michael Branthwaite, Kasumi Dean, Kieran Leach and Martha Lyons.

PREVIEW
Friday 11th May | 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Exhibition Open
Saturday 12th May | 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 13th May | 2pm – 4pm
Monday 14th May | 11am – 2pm
Saturday 19th May | 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 20th May | 2pm – 4pm
Monday 21st May | 11am – 2pm

Exhibition Remains Open By Appointment until
Monday 11th June

www.basementartsproject.com/a-tale-of-two-cities

BasementArtsProject. 28 Back Burton Terrace, Beeston, Leeds, LS11 5JH.

Previous Events from Bankley Gallery Artists

Interface

Interface
31 March 2018 - 20 May 2018

Bankley member Helen Wheeler is taking part in a group exhibition at Neo:Bolton.

neo: is pleased to present a pioneering exhibition of contemporary art, which explores the impact of technology on our daily physical and social environment and on visual culture in general.

The original meaning of the word 'interface' is a boundary between two entities, such as a cell wall or human skin, but is now most commonly associated with the means of communication between ourselves and the technology we depend on. Digital interfaces have become such an integral part of our lives, that they are often taken for granted. By focusing on ‘interfaces’ as the subject, rather than purely as conveyors of information, the exhibition aims to initiate a dialogue about the ways they represent reality and directly influence our understanding of the world.

The exhibition has been organised and curated by three neo:associates, Lucie Wilson, Sandra Bouguerch and Sume Leyden, who have invited a diverse group of 23 regional, national and international artists to work creatively around their personal interpretation of the theme. Visitors to the exhibition will find an eclectic mix of exhibits, from interactive mirrors which turn to face the viewer, virtual reality installations, futuristic animations and sound pieces, as well as paintings, videos and 3D artworks.

Invited artists are Eric Pickersgill, Alastair Peat, Ashokkumar D Mistry, Bex Ilsley, Carolyn Curtis-Magri, Elliot Brown, Guli Silberstein, Helen Wheeler, Henry/Bragg, Dr Jacqueline Wylie, Janette Byrne, Keith Brown, Liliana Robins, Louise Garman, Oliver Blight, Paul Turnock, Said Afifi, Sally A Hayes, Tess Baxter and Zlatko Cosic.

A series of artist's talks will be staged throughout the duration of the exhibition and a catalogue containing images, artists’ statements and critical writing will be available for sale.

neo:gallery23
The Market Place
Bolton
BL1 2AL

Preview Saturday 31st March 2 – 4pm
31st March – 20th May
Thursday – Sunday 11am – 5pm
Free Admission – Gallery is fully accessible

New Art Spaces: Rochdale Launch Event & DIS:Connect Exhibition

Former Bankley Artist in Residence Ness Donnelly and Bankley member Stacey Coughlin are exhibiting new work at Castlefield Gallery's New Art Spaces at the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre, in the heart of Rochdale town centre, on Saturday 17 March, 12-5pm, Sunday 18 March, 12-4pm, Fri 30th & Sat 31st March 12-5pm

Castlefield Gallery is at the forefront of supporting artists, nurturing artistic talent, and the development of new work in the North West, and New Art Spaces is an initiative that sees Castlefield Gallery creating dynamic project spaces for artists, artist collectives and artists development agencies across Greater Manchester.

Working in partnership with landlords and developers, Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces make use of temporary vacant retail, office and light industrial units.

Castlefield Gallery is now working with MCR Property Group to transform the temporarily vacant, former TJ Hughes unit at the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre into artist production and exhibition space.

The artists John-Paul Brown, Stacey Coughlin, Ness Donnelly, Tracy Hurst, Nicole Prior, and Karen Rogers will launch the space with their exhibition DIS:Connect. On the day members of the public will be able to meet the artists, explore the artist workspaces, as well experience the exhibition.

The artists – all members of Castlefield Gallery Associates, a professional development scheme for artists, art-writers, and curators – have devised the DIS:Connect exhibition in response to working in the temporarily vacant unit; disconnected from its original use, but repurposed by Castlefield Gallery and the artists.


ADDRESS | New Art Spaces: Rochdale, The Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre, Baillie St, Rochdale OL16 1JZ

'Places I Want To Be' (curated by Joe O'Rourke)

Bankley Member Joe O'Rourke presents 'Places I Want To Be' at PS Mirabel.

‘This exhibition presents my work accompanied by the work of other artists I have selected: Alex Weir, Jake Russell, John Brown, Jesse Rivers, Ned Armstrong, Harry Frost, Linda Hemmersbach, Thomas Musgrove, Theo Christy, Gregor Horne. I came across the theme at work, in my cafe job, just from thinking about places I wanted to be. In my studio painting, back at art school, on holiday swimming in the sea with my girlfriend, playing football with mates. Its a simple idea, but I kept on thinking about it and its resulted in this exhibition.

Throughout our lives we all think about other places that we want to be, whether they are real or fictional. From wanting to live in the world of Harry Potter as a kid, to wanting to live in the Costa del Sol once you have grandkids. The emotion of wanting to be somewhere else is hard to understand in yourself. Are you being ungrateful with what you have, a case of the grass is always greener? Or, is it genuinely an honest wanting to be somewhere better for yourself and others, why else would you go there in your dreams? Even if we are thinking of a real place, is it real in the way that we think of it? We all form attachments to real places through real experiences, but the places that we think about being, and how we imagine or remember those places to be, can be formed and shaped by many things including films, television, books, music, food, art, and advertising. Sights, smells, sounds and tastes all have the ability to represent places and to take us in our minds to somewhere else.

I invited artists to respond to the title ‘Places I Want To Be’. The exhibition presents these responses in their variety. There are paintings that are born from memories and nostalgia. There are paintings that comically draw from idealised representations of places. There are paintings that express a place you wouldn’t want to be. There are paintings that are themselves a place; made from the materials of a place, that place being the studio, the studio being the place they want to be. The show also features some collaborative works by myself with Jake Russell and Alex Weir, two friends that I graduated with in June from Edinburgh College of Art. Over the past month we have kept in touch by doing some collaborations by post. I think of this process itself as responding to the theme, as making work with each other back at art school is a place we three want to be.'


PV 23 February 2018 at 18:00–21:00
Exhibition open Saturdays 17th Feb - 17th March,
11-5pm

PS Mirabel
14/20 Mirabel Street, Manchester

Ruth Murray: Kerfuffle

Bankley member Ruth Murray is presenting works created between 2010 and 2017 in her solo show 'Kerfuffle' at the North Wall Arts Centre.

The main themes of Ruth Murray’s practice are the tension of change, the agitation of youth and the feelings of alienation and paranoia associated with misunderstood experiments/rituals. Ruth’s iconography is developed from everyday stories, places and faces, but also makes use of elements from older visual languages and across the boundaries between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture.

Ruth hopes the viewer will question their perception of reality before her paintings. By infusing the familiar with eeriness, sometimes using domestic spaces or nostalgic triggers associated with an idealized, utopian childhood state, she offers glimpses of strange acts and private moments that expose personal stories and secret worlds.

Open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, and from 12pm – 4pm on Saturdays.

The North Wall Arts Centre
South Parade
Summertown
Oxford
OX2 7JN

www.thenorthwall.com/whats-on/ruth-murray-kerfuffle/

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2018

Bankley members Ruth Murray and Paul Dodgson have been nominated for The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2018.

The £20,000 Columbia Threadneedle Prize, UK and Europe’s pre-eminent prize for figurative and representational art, showcases important new works by emerging and established artists.

“An engine of change” is how the outspoken and controversial former art critic of the Evening Standard Brian Sewell described the arrival in 2008 of this new art prize dedicated to figurative painting and sculpture. While the great engines of public patronage had driven figurative art into the shadows, here was an art prize, “capable of achieving a greater good than any other”.

Does a work of figurative art always require a figure? Can the painting of a brick wall ever be called figurative? What is the role for photo-realism in representational art? Isn’t it more important, observed Frank Auerbach, that an artist is free to create a new thing for the world, “that remains in the mind like a new species of living thing”. This Prize believes it is.


Open Mon-Sun 10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day) | Admission Free

Mall Galleries
The Mall
London SW1

columbiathreadneedleprize.mallgalleries.org.uk/browse-and-buy

Curiosities Exhibition

Bankley member Helen Wheeler is taking part in the group exhibition 'Curiosities' at AIR Gallery in Altrincham.

Curiosities is an exhibition of extraordinary artwork that celebrates the curious and unusual in modern day art. Featuring the work of 12 prominent artists from across the U.K, this exhibition
aims to entice, excite and encourage visitors to explore.

Curiosity in itself is a fundamental part of any artist; that need to analyze, inquire and experiment is the starting point of any work of art. The inquisitive mind of the artist is reflected throughout the works on show, with artworks that dissect, transform and fall outside the usual constraints.

Exhibition dates: Thursday 2nd November- Saturday 9th December.

Opening Event: Thursday 2nd November: 18:00–20:00

AIR Gallery
Grosvenor Road
Altrincham
WA14 1LD

www.facebook.com/events/355851631486860

Recollection : Memory & Time

Bankley member Stacey Coughlin and former Graduate Artist in Residence Leo Robinson are exhibiting in 'Recollection: Memory & Time' at the Portico Library.

Accompanying the 2017 Portico Library Reminiscence Project for people with dementia and their carers, five contemporary artists consider different aspects of ‘memory’. With books from the library’s collection and interactive artworks, ‘Recollection: Memory & Time’ offers opportunities for visitors to join the conversation and share their stories. Exhibiting artists: Asia Triennial Manchester Director Alnoor Mitha, Neo Artists’ Maggie Hargreaves, Jameel Prize nominee Saima Rasheed, Bankley Studios’ Stacey Coughlin and Cult Party’s Leo Robinson.

28th July - 10th September 2017
Free public launch: Thursday 27th July 2017, 6pm - 8pm

http://www.theportico.org.uk/whats-on/gallery/current-exhibition




Colour & I Are One

Bankley member James Roper is exhibiting in a group exhibition celebrating the joy of colour through painting, sculpture and film.

It was Paul Klee who exclaimed “Colour and I are one. I am a painter” following an epiphany while on a trip to Tunisia in 1914.

Each of the seven colourists represented in Saul Hay Gallery’s fourth exhibition bring to their work a deep understanding of the language and power of colour to evoke an emotional response in the viewer.

Gareth Griffiths | Pete Hoida | Karol Kochanowski | James Roper
Sabrina Schmid | Stephen Snoddy | Patricia Volk


Preview: Friday 19th May 2017 6.00 - 8.30pm
Exhibition continues until 16th July 2017
Open Wed - Sat: 10.30 to 6.00, Sunday: 10.30 to 5.00

saulhayfineart.co.uk

Saul Hay Gallery
Railway Cottage
33a Collier St
Castlefield
Manchester
M3 4LZ

GM Arts Prize 2017

Bankley member David Lunt has been nominated for the Greater Manchester Arts Prize 2017

The GM Arts Prize Exhibition is an exciting new forum for promoting, championing and showcasing the work of emerging Greater Manchester artists, as well as bringing artists and business together.

The exhibition will feature the winner of the 2017 GM Arts Prize, along with the 3 runners-up and the shortlisted entries. The exhibition features artworks across a variety of media.

The exhibition is open on the following dates and times, to register your attendance please select the relevant date and contact: arts@gmchamber.co.uk

19TH MAY 12NOON – 2PM
24TH MAY 5.30PM – 7.30PM
26TH MAY 12NOON – 2PM
2ND JUNE 12NOON – 2PM

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce,
Elliot House, 151 Deansgate,
Manchester, M3 3WD

http://www.gmartsprize.co.uk/

5D

5D is an interactive, immersive installation from Bankley member Paul Dodgson with a performance created by Eliza Caloe and Aiden Ross.


SLOE Gallery
Mirabel Studios, 14/20 Mirabel Street, M3 1PJ Manchester


PV 6th April 2017 6-9pm
Open Sat 11-5pm until 13th May 2017

sloegallery.com/