News from Artists at Bankley Studios Manchester

Current Events from Bankley Gallery Artists

John Moores Painting Prize 2018

Bankley member Joe O'Rourke is one of five prize-winning finalists nominated to win the John Moores Painting Prize, with his painting 'GIANTS'.

The John Moores Painting Prize 2018 exhibition will take place between 14 July - 18 November 2018. The gallery is open Monday to Sunday 10am - 5pm.

First held in 1957, the John Moores Painting Prize is the UK's best-known painting competition and is named after Sir John Moores (1896-1993), the sponsor of the prize. The competition culminates in an exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallery every two years, which forms a key strand of the Liverpool Biennial.

The name of the first prize winning artist for John Moores Painting Prize 2018 will be announced on Thursday 12 July.

Walker Art Gallery
William Brown Street
L3 8EL


Bankley members Joe O'Rourke and Linda Hemmersbach are showing new paintings in 'Scenius'.

PV 16th August 2018 6-9pm
Exhibition continues until 22nd September 2018
Open Saturdays 11-5pm or by appointment

To launch Bunker Gallery (formerly Sloe) the Catflap Collective are taking over PS Mirabel and the basement to present a group show of selected painters. The Catflap Collective are a group of recent art graduates from MMU who will be taking over the Mirabel basement space and curating a programme of shows over the coming 12 months. We are very excited about the freshly named Bunker and hope you will join us and get your first taste of this new project. The Catflap collective are Stephen Barr, Ryan Brown, Ellis Edwards, gwen Evans, Bel Holland, Arthur Simons, Olly Stapleton and Katie Tomlinson.

Mirabel Street, Manchester, M3 1

Previous Events from Bankley Gallery Artists


Simon Bayliss / Lindsey Bull / Martyn Cross / Gordon Dalton / Lara Davies / Tom Down / Tamara Dubnyckyj / Robbie Fife / Rebecca Gould / Jacqui Hallum / Marielle Hehir / Aly Helyer / Linda Hemmersbach / Dan Howard-Birt / Richard James / Iwan Lewis / Jonathan Lux / James Moore / Hannah M Morris / Philip Nicol / Tom Pitt / Ben Risk / Ben Sadler / Toby Ursell / Casper White / Ellie Young

Private View: Saturday 28th July 2-4pm

Drinks event: Friday 3rd August 4-5.30pm
Exhibition open Tuesday-Saturday 11-5pm until 8th September 2018

“Night gives us the space for things to happen in. Once we pass through twilight into darkness, edges blur; we lose the sense of things. We start to question what is in front of us; we become aware of darkness' ability to multiply risk. The fear of getting caught. Within the depths of darkness we are continually in doubt. Our vision becomes searching, figures and forms appear and disappear in the shadows. Artists often utilise this area of confusion to draw out forms and ideas, like finding a figure within an abstract painting”

Mission Gallery is pleased to present LLE, an artist-led curatorial project with a focus on contemporary painting. From a base in Wales they aim to showcase their artists via projects, international art fairs and exhibitions.

Lack of light has been a constant feature in the creation of artwork, from the earliest cave paintings through to the works of Rembrandt, and later Walter Sickert. Within this show LLE bring together contemporary works that reach into the darkness, questioning how the lack of light affects the work and what this means to the viewer.

Nightswimming has been programmed in association with the BEEP Painting Biennial, which profiles vibrant contemporary painting and takes place at venues across Swansea throughout the summer. Talks, workshops and other related activities will be programmed for its duration to complement the exhibition.

Mission Gallery
Gloucester Pl, Swansea SA1 1TY

Beep Painting Prize

Ruth Murray has been selected for this year's Beep Painting Prize.

Launched in 2012, beep (biennial exhibition of painting) is a contemporary painting prize drawing artists from all over the world, taking place every 2 years, beep supports imaginative and vibrant practice in contemporary painting.

Beep this year returns with an expanded programme of satellite painting led exhibitions, residencies and symposiums around the main prize show in partnership with Swansea galleries and educational organisations.

The judges this year for the main prize show are celebrated artists Andre Stitt & Sue Williams. The winner will receive £1000 and a solo exhibition with elysium gallery. There is Welsh artist prize of £200 sponsored by the Friends of the Glynn Vivian & a peoples prize of £200 selected by the visitors to the show.

Swansea College of Art, Dynevor Campus, De-La Beche St, Swansea, SA1 3EU | open Tues – Sat 11am – 5pm


Artists: Roxana Allison, Tyrone Anderson, Mario Popham

Preview: 21st July 2018
Exhibition until: 12th August 2018
Open Thursday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

An exhibition of recent work by the photographic technicians at The University of Bolton.
The word ‘techne’ is the term given by ancient Greeks to the practice of making and doing, as opposed to ‘episteme’ which is related to knowing. In their guise as technicians, it is the making and doing and the promotion of craft and skill that defines their role. These skills that have been honed over years are regularly put into the service of their own creative concerns. This exhibition showcases their personal photographic
endeavours that are wide-ranging and ambitious in scope.

Bankley member Roxana Allison will be showcasing part of her series Operation Jurassic. A photographic collaboration between brother and sister Pablo and Roxana Allison, Operation Jurassic explores the emotional journey leading up to and after Pablo’s imprisonment, revealing personal moments and emotions. The compilation of legal documentation, paperwork, letters, drawings, diaries and photographs provide the viewer with an intimate approach of the process whilst reflecting on issues of freedom of
expression and the criminal justice system in the United Kingdom.

eo:studios is an artist-led, not-for-profit organisation based in Bolton, founded to aid the development of creative practitioners.

The Market Place

Tracing Paper 2018

Iain Andrews / David Armes / Oliver Binnian / Jack Brown / Niki Colclough / Tina Dempsey / William Hughes / Ruth Murray / David Penny / Ruby Tingle

Exhibition dates: 30 June – 11 August 2018
Private View: Friday 29 June 2018, 6-9pm

Tracing PAPER is culmination PAPER's mentoring scheme in a group show exploring coming of age, meditative miniatures, hair prints on bus windows, Google Earth, filing systems, nightmare figures and studio leftovers. After ten months on the Tracing PAPER mentoring scheme, ten artists from the North West will exhibit brand new works based on paper at PAPER. Each artist will present work developed throughout the period of the mentoring scheme. Tracing PAPER is supported through Arts Council of England’s Grants For the Arts scheme.

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Twice as Nice

Bankley members Paul Dodgson, Axel Bottenberg, David Lunt, and Joe O'Rourke are exhibiting two works each in Twice as Nice at PS Mirabel.

30th June - 11th August 2018
Open Saturdays 11-5pm

PV 29th June 6-9pm

PS Mirabel is an artist run project and exhibition space in the centre of Manchester.

Mirabel Studios, 14/20 Mirabel Street
Manchester. M3 1PJ

Left Bank Leeds Art Prize

Bankley member Hazel Roberts has won the Left Bank Leeds Art Prize.

"Left Bank Leeds has launched the Left Bank Leeds Art Prize. This £500 prize will be awarded to an artist or collective exhibiting in the annual summer group show. Artists are invited to respond to the open call out via Curator Space to submit their work for consideration. The selection panel will choose more than 50 artists to exhibit, and then shortlist three artists who audiences will vote for.

Now in its fourth year, the popular annual summer group show invites artists to submit existing work, and this year the theme is ‘movement’."

Opening Event on Wed 18 July, 6-9pm (all welcome)

Left Bank Leeds
Cardigan Rd (opposite Milford Builders)
Leeds LS6 1LJ

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.

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

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


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.

The Market Place

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,

PS Mirabel
14/20 Mirabel Street, Manchester