Nicola Ellis and Ritherdon & Co Ltd: ‘No Gaps in The Line’ exhibition at Castlefield Gallery. This is Nicola Ellis’ first solo exhibition, and unlike anything I’d seen before – this exhibition shows the wonderful possibilities of when art is introduced to new social contexts and produced outside of the traditional studio – read on to find out more!
It wouldn’t be right to write a review of our own exhibition, so instead, here is more of an overview of how ‘In Manchester’ came together.
Around the world on the 8th March we saw the celebration of International Women’s Day, marking the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the world. MCR Sew Social’s host their first online exhibition to celebrate International Women’s Day.
For the majority of the past twelve months, galleries and museums have been some of the institutions that have had to shut their doors, but thanks to the internet many have been able to modify the ‘normal’ way to present an exhibition.
Back in April renowned artist Grayson Perry created a TV programme on Channel 4 named ‘Grayson’s Art Club’. He promised us an exhibition would follow, an exhibition which is now right here in Manchester!
It’s been a while since I have reviewed an exhibition, even longer since I have reviewed an online one! This one was something new, something different, and a whole new way of doing online exhibitions.
It’s already becoming to feel like a cliché to acknowledge how nice it is to be seeing “real” art again, but if any show deserves that acknowledgement, it’s this one – ‘Flat Instance’ at Soft Spot gallery.
So I went back to Manchester Art Gallery last week, and it was… different. But what do all these changes mean for you as the viewer, what is the experience of visiting the gallery now really like?
We are a resilient and adaptable bunch us creatives aren’t we? Some of you lovely lot out there have edited your plans and made sure that we are still seeing new, exciting and impressive art.
I wouldn’t normally write womxn in such a way, but feel like I should be using it to refer to and to honour those in Girl Gang who have put this exhibition together. Gender is becoming such a blurred line in recent years and I think it should be this way! We can chose who we want to be and how we want to do it.
A scholar stone, in history these rocks may have sat on a scholar’s desk or been the focal point of Chinese gardens. Today they might be lot number 83 at the auction house.
Everyone knows about the the crisis we are in at the moment with our use of plastic. Artist and Photographer Mandy Barker explores in her work how much of our plastic ends up in our oceans. It’s gritty, thought-provoking, and yet beautiful all at the same time.
‘Talking Sense: The Changing Vocabulary of Mind and Brain,’ strives to shine light on how society is approaching the conversation of mental health and rehabilitation, through art, design and craft.
I think I’ve said this before, I do struggle with sound and video art reviews sometimes. It’s a very different type of art, one of those that a lot of people would say, ‘I don’t get it’.
I don’t think you have to be a fan of art to come and see this, it is so varied and not pretentious. It’s art without the bull. It’s an honest, open for anyone, good ol’ classic art exhibition.
We stopped and had a look at the new exhibition by artists Lucy Kent and Erum Aamir. Both different and complimentary all at the same time.
This bold and brave child of fabulous duo curators AL and AL takes centre stage in Wigan’s new creative space “The Fire Within” in the most unexpected of places; the top floor of The Galleries shopping centre.
It’s these changes that make an exhibition stand out, make it different to the others. That, and the utterly creepy artwork that lurks inside!
I do sometimes struggle with CFCCA’s exhibitions. They are usually very conceptual and I struggle with relating to them. It tends to lean towards really conceptual themes, unusual installations, and artistic video pieces. This exhibitions falls in the latter.
All the people exhibiting their work in this exhibition are members of the Salford Art Club who are presenting their latest work in a variety of covered media.
Castlefield Gallery is a weird one I think. It sits there quietly in the background, in a central location but not on the main road or a place you would usually walk by, so it is a little hidden. Yet every now and then it throws out a punch to remind people it is there.
I confess. I am not originally from the North. So, it seems slightly ironic that I am writing about an exhibition portraying those famous who hail from here. The one thing I know for certain though, is that the North is a hotchpotch of culture, community and creativity; a welcoming hug, it seems, to seas and city’s where diversity and belonging takes precedence.
Overall, I think this exhibition, and Short Supply as a whole, have some great ideas, they are driven and determined, and have worked harder than any one else I have seen recently.
NOTE: This is an over 18s exhibition and therefore an over 18s review! ‘PoppyCock!’ exhibition was split into three parts, which covered The Weavers Factory three floors. The ground floor was child friendly, the top floor was not!
I think ‘Expect the Unexpected’ is really well curated. There are some big names here, some recognisable work, and some new things I haven’t seen before. I totally get how all the works link back to chance, and the ‘unexpected.’ But what I can’t shake is the idea that no one reading this will go.