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.
Like any true artist, Lynch is all at once divisive, difficult and disturbing and one of his particular tropes is to uncover the darkness in the otherwise healthy and light.
I didn’t really know what to expect. Not only from ‘Parliament of Ghosts’ but of the Press launch at Manchester International Festival! This parliament is created from memories, history, ghosts if you will.
There were so many awesome pieces and loads of people we didn’t get to mention or even see! This exhibition is huge and probably they best I have seen in Manchester in a long long time. I was truly amazed by some of the incredible work I saw here.
Transformations is a collection of work by 10 different artists who have graduated from the Complete Print Maker course at the Hot Bed Press print studios in Salford.
I for one love the colour yellow. When I heard that the Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) was showing He Xiangyu’s exhibition on his ‘Lemon Project’, where Xiangyu studies the concepts surrounding lemons and the colour yellow, I was very excited.
The Cotton Doffer Reclamation of 2069 is a dark, twisted and bleakly comic exploration of Saddleworth’s industrial past imbued with folk horror and a ‘Lord of the Flies’ style allegory. Housed in a one-of-a-kind space, The Weavers Factory is a champion of the upcoming and the unfairly neglected…