Current Exhibitions

Obstructions

6 December 2020 — 18 April 2021

Castlefield Gallery is currently closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Obstructions was due to preview on Saturday 21 November. However, in line with the national COVID-19 lockdown , Castlefield Gallery’s main premises will remain closed for a further extended period.

Until we can open our doors again Castlefield Gallery will be inviting audiences to visit Obstructions from the comfort of their homes, and engage with the project online.
Our mini-site obstructions-castlefieldgallery.co.uk is now live with digital content from the exhibition. View the exhibition in 360 degrees. Travel digitally through the space, see artwork titles and mediums, and follow the links to see images of the original artworks the artists have remade, the details of the obstructions they were given, a short text response from each artist and images of the new artworks.


Artists: Heather Bell, Maya Chowdhry, Tara Collette, Alena Ruth Donely, Jack Doyle, Jane Fairhurst, Sarah Feinmann, Tina Finch, Sabrina Fuller, Parham Ghalamdar, Claire Hignett, Paddy O’Donnell, Chris Rainham, Katie Tomlinson, Ian Vines

Early in 2020, Castlefield Gallery invited 15 artists from the North West of England to re-make an existing piece of their work with one condition: they had to accept a bespoke ‘Obstruction’ given to them by another artist in the exhibition. Inspired by a long history of artists using self-imposed restrictions to aid creative or free thinking, it also riffs off the restrictions and disruptions caused by COVID-19. 

Selected from Salford Scholars who are supported by University of Salford Art Collection, Castlefield Gallery Mentees from Manchester School of Art, and the gallery’s bOlder programme, all the artists are either under 30 or over 50 years of age, creating the opportunity to foster a conversation between two distinct generations. At a time when perceptions of different generations may be fraught with misconceptions, this process has enabled them to learn from each other.

 

Obstructions is supported by

Castlefield Gallery Funders and supporters

   

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Obstructions Artists at Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces: Wigan

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Artists: Jane Fairhurst, Paddy O’Donnell, Katie Tomlinson, Ian Vines We hoped that through development of the Obstructions exhibition, the fifteen artists involved … Read more

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