Curator tour – 40 Years of the Future: Painting

9 June 2024 / 2 - 3pm

This is an in-person event at Castlefield Gallery.
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Join our curator Matthew Pendergast for a tour of our exhibition 40 Years of the Future: Painting.

40 Years of the Future: Painting welcomes back Sarah Feinmann, Tricia Gillman, John Hoyland and Gary Wragg. Each exhibited as part of Castlefield Gallery’s 1984 inaugural programme. They are joined by four artists based in the North West who we feel are ones to watch: Jamie Kirk, Robin Megannity, Azraa Motala and Katie Tomlinson.

Over the last 40 years the continued relevance of painting and the superiority of figurative or abstract works over one another have been heavily debated. This exhibition brings together powerful examples of both, displaying a number of different approaches to painting. 40 Years of the Future: Painting presents works which focus on the relationship between the canvas and the body, made with freehand marks exploring movement, energy and space. Other pieces in the show draw from and incorporate elements of nature photography, diaristic fragments, computer manipulated imagery and shapes made with laser cut vinyl. Some of the works on display reference the histories and traditions of painting, reframing singular ideas around representation, identity and symbolism.

Image: Tricia Gillman, Carambola (1982), detail. Photographed by Jules Lister.