The Castlefield Gallery, Manchester’s new contemporary art venue, will open in early March 1984. Ideally situated just off Deansgate (less than 100 yards from the Air and Space Museum), it was set up by the Manchester Artists Studio Association to showcase contemporary painting and sculpture by artists from the North West alongside work by some of the leading artists in Britain today. This policy was designed to spotlight regional talent and at the same time bring credibility and kudos to the venture through association with nationally known artists.
The first exhibitor at Castlefield Gallery will be the internationally recognised painter JOHN HOYLAND. Born in Sheffield in 1934, Hoyland has had a strikingly impressive career, his most recent success being at the 1983 John Moores exhibition where he won first prize. He has exhibited widely throughout the world and is represented in many major collections. This will be the first one-man exhibition of his work in the North West and will consist of recent and prints, including three previously unexhibited large canvases.
This show will be followed with a number of one and two-man exhibitions by selected regional and national artists. These will include Antony Caro, Gillian Ayres and Adrian Berg.