Talk by Dr. Amanda Ravetz

17/09/2009 / 18:00 - 20:00

Amanda will talk about convergences and differences between anthropology and art, referencing work from Practical Truths and drawing on her experience of running an international workshop for artists and anthropologists.

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Objects – What Matters? Technology, Value and Social Change conference

02/09/2009 / 16:00 - 22:00

Artist Hilary Jack, recently exhibited in The Social Lives of Objects at Castlefield Gallery, and will be exhibiting her work and facilitating an informal event in the foyer of The Royal Northern College of Music, as part of Objects – What Matters? Technology, Value and Social Change conference. This is the 5th annual conference of the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change.

This is a closed event for conference delegate.

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Ben Rivers, A World Rattled of Habit, 2008

Practical Truths


Practical Truths includes the work of Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan, Jenna Collins, G. Leddington, Olivia Plender and Ben Rivers whose work is represented in film, sculpture and photography. The show explores issues around methods of documentation that attempt to grasp the dichotomy of the individual and the universal revealing various truths about human culture. The works in Practical Truths often use narratives that focus on individuals or communities that sit uncomfortably with the demands of conventional living and thereby convey a timeless sentiment that is neither defined within the present-day nor within a specific historic decade.

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We are the Champions, Artienteering

16/08/2009 / 15:00

Louise Janvier’s Artienteering afternoon explores the visual acuity of curators, artists and the general public. The orienteering exercise will start at Castlefield Gallery and take place in the Castlefield area; Britain’s first Urban Heritage Park. Using GPS participants will work their way through the time capsule, where each individual will be monitored and assessed. Participants must answer a series of strategic questions and if successful may win the Trophy Cup for their shrewd comments and imaginative illustrations. The trail is suitable for the inquisitive and would be city planners. Sign up to participate.
BOOKING REQUIRED To book please call the gallery on 0161 832 8034 or email events@castlefieldgallery.co.uk with your contact details and number of places.

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Mok Buakaow and Jessica Tsang

13/08/2009 / 17:30 - 19:30

plAAy & Chinese Arts Centre present…
Artists Talks by Mok Buakaow and Jessica Tsang

Mok Buakaow and Jessica Tsang will talk about their current residencies at plAAy, Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery and Chinese Arts Centre.

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We are the Champions, Sports Day: Desk Chair Parade

02/08/2009 / 15:00

Inspired by their own sporting hobbies and exercise routines, Ellie Harrison & Adele Prince have created a network for artists to share these otherwise uncelebrated achievements. Over the last few years, Sports Day has held a number of events encouraging artists to take part in a variety of silly sports-related challenges, which will continue in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics. Desk Chair Parade invites you to bring your office chair to “compete” alongside office workers from local businesses and people from all over Manchester to freewheel en masse through the streets of Manchester.

Watch footage of the Desk Chair Parade here

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We are the Champions, Castlefield Gallery’s 25th Anniversary Party

26/07/2009 / 04:00

Come and help Castlefield Gallery celebrate its 25 years of exhibiting innovative contemporary art and supporting artists’ development. In collaboration with you, the party-goers, we will attempt to set the record for the largest patchwork cake constructed on a sculptural platform.
Our 25th Anniversary Party will feature, Castlefield Gallery’s Cake in collaboration with you; live music by Mayming, DJ’s-Ruth Allen, Rick Kendrick and Wondergupta, Mr Scruffs quality organic and fair trade teas, Chef Tarquin Maximus, Ms Coco LaVerne as the party compere and special Guest: Peter Saville.
The best amateur baker will be awarded a prize selected by Ms Coco LaVerne.

R.S.V.P. events@castlefieldgallery.co.uk or 0161 832 8034 – Please provide 1. your name, 2. contact details, 3. number of places and 4. whether you are bringing a cake with you? The best amateur baker will be awarded a prize selected by Ms Coco LaVerne.

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Pest Publications Launch

09/07/2009 / 18:00 - 20:00

More on Pest: The three Pest publications are the outcome of a 12-month international research project on how artists can work within alternative spaces by Preston-based artists Rebecca Chesney, Robina Llewellyn and Elaine Speight. The research took Pest to many artist-led projects throughout the UK as well as Toronto, Budapest, Lille and Amsterdam. The third and final publication deals with artist-led projects initiated in the public realm and includes artwork by Martin Hamblen and text by Sophie Hope and Pest. To find out where to pick up a free copy of Pest visit: www.pestpublications.org.uk

More on Martin Hamblen: Using installation, intervention and time-based media Hamblen’s practice is democratic in its delivery and execution, reacting to, and embracing the layperson’s common criticism of contemporary art.
Hamblen’s practice is a visual philosophy where actions speak louder than words and language is a red herring.

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Contemporary Art Manchester presents Trade City


Contemporary Art Manchester (CAM) presents its inaugural project Trade City; a dynamic, international exhibition in Will Alsop’s iconic CHIPS building, supported by Arts Council England and Urban Splash, and in conjunction with Manchester International Festival 2009. Introducing a number of Manchester and UK premieres and new commissions, Trade City has generated new forms of exchange across the city’s art scene.

Featuring Artists: Prayas Abhinav, Antifreeze, Rob Bailey, Andrea Booker, Andrew Bracey, Olaf Breuning, Rose Butler and Kypros Kyprianou, Chris Butler, Chipboard Project, Ruth Claxton, David Cochrane, Phil Constable, Paul Cordwell, Toby Huddlestone, Kevin Hunt, jack of none, Aaron Koblin, Yam Lau, Andrew Lim, Haroon Mirza, Becky Shaw, Suzanne Smith, Cheryl Sourkes, Daniel Staincliffe, Cherry Tenneson.

Participating Organisations: 100th Monkey, BMCA, Bureau, Castlefield Gallery, Contents May Vary, Exocet, FutureEverything, Gymnasium, Harfleet & Jack, Interval, Islington Mill Art Academy, Rogue Project Space, twenty+3 projects.

Trade City Launch: 3 – 7pm, Sunday 5th July 2009

Antifreeze Event: 12 – 7pm, Saturday 4th July

Trade City is open 3 – 7pm, Weds to Sun, until 19th July 2009.

Address: CHIPS Building, Old Mill Street, New Islington, Manchester, M4 6EB

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Fly Eric Symposia series No.3: Expanding possibilities for artists’ professional practice. Artists working in Industry.

20/06/2009 / 11:30 - 16:00

Symposium aimed at expanding opportunities for artists. In collaboration with Art Gene (Barrow) and Storey Gallery (Lancaster), we present the 3rd in the series focussing on artists working with/in industry. Free. Booking essential. E: events@castlefieldgallery.co.uk T: 0161 832 8034. Limited travel bursaries for North West based artists. Speakers – Richard Layzell, Hazel Grian and Alice Angus. Chair – Mitra Memarzia.

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