Osman Bozkurt, The Collection #2-1, 2008

Life in the UK / Balance of Probabilities: Osman Bozkurt & Didem Ozbek of PiST///


Castlefield Gallery is pleased to present Life in the UK / Balance of Probabilities, a debut UK commission by Istanbul based artists Osman Bozkurt and Didem Ozbek of PiST/// for the Asia Triennial Manchester 2011. As the only artists to participate in the Triennial from Turkey, this project focuses on the issue of freedom of travel exploring one of the most salient issues of our time; the movement of people from one place to other parts of the world, whether for leisure or immigration.

For this ambitious multi artform project, PiST/// will transform the gallery into a temporary VISA Application Centre using the exterior and interior of the gallery as a mechanism to explore real stories fused with history and fiction. Examining the growth of the VISA industry in Istanbul as its starting point, the project that combines the theatrical and participatory with installation and film, will explore the radical impact that migration has had on demography, identity politics, global economic changes, community and belonging.

This exhibition is co-curated by Lora Sariaslan and Castlefield Gallery.

PREVIEW: Friday 30 September, 5-9pm – ALL WELCOME

Life in the UK / Balance of Probabilities at Castlefield Gallery is kindly supported by Go to Turkey, Rapiscan Systems, Qmatic and GBM Group Plc.

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Ruth Maclennan: Anarcadia


Castlefield Gallery is delighted to present Anarcadia, a body of work by artist Ruth Maclennan set in the vast steppe of south-eastern Kazakhstan. A new publication, also entitled Anarcadia will launch alongside the exhibition.

Anarcadia is a 35-minute video projection, which is accompanied by a series of photographs. The exhibition also includes archive material from Kazakhstan, gathered by the artist.

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Exhibition tour with artist Ruth Maclennan

30/07/2011 / 14:00 - 15:30

Artist, Ruth Maclennan will lead a free tour of her solo exhibition Anarcadia at Castlefield Gallery on Saturday 30 July, 2-3:30pm.

Anarcadia, is a 35-minute video projection, which is accompanied by a series of photographs. The exhibition also includes archive material from Kazakhstan, gathered by the artist.

This is a free event but booking is required. To book please call 0161 832 8034 or email events@castlefieldgallery.co.uk

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Exhibition tour with artist Hilary Jack

21/07/2011 / 18:00 - 20:00

Artist, Hilary Jack will lead a free tour of solo exhibition And Scent of Pine and the Woodthrush Singing…(1) at Castlefield Gallery.

As well as discussing key works in the exhibition, Jack will also talk about her wider arts practice and future projects.
(1) Marina, T S Eliot

This is a free event but booking is required. To book please call 0161 832 8034 or email events@castlefieldgallery.co.uk

Castlefield Gallery is very pleased to be one of the organisations taking part in the Radio Axis pilot.

Radio Axis is a distribution channel for art galleries, artist-led initiatives, studio groups and others involved in hosting contemporary art talks, discussions and events.

Our first talk is by artist Hilary Jack on the occasion of her debut UK solo exhibition at Castlefield Gallery in June/July 2011 is available to download as a podcast. www.axisweb.org

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TEXT-ME-UP! Book launch

07/07/2011 / 18:00 - 20:00

Castlefield Gallery will host the launch of artist Tracey Moberly’s new book TEXT-ME-UP! Saving every single text message she has ever received since 1999, the book is an auto biographical work weaving personal narratives with psycho-geographical histories of Manchester, London, Moscow, New York and Haiti. Journeying from underground to mainstream in the worlds of both music and art it includes over 3,000 images. www sanderswood.com

ALL WELCOME – Booking not required

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Portfolio Surgery for Contemporary Visual Artists

20/06/2011 / 13:00 - 19:00

Creative Industries Trafford and Castlefield Gallery team up to offer a day of portfolio sessions for contemporary visual artists with leading art professionals.

Portfolio viewers: Paulette Terry Brien, Co-director at The International 3 www.international3.com, Clarissa Corfe, Curator at Castlefield Gallery, Jane Rolo, Director at Book Works www.bookworks.org.uk

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Hilary Jack: And Scent of Pine and the Woodthrush Singing…


Castlefield Gallery is pleased to present artist Hilary Jacks first UK solo exhibition called And Scent of Pine and the Woodthrush Singing…(1) featuring new works.

Jack collects broken objects and discarded materials from a variety of sources including city streets, eBay or charity shops. She then transforms and rejuvenates them, sometimes returning them to their original locations.

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On Measuring Uncertainty – LATE NIGHT OPENING


On Measuring UncertaintyLATE NIGHT OPENING open till 8pm

Make a night of it and take advantage of the extended opening hours at Castlefield Gallery and CUBE on Thursday 19 May when together with Cornerhouse we are open till 8pm and were all within easy walking distance of each other.

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On Measuring Uncertainty: Two person show with Kit Craig and Andrew Lim


Castlefield Gallery is pleased to present On Measuring Uncertainty, consisting of new sculptural work by Kit Craig and Andrew Lim. The works use references that range from early computer programmers flow charts and a 16th Century hermits dwelling to a cryptic interpretation of Rembrandts Self Portrait With Two Circles. In part reliant on the laws of physics and mathematics, the works combine both a sense of geometry and natural form, deciphering the vernacular of traditional gallery display or rearticulating the use of materials that are indigenous to the gallery space. .

Craig uses drawing as a central part of his practice, pushing our understanding of it, not only as a mere recording of thoughts or as an observational tool, but as extensions of the picture frame; viewing devices that attempt to articulate the process in which they were conceived, made and viewed. Often using everyday objects such as shelves, chairs or scaffolding, Lims approach is more extemporary in nature yet is carried out within a premeditated modus operandi governed by the space in which he works and contingent upon its materials and its dimensions. On Measuring Uncertainty will investigate broad philosophical themes of human knowledge and understanding, science versus religion or meaning in a contemporary context.

N.b. Gallery closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Friday 29 April

On Measuring Uncertainty is kindly supported by Atlas Bar; Manchester and Barefoot Wines.

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PureScreen #25: Among the Nightingales

07/04/2011 / 18:00 - 20:00

Film and Video Programme: Among the Nightingales

First screened as part of Tatton Park Biennial 2010. www.tattonparkbiennial.org


Mounira Al Solh – Lebanon/Netherlands

Jordan Baseman – UK

Oliver Beer – UK

Nina Beier & Marie Lund – Denmark/Germany/UK

Samson Kambalu – UK/Malawi

Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry – UK/Sweden

Ján Mančuška – Czech Republic

Matt Stokes – UK

Pablo Wendel – Germany

Among the Nightingales brings together 9 single channel film and video works by international artists. The works use human relationships and the individual’s existence in relation to wider social groups as their point of departure. The groups are driven by ethereal, social, ideological, or political incentives that sit uncomfortably with mainstream, dominant culture. The artists use a variety stylistic methods in documenting and post-producing; some of the artists document actions performed specifically for the camera, whilst others orchestrate scenarios for individuals to participate in, deliberating the use of film as a constructed narrative and subverting our preconceptions of it.

Free/Booking recommended. To reserve a place 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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