Life in the UK – Performance Test


Take artist Didem Ozbek’s version of the UK citizenship exam Life in the UK – Performance Test on alternate Thursdays (5-6pm) and Sundays (2-3pm).

Slots are available for Thu 6, Sun 16, Thu 20, Sun 30 October & Thu 3, Sun 13, Thu 17 and Sun 27 November.
To book your free place email events@castlefieldgallery.co.uk or call 0161 832 8034.

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Artists Talk: Life in the UK / Balance of Probabilities

02/10/2011 / 12:00 - 13:30

Didem Ozbek and Osman Bozkurt of PiST/// and curator Lora Sariaslan will discuss the project Life in the UK / Balance of Probabilities for Asia Triennial Manchester 2011 and their wider practices.

To book a free place at this event email events@castlefieldgallery.co.uk or register at Eventbrite.com

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VISA Hotline Project: Zeynep Ozler, Melih Ozsoz and Tony Venables

15/10/2011 / 12:00 - 13:30

To accompany Life in the UK / Balance of Probabilities, Zeynep Ozler and Melih Ozsoz from the Economic Development Foundation (IKV) in Turkey will share their research on the VISA Hotline Project alongside Tony Venables from the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), Brussels.

Raising awareness of the VISA issue as a major barrier to the fundamental right of free movement of Turkish citizens, the speakers will highlight the human experience within this pertinently political issue.

To book a place at this free event email events@castlefieldgallery.co.uk or register at Eventbrite.com

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The Beating Wing Orchestra at Castlefield Gallery

15/10/2011 / 18:00 - 19:30

Castlefield Gallery and The Beating Wing Orchestra team up for The Manchester Weekender Festival. Forty-eight hours of art, culture, music, film, food, literature, walks, politics, poetry, photography, theatre, spectacle and games all wrapped up into a single weekend across Manchester.

The Beating Wing Orchestra, a Manchester based international music collective that includes musicians from refugee and migrant backgrounds will stage a one off performance within Turkish artists Osman Bozkurt and Didem zbeks ambitious, multi art form exhibition at Castlefield Gallery.

FREE EVENT. To book tickets for this event go to our eventbrite.com

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The Manchester Contemporary


Castlefield Gallery is pleased to announce that it is one of the key partners at this years The Manchester Contemporary art fair where it will be representing Andrew Bracey.

Andrew Bracey is an artist based in Manchester. For Manchester Contemporary 2011, Castlefield Gallery will be showing his most recent body of work ReconFigure Paintings, which features the artists alterations to well-known reproductions of historical paintings. Every human figure and piece of clothing have been painted out of the original composition with geometric, triangular shapes, forcing our vision to oscillate between the artists painterly additions and the usually obscured mise en scene of original photographic reproduction. Devising a set of guidelines for the creative process, the entirely unique images have been playfully transformed with suggestively haunting undertones.

Castlefield Gallery gratefully acknowledges sponsorship from Frames: Bespoke Picture Framing, Didsbury, Manchester.

Win tickets to The Manchester Contemporary VIP Preview with Castlefield Gallery.

Enter this free prize draw to win one of ten pairs of tickets to the VIP preview of The Manchester Contemporary on Thursday 27 October 2011. Winners will be announced on Tuesday 25 October 2011. Click here to enter.

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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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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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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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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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