When Castlefield Gallery approached the artist and influential teacher Pavel Büchler with an open brief for an artistic or curatorial project, he responded by proposing to reclaim the stripped-down identity of the gallery as, simply, ‘a place where art and the public encounter one another’.

He presents a sparse selection of works chosen with a preference for an economy of means which they share with his own practice – paintings by Kris Fierens from Antwerp and Gregor Hylla from Berlin; small photographic and installation pieces by the Swiss artist Pamela Rosenkranz and from Manchester, the improvised sculptures by Ian Rawlinson and Maeve Rendle’s asynchronic video recording of a pianist’s rehearsal.

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The Manchester Contemporary


Castlefield Gallery will be representing Andrew Bracey, Tracey Eastham and Leo Fitzmaurice at this year’s The Manchester Contemporary

The Manchester Cotemporary art fair takes place at Urbis. Please see http://www.themanchestercontemporary.co.uk for further information and opening times.

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Performance and CD Launch of Lemke/Gwilliam’s fourmill plus quarterinch

26/11/2009 / 18:00 - 20:00

fourmill plus quarterinch is the duo of sound artists and improvising musicians Helmut Lemke and Ben Gwilliam. In this collaboration the two artists use different formats of audiotape; pre-recorded, prepared and unprepared. From individual banks of sound recordings on tape comes a subtle and often dense music that is both composed and improvised in concrete time.

FREE EVENT, 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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Art, Literature and Economics: Between Dystopia and Utopia. Two Talks: Dr. Kaye Mitchell and Jasper Joffe

11/11/2009 / 18:00 - 20:00

To coincide with the Apocatopia exhibition.

Dr. Kaye Mitchell will focus on the use of utopian and dystopian literature as a vehicle for socialist, feminist, queer and other radical politics, looking particularly at material produced in the 20th and 21st century. Jasper Joffe will focus on the annual Free Art Fair and its ideology in the shadow of the current economic climate.
FREE EVENT, 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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Pill & Galia Kollectiv, Better Future


09/10/2009 / 13:00 - 18:00

Castlefield Gallery is pleased to present Apocatopia, a group exhibition including the work of Ruth Ewan, Evi Grigoropoulou, Siobhán Hapaska and Pil & Galia Kollectiv. Through film, painting and sculpture the work explores the relationship between production, presentation and consumption of contemporary culture examining the role of money, ritual and desire in a changing cultural, political and economic topography.

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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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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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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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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, 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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