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EXHIBITION & EVENTS ARCHIVE
‘How the West Was Won’ is an exhibition of the emergence of a new British art – Chinese style!
To be a painter of Manchester – as well as a Manchester painter – in the late1990’s is to fly in the face of fashion and the collective wisdom of our age. Martin Murrey has aspired to be both and has succeeded with calm assurance. Working for several years in a studio between Piccadilly Station and the Mancunian Way he has established a dialogue with the life of the city. His pictures tackle the city’s buildings and streets head-on, making unequivocal art from the Manchester that today’s mancunians know – The Cornerhouse, Oxford Road, Mash and Air, Canal Street.
This exhibition is the second part of an exchange project between artists in Manchester and Zurich. In May, four artists from Manchester (Nick Crowe, David Mackintosh, Ian Rawlinson and Martin Vincent) exhibited in Zurich. Now it is time for five artists from Zurich to explore and experience the city of Manchester and to present their work over here.
Vertigo was originally inspired by accounts of gay men scattering the ashes of their loved ones on the dance floors of Sydney, New York, London and San Francisco and the discovery of fascinating collection of early porn whilst clearing the house of an early friend who had died.
Nicky Bird’s work is a form of retrieval with the starting point being an original or found photograph, whether in a book, a museum collection or a family snap. She is interested in how documentary photography, whether by accident or design, catches and preserves the peripheral.
Opening at Castlefield Gallery on Friday 23 January, is an exhibition of new work by Roxy Walsh. Following on from recent exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle and Globe Gallery, North Shields, this exhibition is being shown simultaneously at the Annika Sundvik Gallery, New York.
Horticulture Part 1 & 2 by Clare Charnley is a collaborative project between Castlefield Gallery and Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery.
The exhibition juxtaposes seemingly unrelated objects and materials including rose briars, electric cabling and lawyer’s sealing wax to explore relationships between culture and nature.
‘Empiric’ presents the work London based sculptor Rachel Chapman. Chapman has a unique approach to manipulating her chosen materials, a personalised style of manufacture, which combines the cool authority of formal symmetry, with a passionate and brutal organisation and filling of space.