‘Paintings’ – Linda Weir


Castlefield gallery’s auction show, A Friend In Need, raised close to £10,000 – a fully qualified success in these times of recession – and ensures the gallery’s survival into the next financial year. Grateful thanks go to the donors and buyers (and Anthony H Wilson, who proved to be a capable auctioneer) for rallying around.

Its successor is Linda Weir: Paintings, which highlights the work of one of Manchester’s best-loved painters. The initial impact of these paintings is derived from a sumptuous use of colour and their manifest richness of detail. Decorative and formal elements are reconciled with great skill.

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‘At The Edge’ – John Capstack


“At The Edge”, an exhibition of the work of John Moores’ prizewinner John Capstack is likely to shock many people.

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‘Images of Hope and Disquiet’ – John Bellamy, Amanda Faulkner & Lucy Jones


As its contribution to the International Festival Of Expressionism, Castlefield Gallery is showing the work of three contemporary artists, each demonstrates the heightened humanism, which defines expressionism.

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‘Snowball Drawings and The Throws’ – Andy Goldsworthy


The drawings in this exhibition are made with snowballs, ice and natural materials from different locations: Borrowdale graphite, Borrowdale slate, Derwent water, Drumlanrig clay, Pit clay and earth from the source of the Scaur River, Penpont.

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‘New Scuplture’ – Viv Levy


In contrast to the last show of Paula Rego etchings, Castlefield Gallery are now exhibiting the sculptures of London based artist Viv Levy. Viv has recently completed a year at Wimbledon School of Art where she was working as the Henry Moore Fellow, developing her own work, much of which is included in this exhibition.

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‘New Art North West 1991’ – Rodney Dickson, Fiona Moate, Lawrence Elliot & Robin Blackledge


New Art North West ’91 promises to be one of the most exciting regional exhibitions to date. The fact that it embraces such a diversity of art supports claims of a new dynamism in the region and a definite trend towards new artists moving into the North West.

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Making Places: Contemporary Architecture in the City


Three Manchester Architects: Holford Associates, Simpson Associates & Stephenson Architecture.

Places and buildings create a city’s image and atmosphere. As makers of places and images, architects provide the means by which the city is perceived by it’s inhabitants, recalled by visitors and explored in the imagination. Architecture is the most powerful expression of a community’s self-image and aspirations.

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‘Recent Paintings’ – Alex Ramsey


Alex Ramsay’s paintings are unashamedly sensual and teeming with life. Their initial impact is one of richness, exuberance and a degree of chaos. Figures, fish, birds, boats, cats, children, mermaids and barking dogs are amongst the characters that fill the picture surface and jockey for position.

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‘Nursery Rhymes’ – Paula Rego


“ Paula Rego has always identified with the least, not the mighty, taken the child’s eye view, and counted herself among the commonplace and the disregarded, by the side of the beast, not the beauty….her sympathy with naiveté, her love of its double character, its weakness and its force, has led her to Nursery Rhymes as a new source for her imagery.”
– Marina Warner introduction to Paula Rego ‘ Nursery Rhymes’.

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‘Hand-coloured prints 1986 -1991’ – Howard Hodgkin


In contrast to the small, dense paintings Hodgkin has been creating in recent years, the twelve hand-coloured prints that form this exhibition, surprise the viewer by their huge size and stunning simplicity.

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