‘The Personal Was Political’

30/10/2003 / 18:00 - 20:00

In connection with the ‘Look To This Day’ exhibition Castlefield Gallery hosts a debate into the extent to which the artist should be actively and overtly involved in political discussions.

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‘Look To This Day’


“Look To This Day” is an exhibition curated by Castlefield Gallery from The Comme Ca Art Prize North 2003 nominees.

The exhibition explores historical referencing within an art and social history context, much of the work pointing to defining moments in art practice and social, political and environmental change.

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‘The Evolution Will Not Be Televised’ – El Ultimo Grito


Castlefield Gallery presents an exclusive insight into the world of award winning design duo EL ULTIMO GRITO, directed by Roberto Feo and Rosario Hurtado. This is a rare opportunity in the UK to see the breadth of their internationally renowned product designs.

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‘Karaoke Paintings’ – James Hutchinson


The project space’s first resident will be James Hutchinson who has been using mass-produced, pre-stretched canvases to create copies of famous 20th century paintings. Entitled Karaoke Paintings, Hutchinson has produced the artistic equivalent of a slightly drunk person singing their favourite tune on a friday night, and trying their damnedest too.

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‘New Work’ – Padraig Timoney


The first of two exhibitions in 2003 working with acclaimed artist and curator Padraig Timoney. This exhibition shows new work by Timoney and highlights the unique selection process he employs in his practice.

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The newly opened, purpose-designed Castlefield Gallery presents the conclusion of five recent commissions of the Variable-D Gallery – the poster and magazine based ‘virtual gallery’ space. The work includes digitally generated images from artists Dean Hughes, Padraig Timoney, Chris Speed, Stewart Home, and Suki Chan & Dinu Li.

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‘Terminal Frontiers’ – Virtual Migrants


Virtual Migrants respond to experiences of asylum seekers and themes of race, migration and globalisation in the multimedia installation “What If I’m Not Real”. This is the result of six individuals led by digital media artists Kuljit “Kooj” Chuhan and Aidan Jolly, plus Tang Lin (Writer), Miselo Kunda-Anaku (photographer), Jilah Bakshayesh (musician), and Hafiza Mohammed (textiles), in an ambitious three-screen video and sound installation.

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‘Versus’ – Mark Briggs & Peter Knowles, Chris Jones, Tim Jones


“VERSUS” is a group exhibition of four emerging artists to celebrate the spirit of Manchester’s independant art scene.

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‘Games People Play’


“Games People Play” is an exhibition in two halves, showing simultaneously at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester and Storey Gallery in Lancaster. It is a collaboration between two artist-led venues in the North West to celebrate the Commonwealth Games 2002 in Manchester. Curated by artist Paul Needham, the exhibition explores the wider significance of games through a range of influences including the psychological, social and environmental. It asks the question “Do the games we play reflect the type of people we are?”

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‘Tea Dance’ – Elaine Constantine


Internationally acclaimed photographer Elaine Constantine returns to her Northern roots to open the new gallery with an exhibition of specially commissioned work focusing on Manchester’s thriving tea dance culture centred around the city’s Ritz Nightclub. The exhibition celebrates the public launch of Castlefield Gallery’s relocation.

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