Castlefield Gallery Associates Spotlight: Amy Gough

Posted on 12 June 2024

This month we have asked Amy Gough to contribute to our Castlefield Gallery Associates Spotlight series, in which current Castlefield Gallery Associates share their thoughts on what the programme offers and how it has been useful for them.

Can you tell us a little bit about your practice?

My practice is interdisciplinary, focused mostly on moving image, painting and sound. I also self-publish zines of writing and drawings alongside this. My work is largely concerned with questions around how we deal with gaps in knowledge and information, blind spots and the invention that takes place there. 

In my video work these ideas have led to different outcomes- an online obsession with the Blue Angel sea slug which became merged with the persona of Roy Orbison, due to them never being encountered first hand, only online, and this becoming a site of infinite fantasy potential. More recently, my work has focused around buildings which become sites of speculation due to their inaccessibility. For example, an empty swimming pool building which may be developed into a data centre, or an exclusive snooker club above a Suzuki garage.

How did you hear about Castlefield Gallery Associates and why did you want to join?

I became aware of Castlefield Associates through friends already based in Manchester, not long after moving here. I wanted to join as a way of meeting other artists and to become more involved in the local community, as well as being able to apply for opportunities that are available specifically to associates. It’s also a good way of finding out about external opportunities and events via the newsletters.

What are you looking forward to most about your coming year’s membership?

I’m looking forward to attending the many events that are on offer and continuing to meet people through doing so.