Omid Asadi has been a member of Castlefield Gallery Associates since he participated in our graduate mentee programme in 2017. Omid is a multidisciplinary artist. Before pursuing art full-time, he was an engineer and a champion boxer in Iran. His practice focuses on contrasts and paradoxes. In his work he investigates issues regarding migration, identity, the environment and childhood memories. He has participated in a number of events at Castlefield Gallery including most recently, Peer to Peer: UK / HK and SUSTAIN: Artist Digital Exchange with Aarhus Billedkunstcenter. He has developed work with KULTURFÖRENINGEN, SVENSHÖGEN STATION, Sweden, PROFORMA Pavilion, Venice, Venture Arts ‘Narratives’, the project Creative Lives, a collaboration between artists, academics and other stakeholders at the University of Sheffield and SODA’s 2123 Art Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Why did you become a member of Castlefield Gallery Associates?
In 2017 I was awarded the Castlefield Gallery Graduate Mentorship following my BA graduation exhibition at the Manchester School of Art. The Mentorship programme came with one year membership of the Associates. I have continued to be a member since then.
What’s been the most positive/useful thing you have experienced about it so far?
I believe being part of the art community is necessary for artists. The Castlefield Gallery Associates membership is very useful and beneficial in many ways for instance: providing free project spaces, hosting exhibitions, programming art events and talks, providing members with help/guides around communicating their practice, etc.
Would you encourage other artists to join?
I always encourage my friends or anyone who asks me about the next steps in their art practice to join Castlefield Gallery Associates.
Image: Omid Asadi, Dammam, Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Arts University, 2022. Photo by Hamish Irvine.