In the first of a new series of Podcasts, created in collaboration with Venture Arts, artist Sally Hirst explores the Obstructions exhibition at Castlefield Gallery.
Venture Arts is a visual arts charity based in Hulme, Manchester (UK), working alongside learning disabled artists to create exciting new collaborative visual art work.
Ahead of her Castlefield Gallery solo exhibition Mantle, artist and Castlefield Gallery Associate Jocelyn McGregor will discuss her practice with photography curator and editor Mariama Attah.
Taking inspiration from folklore, surrealism and supernatural fiction, McGregor investigates the identification of the female with nature, the home and the machine. McGregor's solo exhibition will form part of Castlefield Gallery's 2021/22 exhibition programme (exhibition dates to be announced).
As we look forward to reopening this September with our as yet unseen exhibition Soft Bodies, we have commissioned a special episode of exhibiting artist Emma Cousin’s podcast ‘Chats in Lockdown’.
For this episode Cousin invited writer Rajesh Parameswaran (author of I Am an Executioner: Love Stories (2013) described by The Washington Post as “the advent of a genuinely distinctive voice in American fiction.”) and fellow exhibiting artist Megan Snowe.
Their conversation takes the Soft Bodies exhibition as a starting point as well as the restrictions and changes to our daily activities caused by Covid-19, such as the increasing presence of video conferencing in our lives. The discussion takes places via the internet between London and New York and takes in such subjects as the disembodying and embodying nature of technology. The removal of things from the body, phantom limbs, body trash and the potential of inhabiting our non-flesh-based erogenous selves.
The podcast also features music from Semi Precious, who collaborated with artist Jake Moore on Other Life (2019) also exhibited as part of the Soft Bodies exhibition.
Originally programmed for July 2020, a solo exhibition of work by Nicola Ellis will open at Castlefield Gallery in March 2021. To mark the occasion of what would have been the public preview, Matthew Pendergast (Castlefield Gallery Curator and Deputy Director) invited Nicola Ellis to talk about her work and artist placement at Ritherdon & Co Ltd.
To mark the occasion of what would have been the public preview of their exhibitions, Castlefield Gallery curator Matthew Pendergast invited artists Bryony Dawson and Ryan Gander to share some questions and thoughts on their works.
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