Events in the Gallery at Bankley Studios Manchester
Upcoming Events at Bankley Gallery
Opening night: Friday 24th March 2017, 7-9pm
Open Saturdays, 25th March - 8th April 2017, 12-4pm
PLAY invited artists working in all disciplines across the UK to question its very role in everyday contemporary arts practice. The exhibition presents works that either challenge the notion of Play itself or where the idea of Play seems to be a preoccupation from the selected artists.
Sarah Louise Hawkins
Chen Yun Ling
Previous Events at Bankley Gallery
Precious Innes | Isabel Moseley | Jessica Thornton are northern artists based across Manchester and Yorkshire, working with print, sculpture and new media. Wide Margins explores the notion of place, how it is occupied and the dialogue created within three cross-disciplinary practices.
Exhibition Private View: Friday 24th Feb 2017, 7-9pm
Exhibition continues: 25th – 26th Feb 2017, 12-4pm
Open by appointment: 27th Feb – 1st Mar 2017
A photography exhibition, print fair and fundraiser held by third year practitioners at Manchester School of Art.
Preview Night Friday 16th December 7-9pm
Plus refreshments and print fair!
Exhibition continues: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th, 12-5pm
Prints available to buy all weekend!
‘Untitled (2:10am)’ is a photo-series by Bankley member Andy Broadey that draws together cinematic, architectural and musical references to examine the relationship between time and change within the post-communist condition.
The work is part of an ongoing examination of the relationship between imagery, time and political agency. The work’s title refers to Sergei Eisenstein’s 1927 film ‘October’, the closing scenes of which mark the moment of the Bolshevik victory (2:10am) with a montage of clocks from across the globe. Time is foregrounded here as the medium of revolutionary action. In thesis seventeen of his 'Thesis on the Philosophy of History', Walter Benjamin draws also upon the iconography of clocks and links it with revolutionary action, referring to an eye-witness report of insurgents shooting clock towers during the French revolution of 1830; Benjamin claims that revolutionary emancipation invokes the closure of a mode of temporality. To this end, ‘Untitled (2:10am)’ utilises universally recognisable imagery of alarm clocks to disrupt the seemingly ossified relations between chronometric time, labour-time and money, the conjunction of which Sami Khatib has recently described as ‘capital-time’ (Khatib, 2009-11).
Exhibition Opening: Friday 25th November 2016, 6-9pm
Exhibition continues: 26th/27th November, 3rd/4th and 10th December. 12-4pm
Garten der Kunstformen
Kasumi Dean, Leo Robinson, Carina Ripley
Curated by Tom Emery
Exhibition PV 4th of Nov 2016 7-9pm
Exhibition continues until the 19th Nov 2016
Open Saturdays 12-4pm
Following their two month residency undertaken in Bankley’s Studio 20; Kasumi Dean, Leo Robinson and Carina Ripley present Garten der Kunstformen. This exhibition is the culmination of the process begun when these three artists were selected for Bankley’s graduate residency, bringing together three apparently disparate practices and with the provision of time and shared space, allowing them to overlap, for ideas and interests to be shared and for common ground to be discovered. This common ground has taken shape with the concept of the garden, whether as a space that exists in conflict with the built environment, as a site for ritual and myth, or as representative of the regenerative cycle of life and death.
Dean considers the meeting of the mass produced and the kitsch in contrast with the natural and organic. In one tongue-in-cheek moment, the packaging from fruit flavoured sweets – perhaps the ultimate kitsch, artificial commodification of nature – become the medium for a patterned surface, the repetition and application allowing for them to become considered aesthetic material rather than simply a cheap play for attention.
Robinson retells the Roman myth of Pomona, as it applies to Manchester’s own Pomona Island. In myth, Pomona is a goddess of fruitful abundance, importantly the natural flourishing of fruit trees, rather than their harvest. Robinson finds a neatly ironic parallel in the tale of Pomona and her present-day namesake; the goddess Pomona was tricked by Vertumnus so that he could gain access to her orchard, while in Manchester, property developers spin their own tales in order to exploit Pomona Island’s resources.
Ripley tells stories of femininity and the female body. With Rise, Ripley uses weaving, traditionally perceived as a female activity, Ripley plays with imagery of the ‘red tent’, a place for menstruating women to congregate and consider their own place within the natural environment. Ripley also makes bold, direct statements on how the female body is perceived and commodified, with her film Wash house, using clothes pegs to uncomfortably highlight parts of the female body, taking an almost medical attitude towards doing so.
Open Call Exhibition & Open Studios
Join us for the opening of our annual Open Call Exhibition and Open Studios Weekend 2016!
Open Call 2016:
Private View and Presentation: Fri 7th October 2016, 6-9pm
Exhibition continues 8th – 29th October 2016
Open Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm
Congratulations to our first prize winner, Helen Wheeler, who has been awarded £500 and a solo show at Bankley Gallery in 2017. Our second prize of £200 went to Jason Thompson and our Visitor Choice Prize of £100 to Clare Charnley & Patricia Azevedo.
Patricia Azevedo and Clare Charnley, James Bloomfield, Andrew Brooks, Alice Chandler, Paul Crook, Claire Curtin, Ania Glinkina, Daniel Goodwin, Ana Mendes, Donal Moloney, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Isabel Moseley, Mandy Payne, Andrew Robinson, Corinna Spencer, Ruby Tingle, Jason Thompson, Gideon Vass, Helen Wheeler, Emily Whitebread, Chen Yun Ling
This year's shortlist and winners were selected by Poppy Bowers – Exhibition Curator at The Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester, Ann Bukantas - Head of Fine Art at Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Katie Rutherford – Director & Curator at Object/A Manchester, Charlie Booth - Programme Co-ordinator at Redeye Photography Network, Matt Davies – Artist & Winner of Bankley Open Call 2015.
Bankley Open Studios 2016:
Launch Evening: Friday 7th October 2016 6-9pm
Open Studios: 8th & 9th October 12-4pm
Bankley will open three floors of artist studios to the public showcasing the work of over 30 artists working in painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, textile, video art and performance, representing the diversity and quality of work by artists currently resident at this artist-led co-operative.
Shaping the Void
Fiona Grady | Linda Hemmersbach | Hannah Luxton
Exhibition Private View: Friday 9th September, 7-9pm
Exhibition continues: 10th – 24th September
Open Saturdays 11am-4pm or by appointment
This exhibition presents three painters united by their belief in painting’s power to transcend the physical world by activating imagination. The artists share a fascination with our ideas of the void, and an affinity with Eastern philosophy and spirituality, which perceives this nothingness as full of energy and light. In their romantic yearning for a sense of intimacy, Hannah, Fiona and Linda are attentive to subtle changes in colour, tone, opacity, and to the negative spaces in between, as they look to capture the intangible and reveal the invisible.
Each artist invokes a visual language that is less defined within the descriptive, recognisable forms of everyday life – instead presenting a hidden view. Minimal forms and gestures speak of an essence in their search for a purer state. The works ask questions rather than giving answers; call for intuition rather than logic; and open a space for imagination to explore and reflect.
Ness Donnelly : The Undoing of Penelope
Exhibition Opening: Friday 29th July, 7-9pm
Exhibition continues: 30th July- 13th August
Open Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm
Artist Talk 6th August, 2pm
Curated by Zoe Watson
Ness Donnelly was artist in residence at Bankley’s Studio 20 in May and June 2016. During this time she developed a series of Textile works and drawings based around the myth
of Penelope, wife of Odysseus in The Odyssey of Homer.
Donnelly is interested in the repetitive act of undoing and redoing. Deconstructing and then re-presenting the cloth, by removing threads and replacing them with new thread or leaving the space empty to change the form of the material.Similarly within her paper works she takes something away to leave a trace of the original behind.
Level Seven presents : We Are Who We Are
Level Seven Collective is a group of seven female artists exploring themes surrounding feminine social concerns, stemming from a range of female perspectives. We are a group of female artists working together, however it is not only gender that defines our practice. We will be showing works which range across mediums including painting, sculpture, performance and video.
Collective artists include: Samantha Mayo, Laura Daniels, Cecily Shrimpton. Farhaana Katun, Hannah Connor, Danielle Harrison and Olivia Brittain.
Exhibition preview: Friday 1st July, 6-9pm.
Exhibition continues Sat 2nd - Tues 5th July 12-4pm.
More info: http://levelsevencollective.wix.com/home
The Great Unanswered
THE GREAT UNANSWERED: VOLUME I
What is time? How did the universe begin? How did we end up here?
The Great Unanswered: Volume I sees eight intriguing emerging artists, hand-picked by Scaffold Gallery, responding to some of life’s most perplexing and impossible questions.
Bijan Amini-Alavijeh: Why Is There Something Instead Of Nothing?
Thomas Cole Tyler: What Is Time?
Gregory Hayman: What Is Dark Energy?
Adam Ralph: How Did We End Up Here?
Eden Mitsenmacher: What Is Consciousness?
Emily Simpson: Nature Or Nurture?
Laura Welsman: How Did The Universe Begin?
Jake Moore: What Is Everything In The Universe Made Of?
Exhibition Opening: Friday 17th June, 7-9pm
Open: 18th -19th June 11am-2pm
Open by appointment: 20-24th June
Volume II and III will follow, at two venues in Manchester with another 13 artists, taking place in July and August. Visit www.scaffoldgallery.com/the-great-unanswered
for more information on the other events.
‘Process’ is a group exhibition featuring the work of current members at Bankley Studios. The exhibition invites you to engage in a variety of making and thinking processes, exploring the different methodologies behind artistic decision-making.
The work questions notions of the ‘finished’ artwork, how artists engage with their chosen medium and materials, and how the process of making ultimately informs the outcome. Process may also relate to a chosen subject matter and the recording of changing states within a series of actions.
Featuring sculpture, video, painting, drawing, textiles and photography, ‘Process’ aims to highlight the diversity of art practices at Bankley Studios, bringing them together to celebrate our newly refurbished Gallery Space.
The exhibition ties in a with a programme of talks, residencies and open studio events throughout May and June around the idea of ‘Process’. For more information please visit: www.studio20bankley.wordpress.com
27th May, 7-9pm
Sat 28th May, Sat 4th June, Sat 11th June, 12-4pm
or by appointment
STUDIO 20: Mexican Muralism: Then & Now
Thursday 28th April 2016
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Bankley Studios & Gallery invites you to a talk with Mexican artist and Bankley Studios member Raul Gutierrez Loya on Mexican Muralism and its influence in New Muralism. The talk will be relaxed and is relevant to anyone interested in art, Mexican art, muralism, Latin America, public art and street art in general. The event is free to attend and will take place in the Project Space (Studio 20) on the 3rd floor.
The talk is part of a series of art events organised by Bankley Studios supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
The space is limited and the entry is free, so please register as soon as possible to not miss this interesting talk.
Find out more and book your ticket:
Assembly: An installation by Holly Rowan Hesson
STUDIO 20: A Slow Joy
Bankley Studios & Gallery
Exhibition Dates: 12 – 18 March
An underground film event and mystical creative installation built, curated and realised by the band Groves and good friends presented at Studio20, Bankley Studios,
We invite you to watch a film called A Slow Joy…
The rough cut is the final cut, its slow and long, and we’re showing the film every night for a week within a fun, strange world that we have created within the gallery space.
Exhibition Dates: 12 – 18 March
Opening Event: 12 March, 6-11pm
Installation Opening Times
(By appointment, contact Luca: 07907780779)
12/03 – 6pm – 11pm
13/03 – 6pm – 9pm
14/03 – 6pm – 9pm
15/03 – 6pm – 9pm
16/03 – 6pm – 9pm
17/03 – 6pm – 9pm
18/03 – 10am -1:30pm
A Slow Joy – Film Screenings
13/03 – 9pm – 10:30pm
14/03 – 9pm – 10:30pm
15/03 – 9pm – 10:30pm
16/03 – 9pm – 10:30pm
17/03 – 9pm – 10:30pm
18/03 – 1:30pm – 3pm
Open Call 2015
The Bankley Open Call 2015 returns for the third year. The annual open exhibition once again invites contemporary artists of any age or experience living within the UK, and working in any 2D media, video, or sculpture, to participate and be in with a chance of winning our first prize of £400 and a solo show at Bankley Gallery next year. We also have a second prize of £100 and a month long residency in our project space.
For more information on last year's Open Call winner Holly Rowan Hesson, runner-up Matt Davies and the other exhibitors visit www.bankley.wordpress.com
The selection of work and award of prizes will be made by an impressive panel:
Bryony Bond - Curator, The Whitworth
Matthew Pendergast - Programme Manager, Castlefield Gallery
Paul Stanley - Programme and Engagement Coordinator, CFCCA
Holly Rowan Hesson - Artist, winner of Bankley Open Call 2014
Valley of the Shadow - James Roper
OPENING NIGHT: July 31st, Friday, 6-9pm
Having previously pursued film-making as a side project, through script writing and the making of short films - including the Vimeo Awards shortlisted film 'Outside' - James Roper’s new body of work now uses one of his unfinished screenplays as a document from which to extract and explore themes and ideas, not in film, but within other disciplines, including drawing, video art, installation, music, graphic design and painting.
‘Valley of the Shadow’ will include new drawings and paintings from the series, as well as work that originally debuted in Roper‘s last solo show ‘The Inscending Spiral’ at Mirus Gallery in San Francisco.
View by appointment: August 1st-14th
+ a personal tour around the exhibition from the artist (optional)
**PRINT SALE up to 80% OFF**
Giclée and screen prints will be available to purchase at the opening at discounted prices
More work from James Roper: www.jroper.co.uk
A6 Dialogue 4
Preview: 10/07/15 7:00PM-9:00PM
Saturday and Sundays 11th - 25th July 2015
12.00 - 4.00pm
An exhibition of new work from contemporary artists in response to a 1966 Art examination paper. Participating artists from Bankley Studios, Cross Street Arts, Mirabel, Neo and Rogue Studios. The work has been produced within a 3 hour timescale.
6th June - 28th June 2015
Exhibition Open Sat & Sun 12.00 - 4.00pm
Stewart Kelly's forthcoming solo exhibition will take place at Bankley Studios & Gallery in Manchester during June. The exhibition is called Bodyworks and will feature a selection of works he has created over the last 5 years. The exhibition brings together the work from two previous solo exhibitions including Life Lines and Traces. A selection of drawings and a series of new textile/mixed media works will also feature in the exhibition. In addition, Stewart will be artist in residence working in the gallery space developing new works throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Open Weekdays by Appointment. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thirty Paintings About Nothing : Martin Olsson & Gary Andrew Clarke
Preview Evening: Friday 13th March, 6-8pm
Open: 14th-31st March
Thirty Paintings About Nothing is a two person exhibition featuring Bankley AIR 2015 Martin Olsson and Bankley studio member Gary Andrew Clarke. The two artists have developed the exhibition following Olsson's artist residency at Bankley Gallery between December 2014 - March 2015.
"Without narrative beyond the paint itself, the works in this show take related yet opposing stances on colour, shape and progression. Movement versus stillness, multitude versus repetition within a reductive field are central aspects in this collection. Hard edges, flatness and adherence to fundamentals also unite these works." Martin Olsson, 2015
A Christmas Pop-Up
Friday 28th November, 4-8pm
Saturday 29th November, 12-4pm
The Pop-Up offers visitors the perfect opportunity to buy unique gifts and affordable artwork directly from our resident artists. Join us for a mulled wine or something cold from the bar, and see the exciting diversity of work produced at Bankley Studios across our exhibition space and stalls, including prints, paintings, sculpture, jewellery and much more!
SAMs Art will be also be running a drop-in workshop suitable for all ages where you can make your own Festive Decoration on Friday 28th, from 4-7.30pm.
Munkispanner Clothing // Paul Dodgson // Lucy Harvey // Hannah Brown // Raul Gutierrez // Jane Dzisiewski // Clair Graubner // Ian Massey // Jessica Browning // Linda Spiteri // David Jarrett // Martha Jean Lineham // Stewart Kelly // Eric Morris // Stacey Coughlin
RSVP to our Facebook Events Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/330490303806718
Why not make a night of it with Levy Night Market running over the road from 4-9pm on Friday 28th November? Levenshulme Market
Bankley Open Call & Open Studios 2014
Bankley Open Call 2014
Launch Evening: Friday 10th October, 6-9pm
Open: Saturdays and Sundays until 26th October, 12-4pm
Facebook Events page: www.facebook.com/events/1475817086016676
Congratulations to our first prize winner, Holly Rowan Hesson
who has been awarded £500 and a solo show at Bankley Gallery in 2015. Our second prize of £150 Fred Aldous
vouchers went to Matt Davies
This year's shortlist and winners were selected by Chris Bloor, Co-Director of & Model Gallery
, Leeds; Kate Jesson, Curator at Manchester City Art Gallery
; Kwong Lee, Director of Castlefield Gallery
, Manchester and Peter Seal
, artist and overall winner of Bankley Open Call 2013.
The Bankley Open Call 2014 Shortlist:
Holly Rowan Hesson
Irene Pérez Hernández
Gary Andrew Clarke
Read more about our selected artists on the Bankley blog.
The Open Call invites contemporary artists of any age or experience living within the UK, and working in any 2D media, video, or sculpture, to participate and be in with a chance of winning our first prize of £500 and a solo show at Bankley Gallery next year. We also have a fantastic second prize of £150 vouchers to spend at Fred Aldous, Manchester.
Read more about the Open Call here: http://www.bankley.org.uk/open-call
Bankley Open Studios 2014
Launch Evening: Friday 10th October 6-9pm
Open Studios: 11th & 12th October 12-4pm
Bankley will open to the public three floors of artist’s studios and the work of over 30 artists, covering all artistic disciplines. Painting and drawing, sculpture and ceramics, photography and video art-forms are represented, show-casing the diversity and quality of work by artists currently resident at this renowned artist co-operative.
A6 Dialogue Two
A6 Dialogue Two : Wrap Party
Saturday 18th August, 2-4pm
The Wrap Party draws to a close the second A6 exhibition with a final chance to view the work and discuss where A6 Dialogue will go next alongside a new performance by artist Mike Chavez-Dawson.
See our Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/479408565494927
A6 Dialogue Two
Private view: 8th August, 6-8pm
Open: Saturday 9th and 16th August, 12-4pm
Bankley are delighted to host A6 Dialogue Two, the second of a series of inspiring conversations between artists and studios around the A6 and further afield.
To find out more please see the A6 Dialogue blog: www.a6dialogue.wordpress.com
Private view 18th July, 6-8pm
Open: Saturdays and Sundays until 27th July, 11-4pm
Following on from his award of first prize in the inaugural Bankley Open Call exhibition last year, this show presents an opportunity to enjoy a major body of works on canvas and paper by the artist Peter Seal.
Born in Scotland, and resident in Manchester since the early Eighties, Peter Seal has built a solid reputation for his quietly powerful abstract paintings. The work is notable for its subtle geometries and resonant colour. Notwithstanding their apparent simplicity, each of Seal’s paintings can be six to eight weeks in the making, much of which might be not in the physical act of painting itself, but in a highly considered assimilation or “settling time”. The work is notable also for its craftsmanship and its beauty of surface, achieved through a gradual process of layering.
Along with canvases, Seal will also show a substantial group of black and white collages. These are more organic in form and process to the paintings, and serve as a parallel activity.
Read more about the Bankley Open Call: www.bankley.wordpress.com/tag/bankley-open-call-2013
Unmade In England - Amanda Whewell
Private View: Friday 13th June, 6-9pm
Open: every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 5th July, 11-4pm
Unmade in England emerged from a process based project which involved deconstructing charity shop clothes and reconstructing them into balls of yarn and quilted fabric. The resulting yarn and quilts had the potential to be transformed into something else...
Pre-used clothing & household textiles are unmade and remade to create evolving artworks. The familiarity of the materials makes the work accessible and evocative whilst the demolition process harbours disturbing undertones.
The fabrics have individual histories from which secrets can be discovered and fragments recognized to tell a story or ignite a memory.
Amanda will be running free workshops inspired by the exhibition on 21, 22, 28, 29 June, details to follow on www.unmadeinengland.blogspot.com
A Dream Within a Dream
Private View: 15th May 6-9pm
Open: Saturdays 17th May - 7th Jun, 12.30-5.30pm
Plus Space Coventry presents Karl Bielik, Claudia Boese, Valerie Brennan,
Sarah McNulty, Sophie Rees, Melanie Russell,
"Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?"
Edgar Allan Poe
The exhibition takes its title from a work by Sabine Tress, ‘A dream within a dream’, 2014. The Edgar Allan Poe poem which it shares the same name with is a poem about trying to distinguish between reality and fantasy.
In a similar way to dreaming, the activity of abstract painting often treads the line between reality and fantasy, sometimes it is hard to separate the two from each other. The unconscious state of dreaming offers us access to different memories and ideas, whilst in painting we can often look back at created paintings and realise that something has been included in the work from a previous memory.
The fully immersive activity of creating an abstract painting, with the full involvement, and the enjoyment of the process can create a kind of flow. This cognitive flow is a well accepted an idea proposed by Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Cognitive flow suggests that some activities creates an energized focus, and results in all your attention being put into the task at hand with no more attention being left for anything else. There is a merging of action and awareness as well as improvement of performance which results in a intrinsically rewarding experience.
The focus of flow can offer clear goals and direction which in turn offers great feedback, giving the painter the feeling that their actions matter and have a real effect on the painting and world.
A Dream within a Dream continues a thread of Pluspace exhibitions, such as Painted Thought (2014), Without an Edge there is no Middle (2013), Form / Function (2013) and Meditations (2013), that examines contemporary painting.
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100 Adapted Orphans - Jo Clements
Opening event Thursday 1st May 2014, 6-8pm
Open 12-4pm from 2-7th May 2014
The exhibition will show 100 films, displayed as QR codes, that make up the work '100 Adapted Orphans'. Random glimpses of narrative experienced both via the printed text and within the films' content, construct an incomplete and therefore partly imagined analysis of real situations, individuals, theories and movements. The films have been sourced from online moving image archives and respond to the artists ongoing research into the relationships between original intent/provenance, digital consumer and object, copyright and the resulting implications/tensions for the re-appropriation of existing materials.
[Off site event]
A group show featuring artists from Bankley Studios & Gallery, Mirabel and Third Floor Studios
Preview evening: Friday 7th March, 6-9pm at PS Mirbel, Mirabel Street, M3 1PJ
Open Saturdays 11-5pm, until 19th April
VERB Project #5
Public Launch: Friday 29th November 2013 | 6-9pm | Open invitation
Site responsive art will exist on site until Saturday 30th November 6pm | Opening times 12-6pm
Sound archive will exist until Sunday 1st December | Opening times 12-6pm
For 24HRS a series of site responsive art works will exist spanning the four floors of Bankley House, Levenshulme.
There will be a sound archive made of the artists’ engagement leading up to this point, then the audiences engagement with the exhibition. The artworks will then be destroyed and traces of the creative engagement will remain only through audio recordings.
This project will bring together artists from Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.
Benjamin Plimmer, Carrieanne Cara Vivianette, Hazel Roberts, Jade Currie, Joanna Hutton, Kathryn Miller, Liam Maloney, Rebecca Rogers, Ricki James, Sarah Riseborough & Thomas Evans.
For full details please refer to: http://verbmanchester.com
Follow on twitter @verbmanchester
OPEN CALL 2013 Wrap Party
Saturday 26th October 6-9pm
Bankley Studios & Gallery are pleased to invite members of the public to celebrate the success of their inaugural Open Call exhibition with our Wrap Party on the 26th October at 6 till 9pm.
We've all had such an amazing and absorbing experience, and it seems only fitting for us to finish on a high note and with a bang.
So please join us at our gallery space for a last chance to enjoy our fantastic exhibition, a drink, some nibbles and warm atmosphere.
As part of Levenshulme Festival
Bankley OPEN CALL 2013
Private View & Awards Ceremony - Friday 4th October 6 - 9pm
Exhibition open - 5-6th, 10-13th, 17-20th, 24-25th October 12 - 4pm
Bankley Open Call 2013 is the first in a proposed annual series of exhibitions selected from submissions from UK artists. This inaugural show includes an exciting range of contemporary work - diverse in style, media and scale - selected by a professional panel.
The panel was comprised of Sophia Crilly, artist and curator, co-director of Bureau, Manchester; Mary Griffiths, curator of Modern Art, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Mark Kennard, artist and co-director of Bureau, Manchester; Katy Saide, co-owner of Trove, Levenshulme.
There are two major prizes and the opportunity for the overall winner to exhibit at Bankley Gallery in 2014.
Prizewinners will be announced at our awards ceremony on the evening of the private view, Friday 4th October.
Bankley OPEN CALL 2013 - Submissions
16 August 2013
The Bankley Open Call 2013 is our first annual open exhibition inviting contemporary artists of any age or experience living within the UK, and working in any 2D media, video, or sculpture, to participate and be in with a chance of winning our first prize of £500 and a solo show at Bankley Gallery. We also have a fantastic second prize of £200 vouchers to spend at Fred Aldous, Manchester.
Our prizes will be judged by an impressive panel:
Mark Kennard - Director of Bureau Gallery, Manchester
Sophia Crilly - Director and Curator of Bureau Gallery, Manchester Mary Griffiths - Curator of Modern Art at Whitworth Gallery, Manchester Katy Saide - Owner of Trove, Levenshulme, Manchester
SUBMISSION DATE: 16TH AUGUST, 2013
ENTRY FEE: £10
SUBMISSION DATE: 16TH AUGUST, 2013 --- Exhibition starts from 4th Oct with PV and Awards ceremony.
Then Thursday - Sunday, 12-4pm until 25th Oct, 2013
What It Feels Like
One Two presents the work of Nina Chua with that of Tiago Duarte in an exhibition that addresses the aesthetic relationship between two works.
The work was selected by Mary Griffiths and invites the viewer into the common subtleties inhabiting each artists’ practice, such as the linear space between areas of print and drawing or the line of a journey that functions here as a common denominator for the show.
Preview: Thursday 21st March, 6-9pm
Opening times: 22nd-24th March, 12.30-3.30pm
Please contact both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an alternative viewing time.
Susan Aggarwal - A Beautiful Nature
Ventures In Art is delighted to present Susan Aggarwal’s latest art exhibition and open studio weekend in celebration of her new studio space in Levenshulme.
To be held on the 17 & 18 November at
Bankley Studio & Gallery
12:00 - 4:00 pm
The exhibition will include her latest collection of originals, limited edition prints and a booklet of poems sharing her experiences.
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RSVP : VenturesInArt@virginmedia.com
ImagiNation Art Workshop
Sat 27th October 2012
12.30 – 3.30pm
At Bankley Studios and Gallery
Welcome to the land of creativity and inspiration!
Come and join us to make a temporary glimpse of a magical world of all things arty. Help us plant a fantastical forest and bring your own cardboard boxes etc. to build a gigantic landscape of recycled materials.
FREE (Donations welcome towards cost of materials)
Suitable for ages 3 upwards
For more information, contact:
As part of Levenshulme Festival: www.levenshulmefestival.co.uk
re MONTAGE - Julie Del'Hopital
In re MONTAGE the artist asks ‘Is there a transformative energy in destruction? Do things have to break down before something new can occur?'
'One of my art practices from 2008 until 2012 has been mostly executed at home, drawings images from different resources: National Geographic, books, personal photographs... on recycle boards. And as an image maker, they will get destroyed and transformed to create one artwork.’
Friday 21 September 6pm – 9pm
Opening times for Gallery exhibition:
Monday 24 September 10am – 5pm
Tuesday 25 September 10am – 5pm
Monday 1 October 10am – 5pm
Tuesday 2 October 10am – 5pm
Saturday 6 October 10am – 5pm
Art by Natural Definition - Eileen O'Rourke
Friday 10th August 6.30 onwards
Show runs 11th - 19th August
11.00 - 4.00pm
'This art series is in two parts and explores natural identity using two modes of expression: hair sewing and drawing. The nurture/nature debate is addressed in the first half of this series with the use of hair. The 2nd half of the series uses found natural matter and extends its aesthetic characteristic through an evolutionary drawing principle. Techniques within the works may lead down a blind alley in the way an evolutionary tree 'stumps' when the environmental demand surpasses innate abilities. While escaping into the drawing, various evolutionary avenues will become evident.'
Friday 1st June 6 - 9pm
Live Performance By
7.15 - 8.15 pm
2nd - 8th June
11am - 5pm
60 Artists have been asked to submit one drawing in an exhibition that lays bare the tradition of drawing in individual contemporary practices. With the democracy of open submission, '60 Drawings' is curated by Carolyn Curtis Magri and Gary James Williams and intends to explore, define and celebrate the locality and discipline of drawing in its diverse forms within the practices of participating artists.
The artists include Pavel Buchler, Sophia Crilly, Kevin Dalton-Johnson, David Hancock, Jenny Core, Daksha Patel, James Roper, Mit Senoj, Daniel Fogarty, Mary Griffiths and many other local and international artists.
Preview Event Sponsored by Barefoot Wines
Cupcakes provided by McIntosh and Farrar Cupcake Creators
MMU 2nd Year Fine Art Exhibition
29th April - 4th May
10 am - 4pm
Private View 28th April 7-9pm
This exhibition showcases the work of 3 second year fine art students who specialise in painting. Emma Norman works with the idea of minimal and max use of colour. Jessica Shandley focuses on producing drawings of scenes from various thriller moves. Katie Sharratt is interested in the process behind which art is created.
Boobs, Leaves and Weaves
10am - 4pm
Closes Fri 20th 12pm
Private View 17th April 7-9pm
Sharon Shields explores the role of colour and gender. Lucy Gray uses glitter, embroidery, beads and natural resources to create imaginative worlds. Graham Rimmer draws on the realm of ancient civilisations to make sculpture. My Van Tran uses fairy tales as a resource for collage and painting.
30th March - 1st April 2012
Opening evening 30th March 6.00 - 9.00pm
Gallery Open 11.00 - 5.00pm
REVERB an exhibition event
Students from the MA Contemporary Fine Art course at Salford University invite you to join them in an interim exhibition at Bankley Gallery. Diverse in their approach these artists offer an insight into contemporary art coming out of Salford University, each using the space to explore their practice within the gallery context. Disciplines range from the traditional to the digital and includes performance art, with two live performances taking place on the opening night. This showcase will prove to be an exciting insight into emerging artists from the North West.
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13th March - 26th March 2012
Cedar Mount High School and Stanley Grove Primary School present an exhibition of pupils' artwork
By Appointment Only.
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Captured Images - The Photograph Comes to Prison - Michael Jacobson-Hardy
Gallery Opening Times: Saturday and Sunday 29th & 30th October and 5th & 6th November.
Other viewings by appointment only.
Bankley Gallery and The Windows Project are hosting an exhibition of photography by Michael Jacobson-Hardy from America.
The event celebrates the opening of The European Prison Education Conference taking place at The Midland Hotel in Manchester at the end of October. Delegates from many different countries will be visiting the gallery to see the photographs, which given an amazing insight into prison life.
Hung, Drawn and Quartered
17-18th, 24-25th September and 1-2nd October
Preview Friday 16th September 6-9
We are really pleased to be hosting an exhibition from Arena Studios and Gallery from Liverpool for our annual Open Weekend and beyond.
Artists will be drawing in the gallery during the preview and exhibiting a mixture of drawings and installation pieces which will be both innovative and challenging.
Valuing Women's Work - Valuing Herstory
Exhibition 30th July - 14th August 2011
Gallery Open Saturdays 30th July, 6th August, 13th August 1.00 - 6.00pm
Preview Friday 29th July 6-8pm
Creative hands foundation in partnership with Oxfam will be showing the work of two Sure Start women's groups in South Manchester who have been exploring the value and their personal experiences of unpaid work.
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Distorted Interior Barriers
2nd July - 16th July 2011
Opening evening 2nd July from 3pm onwards
Gallery open Sat & Sun 2 & 3, 9 & 10 and 16 & 17th July 2011 11.00 - 5.00pm
Workshop 9th July 1.00 - 3.00pm
Through wide expanses of texture, collage and colour stretched across the walls and floor, Garth Simmons creates an environment of dislocations and skewed perspectives. His juxtapositions of scale and finely interlaced pattern transform the gallery space into a fully immersive, cerebral landscape.
Pursuing the Narrative
Opening Friday 27th May 2011 6.30 - 9.00pm
Gallery open 28th & 29th May - 4th & 5th, 10th & 11th June 11-5pm
Pursuing the Narrative is a collaboration between two Manchester-based practitioners, writer and artist Jo Manby, and artist Gary James Williams. This exhibition explores the narrative of the written word, installation and the moving image, examining the blurred frontier between written and visual fictions.
Jo Manby is a freelance writer and artist who writes various types of fiction. She works in painting, sculpture and drawing and has extensive experience of gallery curating and project management.
Gary James Williams exhibits internationally, working in a broad interdisciplinary practice. Williams’ work enquires into the creative potentials of the narrative structure, the arena of storytelling and our relationship with the material and the ephemeral.
Pursuing the Narrative drawing © Jo Manby 2011
Preview Event sponsored by Barefoot Wine
Vernacular Spaces - Sangita and Monixa Mistry
Opening Friday 18th March 2011 7.00 - 9.00pm
Artists Discussion Saturday 26th March 2.00 - 4.30pm
Gallery Open Sat & Sun 19th, 20th and 26th, 27th March and Sat & Sun 2nd, 3rd April 10.00 - 4.00pm
A participatory photography project gives insight into how two different communities of high school students from India and England occupy and define their personal space.
Preview Event sponsored by Barefoot Wine
Opening Friday 12th November 7-10 pm
Open Sat & Sun 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 & 28 Nov 1.00 - 5.00pm or by appointment,
phone Philip Kennedy on 0161 434 9320
Local artist Philip Kennedy shows carvings, fabrications and paintings from the past 5 years exploring figurative and gestural themes with an emphasis on partial and fleeting aspects of the real world
Creative Cityscape Workshop
Saturday 23rd October 2010
12.00 - 4.00pm
Suitable for all ages
Come and have a go to help draw and build a city that surpasses all others through imagination and creativity. Through drawing, collage and sculpture, add to the skyline with your own architectural masterpiece; a floating park of the future, a farmpartment or a museum of pencils – anything to make the most diverse and creative city in the world – in Levenshulme!
Please be aware - children must be accompanied by an adult.
Part of Levenshulme Festival: www.levenshulmefestival.co.uk
Bankley Studios Open and Processed Limitations
Open Studios 2010
Sat 25 September 11.00 - 6.00pm
Sun 26 September 12.00 - 4.00pm
Sat & Sun 25 - 26 September 12.00 - 5.00pm
Sat & Sun 2 - 3 October 12.00 - 5.00pm
Preview for both events
Saturday 25 September 6.00 - 9.00pm
The yearly event when artists open their studio spaces to the viewing public. This year, the event is accompanied by "Processed Limitations" the drawing practices of Stephen Ashdown, JoMcGonigal and Evangelia Spiliopoulou - all recent graduates of Manchester Metropolitan University's MAFA - the work is conceptual, visually dissimilar and technically diverse with a highly individual aesthetic outcome.
Duck Shoot Dino Rescue
Opening Fri 3 Sept 6 - 9
Open Days Saturday, Sunday 4 & 5, 18 & 19 1-6pm
Coffee and Cake Event Sun 12 1-6
Closing Down Sale Sat 18 1-6
Axel Bottenberg is supported by Imitate Gallery in association with Bankley House Studio Gallery. Imitate's Director describes the work: "With a punchy penchant for insane ideas, Bottenberg bolts together a dizzying array of imagery incorporating both classic and contemporary iconography in a technically brilliant visual mashup"
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Open weekends 17, 18, 24, 25 July 11-4pm
Other times by appointment only firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Evans, Laura Simms and Fiona Campbell challenge the traditional 'white cube' approach to art exhibitions with box-like galleries within Bankley Gallery . They explore the idea of the 'peepshow' or 'raree (rarity) to enable unusual visual experiences.
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Carolyn Curtis Magri and Charlie Ryder
03 July - 04 July 2010
This weekend event opens with a lunch at 1pm on Saturday 3rd July.
Carolyn Curtis Magri and Charlie Ryder explore the experience of being in a prison from two sides of the divide with posters and performance. Carolyn is an Art and Design Tutor in Offender Learning and Charlie, an ex-offender.
Fadil Ademi @ Bankley Gallery
You are invited to an exhibition of new works by painter Fadil Ademi.
Monday 15 March - 31 March 2010
Every evening from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fadil works in oil paint and oil pastels creating images that explore colour and form within still life.
The works featured in this exhibition are exciting, current and bold.
We hope to see you there.
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The Pilgrimage of Lost Children and other Stories
20 November - 6 December
Saturday and Sunday 12 - 5 pm
Preview: Friday 20th November 7 - 9pm
Talk by the artist: Saturday 21st November 2pm
At Bankley Studios & Gallery
To coincide with his forthcomming appearance on BBC2's Saatchi's Best of British
Manchester based painter Iain Andrews will be showing a selection of new works.
Beautiful Women With Depression
23 October - 8 November 2009
Saturday and Sunday 12 - 5 pm
Preview: Friday 23 October, 19.00 - 21.00
Wrap party: Friday 6 November, 19.00 – 21.00, performance at 20.00
The exhibition is about contrasts. You see an attractive woman strolling through town, wearing designer clothes you automatically assumed she has everything you want: status and wealth and happiness. It's often far from the truth.
Western culture blows up our superficial side. Were all superficial- its our instinct when it comes to appearance. It's down to the individual to cognitize that.
In the paintings glossy magazine cuttings are set next to scribbles and crude brush strokes. I find mass media imagery as beguiling as I do poisonous. The collage and other materials make up narratives. Some are intentional others are accidental.
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Weather or Not
Laura Tester & Alan Freeman
3 October - 11 October 2009
Saturday and Sunday 12 - 5 pm
Preview: Friday 2 October, 19.00 - 22.00
This exhibition of work inspired by the weather by artists Laura Tester and Alan Freeman opens in conjunction with Bankley's yearly Open Studio event (see news and events for more details).
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3 & 4 October 2009
Saturday and Sunday 12 - 5 pm
Preview: Friday 2 October, 19.00 - 22.00 pm
The yearly event when resident artists open their studio spaces to the viewing public. This year the Open Studios event is accompanied by an exhibition of work by Laura Tester and Alan Freeman in the Gallery.
Art, Kind Of
Hannah Morris, Simon Clear & Rachael Statham
Bankley Studios Gallery
9 August - 14 August 2009
12.00 - 18.00 pm
Preview: Saturday 8 August, 18.30 - late
Drinks, food, live music... kind of
An exhibition of new young painting, drawing and sculpture.
New Improved Everything But Angels
Nicholas J Ridehalgh
Bankley Studios Gallery
4 July - 26 July 2009
Saturday and Sunday 12 - 5 pm
or by appointment tel: 01625 267391
Preview: Friday 3 July, 7 - 10 pm
The Psychiatrist said, “I think we can get him back”
This is the most recent glimpse into the visionary world of English painter Nicholas J Ridehalgh, a point in time capturing his pursuit of the other in paint & drawing.
Nothing is Ever Black or White
Bankley Studios Gallery
30 May - 21 June 2009
Saturday and Sunday 12 - 5 pm
Preview: Friday 29 May, 7 - 10 pm
SoTart Contemporary Artists invite you to Bankley Studios & Gallery for their latest exhibition
Open Studios 2008 & Fair Play
Bankley House Studios & Gallery
The annual event which invites the public into the working spaces of the Artists. Fair Play an exhibition in the Gallery.
Fair Play is supported by Arts Council of England, North West and The Levenshulme Festival