Events in the Gallery at Bankley Studios Manchester

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Lone Wolf presents... C’EST DE LA PEINTURE!

New work by 24 painters from the UK and USA.
24 artists have been invited to show new paintings made during 2018 and not exhibited before.

Featuring Karolina Albricht//Matthew Bourbon//Sara Dare//Tim Ellis//Nick Fox//Adam Fung//Philip Gurrey//Rebecca Harper//Josie Jenkins//Gareth Kemp//Jack Kettlewell//Brendan Lyons//Donal Moloney//Paula MacArthur//Scott McCracken//Joseph O’Rourke//Kevin Perkins//Arthur Roberts//Wendy Saunders//Brian Scott Campbell//Tony Smith//Nick Sykes//Jason Thompson//Tom Wilmott

Curated by Painters Gareth Kemp (Liverpool) and Nick Sykes (Manchester).

Private View: Friday 23rd November 2018, 7-9pm
Exhibition continues until 8 December 2018
Open Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment.

Bankley Open Call Exhibition & Open Studios 2018

Please join us for the opening of our annual Open Call Exhibition and Open Studios weekend!

Bankley Open Call 2018:
Private View and Prize Giving: Fri 12th October 2018, 6-9pm

Exhibition continues 13th October - 3rd November 2018
Open Sunday 14th & Saturdays 12-4pm

Shortlisted artists:

Jack Brown, Theo Ellison, Sarah Gilman, Jack Kemp, Kyle Kirkpatric, Karol Kochanowski, Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Naty Lopez-Holguin, Joe O'Rourke ,David Penny, Amelia Phythian
Kevin John Pocock, Willie Robb, Michele Selway, Jayne-Anita Smith Nicola Smith, Emily Stollery, Angela Tait, Anna Turner
Deiniol Williams

This year's shortlist was selected by:
Magnus Quaife: Artist & Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, MMU
James Moss: Exhibitions Curator, The Portico Library, Manchester
Leanne Green: Assistant Curator, Fine Art, The Whitworth, University of Manchester
Bankley Open Studios 2018:

Launch Evening: Friday 12th October 2017 6-9pm
Open Studios: 13th & 14th October 12-4pm

Bankley will open three floors of artist studios to the public showcasing the work of over 30 artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, textile, installation and moving image, representing the diversity and quality of work by artists currently resident at this artist-led co-operative.

Strange Love

PV: Friday 7th September 2018 7-9pm
Exhibition continues until 16th September
Open Saturdays & Sundays 12-4pm

Tom Banks / John Brennan / Kirsty Harris
Curated by Dr. Daniel Barnes

Negotiating the lines between ambiguous narratives and the spectacle of the decisive moment, Strange Love explores the contemporary notion of fear as a site of inspiration. The exhibition draws together three artists who interrogate and re-examine beauty as a response to this fear. At the core of this project is the romantic notion that beauty, in and of itself, is a source of great consolation.

Empty Vessels

Opening Night: Friday August 3rd, 7-9pm

Exhibition continues: 4th, 5th, 11th August 12.30-4pm
(also open by appointment during weekdays, message us to arrange a viewing)

Scaffold Gallery presents an exhibition of new works seeking to be void of any content, subject or meaning.

Scott Robertson

Pippa Eason

Edd Ravn

Martha Shaw

Tom Lambe

Thomas Tyler

Rachel Wooller

Alastair R. Noble

Louise Beer and John Hooper

Prop Me Up

13-22 July 2018
Preview: 6-9pm, Friday 13th July 2018
Open Saturdays & Sundays 12-4pm

Artists: Nancy Allen, Katrina Cowling, Rose Nicholas, Genevieve Slater and Emily Woolley.

Prop me up is presented by Kieran Leach and Precious Innes under the moniker

The exhibition features five artists exploring the narrative and theatrics of making by using performative constructs within staged environments to create a flux between reality and illusion. Props highlight the absurdity of their own structure and commentary with work that physically holds itself up, mimicking and distorting its own sensibility. Within the works teeters fragility and a softness that balances on rigid edges. Throughout the show kinetic elements are echoed by graphic representations of cartoonised motion. There are hints of exaggerated functionality and furniture from the everyday, elevated to administer theatrics and action, evoking presence yet absent of the puppeteer.


Katrin Hanusch
Linda Hemmersbach
Jack Vickridge
Isobel Wohl

PV Friday 15th June 2018, 7-9pm (with a reading by Isobel Wohl)
Exhibition continues until 30th June 2018
Open Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment

BLANK LIONS brings together four UK-based artists working in sculpture, drawing and painting. Interested in the ‘Un’ within ‘Un-knowing’, the works play with a reversal of known processes and the un-doing of learned knowledge, questioning clarity and the pre-meditated within the making process.

Sharing a material-driven approach, particular attention is paid to touch, surface, colour and arrangement. Materials from the artists’ everyday surroundings are selected for their specific physical and pictorial qualities– concrete, mud, biodegradable plastic packaging or discarded laptop screens. The magnification of these qualities draws attention to the act of looking and questions the way we touch and experience the world. Muted tones reminiscent of the palette of Piero della Francesca hint at times of transition within the natural world, just as the works on display move from one visual language to another.

BLANK LIONS refers to the term HIC SVNT LEONES (Here are lions), which was used by Roman and Medieval cartographers when denoting unknown territories on maps. Rather than striving towards eventually discovering and naming unknown locations, the artists seem to be interested in moving towards a state of blankness; erasing that which is unnecessary and allowing space for the presence of something that cannot be named. Subtle stitching on transparent plastic, silent screens void of information, calligraphic marks reminiscent of landscapes and scattered fragments of dusty–coloured cement, suggest that blankness and muteness can be forms of understanding rather than things to be identified.

When we imagine the works as ‘texts from a language that has not been given to us to read’(Berger, J.), meaning is found within the gaps of information, where absence is filled with resonance and new possibilities arise within the loss of solidity.

SUM - an exhibition by Sarah Woodburn

Private View: Friday 18th May 2018, 7-9pm
Exhibition continues until 2nd June, open Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment.

A solo exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Woodburn, winner of the Bankley Open Call 2017.

“…I peel and portion a tangerine and spit the pips and feel the drunkenness of things being various.” (Louis MacNeice)

Inspired by unprimed empty canvas and tubes of fresh paint, SUM is a culmination of paintings made over the last two years.

Each work is started in much the same way – seeking out the ‘perfect’ surface by covering imperfections left behind from stretching raw canvas on a studio floor, with paint. Whilst many of the marks, gestures and lines have an accidental and whimsical quality to them, as a whole they work together with confidence and purpose.

Every decision, from start to finish, feels like a compositional balancing act. Each action informs the next, dictating the direction, mood and tempo of the work. Painting, if you like, as a game of chess.
Consistency within this group of paintings lies behind the medium and the decision making process, yet the outcome is always unpredictable.

Sarah Woodburn (b. Chertsey 1982) undertook a Foundation diploma at Wimbledon School of Art (2001-2002) and graduated in Fine Art at Newcastle University (2002-2006). She lives and works in London.

That Sinking Feeling

ARM at Bankley Studios & Gallery
Navid Asghari, David Rogerson, James Moss

PV Friday 27th April 2018, 7pm – 9pm,
Exhibition continues Saturdays & Sundays 12pm-4pm until Saturday 12th May 2018

A free public installation of film, sound and sculpture from contemporary art partnership ARM, testing new methods for collaborative working.

That Sinking Feeling is a collaborative installation that dives into the soup of our current predicament. It seeks to reflect the relationships we have with this reality, the artefacts we create in our pursuit of progress, and the confused emotional state we find ourselves in. Combining film, sculpture and sound, the exhibition favours a lyrical approach ⎯ to use the vernacular of internet memes: ‘That feeling when… you realise you’re in the middle of a slow-motion apocalypse and you haven’t done your homework.’

ARM are a group of artists and producers working together in sound, image, digital technology, installation and research. From 27th April 2018 they will exhibit their new mixed media piece That Sinking Feeling in Bankley Studios’ first floor gallery space.

Somewhere on the colour spectrum

PV April 13th 2018, 7-9pm
Exhibition continues until April 22nd 2018
Open Sat & Sun 12-4pm or by appointment

The connections between the work of Brandys, Scott and Swaine has a double focus – that of the figure and that of light. The figure is the site of exploration and inquiry, and throughout the work there is an interest in exploring the bridge between the internal and external world.
Each artist has her own relationship with light and its effects; spanning the emotional, social, psychological and spiritual. High colour and light are used evocatively in the work which is on show at Bankley Gallery.

The artists see the exhibition at Bankley Gallery as an opportunity to experiment with combining their visual languages to create a multi-sensory installation which is intended as a dialogue between the play of Photographs, Paintings, Drawings and Objects; some of which are new works created especially for the exhibition.

The three artists exhibiting in 'Somewhere On The Colour Spectrum' met through the Turps Studio Painting Programme.

The Bankley experiment

PV 9th March 2018, 7-9pm
Exhibition continues 10th & 11th March 12-4pm

Alyson Olson
Polly du Cros
Paul Bramley

Following on from previous collaborations, Alyson, Polly and Paul have been developing a dialogue between their practices, which lie between painting and sculpture with a mutual interest in discarded, ubiquitous materials. Process and materiality are at the root of their practices but each have a common interest in how the audience respond to the work in the space and the social comments that come from using these materials. For this ‘experiment’ they have continued this dialogue; but have focused on directing each other in the processes, removing the ‘hand’ of each other within the work and making decisions using the commands from each other to develop the installation. By orchestrating the work in this way, they have chosen to remove any ego that may be contained within the work and build a strong trust within the liminal space of the collaboration.