Events in the Gallery at Bankley Studios Manchester

Previous Events at Bankley Gallery

The Hole - a painting exhibition by Joseph O’Rourke

The Hole
- a painting exhibition by Joseph O’Rourke

Opening Night: Friday 10th November, with live music from Forrest Lloyd.

6.30-9pm (a bar will be running from 7pm)

Exhibition continues on Saturday 11th and 18th November 12 - 4pm
‘The Hole’ will present work by painter, recent graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, and
artist in residence at Bankley Studios, Joseph O’Rourke. The exhibition brings together
paintings all made in 2017. Some have already been exhibited this year at
‘Giants’ in March (Tent Gallery, Edinburgh), and in June at E.C.A. degree show. Some work is being exhibited for the first time. Recent work has increasingly been made with ideas based around personal values in relation to global events. The title of this exhibition ‘The Hole’ refers to the seemingly un-fillable holes that governments, politicians, financiers, corporations are leaving in the human race, both as individuals and communities. The title also draws reference from the song ‘Way down in the Hole’ by Tom Waits.

See more of his work on his website and on Instagram @joeor_

The opening night will see the exhibition be accompanied with live music by Forrest Lloyd.
Forrest is a multidisciplinary artist working left of field in RnB, noise, and grime.

Bankley Open Call & Open Studios 2017

Please join us for the opening of our annual Open Call Exhibition and Open Studios Weekend 2017!

Bankley Open Call 2017:
Private View and Prize Giving: Fri 6th October 2017, 6-9pm

Exhibition continues 6th – 28th October 2017
Open 7th, 8th, 14th, 21st & 28th October 12-4pm

Shortlisted artists:

Amber Agha, Iain Andrews, John Angus, David Armes, Phoebe Baines, Richard Baker, Ellie Geary, Sarah Gilman, Lesley Halliwell, Kirsty Harris, Mark Houghton, Bethan Hughes, Gareth Kemp, Christian Mieves, Arthur Roberts, Emma Sandström, Jason Thompson, April Virgoe, Sarah Woodburn

This year's shortlist was selected by Donal Moloney - Artist & Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Paulette Terry Brien - Director of The International 3, Salford; Simon Woolham - Artist and Curator at Paper Gallery, Manchester; Helen Wheeler - Artist and winner of Bankley Open Call 2016

Bankley Open Studios 2017:
Launch Evening: Friday 6th October 2017 6-9pm
Open Studios: 7th & 8th 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.

Selected Works by Matt Davies

Private View 8th September 2017, 7-9pm
Exhibition continues until the 16th September
Open Saturdays 12-4pm

'Selected works' brings together a collection of paintings and drawings by Matt Davies, winner of the Bankley Open Call 2015, for the first time. Mostly new pieces are in situ with some favoured paintings, uniting and intermingling with contrasting features and colour.

After winning the Bankley Open in 2015, it has been Matt Davies' intention to deliver fresh work that would challenge the way he usually paints. Smaller, more organised paintings have evolved from larger expressive and intermittent works. Although the same amount of mistakes and reworking have probably been made, the difference is that there is less space to hide with smaller works and that they prevail in intimacy and attentiveness.

This exhibition has also allowed Matt to facilitate the space with additional works on paper. These works have been uprooted from sketchbooks and involve intimate drawings that reflect on his personal life, combined with humorous and dark imagery.

A Show About The Show

PV: Friday 25th August 2017, 7-9pm
Exhibition continues: Saturday 26th August, 11-4pm

An exhibition about the nature of exhibitions, Scaffold Gallery's next show will focus on the culture, history and etiquette of art-shows and 'private-views'.

Twenty-two artists present new works in response to their experiences of exhibitions, reacting to their role in society, how they function and the customs and behaviours of an opening night. Through a wide variety of methods - including sound installation, photography, sculpture, performance, publications, video work and more - the artists each provide comment and critique on the rituals and traditions of the art exhibition.

Richard Hughes, Rado Daskolav, Kayt Hughes, Devon Forrester Jones, Sid & Jim, Meg Brain, Kieran Leach, Will Marshall, Adam Ralph, Laura Weaver, Laura Hopkinson, Carrie Doughty, Claire Prosser, Emily Simpson, Carritt & Palmer, Rob Flint, Lewdjaw, Rowan Eastwood, Bob Bicknell-Knight, John Flindt, Rose Cleary, Deaf Pictures, Daniel Hunt.

Escape to the Country

Private View: 4th August 2017, 7-9pm
Exhibition continues until the 13th August 2017
open by appointment.

Escape to the Country is Evie O’Connor’s first solo show, conceived when she made the decision to move back to her hometown of Glossop in the High Peaks of Derbyshire. Being back in a familiar space rooted in her adolescence, whilst simultaneously living within a new narrative, has informed this new series of works, that are derived from direct experiences of the specific landscape and her interpretation of familiarity.

The past year has seen her exoticize and abstract her environment. Themes of isolation, class, self-examination and identity are explored within her body of work. The sense of isolation which is both trapping and liberating is heavily romanticised, with her reclusive nature prompting this reoccurring act of examination and translations of others close to her. Favouring people as the main subject of her work, the lone figures help direct her and create new versions of those close figures in her life into the surroundings. Her portraits acknowledge traditional themes of portraiture as a precious form of documentation whilst offering a self-taught, unaffected naivety.

With a background in fashion and textiles, she is critically engaged with the use of colour and proportion and this knowledge has heavily informed the stylistic and decorative qualities within her work, as well as the idea of purpose for those figures and landscapes. Colour is a significant language to her and an evocative colour palette is essential to engage with the surface, as well as a device used to signal her re-imagining of bodies within what is both a beautiful and droll environment.

Her own nostalgia and personal attachment cannot be overlooked, alongside the idea of critically exploring a terrain she has returned to as a young woman, especially that of her family’s class and identity. These narratives all unfold within the paintings along with references to regurgitated childhood memories, placed through subtle surreal motifs and unconventional decorative elements.

Echo Chamber

PV: Thursday 6th July, 7-9pm
Exhibition continues: 8th – 22nd July
Open Saturdays 12-4pm

Open Studios: Saturday 8th July 12-4pm

Echo chamber reflects on the studio as a space in which thoughts, ideas and beliefs reverberate and are amplified by the repetition of rituals and processes artists define for themselves and the ongoing relationship they have with their materials and the spaces they work in.

Studios can be a place where perceptions, incentives and other instruments of self censorship operate to become an echo chamber out of which only part of an artists practice are exhibited.

Each Bankley studio holder has chosen an object from their studio that holds special significance for them…a personal token, side products of the studio practice that never get shown, objects of inspiration, a certain tool. Giving us new insight and a different perspective into the studio practice of these artists, the exhibition also features new documentation and discourse from the artists examining the role of the studio and their practice.

Strange Little Things

Private View 26th May 2017 6-9pm
Exhibition continues until 4th June 2017
Open Sat & Sun 12- 5pm

Organised and curated by Bankley member Axel Bottenberg

Darren Adcock, Iain Andrews, Clyve Bonelle, Axel Bottenberg, Jemima Brown, Paul Dodgson, Jane Fairhurst, David Hancock, Pascal Nichols, Faye Scott-Farrington, Claire Tindale, Teresa Wilson

The human figure has fascinated artists since the beginning of mankind. A lump of clay, fashioned into a human shape, a simple carving from wood or stone. The human figure is without doubt the most recognised form of sculpture in the world.

Axel Bottenberg has chosen a number of artists who have been making small scale human / humanoid figures to contribute to this show. Each artist has their own approach to using the human figure, but an overriding element is their use of a quirky nature or strange narrative.

Some artists are already fairly established, and Axel knew their work from within the Manchester art scene, others are less known and were recommended to him by friends; some he stumbled across in art events, some are long term friends whose work he respects and values.

UoM Photography Society Exhibition

It is with great pleasure that the University of Manchester Photography Society runs its first ever end of year photography exhibition.

PV Friday 12th May, 7- 9pm
(along with live musical accompaniment)

The exhibition continues 13th & 14th May 12 - 4pm.

Exhibiting artists:

Natty Arendt; Junaid Ali Bokhari; Yu-Kai Chen; Antonia Cheng; Manasij Pal Chowdhury; Robert Coates; James Giblin; Alfie Greenwood; Laura Gritti; Sabrina Jones; Yaffa Judah; Aishah Khan; Shan Li; Alicia Love; Johnny McMullan; Prakrithi Narayanan; Molly Page; Shamena Qureshi; Asha Ray; Zara Riches; Sharmistha Saha; Ainin Sofiya; Roald Teffries; Matt Wharton; Timothy Wu; Jingyi Yang; Ethan Yap; Arthur Yushi.

(All artists are currently studying a variety of subjects at UoM)

Spatial Affinities


22nd -30th April 2017
Preview 21st April 6-9pm

Stacey Coughlin
in conversation with Elaine Fox, Lisa Risbec and Jodie Silverman

‘Spatial Affinities’ is an exploration of the essence of Space/Place and our emotional and behavioural responses to it, within both the individual and collective context.

Containing installation sculptures, the exhibition considers the idea that conversations form their own atmosphere or ambience and how mental imagery can emerge and linger through these interactions.

Influenced by relational aesthetics, hermeneutics, and dialogical art, this series involves talking one-to-one with creative practitioners and artists about their creativity. These intangible experiences are then made physical in the form of a sensory environment; partially revealing elements of the discussion within spatial representations.

The individual spaces converse between themselves creating a collective voice of shared meanings and opposing ideas. The conversation dialogue is not shared with the audience; causing layers of meaning and context to be both created and lost through the representational process.

Spatial Shared Discussion: 30 April 2-4pm
All welcome to attend
Drawing the exhibition to a close, some of the artists involved will be in discussion together and responding to the artworks on display

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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.

Emily Binks
Mat Birchall
Sarah Blaszczok
Axel Bottenberg
Stacey Coughlin
Paul Dodgson
Rowan Eastwood
Hannah Farrell
Sarah Louise Hawkins
Martha Haywood
Richard Hughes
Precious Innes
Phil Kennedy
Chen Yun Ling
Will Marshall
Peter Seal
Mike Slater
Claire Tindale
Daniel Turner