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
Started: 26th May 2017 | Ended: 4th Jun 2017
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
Started: 12th May 2017 | Ended: 14th May 2017
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.
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)
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
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
Started: 25th Feb 2017 | Ended: 1st Mar 2017
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!
Started: 25th Nov 2016 | Ended: 10th Dec 2016
‘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
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
Started: 7th Oct 2016 | Ended: 29th Oct 2016
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.