Events in the Gallery at Bankley Studios Manchester

Previous Events at Bankley Gallery

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.


Shortlisted artists:

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.

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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.

www.lindahemmersbach.com
www.fionagrady.co.uk
www.hannahluxton.com

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.

www.nessdonnelly.com

Facebook: http://bit.ly/29BR3qM

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
Contact: levelsevencollective@hotmail.com

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

‘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

Preview:
27th May, 7-9pm

Opening hours:
Sat 28th May, Sat 4th June, Sat 11th June, 12-4pm
or by appointment

www.facebook.com/events/1322996551089149/

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:
www.mexicanmuralism.eventbrite.co.uk

Assembly: An installation by Holly Rowan Hesson

Preview Friday 18th March 6-8pm
Continues Sat 19th March, Sat 26th March and Sat 2nd April
12-4pm

Facebook event listing: www.facebook.com/events/678050199000105

Artist's website and event details: http://hollyrowanhesson.co.uk/2016/03/assembly-solo-show-at-bankley-gallery/

STUDIO 20: A Slow Joy

Studio 20
Third Floor
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