Bankley Studios & Artists Gallery

Current Events at Bankley Gallery

Monster Truck Museum

Monster Truck Museum

Starts: 21st Jun 2024 | Ends: 21st Jul 2024

Our Open Call 2023 winner Haydn Albrow exhibits their solo show ‘Monster Truck Museum’
Join us Friday 21st June 6-9PM for opening night!
Show continues weekends Sat + Sun 12-4PM until 21st July.

Haydn Albrow (b.1993, London) is a London based artist whose practice explores tangible and textural works spanning across multiple platforms including sculpture, installations, poetry and sound. Her work is inspired by dreams, language and the ways in which we interpret the two. Using reoccurring motifs throughout her work such as teeth and the body, Albrow’s practice straddles the grotesque and humorous.

Albrow’s work addresses themes of the conscious and unconscious mind; thinking of our brain as a machine that manipulates and interprets memories, language and dreams into sensical thoughts. In particular their work explores the ways we attempt to share our dreamed experiences and the difficulties we face in conveying their ephemeral sensations and sentiments. There are gaps in our language that cause us to struggle to articulate these unique and deeply personal experiences and the artist tries to use physical materials to create a new form of dialogue for when words fail us. @haydndoesart

Previous Events at Bankley Gallery

The Overlooked - Davies, Monaghan & Klein

The Overlooked - Davies, Monaghan & Klein

Started: 29th Jul 2022 | Ended: 14th Aug 2022

Opening Night: Friday 29th July 2022, 7-9pm
Exhibition Continues: Saturdays + Sundays, 12-4pm, until 14th August 2022
Bankley Gallery is very excited to present an innovative new exhibition from the Winners of Bankley Open 2021, selected by judges Tamar Hemmes, Simon Buckley and Audrey Albert.
Davies, Monaghan and Klein’s solo exhibition will bring together a collection of their unique works, which are presented as small windows in the gallery walls, hiding incredible moving worlds within.
The Overlooked explores hidden narratives, looking at people and situations that are often absent or reduced to generalisations. Themes such as the loneliness and isolation that many people experience, the sense of being captive in a world which neither acknowledges nor addresses individual struggles, and the creaking of institutions such as the health and judicial system. These are contrasted with the occasional glimpse of joy, and a celebration of diversity and community. Although the subject matter is serious, the issues are dealt with in a tragi-comic way and the use of animation lends an air of absurdity to the characters.
“Our collaborative is interested in socio-political issues, and produces work that aims to engage the viewer while acting as an aid for provoking consideration of and dialogue about current concerns. The work produced comprises multimedia and multi-sensory installations. We are particularly interested in engaging the viewer in full sensory experiences, and the pieces have soundtracks and controlled viewpoints, creating an illusion of space and playing with scale.This can help evoke a sense of unease and momentary disorientation. The audience views each scene or story in isolation, enabling engagement with the work in an intimate way.”
APPLY NOW // BANKLEY OPEN 2022

APPLY NOW // BANKLEY OPEN 2022

Started: 8th Jul 2022 | Ended: 31st Jul 2022

The Bankley Open Call is back! As part of our continued 30 Year Celebrations, we invite submissions from artists working in any discipline. Approximately 15 artists will be chosen by a panel of judges to exhibit in the Bankley Open Exhibition opening September 2022.
The 1st prize winner will receive a solo show at Bankley Studios + Gallery alongside £500 prize money + £200 production fee.
There will also be a £200 prize for the runner-up.
Selection & Judging Panel:
Nikita Gill: Artist, Producer + Curator at Manchester Art Gallery @7sekonds
Matt Retallick: Curator, Writer + Art Historian @matt_retallick
Ruth Murray: Painter, Rogue Studios + former Bankley member @ruthmurrayartist
Read full details and apply via Curator Space
https://www.curatorspace.com/opportunities/detail/bankley-open-call/6490?fbclid=IwAR1b5mrn4_wTCZK0GpBPD8mSfARqcmphkJVUBuGIs-BlqoXsoD1jDnUii24

(Link also on our instagram and facebook)
Submission deadline: 31st July 2022 (midnight)
Exhibition Opening night and Awards Ceremony: Friday 23rd September 2022, 6-9pm
Exhibition Continues: 24th September - 9th October
Good luck!
STORIES

STORIES

Started: 24th Jun 2022 | Ended: 10th Jul 2022

Opening Night: Friday 24th June 2022, 7-9pm
Exhibition Continues: Saturdays + Sundays, 12-4pm, until 10th July 2022
Storytelling workshop: Saturday 25th June, 12-4pm
An exhibition of works that all begin to tell their own story. Each piece presents part of a narrative, a snapshot that invites you to create your own backstory, and write the next chapter.
Sophie McBriarty, Alexander Glass, Amy Gough, Maud Haya-Baviera, Richard Dean Hughes, Amrit Randhawa, Katie Tomlinson, Naomi Williams
Curated by Will Marshall
Storytelling workshop with Hannah Knowles: on Saturday 25th, join us for a free workshop in the gallery. A series of short exercises devised to explore the world of storytelling by responding to some of the intriguing artworks in the show. Open to all ages, no booking necessary
Access Information Bankley Gallery is situated on the first floor of an old mill building, which unfortunately is currently only accessible by stairs. The studios are located on the first, second and third floors and are also only accessible by stairs. The building is located just off the main road, with regular bus services from Manchester and Stockport, and is around 450m from Levenshulme train station. The station has no lift and both platforms are only accessible by stairs.
Access Information
Bankley Gallery is situated on the first floor of an old mill building, which unfortunately is currently only accessible by stairs. The studios are located on the first, second and third floors and are also only accessible by stairs.The building is located just off the main road, with regular bus services from Manchester and Stockport, and is around 450m from Levenshulme train station. The station has no lift and both platforms are only accessible by stairs.
Bankley: 30 Years of Artist Led + Open Studios

Bankley: 30 Years of Artist Led + Open Studios

Started: 20th May 2022 | Ended: 5th Jun 2022

Bankley: 30 Years of Artist Led
+ Open Studios

Opening Night + Bankley Open Studios
6-9pm Friday 20th May 2022

Exhibition Continues
12-4pm Saturdays + Sundays until 5th June

Bankley Open Studios: 6-9pm Friday 20th May
12-4pm Saturday 21st May

Bankley studios + Gallery turns 30 this year!
To celebrate this anniversary the studios present a headline exhibition, looking back at the history of Bankley, as well as acknowledging and highlighting the importance that artist-led activity, studios and galleries continue to have for our artists and communities. The exhibition will feature artists past and present, archival material and a new film exploring the legacy of Bankley.
This moment of celebration will elevate the profile of artists, studio holders and Gallery at Bankley.
On the opening night, the Gallery will be inviting many people who have been involved with Bankley Studios + Gallery over the years; creating a space of reflection: reigniting old ideas, new ideas, reconnecting and connecting creatives whose lives have moved into different directions.

Access Information

Bankley Gallery is situated on the first floor of an old mill building, which unfortunately is currently only accessible by stairs.

The building is located just off the main road, with regular bus services from Manchester and Stockport, and is around 450m from Levenshulme train station. The station has no lift and both platforms are only accessible by stairs.

Free Entry for All - No Booking Required

Half Awake

Half Awake

Started: 15th Apr 2022 | Ended: 1st May 2022

‘Half Awake’
Opening Night: Friday 15th April 6-9pm

Join us after at The Talleyrand for a performance by The Accident Group from 10pm

Exhibition Continues: 12-4pm Saturdays + Sundays until 1st May

Bankley Studios + Gallery invites you to ‘Half Awake’, an exhibition of paintings by Joe O’Rourke and Parham Ghalamdar, from guest curator Matt Retallick.
‘On first glance, you may think that Joe O’Rourke and Parham Ghalamdar are very different painters. However, this exhibition, the first time their work is presented together, demonstrates the strong parallels between them. After all, both artists offer portals into artificial worlds, present alternate realities, and paint as a societal critique. Their paintings are proxy stage sets, uncanny representations rooted in the complexities of life (...) Themes include a questioning of humankind, the role of the body, a sense of individuality verses collective, an ever-present vein of dark humour, mismatched imagery, and absurdity, but I notice one of the overarching focusses of their work is surveillance’. 

 - excerpt from ‘There Are No Choices Without Chances’, an exhibition text written by Matt Retallick on the occasion of Half Awake.


Access Information

Bankley Gallery is situated on the first floor of an old mill building, which unfortunately is currently only accessible by stairs.

The building is located just off the main road, with regular bus services from Manchester and Stockport, and is around 450m from Levenshulme train station. The station has no lift and both platforms are only accessible by stairs.

Free Entry for All - No Booking Required

Apart From

Apart From

Started: 25th Mar 2022 | Ended: 3rd Apr 2022

'Apart From’
Opening Night: 7-9pm Friday 25th March

Exhibition Continues: 12-4pm Saturdays + Sundays until 3rd March

Bankley Studios + Gallery introduces its first exhibition of the year, which is the winning proposal selected from Manchester School of Art final year fine art students!
The winning proposal is ‘Apart From’ produced by Gypsophila Collective which presents a collection of works by five multi-disciplinary artists: Anna Clough, Grace Duncan, Maria Jackson, Yvonne Mullaney and Nicole Sheppard.

‘The exhibition explores the synonymous relationship between humanity and the natural world. As a collection of artists, we are concerned with the fragile, fluctuating relationship we have with our surrounding environment that exists on the ever-ambiguous border of the natural and man-made. It is at this intersection that we aim to metaphysically investigate our intertwined and inseparable relationship to the land’.

Access Information

Bankley Gallery is situated on the first floor of an old mill building, which unfortunately is currently only accessible by stairs. The studios are located on the first, second and third floors and are also only accessible by stairs.

The building is located just off the main road, with regular bus services from Manchester and Stockport, and is around 450m from Levenshulme train station. The station has no lift and both platforms are only accessible by stairs.

Free Entry for All - No Booking Required
THE GREEN RAY: Ruth Murray

THE GREEN RAY: Ruth Murray

Started: 22nd Oct 2021 | Ended: 14th Nov 2021

Bankley Studios + Gallery presents a solo exhibition by former Bankley Artist + Jackson’s painting prize 2020 winner Ruth Murray!

THE GREEN RAY

Opening Night: 7-9pm Friday 22nd October

Exhibition Continues
12-4pm Saturdays + Sundays until 14th November

Free Entry - no booking necessary

‘If you look west over the ocean at sunset and are blessed with exceptional fortune—the conditions in the atmosphere must be just right—you will witness a green ray shoot up in the distant sky from the vanishing tip of the Sun.
In the 1882 romantic novel Le Rayon-Vert by Jules Verne, the green ray is a mystical blessing left by the departing sun; it symbolises the reclaiming of happiness in the face of imminent disaster.
Central to this exhibition is a chromatic series of women in domestic interiors. There are several references to famous male painters but the mood is distorted, tense and uncertain. The subjects’ private thoughts are not as easily interpreted, the tropes of bourgeois comfort less reassuring. They also now have an additional resonance, when we’ve all spent longer contemplating the physical contours of home.’

Access information
Bankley Gallery is situated on the first floor of an old mill building, which unfortunately is currently only accessible by stairs. The studios are located on the first, second and third floors and are also only accessible by stairs.
The building is located just off the main road, with regular bus services from Manchester and Stockport, and is around 450m from Levenshulme train station. The station has no lift and both platforms are only accessible by stairs.
BANKLEY OPEN 2021 + OPEN STUDIOS

BANKLEY OPEN 2021 + OPEN STUDIOS

Started: 24th Sep 2021 | Ended: 10th Oct 2021

Bankley Open 2021 presents works from 20 artists selected from our annual open call.
"The judges were drawn to works that stirred a sense of intrigue, often dream-like narratives, that spoke of human, personal stories..."
+ On the opening weekend, all three floors of our artist studios will be open to the public, a chance for you to see what goes on behind closed doors and enter the weird and wonderful worlds of our artists.

Opening Night + Award Ceremony + Bankley Open Studios
6-9pm Friday 24th September
Exhibition Continues
12-4pm Saturdays + Sundays until 10th October
Bankley Open 2021 artists:

Reece Adair
Jason Carr
Rups Cregeen
Craig Coulthard
Shona Davies, David Monaghan & John Klein
Aisling Davis
Hannah Louise Foster
Catherine Hill
Daniel John
Minjoo Kim
Chloë Louise Lawrence
Daniel Leyland
Jen Orpin
Warren Reilly
Sam Sherborne
Lee Shott
Errol Theunissen
Sylvia Waltering
Vic Wright
Garry Young

Artists Selected by judges Tamar Hemmes: Assistant Curator at Tate Liverpool, Simon Buckley: Artist, and Audrey Albert: Artist and Creative Facilitator

To arrange a viewing at another time, please get in contact via email gallery@bankley.org.uk or on social media
Access information
Bankley Gallery is situated on the first floor of an old mill building, which unfortunately is currently only accessible by stairs. The studios are located on the first, second and third floors and are also only accessible by stairs.
The building is located just off the main road, with regular bus services from Manchester and Stockport, and is around 450m from Levenshulme train station. The station has no lift and both platforms are only accessible by stairs.

Image by Bankley Open 2021 Selected Artist Hannah Foster
Beyond the Parameters of Officialdom: Alistair Woods

Beyond the Parameters of Officialdom: Alistair Woods

Started: 20th Aug 2021 | Ended: 5th Sep 2021

Bankley Studios + Gallery presents Beyond the Parameters of Officialdom, a solo show from Bankley Open 2019 winner Alistair Woods.
The exhibition introduces a collection of new works that reflect on working class aspirations, with particular reference to football casuals and fan culture.
 
'The desire to collect logos stems from working class men and women seeking an identity and forming representations of that based on the use and appropriation of logos and recognisable characters. This is partly due to the lack of ability, money and time to create something original. Examples of this can be seen on football pin badges and merchandise sold by vendors on match days or homemade signs advertising burger vans.

The idea of bootlegs, counterfeits and fakes recurs throughout the show, both in the paintings and the other works, and this features within compositions found in the street like over-painted graffiti or marks made in pub toilets. The works are also abstractly anecdotal, and portray the essence of functional and charming everyday marks such as pins and staples left on community notice boards, or poorly painted numbers on a wheelie bin.
 
The paintings are created using some traditional materials, but also adopt alternative ways to create marks such as using smoke canisters, lighter burns, and layers of applying, removing and covering spray paint and leather dye.'
 
Exhibition open
12-5pm
21/8/21
22/8/21
 
28/8/21
29/8/21
 
4/9/21
5/9/21
 
To arrange a viewing at another time, please get in contact via email gallery@bankley.org.uk or on social media
 
Bankley Gallery is situated on the first floor of an old mill building, which unfortunately is currently only accessible by stairs.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Bankley Studios + Gallery very soon! 
 
Bankley Open Call 2021

Bankley Open Call 2021

Started: 17th Jun 2021 | Ended: 23rd Jul 2021

The Bankley Open Call is back!
We invite submissions from artists working in any discipline. Approximately 20 artists will be chosen by a panel of judges to exhibit in the Bankley Open exhibition opening September 2021.
The 1st prize winner will receive a solo show at Bankley Studios + Gallery alongside £500 prize money + £200 production fee.
There will also be a £200 prize for the runner-up, as well as a Visitor Choice Prize.
Selection & Judging Panel: Tamar Hemmes: Assistant Curator at Tate Liverpool, Simon Buckley: Artist, and Audrey Albert: Artist and Creative Facilitator.
Read full details and apply via Curator Space:

https://www.curatorspace.com/opportunities/detail/bankley-open/5589?fbclid=IwAR08OSMn0AEOfaxk2TPYfSSe-8b7stlQYUNDFpuyRThq71x9g_wwK1YEa_k

Submission deadline: 23rd July 2021 (midnight)

Thank you to Bankley Artist Thomas Larkin for designing our beautiful flyer