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.
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.