Castlefield Gallery

Castlefield Gallery
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Founded in 1984, Castlefield Gallery (CG) is one of Northern England's most active and successful organisations/agencies for developing emerging contemporary artists and practice. Its ambitious curated exhibitions programme responds to national and international trends, promoting artists at key stages of their careers, including subsequent Turner Prize nominees/winners and exhibitors at international festivals. Central to CG’s activities is an artist development programme that has launched major commission winning artists.

CG's vision is for the North to be where artists can develop work of international standing. Its mission is to nurture talent, explore cultural trends and deepen audience's relationship to contemporary art.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Wed-Sun, 1-6pm

Admission charges

FREE ADMISSION

Getting there

By Tram: Take the Metrolink Tram to Deansgate/Castlefield.

By Bus: The No.2 Metroshuttle. The free city centre bus, takes a circular route from Victoria Train Station. Nearest stop to the gallery is on Whitworth Street West by Deansgate Train Station.

By Train: To Deansgate Train Station.
Alternatively, to Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Victoria Train Stations. Take the Metrolink from Victoria or Piccadilly (Altrincham or Eccles direction) to Deansgate/Castlefield. We are within walking distance from Oxford Road train station – continue down Whitworth Street West until you reach Deansgate Train Station.
By Car: Manchester is ringed by the M60, linking to the UK’s extensive motorway network. Follow signs to the city centre and park near Deansgate Train Station. Nearest all-day car parking is on Chester Road and Little Peter Street in Knott Mill. Short-term street parking is available on Deansgate and Whitworth Street West.

Additional info

Guided tours available if pre-booked.
Large print brochure available by request.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Lindsey Bull, Wild things, oil on canvas, 2017

Lindsey Bull and Plastique Fantastique

  • 23 June — 6 August 2017

This summer Castlefield Gallery will present a new body of work by Manchester-based painter Lindsey Bull, alongside a new mixed media installation and performance by London-based collective Plastique Fantastique.

Plastique Fantastique probe into politics, the sacred, popular and mass culture, generating comics, texts, shrines and assemblages. These are accompanied by performances that summon bitcoin fairies and high frequency traders, overwhelming the spectator’s senses with sound, video, diagrams and costume. Envisaged as a group of human and inhuman avatars, they deliver messages from the extreme past and the future. They are invested in myth making, or what they term ‘myth-science’ – producing alternative fictions to the ones that dominate society.

Usually alone or in small groups, the figures in Bull’s paintings are also outside of mainstream culture. Uncanny and untimely, they are difficult to place in the past, present or future. Her source imagery comes from witchcraft journals, fashion magazines, books on rituals and religions. The texture of Bull’s painting is built from a mixture of light, delicate marks and rich, thick strokes; at times surprisingly wide brush marks softly and exactly depict her subject matter. In places, bright white patches of primed canvas remain untouched, shining like brilliant light. There is something mystical and esoteric about the relationship between these figures and their environments. They are caught in a moment, either contemplating or absorbed in some undisclosed activity. In Bull’s recent works these figures are surrounded by luscious untended foliage that seems at odds with their fashionable outfits. Whatever drew them to these secluded places – a woodland party, photoshoot or something more devilish – they are mysteriously calm about being discovered there. If returned at all, our gaze is met with cool indifference. These characters exude an introverted confidence, leaving us seduced towards a world we don’t yet understand.

Originally conceived by Simon O’Sullivan and David Burrows, the list of individuals that make up Plastique Fantastique changes dependent upon the context. This exhibition sees them working with regular collaborators Alex Marzeta and Vanessa Page to develop a new work that references twins and doubles, a theme prevalent in Bull’s work. The twins that appear in Bull’s paintings are naturally similar in appearance but more importantly they share a potent mental connection. For Bull, mark making and the manipulation of paint is a way of transferring meaning, exploiting its materiality to create a psychological presence within her work.

For Plastique Fantastique the twin is a trickster double, a mirrored traitor with revolutionary potential. In their new work for Castlefield Gallery, the collective will draw upon the character of the The Hanged Man who appears in Tarot cards, curiously serene despite being hung upside down by one leg. The image originates from caricatures created to shame traitors, thieves and the bankrupt in Renaissance Italy. To mark the opening of the exhibition (6pm Thu 22 Jun 17) a ritual, a kind of séance, will be performed around this character in an attempt to invoke the agency of a digital spirit – an algorithm, computer virus or whistle-blower, a revolutionary traitor symptomatic of our time.

In different ways these artists see the potential in offering alternative fictions. Crucially both Bull and Plastique Fantastique perform this ‘fictioning’ as a lived practice. Developing a ‘myth-science’ needed now, perhaps more than ever, to offer different narratives that promise the possibility of another world or a different way of life.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk/event/lindsey-bull-and-plastique-fantastique/

Getting there

By Tram: Take the Metrolink Tram to Deansgate/Castlefield.

By Bus: The No.2 Metroshuttle. The free city centre bus, takes a circular route from Victoria Train Station. Nearest stop to the gallery is on Whitworth Street West by Deansgate Train Station.

By Train: To Deansgate Train Station.
Alternatively, to Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Victoria Train Stations. Take the Metrolink from Victoria or Piccadilly (Altrincham or Eccles direction) to Deansgate/Castlefield. We are within walking distance from Oxford Road train station – continue down Whitworth Street West until you reach Deansgate Train Station.
By Car: Manchester is ringed by the M60, linking to the UK’s extensive motorway network. Follow signs to the city centre and park near Deansgate Train Station. Nearest all-day car parking is on Chester Road and Little Peter Street in Knott Mill. Short-term street parking is available on Deansgate and Whitworth Street West.

Castlefield Gallery
2 Hewitt Street
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M15 4GB
England

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Website

General

www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk

TheArtGuide, North West England contemporary visual arts listings website

www.theartguide.co.uk

E-mail

General

info@castlefieldgallery.co.uk

Press/Marketing

jennifer@castlefieldgallery.co.uk

Telephone

General

0161 832 8034

Fax

0161 819 2295

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