From Joy Division artwork to Mark Leckey - artists back Castlefield Gallery auction

By Richard Moss | 11 May 2012
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a painting of an urban panorama at night with a tower framed against a darkening sky
Liam Spencer, Deansgate and Whitworth Street at Night© Courtesy Liam Spencer
A typically vibrant urban panorama of Manchester’s Deansgate by Liam Spencer and a Peter Saville lithograph of local heroes Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album sleeve seem to be the early favourites.

But Castlefield Gallery’s fundraising auction - Put Your Money Where Your Eyes Are - boasts a very impressive selection of art drawn from far and wide.

The Manchester gallery, which has been resolutely offering new opportunities to contemporary artists since 1984, launches the exhibition of the auction's featured works today (May 11). They are hoping the money raised will help secure the gallery’s future as a leader in artist development in the North West of England.

an abstract portrait artwork made of multiple panels
Leo Fitzmaurice, Ukranian National Opera’s Madama Butterfly (touring)© Leo Fitzmaurice
Prospective buyers and supporters will find drawings, sculptures, photographs and paintings from nationally and internationally acclaimed artists/curators, many of whom have worked with the gallery before.

As well as the Saville and Spencer artworks, there are pieces by a well-known cast of contemporary artists including Shezad Dawood, 2011 Northern Art Prize winner Leo Fitzmaurice, 2008 Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey, Haroon Mirza, Olivia Plender, David Shrigley and even TV comedian Harry Hill.

In these times of streamlined funding opportunities the one-off auction is an essential part the gallery’s future business plans – and its survival – and each artist is donating 100% of the auction sales proceeds to the gallery.

Bidding concludes with a live auction on Wednesday May 30 when auctioneer for the evening, artist and teacher Professor Pavel Büchler of Manchester Metropolitan University, will be assisted by Stephen Snoddy, the Director of the New Art Gallery Walsall.

And, just to give the night a decidedly Manc flavour, the special guest is author, legendary Hacienda DJ, journalist (and Manchester cultural exemplar) Dave Haslam.

  • All bidding ends with the live auction event on Wednesday May 30. Entrance is £10 (deductible from any purchase).
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