Air Gallery Open 2017 Exhibition
Established to promote emerging and early career artists Air Gallery’s annual OPEN Exhibition 2017 commenced on 10th August. It was my first visit and it was a real pleasure to see so many people attending and supporting this new art space. Billed as an eclectic and diverse collection of artwork from around the globe, I think it achieved its aim.
With 40+ exhibitors, some international, the artwork on display had something for most tastes. From sculpture to video, paintings, photography and very mixed media. Think metal pipework, polystyrene, bronze, Perspex and iron. The two rooms of the exhibition packed from walls to floor. I even noticed a work recently shortlisted for the GM Arts Prize.(George Hale)
I spoke with Air Gallery’s Becky Wild who explained the aims of the venture, “Our workshop and exhibition programme is aimed at promoting community cohesion and to reduce social isolation and exclusion through the delivery of art exhibitions, events and to inspire the community to engage in the arts through the workshops and participating in the cultural events”
It was also a pleasure to meet up with exhibiting artists Helena Denholm and Omid Asadi who both welcomed the Air Gallery opportunity to show there work in new venues around Manchester, and with visiting textile artist Vanessa Lam.
The Altrincham location on the outskirts of Greater Manchester is quiet a clever move. The area is quiet affluent and close to Premier Footballer territory. As such it has the opportunity to provide its exhibitors with interesting opportunities for art sales.
I’m sure Air Gallery will reap the rewards of the approach to engaging with the public by making their studios available and accessible. I’ll look forward to their next exhibition.
Air Gallery OPEN 2017 is on until 30th September. They can be found on Grosvenor Road, Altrincham WA14 1LD
I’ve included a number of photographs to give you an idea of the breadth of art on show.