Art in Manchester – INTERFACE at Neo:Studios & 2018 GM Arts Prize

 Art in Manchester: Contemporary Art & Contemporary Arts Prize!


This week in Art in Manchester we have an interesting offer from Neo:Studios  which they describe as: ‘a pioneering exhibition of contemporary art, which explores the impact of technology on our daily physical and social environment and on visual culture in general.’ 

There’s also the fantastic news that the 2018 GM Arts Prize has launched. Submissions are now being sought with a deadline of 20th April. 


More Art in Manchester includes: The new retrospective exhibition from Sonia Boyce is now open at Manchester Art Gallery,(more about this in my next blog) Atmospheric Film/Exhibition from Noor Afshan- Mirza and Brad Butler –  The Scar, which is set in Turkey but filmed in Croydon, is still on at HOME (and really well worth seeing) along with Flesh and Stone. Mario Popham and Tom Baskeyfields look at the historic connection with Manchester and the North Wales slate mining industry. and until the 31st March ‘Looking Forward continues at Saul Hay Gallery in Castlefield (follow the links for more information)


INTERFACE – Neo: Studios Bolton – 31st March – 20th May

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Keith Brown ‘Metaform_0_1’


neo:studios  present a pioneering exhibition of contemporary art, which explores the impact of technology on our daily physical and social environment and on visual culture in general.

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Sandra Bouguerch ‘MUGS’

The original meaning of the word ‘interface’ is a boundary between two entities, such as a cell wall or human skin, but is now most commonly associated with the means of communication between ourselves and the technology we depend on. Digital interfaces have become such an integral part of our lives that they are often taken for granted. By focusing on ‘interfaces’ as the subject, rather than purely as conveyors of information, the exhibition aims to initiate a dialogue about the ways they represent reality and directly influence our understanding of the world.

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Bex Iisley ‘Trust Issues’

The exhibition has been organised and curated by three neo:artists members, Lucie Wilson, Sandra Bouguerch and Sume Leyden, who have invited a diverse group of 23 regional, national and international artists to work creatively around their personal interpretation of the theme. Sandra says ‘The artists responded to the invitation with tremendous enthusiasm and ingenuity.’ Visitors to the exhibition will find an eclectic mix of exhibits, from interactive mirrors which turn to face the viewer, virtual reality installations, futuristic animations and sound pieces, as well as paintings, videos and 3D artworks.

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Eric Pickergill ‘angie and me’

American artist, Eric Pickersgill, has contributed a series of photographs which feature people in a range of day-to day situations, seemingly engrossed in their smartphones. On closer inspection we see that the devices have been removed from their hands. Eric says ‘The making of the photograph operates as a way of disrupting the isolation I feel from strangers who barricade themselves behind their technology. This exchange creates new relationships while also asking the viewer to question their own device habits. I am excited by the way the viewer fills in the device at first look. It is as if the device has become one with the body and can be seen when not present.’

‘INTERFACE’. Ison at neo:gallery 23, The Market Place, Bolton  from 31st March until 20th May.

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Interface Poster


Entries Open for This Year’s GM Contemporary Arts Prize 2018

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Now in its third year, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is once again holding a competition for contemporary artists.

Joy Sewart, Head of Skills Development at GM Chamber, said: “Our aim is to find and build the careers of artists and help develop artistic talent across the region. There is a wealth of talent and our job at the Chamber is to provide a platform to showcase and celebrate the work of our contemporary visual artists.”

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2017 GM Arts Prize Winner Helen Davies – Photo Brian Wild

The 2017 Arts Prize attracted approximately 220 entries from around 90 artists. Last year’s winner, 24-year-old Helen Davies from Oldham, said “To win left me completely over the moon.” 

This year, the artwork will be displayed at a pop-up exhibition taking place in Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery. The overall winner and three runners-up will be presented with an award at the Chamber’s Annual Business Dinner on 17 May at Victoria Warehouse.

Artists can submit work via the website at: