Art in Manchester – More Exhibitions for April

April art in Manchester


This week’s BeesBlogs has more new contemporary art in Manchester for readers to see in April. Plus, although we are art in Manchester,  Manchester artist Tracy Hill has an exhibition at Warrington Art gallery. We have a new performance work from Elisa Artesero at Artwork Atelier this Thursday which will include music from Caro C  and, also starting Thursday, we have a new exhibition from Altrincham’s ‘Air Gallery, Merry-Go-Round Broke Down’.  Art historian Sara Ricardi is in conversation with some of the exhibiting artists at neo:studios as part of ‘INTERFACE’ (You can check out the exhibition details here). HOME present OVERTURE, a new commission & solo exhibition by the award-winning artist Louis Henderson, and, as mentioned earlier, Haecceity: Tracy Hill at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery


Elisa Artesero – Dreamers Dance Artwork Atelier Salford

Thursday 19th April 8.45pm (Arrive 15 mins before


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Elisa Artesero ‘Ambiguous Borders’ from 2014.


The brilliant Light and Text artist Elisa Artesero’s première of an ambitious, experimental, installation dance performance will be taking place at twilight this Thursday to take us from the ‘real’ to the dream world, this one-night only performance brings together light and text artist Elisa Artesero, electronic music producer Caro C, choreographer Belinda Grantham, director Graham Hicks and dancers from UCEN.

Set around Artesero’s large-scale installation DREAMERS in the industrial setting of artist studios, ArtWork Atelier in Salford, a small selection of viewers will be taken through from sleep into dream, a dance in the liminal space of twilight to the edge of night.

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Electronic music producer Caro C


Artesero has designed the production to work with the fading twilight in her lighting design, with a new musical score produced by Caro C supporting the original choreography by Grantham, Hicks, and the 10 young dancers.

This is a FREE event, but spaces are limited, so booking is essential


‘Merry-Go-Round Broke Down’ Air Gallery Tues 17th April- 

Evening PV Friday 20th April 6-8pm

Kieran Leach  |  Liam Fallon |  Nikki Rolls  |  Richard Hughes  |  Vincent James

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Vincent James ‘out like a light Air Gallery


For more art in Manchester we have Merry-Go-Round Broke Down  an exhibition exploring the concept of ‘Toon-Culture’ in contemporary art. Featuring the work of 7 prominent artists from across the UK, this showcase provides a social commentary on the expectations and stereotypes of the art world, through playful pop-culture references, dark humour and satire.

Everyone has seen cartoons at one stage of their life, whether in their childhood or through more ‘tongue-in-cheek’ animations in their adulthood. Cartoons are a great distraction away from reality whilst at the same time providing ironic commentary on current events. They also provide an element of escapism by making the impossible seem possible and vice-versa. The same could be said about art; providing a means of escape for the artist and an escape from reality for the viewer.

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Richard Hughes – Air Gallery

The exhibition takes its title from the 1937 song most commonly used as the theme tune for the Loony Tunes television series. Much like the series, the exhibition explores the use humour, exaggeration or ridicule to expose and criticize current topics; to either make light of serious event or make difficult concepts simplified. Taking inspiration from films such as Who framed Roger Rabbit, the exhibition aims to cross the line between the ‘toon-world’ and reality by bringing elements from modern-day life into a fictitious environment.

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Merry Go Round – Broke Down Air Gallery

In addition to toying with current social topics, the works in this exhibition aim to provide an ironic comment on the nature of art itself; from exploring the themes found in the history of art, to commentary on public sculpture and the aesthetics of gallery display. Providing a distraction from the serious works usually found within a gallery, many of these works challenge the nature of the contemporary art world through the use of banter, slapstick and playful commentary. In this way the gallery is transformed with the use of sculptures, props, animation and visuals to become a fragmented animation set but devoid of any characters, allowing the visitors to take on this role as they explore the show.


Sara Riccardi – INTERFACE  talk neo:gallery23 The Market Place Bolton

Friday 20th April 2018, 7pm-8.30pm with artists Keith Brown | Carolyn Curtis Magri | Louise Garman | Liliana Robins

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Bex Iisley Trust Issues

The exhibition INTERFACE showcases a vast array of contemporary artworks that have in common the notion of interface, variedly and sometimes surprisingly interpreted. Some of the artists will gather together to share an informal conversation on their different practices and approaches, unveiling for the audience those inspiring behind-the-scenes of artistic processes; the event will be chaired and conducted by art historian Sara Riccardi, founder of Art Across, who will weave connections between the contemporary practice of the artists involved and the artistic research of the past centuries, virtually widening the chronological horizons of the evening.

Tickets £8 including refreshments  – Tickets:  Art Across

Louis Henderson OVERTURES – HOME Manchester

Sat 21 Apr – Sun 10 Jun 2018 Preview Fri 20 Apr, 6-9pm


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Louis Henderson, Overtures


Louis Henderson has produced a film based around a collaboration in the Haitian city of Port-au-Prince.  ‘Overtures‘ charts the progress of Henderson, alongside producer Olivier Marboeuf, devising a performance for the 2017 Ghetto Biennial with a collective of 8 young Haitian actors, poets and slammers and takes as point of departure the play Monsieur Toussaint by Édouard Glissant, exploring the complexities of translation from French to Créole, as well as fiction when looking at Haitian history.

The play is about the last days in the tragic life of Toussaint Louverture whilst in his castle prison cell in France. A former slave best known as the leader of the Haitian Revolution, the 1791 slave rebellion that led to the nation’s independence. Louverture’s initiative was highly influential on subsequent action in Latin American colonies.

Overtures aims to unpick a complex relationship between Haiti’s national heroes, their language and the country’s history. French is considered as the mother tongue of an educated minority, linked to pre-revolutionary colonial rule and historical power inequalities that still persist.

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Louis Henderson, Overtures

Louis Henderson commented: “This work has been an important process of collaborating with the young of Haiti today, as a way of speaking about the future of their country through re-animating the past. It was also an interesting way to highlight certain political ideas that, we have been taught, come from European philosophical traditions and history, contesting them through a non-Western critique of Western epistemology.”

Sarah Perks added: “Overtures is a phenomenal piece of new work from award-winning artist Louis Henderson for this incredible UK solo show, and we are excited to – yet again – be the international première for an accomplished new artist film. It is so important for HOME to be a leader in commissioning and producing both artist film and global politically engaged stories from diverse voices.”

The exhibition, is curated by HOME Artistic Director Sarah Perks, and forms part of ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2018



Haecceity: Tracy Hill – Warrington Museum & Art Gallery 

Saturday 10 March — Saturday 16 June


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Image Courtesy – The Artist & Warrington Art Gallery


Stretching the art in Manchester slightly, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery are exhibiting the new capacitive ink screenprints and gallery wall drawings from Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2017 prizewinner Tracy Hill.

Her winning piece Matrix of Movement has influenced the body of work within Haecceity, a nonqualitative property responsible for individuation and identity. That property or quality of a thing by virtue of which it is unique or describable as “this (one)”.

Responding to the Gallery’s Festival theme ‘History of the Future’ relating to Warrington’s past and present. Haecceity is a commissioned piece by WCAF (Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival) with funding from Arts Council England. Inspired by the remnant mosslands around Warrington, Hill uses commercial mapping equipment to capture the essence of these unique places. Recorded via a portable 3D laser scanner she applies the data from 360 degree scans to create multi-layered images.

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Image courtesy The Artist & Warrington Art Gallery

For the first time 4 of her ground-breaking conductive ink screenprints are being exhibited in the gallery. These works offer visitors the opportunity to lightly touch the prints to hear recorded sounds from local nature reserve Risley Moss.

Offering a multi-sensory experience is important to the artist as it allows visitors to re-imagine a new future for these vital wetland spaces.
Revisiting the 4 moss-land sites within close proximity to Warrington – Cadishead, Little Woolden, Risley and Delamere formed part of Hill’s research. Cadishead and Little Woolden are two former peat extraction sites, which once formed part of the historic Chat Moss mossland.

The communities of Warrington are inextricably linked with this moss, which was formed 10,000 – 15,000 years ago during the last ice age. For decades it has witnessed many changes and Hill’s aim is to communicate their precarious existence whilst striving for a deeper understanding of our surroundings.

“When driving to a destination the emphasis is on getting somewhere as quickly as possible. I want people to stop every now and again and reconnect with the experience of being in a space. My drawings represent a memory-map as opposed to a physical map so visitors can see my artistic representation of these places.” This second interactive element to Haecceity sees Hill spending a week in residency at the Gallery completing live drawings directly onto the gallery’s own walls. Projecting the data she has carefully collected over many years of extensive work, onto the walls and freely drawing with limestone chalk is a relevant reminder to visitors about the art-making process.

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery Exhibitions & Interpretation Officer, Roger Jeffery commented
“Her hand-drawn imagery offers a fresh perspective of the memory of the physical encounter with a place. Utilising her 20 years background as an educator and researcher at UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire) Tracy Hill brings with her a contemporary approach within the Gallery setting.” Bringing together printmaking, drawing and digital technology to generate a unique collection of works where digital and physical worlds overlap, Haecceity constitutes a key body of work at an exciting point in Hill’s career.

Artist talk with Tracy Hill
Thursday 19 April, 2pm at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Free event
RSVP to museum@culturewarrington if you’d like to attend