Bee in the City Launch and Art2c in Manchester this December

In Art2c in December we have: Bee in the City Launch | Peter Hodgson retrospective at Castlefield Gallery. | Mike Chavez-Dawson in Conversation with Sara Riccardi at Saul Hay Gallery | John Stezaker at The Whitworth | Winter Exhibition at Contemporary Six | Hidden Treasure at The Portico Library |


Bee InTheCity – Artist JodieSilverman Image © David Oates

 Bee in the City 2018 – Manchester will be Buzzin next Summer


Manchester officially launched the Bee in the City 2018 last week. Over eighty giant honey bee sculptures will be winging their way to Manchester next summer, when the city lands one of its biggest ever public art events. The Bee in the City world-class sculpture trail is inspired by Manchester’s celebrated worker bee emblem which has been part of the city’s heraldry for over 150 years and is synonymous with Manchester’s pioneering and creatively industrious spirit – pollinating progress and renewal.

Bee In The City – Artist Sumit Sarkar image © David Oates

The Bee in the City trail will be on display throughout the city for nine weeks from July to September 2018 for Mancunians and visitors to enjoy whilst taking in the city’s landmarks, cultural gems and areas they may not have explored before. Each super-sized bee sculpture will be decorated with its own unique design, created by regional professional, emerging and amateur artists – making an unforgettably stunning spectacle when the trail goes live.  Meanwhile, an inclusive learning programme, imaginatively linked to the curriculum, will give children and young people the chance to explore everything Manchester through creative eyes. Local community groups will also be invited to make their own special contribution to the trail – working with artists to develop and realise their own artistic ideas.

Bee InThe City Blank image© David Oates

Building on Manchester’s international reputation for innovation – and the key strategic role that culture plays in the social and economic life of the city – the City Council is working with Wild in Art to present Bee in the City.

Wild in Art (WIA) is a leading global producer of spectacular and accessible public art trails, with a track record of delivering events that deliver significant economic, artistic, social and charitable impacts for host towns and cities. For instance, the Great North Snowdogs in the North East attracted 676,000 visitors and brought £16.55million into the region, while raising £367,500 for charity.

If your organisation would like to sponsor a Bee In The City, get in touch with Wild In Art

After the trail the Bee Sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for the Lord Mayor’s Charity – We Love MCR Charity

Making A Life – The Peter Hodgson Retrospective

Castlefield Gallery 8th December – 4th February 2018 (PV 7th Dec 6-8pm)


Peter Hodgson, 2017_Photo Karen Guthrie(1)

Making, A Life is a touring exhibition that celebrates the lifetime’s work of the Cumbrian folk artist Peter Hodgson (b. 1950). A collaboration between Coniston Institute, Grizedale Arts, Castlefield Gallery, and mima the exhibition brings together over four decades of Hodgson’s diverse output.

Assorted spoons & fork by Peter Hodgson made from horn

Arguably an ‘outsider’ artist, under-represented in the contemporary art world, Hodgson was introduced to the Coniston Institute in 2002 – and has since collaborated and co-produced with a stellar-alumni of Grizedale Arts artists and designers, including with Laure Prouvost on her 2013 Turner Prize winning Wantee installation, an artist he continues to work with today.

In collaborating on the exhibition, Castlefield Gallery is pleased to have introduced artist Joe Hartley to Hodgson’s network. Hartley lives and works in Manchester and is known to many for his own work, in addition to his roles in Makers Dozen and OH OK LTD at PLANT.

Artists: Maria Benjamin, Fernando Garcia Dory, Karen Guthrie, Joe Hartley, Tom Philipson, Juneau Projects, Laure Prouvost, An Endless Supply, Graham Taylor, and Heidi Hodgson

Is Seeing Believing? A conversation curated by Art Across

Mike Chavez-Dawson with Sara Riccardi

Saul Hay Gallery 7th December 6.30pm 


Is Seeing Believing? Part One was a great exhibition and, as I urged people to go and see, art which needed to be seen “in the flesh” as photographs just did not give a true reflection of the quality of the artworks. I understand the exhibition will be moving to another two venues and once I have more information as to where that will be, BeesBlogs will let you know. (The current exhibition at Saul Hay Gallery continues until 7th January 2018)

On show at Saul Hay Gallery and expected to travel to two more venues, ‘Is Seeing Believing? Part One’ is an exhibition which opens up more questions than it answers, questioning the traditional relation between viewers and artworks.

Artist Mike Chavez-Dawson, one of the three exhibiting artists and curator of the show, will be in conversation with art historian Sara Riccardi, founder of Art Across, and they will explore some of these questions, discussing themes of authorship, artistic eye-tricks, and widely reflecting on reality and its representations.

Mike’s insights on his practice and ideas will be the starting point for Sara to develop historical associations, so to see under different perspectives simultaneously, between past and present.

The conversation will be open to include participants’ contributions, as questions and thoughts arise, since, as the exhibition manifests, everyone’s gaze is different and unique, and the variety of ideas will add a valuable element to the evening.


Tickets booking: £10 /£5 Students including refreshments from:



John Stezaker  – The Whitworth 2nd December – June 2018

Art2c in December
marriage (film portrait collage)

Using vintage photographs, old film stills, postcards and book illustrations, John Stezaker makes collages that subvert their original imagery, creating unique and compelling works of art. Collages from his Mask series will be shown, in which glamorous sitters’ faces are overlaid with scenic postcards featuring waterfalls bridges, seascapes; Untitled (Film Portrait Collages) in which photographs of B-movie actors are spliced together; and other works that combine and mirror photographs to subtly destabilise the image.

This exhibition marks the gift from Karsten Schubert to the Whitworth of nineteen collages by John Stezaker, and a further three collages presented by the artist himself.


Winter Exhibition – Contemporary Six

PRV 7th December 

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Michael Ashcroft



Contemporary Six launch their Winter Exhibition with a group exhibition of some of their top contemporary artists. As the year draws to a conclusive end, Contemporary Six will open its doors to represent the very best of brand-new art coming out of the UK. Every year and without fail, the exhibition offers an assortment of art in a variety of mediums.

The Gallery will also be working with the Hot Bed Press Workshop based in Salford to exhibit a collection of handcrafted prints taken directly from their studio. We can guarantee the works will make a perfect and affordable gift this Christmas.

Contemporary Six will be showcasing original paintings by a number of their artists including Jake Attree, Geoffrey Key, Anne Aspinall, Jan Gardner, Adam Ralston and Chris Cyprus.


Hidden Treasures – The Portico Library – until 22nd December


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Evolution of Man – Hidden Treasures – The Portico Library

The Portico Library’s bookshelves and archives are home to more than 25,000 historical volumes across a world of different subjects, containing countless beautiful illustrations and illuminations. Join us for this rare opportunity to see our exhibition space full of the collection’s highlights, reproduced exclusively for The Portico and available to buy as limited-edition prints. Opening with a free preview evening on Thursday 23rd November from 6pm, these images will be shown alongside their original books and folios. Come along and admire how the images in this exhibition speak of the wealth of creativity and inspiration held between the covers of these volumes.


The Portico Library
Hidden Treasures – The Portico Library

The Portico holds a unique collection of books covering a range of subjects including travel literature, natural history, poetry, fine arts, history and maps. These give us an insight into the minds of the Library’s founders over 200 years ago and their successors throughout the 19th century. As full access to The Portico’s books is usually reserved for subscribers and researchers, this is an opportunity for everyone to experience the unseen rarities of our collection. The exhibition also marks the launch of The Portico Library’s first colouring book of exclusive illustrations and designs, and our annual Adopt-a-Book promotion, whereby anyone can sponsor the repair of a historic volume, preserving it for the enjoyment and education of future generations. Please join us for the exhibition launch and consider saving one of these items with a donation either in your own name or in memory/on behalf of a loved one.