BeesBlogs Art2c in Manchester this February Part Two

Following on from the last  BeesBlogs Art2c in Manchester Part One here are more exhibitions of great Art2c in Manchester:

Update from my last BeesBlogs blog: Three of the exhibitions mentioned have now opened. Zellij Arts, Elizabeth Kwant’s  latest venture based in the Alexandria Library on Wilmslow Road has had a successful launch of work by Lesley Halliwell entitled ‘Tilted Plane‘. Saul Hay launched ‘Looking Forward’ their first exhibition of 2018 with artists, David Storey, Jen Orpin, Deborah Grice (Winner Saul Hay Emerging Artist award at the New Light Arts Prize 2017) Josie Jenkins, Keith Ashcroft and sculptor Pauline HughesFe/Male also opened at Air Gallery, Altrincham. I’ve managed to see the Saul Hay and Air Gallery exhibitions so far, and the feedback from social media on the Zellij Arts launch say that all three, are well worth a visit to see just how good contemporary art is and how it continues to thrive in Manchester

So for BeesBlogs #2………..

We have the latest  from HOME as they announces ‘Scar‘ the first major solo exhibition from NOOR AFSHAN MIRZA & BRAD BUTLER. The Portico has “The Uncivilised Sun” a new exhibition of work by Sophie Tyrrell.  Castlefield Gallery have their Launch Pad event  ‘Th-th-th-that’s all folks’ . If you fancy a day out, The Hepworth, Wakefield has ‘School Prints’, which includes works from Martin Creed, Jeremy Deller, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten, Haroon Mirza and Rose Wylie,

Sophie Tyrrell – The Portico

16th February – 24th March 2018

PV Thursday 15th February, 6pm-8pm

Sophie Tyrrell – The Portico Library

Living in Manchester and working from her studio at ArtWork Attelier in Salford, Sophie Tyrrell is a painter, sculptor and performance artist with a background in theatre and storytelling. Her Magnificent Menagerie of Mrs Strange, a group of larger-than-life wearable artworks created for the National Trust in 2017, comes to The Portico this February alongside prints, paintings and researches into the library’s collection. Through books and artworks, Sophie illuminates the links between diverse traditions in myth, folklore and popular culture, exploring the idea of ‘uncivilisation’ and the alternative histories we share across borders and among peoples

Adding to the general splendour of the occasion there will be a short appearance from Mrs Strange and the dancing bear. The Magnificent Menagerie of Mrs Strange was commissioned by Trust New Art for the National Trust and performed at Lyme Park. This piece of outdoor spectacle was part of a programme of new performance work managed by Waterside Arts. The piece was performed by Sophie and team as ‘The Strange Train Company’



Sat 10 Feb – Sun 2 Apr 2018 (PV 9th Feb)

Noor Afshan Mirza & Brad Butler – The Scar. Photo credit – Emma Jane Richards



HOME has announced the world première of The Scar, taking over HOME’s main gallery for the first major UK solo exhibition by artists Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler.

Noor Afshan Mirza & Brad Butler – The Scar. Photo credit – Emma Jane Richards 4 Small

The Scar spans three chapters (1. The State of the State, 2. The Mouth of the Shark and 3. The Gossip), loosely inspired by a real car crash in Turkey in 1996. Four passengers are on a journey in a black Mercedes, unaware that their fate will lead to the largest social protest in Turkish history. Three of the passengers are State archetypes: the Head of Police, a Politician and a Right-Wing Assassin, whilst Yenge, the only female traveller, is silenced by the men’s gangster talk and the genre conventions of her role in the film. In chapter 2, Yenge’s noir voiceover begins to interrupt the male character’s forced bravado as the Resistant Dead haunt them – the residual movements created from stories of people refusing to be forgotten. The film’s final part, The Gossip, addresses tales of female emancipation and empowerment, where a group of female activists transcend time, geographical borders and linguistic barriers to gather in a neutral nether-realm of conversation and mutual support. The spirit of The Gossip will come to life as part of the exhibition installation – offering programmed and open-submission opportunities for discussion, debate and shared learning.

Noor Afshan Mirza & Brad Butler – The Scar. Photo credit – Emma Jane Richards 1

For the exhibition’s opening preview on Fri 9 Feb, Mancunian collective Young Identity have developed a new spoken word piece inspired by The Scar’s Resistant Dead, unfolding throughout the evening.

  • World première of three-part large-scale fiction film installation by Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler, weaving together conspiracy, gangster, noir, politics, crash theory, fantasy and documentary into a disrupted narrative and genre exploration that ignites a gender revolution
  • The Scar engages with the themes of inequality, power and corruption, and has been developed over the last three years in partnership with an international team of creative collaborators and commissioning partners
  • Commissioned through Film London’s FLAMIN Productions, The Scar was filmed with a professional cast, predominantly in Turkish, with the final part in seven languages
  • Cinematic journey rotates around a car crash that provokes its female protagonist to find a future outside of the suffocating patriarchy
  • Curated by Sarah Perks, Artistic Director: Visual Art, HOME, and Professor of Visual Art, Manchester School of Art


Th-th-th-that’s all folks – Castlefield Gallery Launch Pad

16th – 24th February

Alfie Kunga Castlefield Gallery


Artists: Jamie Fitzpatrick, Maria Gondek, Amy Kim Grogan, Alfie Kungu, Millie Layton, James Lomax, Milly Peck, and Dominic Watson.

For their first Launch Pad of 2018 Castlefield Gallery presents Th-th-th-that’s all folks! curated by Manchester-based collective Rhino. Guest judge Poppy Bowers, Exhibitions Curator at the Whitworth (Manchester) and Castlefield Gallery’s Curator Matthew Pendergast selected Th-th-th-thats all folks!  from CG Associate members’ submissions.

Rhino is Emily Chapman, Liam Fallon, Tulani Hlalo (CG Associate member and Castlefield Gallery 2017-18 Manchester School of Art Graduate Mentee) and Meghan Smith.

Th-th-th-that’s all folks! features work by artists based across the UK, including Glasgow, Birmingham and London, a number of whom are exhibiting in Manchester for the first time. Working with video, sculpture and painting, the artists selected by Rhino share a particular sense of humour, part expression of and part refusal to be determined by the current sociopolitical climate, and accompanying the exhibition will be two texts one by a 23-year-old and one written by a 6-year-old.

‘’Over the past year, there has come to light an array of similarities in the work of artists commenting on and documenting our disheartening sociopolitical situation. In Henri Lefebvre’s ‘The Production of Space’ he makes reference to Paul Klee and the Bauhaus; claiming that artists do not actually make work about space but instead, produce space. It is in this way that a new landscape is (re)emerging, as artists reclaim exhibition space as an intimate and safe domain for their own creative recreation. We have witnessed a breadth of work manipulating exhibition space, charged with an incentive ‘to loosen up a little’. Regardless of age or background, a flashback to our childhoods and its accompanying naïvety is something that we have all experienced on varying levels. This project brings to life motifs and imagery stolen from the minds of our much younger selves, rejecting anyone and anything that attempts to interfere with it. Instead of being spectators of the spectacle, we want to be emerged in spectacle, to exist within the realms of an abstracted reality which defies and rejects the current sociopolitical situation we otherwise find ourselves within.’’

– Rhino, 2018

School Prints – The Hepworth

Anthea Hamilton – Daydreamer’s Wavy Boot (2017) Lithograph Courtesy the artist Photo: Jerry Hardman-Jones


The Hepworth Wakefield presents a display of original lithographs commissioned by Brenda Rawnsley in the 1940s as part of a pioneering project to bring contemporary art to children who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to see ‘good’ work, as she put it.

Rawnsley commissioned lithographs directly from some of the most important British and European artists of the day, including L.S. Lowry, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso.

Inspired by this project, The Hepworth Wakefield has invited six British artists –
Martin Creed, Jeremy Deller, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten, Haroon Mirza and Rose Wylie – to create limited edition prints that will be given to six Wakefield schools and offered as low-cost posters with teaching resources to schools nationally. The new contemporary lithographic prints will be displayed alongside a selection of original School Prints works from the 1940s at The Hepworth Wakefield until 3 June.