BeesBlogs has lots of new art2c in Manchester this February with many new exhibitions getting underway. In this blog:
Looking Forward at Saul Hay, Fe/Male at Altrincham’s Air Gallery, Landscape artist Harry Ousey at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery, and Richard Diggle at 53two Theatre.
In New Art2c in Manchester this February Part Two will be Castlefield Gallery, Zellij Art at the Alexandria Library, Sophie Tyrrell at The Portico Library, Noor Asfran Mirza & Brad Butler first major solo exhibition at HOME, and more.
Looking Forward – Saul Hay Gallery
3rd February – 1st April
Looking Forward is Saul Hay’s first exhibition of 2018 and follows the successful ‘Is Seeing Believing Part One’ This new exhibition features six artists with the ability to represent our world both real and imagined.
Jen Orpin – based at Rogue Studios and Josie Jenkins from Arena Studios in Liverpool have both exhibited at Saul Hay before and have both producing new work for this exhibition.
David Storey originally from Cumbria now based on the south coast is currently showing work at the London Art Fair alongside work by Grayson Perry, Frank Auerbach & Sheila Fell.
Keith Ashcroft is one of the founders of the brilliant new artist led space OA studios in Salford
Pauline Hughes is a figurative sculptor from Liverpool
Deborah Grice – painter from East Yorkshire who was selected by Saul Hay as the winner of the Saul Hay Gallery Emerging Artist Prize at the New Light Art Prize
Fe/Male – AIR Gallery Altrincham
Exhibition dates: Friday 2nd February – Saturday 10th March 2018 Opening Night: Thursday 1 February 6pm-8pm
Fe/Male is the latest exhibition from Altrincham’s Air Gallery. This new offering is an exhibition that explores the boundaries of gender in contemporary art. The exhibition aims to stimulate the mind and the senses to provide a provoking and compelling take on the theme of gender and sexuality, as well as playing with the politics and pleasures of visual culture.
The exhibition proposes to equalise the imbalance associated with gender from art history; where women would be subjected to the male gaze and where men would not be seen as objects of sexual desire. Situating itself within a post-modern framework, the exhibition presents an alternative reading where gender clichés are merged and blurred and gender becomes something that is not so easily defined as Male or Female but something that is more fluid and non-binary. Providing a vast array of alluring and immersive art forms, Fe/Male is an exhibition that reflects the cultural shifts between all genders and the affinity all sexes share, whilst providing a provocative commentary on the issues regarding gender roles in modern society; including stereotypes, politics and perversion.
NOTE: Be aware that some works in this exhibition are of a mature nature which viewers may find challenging.
Air Gallery Director and Curator Becky Wild explains;
“For our upcoming exhibition Fe/Male, we are presenting another diverse open show of outstanding talent. By having works that are a mixture of artists from a local, national and international scale; it creates an exhibition that not only explores gender politics in the here and now locally, but tackles the issue on a global scale. With subtle overlaps and similarities, the works on show offer a range of answers to the proposition of what gender may mean in modern society. Through the power of contemporary art we hope that the show will open up new insights on the subject whist provide a compelling challenge to the current viewpoints of our visitors.”
“Since opening our doors last July, we have gone from strength to strength with each of our exhibitions at the gallery. In 2017 we managed to support 87 emerging and early career artists through the provision of workshops, awards, exhibitions and events. We were part of two large local art festivals during the summer and have had over 2,000 visitors through our doors from then to now. For 2018 we will be continuing this work by providing further opportunities for contemporary artists through on-site mentoring, our new bursary scheme and a varied programme of exhibitions and events for all”
Andrew Gilmore | Athena Anastasiou | Beth Brock | Caitlin Robinson | Catherine Carmichael Ceclia Dearden-Briggs | Cos Ahmet | Eugenia Cuellar | Francesca Busca | George Hale | Heather Mcdonald Helena Denholm | Ian Hoskins | Joanne Murgatroyf | Joe Daniels | Julian Gray | Kate Tatsumi Khalil Charif Hussein Neto | Kristy Campbell | Laurence Walter Tonks | Lee Hardman | Louis D’Arcy-Reed | Louise Garman | Madi Acharya-Baskerville | Malcolm Hague | Megan Visser | Meredith Power | Mia Cinelli Natasha Le Sourd | Penny Alexander | Ronald Gonzalez | Sally Whelan | Sandra Bouguerch | Sayo Ota Stephanie Spindler | Stephanie Wilson
Harry Ousey -STOCKPORT ART GALLERY until 24th Feb
“One Needs More Than Paint”
BeesBlogs was really pleased to hear about this exhibition at Stockport’s War Memorial Art Gallery, which incidentally will be holding the GM Arts Prize 2018 Exhibition .
Harry Ousey was born in November 1915 in Longsight, Manchester, living occasionally in around Stockport, the Heatons and Cheadle with members of his family. After the Second World War he and his wife Susie, like so many others “were not without scars” moved to Hayfield in the High Peak of Derbyshire. He absorbed the unique atmosphere of Kinder Scout believing the only try way to express atmosphere in painting was through abstraction. He loved the dry stone walls which he learnt to construct and their distinctive lines cut across the Derbyshire landscape and through his paintings. Quarry faces were another topic he loved to paint, not only the surfaces and tops, how their colours changed in different light, but the fissures and what lay between those ancient stones.
Harry’s work was included in an exhibition at Salford Art Gallery in 1948, the pieces having been chosen by L.S. Lowry and Mr E. Frape, the Director of the Gallery. Many Northern painters at that time came from this area which still produces excellent painters. The Centenary of Ousey’s birth was celebrated at the Salford Gallery in 2015 and claimed a great success.
Harry moved to Cornwall in the 1950’s painting the glorious seascapes off St. Ives. His first solo show was in a London Gallery in 1962 followed by several others in the capital. Harry decided his work was not getting the recognition it deserved and felt it would more appreciated on the Continent, so Harry and his wife Susie moved to the South of France in 1976 where they lived until his death in May 1985. Susie came back to the UK to live with her sister in Hertfordshire bringing as much of Harry’s work back as was manageable. The portfolios sat in a loft until after Susie’s death 12 years later as It was just too painful for her to unpack the paintings and see them again.
Ousey’s complete dedication and single-mindedness to his work is now enjoying a revival in this country, the art world waking up to this important post modernist British painter. The late Mr. Brian Stewart director of Falmouth Art Gallery recognised this importance, “the quality of Harry Ousey’s art ranks alongside the very best paintings produced by the renowned St. Ives artists of the 1950s”. The work is in several public and private collections in this country and Europe as public interest is starting to gather momentum.
The title of the exhibition “One Needs More Than Paint” is a quote from a diary realizing that painting on its own is no enough, no matter how driven an artist is. Collectors, art critics and the media need to be convinced and help an artist get noticed. He describes that the most important element of a landscape is the intangible and almost mysterious feelings witnessed that can only be expressed in terms of abstraction. Distinctive and wide-ranging atmospheric feelings of land and seascapes, cloud patterns, changes in the weather, raindrops falling on uneven surfaces, light reflections on water and textural patterns on quarries and walls. He worked with all kinds of media and particularly loved collage producing some surprising and interesting work, which was difficult to convince the gallery going public sometimes not giving his work a second glance.
Richard Diggle – 53two Theatre
25th Jan – 8th Feb
53two Theatre have an exhibition of original works by Richard Diggle and Limited edition prints from No More Human artists.
Raised in the North West of England, Richard completed a degree course in Fine Art at Camberwell Art College in London. Subsequently he won a British Council Scholarship to the Royal Academy in Stockholm, Sweden. Later he worked at Rogue Artists’ Studios in Manchester, a tenure that lasted for ten years and during which he exhibited regularly.
Now living and working in Cheshire, England, Richard has annual open studio events. He has shown work in a large variety of galleries and locations, sold to private and corporate buyers and been involved in several community art projects.
“The foundation of my work is the visual experience of the world around us, through which to explore and express meaningful relationships.”