Ben Eine, Deborah Grice, William Kentridge – BeesBlogs Art in Manchester

Ben Eine, Deborah Grice, William Kentridge –

BeesBlogs art in Manchester.


Ben Eine kicks off the latest BeesBlogs post with the international muralist creating a homagé to ‘Brit Noir’ filmed in 1960’s Manchester, at the iconic Refuge building, now The Principal Hotel. Saul Hay launch their latest exhibition from New Lights Prize winner Deborah Grice. The Whitworth has South African artist William Kentridge’s animated drawings and film in its latest exhibition, which follows the start of the brilliant Alice Kettle exhibition two weeks ago. We also have a ‘one for the diary’ with the Asia Triennial Manchester starting early October.(I’ll update readers with more information, when available, in a later blog)

I also need to mention SUBI 수비, The exhibition opened last week across Castlefield Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, and Manchester Craft and Design Centre  The programme features artists, designers and makers from Korea and the UK working with or inspired by clay, its uses and materiality. I should also say that Castlefield Gallery’s new lighting system comes into Its own in their lower ground floor area and seems to ‘lift’ the whole gallery space, making for an even better viewing experience. Manchester Art Gallery has the amazing 500 year old ‘Dragon Vase’ which, during this process has been found to be extremely rare, and potentially very valuable. You can see more ceramic art at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre in the Northern Quarter, where artists can be seen making and selling their artworks. (this was my first visit to MCDC and it’s a gem!) Well worth searching out to visit. You can read more HERE

Plus also on this week:

Manchester School of Art and Design MA Show preview Thursday 20th Sept

Gail Pickering | artist & PD of Film & Moving Images at Goldsmiths  –

Talk at Manchester Art Gallery  Thursday 20th Sept

Art Across – ‘Seventeen artists – who just happen to be women’ The Portico Library Sat 22nd Sept



Ben Eine’s first Manchester Mural on the Wall of the iconic Refuge Building

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Ben Eine – ‘Hell Is A City’ image Jody Hartley

World renowned street artist Ben Eine has created his first ever mural in Manchester on the wall of the Refuge in the Principal Hotel, spearheaded by the organisers of Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair and art consultant Leon Martyn.

Working with the team at The Refuge, Ben has chosen ‘Hell Is A City’ to paint on the interior wall.

‘Hell Is a City’ is one of the great British cult classics – a 1960 cop thriller, it starred Stanley Baker and Billie Whitelaw, and was directed by Val ‘Quatermass’ Guest. But what adds to its enduring appeal is that it was largely shot on location in Manchester, thus making for an amazing record of the city as it existed a half-century ago. The Refuge Assurance building (now the Principal Hotel) on the corner of Oxford Street and Whitworth Street was a key location in the film’s climactic chase sequence.

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Ben Eine ‘Hell Is A City’ Refuge Building image Jody Hartley

“When we first started our journey at the Refuge, a bit of research uncovered a 60’s Brit Noir film that has the climax scene filmed on the roof of the Refuge Building. From our early days of the Electric Chair we have liked to use slogans that jump out like a slap round the chops, provoke thought and look for levels of meaning.  Hell is a City fits that bill perfectly,” said Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford.

Speaking on the mural and his decision to paint in Manchester, Eine said: “I’ve a significant following in Manchester and the North West and I wanted to do something for them, that they can enjoy on their doorstep.

“All too often, when people think about art in the UK, they think London.  There’s some really great work being produced outside of the capital city and I think it is important to stop and acknowledge that.

In further recognition of his following in Manchester, the highly sought after artist will release 100 copies of a new limited edition print in two colourways and three original canvases with Leon Martyn on stand 232 at Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair in October.  Over the years Ben has worked with a number of charities including Movember and The Big Issue and working with the third sector remains key to his practice. 10% of sales from the prints and the canvases will again be donated to local charity The Mustard Tree which transforms the lives of people in Greater Manchester who are trapped in poverty and homelessness.

Deborah Grice – Between The Lines –  Saul Hay (+Sculptures from Adele Howitt)

22nd Sept – 7th October (Preview 21st September 18:00 -20:30)

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Deborah Grice

As the winner of New Light Art Prize ‘Saul Hay Gallery Emerging Artist Award’- Deborah Grice has produced her first solo exhibition of work, which will be shown in the Saul Hay Gallery in Castlefield

A graduate of Glasgow School of Art and The Royal College of Art, London, Grice paints raw land, emptiness and weather. Her paintings are metaphysical in nature, representing vastness and ‘otherness’. The use of geometric lines allude to aspects of ‘vision’; perception, meditation, escapism, the physicality of looking……. and are of course open to personal interpretation.

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Adele Howitt – ‘March Marigold’

The exhibition will also feature beautifully intricate ceramic sculptures by artist Adele Howitt .



William Kentridge – Thick Time – The Whitworth

PV – 6pm 20th September – 3rd March 2019

+William Kentridge in Conversation 20th Sept 5-6pm


South African artist William Kentridge weaves together global histories of revolution, exile and utopian aspirations, exploring how they are shaped by the creative forces of memory and the imagination.

William Kentridge is renowned for his animated drawings and films that have been exhibited throughout the world since the 1980s. Rooted in his experience of apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa, they propose time and history as fictional concepts, open to change and re-imagination.

William Kentridge ‘Notes Towards a Model Opera 2015’ Courtesy Willaim Kentridge Marian Goodman Gallery Goodman Gallery Lia Rumma Gallery


This major touring exhibition focuses on Kentridge’s large-scale film installations including O Sentimental Machine (2015) and The Refusal of Time (2012), an immersive work exploring the technology of time-keeping and string theory, created in dialogue with physicist Peter Galison. A display of new and recent tapestries, works on paper and artist books will accompany the film projections, presented within an environment designed by Kentridge’s long-term collaborator Sabine Theunissen.

William Kentridge in collaboration with Philip Miller Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Gibson Still The Refusal of Time 2012

Combining drawing, tapestry, music and film projection as well as sculpture, this major touring exhibition draws on sources as broad as early cinema, China’s Cultural Revolution, opera, scientific theories of time and space and the generative qualities of nature and creativity.

The exhibition is accompanied by three limited-edition silkscreen prints by Kentridge, available for sale from the Whitworth shop and an illustrated exhibition catalogue with new writing by Iwona Blazwick, Homi Bhabha, Sabine Breitweisser, Michael Juul Holm and Denise Wendel-Poray.


Asia Triennial Manchester

from 6th October at HOME Manchester

Join us for the opening night of Asia Triennial Manchester, Europe’s only Triennial dedicated to contemporary visual art on the theme of Asia. To launch the fourth edition of the festival, HOME will host performances from London-based Japanese artist Masumi Saito and Manchester-based artist and writer Qasim Riza Shaheen.

Asia Triennial Manchester

Over two weeks from Sat 6 to Sun 21 Oct, ATM18 will explore Asian identities through a diverse programme of free performances, exhibitions, discussions and special events by contemporary visual artists across twelve partner venues in Greater Manchester, led by Manchester School of Art