HOST – Helping Manchester’s Homeless

HOST - Artsist Hilary Jack
Host – Artist Hilary Jack Photo Stephen IIes

I met artist Hilary Jack at the recent Castlefield Gallery Launch Pad event and found out more about her commission to provide the Spinnigfields Art Commission 2016 artwork for sponsors Allied London. The commission called HOST, is a series of nine discreet and intricately rendered bronze sculptures of hybrid plants, and will eventually be sold to help the homeless of Manchester through the Manchester Homelessness Partnership.

Hilary Jack is well used to public commissions having completed works for the National Trust and Flights of Fancy for the Tatton Park Biennial of Contemporary Art 2012. You can see more of Hilary’s work  as she will be exhibiting at Creating the Countryside at Compton Verney, Warwickshire. 18th March – 18th June 2017

As you can see from some of the images here, each piece is unique and the plants, chosen by Hilary, are the type commonly seen growing in forgotten places. The artworks have been placed in interior and exterior locations around Manchester’s Spinningfields district, and highlight the overlooked aspects of urban life, while referencing the politics of location and the contrast between public and private space.

Hilary Jack - HOST
Mustard Plant 7 Artist Hilary Jack Photo Stephen IIes

For me one of the main aspects of the HOST commission and its artwork is that it is in support of the Manchester Homelessness Charter. The vision of which is to end homelessness in Manchester.  I really hope that the donations offered will exceed the estimated market values supplied by Castlefield Gallery.

Hilary Jack HOST
Mustard Plant 4 Artist Hilary Jack Photo Stephen IIes

The nine HOST  artworks are dotted around the Spinningfields site and are well worth the effort to see. I’ve put the locations and Castlefield Gallery’s estimated market values below.

Mustard Plant 1 Wild plants cast in bronze painted with enamel. Located on The Avenue steps. £4,500

Thistle Hybrid 2. Wild plants cast in bronze painted with enamel. Located on top of the map in Hardman Square £2,500

Foxglove Hybrid 3 Wild plants cast in bronze painted with enamel. Located on the corner of Neighbourhood, The Avenue North £6,000

Mustard Plant 4 Wild plants cast in bronze painted with enamel. Located on lamppost on Leftbank, Irwell Square M3 3AG £2,500

Mustard Plant 5 Wild plants cast in bronze painted with enamel. Located on top of the revolving door at 4 Hardman Square, M3 3EB £2,500

Mustard Plant 6 Wild plants cast in bronze painted with enamel. Located on the exterior of Mediacom at 1 Hardman Street M3 3EF £4,500

Mustard Plant 7 Wild plants cast in bronze painted with enamel. Located in the east reception of 3 Hardman Street M3 3EB £4,500

Buddleia 8 Wild plants cast in bronze painted with enamel. Located in the west reception of 3 Hardman Street M3 3EB £6,000

Cow Parsley Hybrid 9 Wild plants cast in bronze painted with enamel. Located in the reception of the RBS building 1Spinningfields Square M3 3AP £6,000

Mustard 6 Hilary Jack HOST
Mustard Plant 6 Artist Hilary Jack – Photo Stephen IIes

 

The de-installation of the HOST artworks will take place on 28th February after which the nine artworks will be gifted to selected recipients who will be asked to make a donation to Manchester Homelessness Charter. 100% of the donated monies from HOST will go directly to support the work of the homelessness charity.

Important Note: Offers of donations to acquire the artworks should be made to Castlefield Gallery. Contact Jennifer Dean  – jennifer@castlefieldgallery.co.uk / (+44) (0)161 832 8034

I believe projects such should be supported as they raise the profile of the plight of  homeless people and those we see living on our streets.