Manchester’s Contemporary Art to See – March
Manchester’s Contemporary Art scene is absolutely buzzing with good things to see in March so I decided to give an overview of exhibitions, on, or coming this month which I think you will find really interesting. I’ve also included information on the GM Arts Prize. for contemporary artists in the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities.
I’m sure there are some I’ve not mentioned and if you have a Contemporary Art exhibition on in Manchester in April, let me have the details and I will try and feature it in my next monthly update. So below are just a few I would put at the top of my list to see. Enjoy!
Saul Hay Gallery – New Topographies 17th March – 13th May
Saul Hay gallery are staging their third Manchester Contemporary Art exhibition starting 17th March and I’ll be writing a review blog after the opening. To quote Saul Hay – “The artists in ‘New Topographies’ explore how we connect emotionally with landscape asking us to question the very nature of beauty and to review our environment with a fresh perspective”
Manchester’s Contemporary Art Prize
The GM Arts Prize was launched by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce in 2016 to provide a platform for emerging contemporary artists to showcase their work to the business community. “We feel passionately at the Chamber that we should not work in isolation, but work alongside artists from a variety of genres that can not only enrich our businesses, but also provide opportunities for artists to be recognised on a national and international scale, retaining artistic talent in our area”.
The 2016 prize received a fantastic 220 entries the winner being Manchester-based photographer, digital artist and film maker, Andrew Brooks.
This year’s prize is open to practising semi-professional and professional artists working or living in one of the 10 local authorities across Greater Manchester. The overall winner and three runners-up will be presented with an award at the Chamber’s Annual Business Dinner on 18 May 2017 at Victoria Warehouse.
NOTE: Entries need to be in by 19th April 2017
Shortlisted entries and the winners will receive exhibition space to display their artwork in the Chamber Summer 2017 Exhibition.
Sitting on the judging panel this year are:
Paulette Terry Brien, Co-director of The International 3 and Co-curatorial co-ordinator of The Manchester Contemporary
Helen Wewiora, Director of Castlefield Gallery
Rachel Goodyear, Artist, represented by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London. Resident and practising in Greater Manchester
Andrew Brooks, Manchester-based artist, photographer and the winner of the 2016 Greater Manchester Arts Prize
Louise Durose, General & Legal Counsel at MAN Diesel & Turbo UK Ltd
Sooni Taraporevala: Home in the City, Bombay 1976-Mumbai 2016
The first UK solo exhibition of photographer Sooni Taraporevala.
I really enjoy photography and this exhibition has some great black and white photographs from the renowned photographer, screenwriter, filmmaker Sooni Taraporevala depicting life in Bombay/Mumbai from 1976 to the present day. Capturing the city in which she grew up. The images, complex and intimate, quirky and quotidian, celebrate the odd and the everyday and are a significant contribution to the social history of one of India’s most diverse cities. The display is guest-curated by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, for Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts, with patronage from Dattaraj & Dipti Salgaocar. Taraporevala’s images are accompanied by a new text by essayist and travel writer Pico Iyer.
Also at The Whitworth starting 24th March
John Akomfrah’s video installation Vertigo Sea, first seen at the 56th Venice Biennale, is a sensual, poetic and cohesive meditation on man’s relationship with the sea and exploration of its role in the history of slavery, migration, and conflict. The main exhibition starts 24th March, but if you want to see the artist John Akomfrah in conversation with Maria Balshaw, Director, the Whitworth and Manchester City Galleries, then you will need to book:
In Conversation: John Akomfrah
Thursday 23 March, 5pm-6.30pm
Free, booking is essential.
Castlefield Gallery …in Dark Times on until 15th April
Cracking exhibition with work on show by Bex Ilsley, Rebecca Halliwell Sutton, Charlie Godet Thomas, Lindsey Mendick Zadie Xa and James Sutton.
you can read my review here
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