Snippets – Our New What’s On Round-up

Snippets – A new thread which allows more of What’s On than in a full blog review. Hope you like it!


This edition of Snippets has:

Holly Rowan Hesson | Helena Denholm | Mike Chavez-Dawson | Castlefield Gallery | Neo:Artists | Paula Fenwick Lucas | Air Gallery | Hidden Altrincham |

Holly Rowan Hesson – Assembly, 2016, projection – Image Jules Lister

Holly Rowan Hesson

Based in Manchester and Yorkshire  Holly Rowan Hesson has a new site specific installation exploring, as Holly say’s  “uncertainty, transience and the gap between and interplay within purely sensory feeling and experience and more literal, rational thought-based experience and memory”. Called ‘ECHO’ it has been commissioned by Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival and be on show at the Pyramid Arts Centre gallery in Warrington. The preview, on Friday 29th September, is part of  Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 


Helena Denholm

Helena Denholm – Di-alogue

Named as arts magazine Double Negative as 2016 emerging Artist of the year, University of St Helens Artist in Residence Helena Denholm has a new solo show at The Beecham Gallery. Called ‘Di-alogue’  it is billed as ‘The encounter of the digital with the analogue’ Opening Night 5th October and continues until 18th October

Mike Chavez-Dawson

This snippet features the brilliant Mike Chavez-Dawson’s new exhibition at Bury Art Museum starting 30th September. Called Fountain/fountain and with a 10m inflatable cinema sculpture based on Duchamp’s ‘Milky Way’ ,a series of collaborative Artist Moving Images on a 65″ screen Chavez-Dawson’s exhibits are never boring! There will also be performances from Ruby Tingle, Mark Butt (Ruby & Mark collaborated on Mike’s recent unveiling of Duchamp’s Ring at Manchester Art Gallery – Where it’s now part of their permanent collection)Simon Woolham and Luka Nayak

Mike Chavez-Dawson – Fountain-Fountain-2_ Image Courtesy Bury art Museum

Castlefield Gallery – AND A 123 Opens 22nd September

Artists: Nina Chua | Noel Clueit | Russell Hill | Maeve Rendle | David Rickard | Oliver Tirré | Lisa Watts |

AND A 123 will showcase work by artists from across the UK that explore relationships between everyday objects, routines, repetition and spectacle. Lisa Watts’ latest body of work Not a Decorator, is a project informing Watts’ research on the possibilities for performance presentation in gallery settings. Not a Decorator was first exhibited and performed at SIA Gallery (Sheffield) in 2016, with Watts now touring the piece to Castlefield Gallery and on to John Hansard Gallery (Southampton). Each venue offers Watts ranging contexts in which to test and explore her enquiry, with Not a Decorator building on over two decades of her practice.

Russell Hill, Marion II, 2014. Image courtesy Castlefield Gallery

Watts’ live artworks entail the artist using minimum levels of physical manipulation of her performance materials, allowing everyday objects to often perform themselves. Her simple, repeated gestures, unlock the beauty and the spectacular in what are otherwise mundane items. Revealing the sublime in the everyday by employing repetition and routine as her methodology.

Room to View – Neo:Artists at New Mills Festival this Weekend 23/24th September

Selected artists from Neo:Studios Bolton will have an exciting display of Contemporary Art including Painting, Drawing, Installation, Print-making and Film.

Artists include Susan Sydall, Sandra Bouguerch, Julie Levy, Jason Simpson, Louise Garman, Maggie Hargreaves, Angela O’Mara, Andy Smith and neo:artprize 2012 finalist Naomi Kendrick

‘Intimate’ – Isherwood Gallery Old Courts Wigan 6th -28th  October

This new exhibition at the Old Court House Wigan is curated by husband and wife team Paula Fenwick Lucas and Martyn Lucas. With newly commissioned art works and with artists such as Helena Denholm, Claire Tindale, Ruby Tingle, George Hale and many more, this should be a great exhibition with some quality artwork guaranteed!


Air Gallery OPEN Awards  – 30th September at Air Gallery Altrincham

Following the successful exhibition the 30th September see the awards ceremony including the People’s Choice Award. For background you can see my earlier blog here

Katherine Sullivan – ”Tools of the Trade’ Sculpture


Last snippet is ‘Hidden Altrincham’ Concludes 24th September


‘Hidden Altrincham’ arts trail exhibition has featured over 50 artists across 30 venues in Altrincham and concludes on the 24th September.

For a list of venues and more about the festival go to Hidden Altrincham website or you can read my blog here

Graham Douglas portrait of Sarah Walmsley