Friday, 29 October 2010

Ambience of Play @ Greenroom, Manchester

28 October - 18 December 2010, greenroom, Manchester

From the award winning to the untrained, Blank Media Collective are pioneering the best creative talents from across the Pennines. Ambience of Play showcases three contemporary practitioners who are helping to keep the art scene in the North-West fresh and exciting. What makes these artists innovative is their playful approach to art practice as they set their own challenges to create their work.

The year 2010 continues to be a creative hotbed for original talent and this is definitely the case in reference to Liz West, Katie Louise Dixon and David Morris. From supermarkets to abandoned theme parks, these artists are constantly investigating social and urban practices, whilst retaining elements of fun and intrigue. Ambience of Play is an exhibition highlighting the mundanity that we see and often ignore.

Award winner Liz West, who has recently received the prestigious People’s Choice at Northern Futures 2010, will be presenting her new work. In her short career she has already been shortlisted for the London Photography Award as part of the London Fringe Festival, and has been selected to Expectation New York as part of the Celeste Art Prize. West’s work is inspired by her obsessive fascination into the sensory affects of colour and takes various formats such as bright installations, guerrilla performances and vivid photography. The investigation into colour is the only constant in her practice, in which she has created her own rule-based game to dictate the work she makes.

Katie Louise Dixon searches for remote environments creating haunting photographs of deserted, dilapidated theme parks and isolated bunkers. One of the main influences of her work is the concept of ‘Psychogeography’, a theory about the emotional reactions that people have in regards their surrounding spaces.
“My work is an attempt to transport the viewer to a particular location …provoking thought regarding the effect our surroundings are capable of having on our feelings, behaviour and emotions.” Katie Louise Dixon
Dixon’s practice has impressed the musician / artist Bill Drummond who says “If I wanted a photograph taken of how my mind responds to the landscape around me I would ask Katie Louise Dixon to take the photo.”

It is surprising that South Manchester based photographer David Morris has had no formal training in the arts, but it is obvious to see he has natural aptitude. Morris’ work has been described as ‘moody urban landscapes’ in which he acts as explorer or urban geographer of the world, mapping out the environments around him.
“Three themes have emerged in my work…urban decay, the impermanent nature of reality (the Buddhist concept of anicca) and trying to show things which would normally be considered ‘ugly’ in an aesthetically pleasing and interesting way…” David Morris

Ambience of Play opens at greenroom, Manchester with a Public Preview and chance to meet the artists on Wednesday 27 October (6-9pm). The exhibition continues until Saturday 18 December. For further information about Ambience of Play please email
All works are available for purchase via BlankMarket online shop.

greenroom | 54-56 Whitworth St West | Manchester | M1 5WW |

Opening Times:
Thursday 28 October - Saturday 18 December 2010
Opening times:
Box Office | Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 18:00
Bar | Wednesday – Friday: 17:00 – Late & Saturday: 18:00 – Late

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Art Takes Miami - Online Vote

I have entered this years Art Takes Miami competition and I need your votes for the peoples choice award!

You can vote for my work by clicking on this LINK
or you can simply copy and paste this link into your browser:

Cheers folks!

Friday, 22 October 2010

Pedder Photography Exhibition at The Bigger Picture Gallery

23rd October - 28th November 2010

Liz West's 'Blue Trolley' has been selected for the Pedder Photography Exhibition at The Bigger Picture Gallery in Crystal Palace, London.

"This exhibition is a great opportunity for photographers at all levels to be part of one of South London's newest creative spaces. The response to our call for photographers has been wonderful. All those accepted will be automaticaly entered into the Pedder Photography Competition."

Bigger Picture Gallery, 2A Anerley Hill, SE19 2AA
Telephone: 07914 490472

General Opening Times:
Saturday: 10.30am - 5.30pm
Sunday: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Bigger Picture Gallery website

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The National Open Art Competition - Finalist

Liz West has been selected as an exhibition finalist for The National Open Art Competition taking place in Chichester this year.

118 finalists for the National Open Art Competition 2010 Minerva Exhibition have been selected from an initial entry of over 1600 submissions; 420 of which were selected for the second round of judging on 14 October at Goodwwod. The finalists can be viewed via this LINK.

The National Open Art Competition Vernissage 2010 - The Minerva Gallery, Chichester

Public Opening Exhibition 2010 - The Minerva Gallery, Chichester

Monday, 4 October 2010

36EXP. Exhibition Opening Times


If you missed the 36EXP. Private View & Book Launch on Thursday night - or want another look - there's a whole week left for you to make it down to the EASA Gallery to view this exciting exhibition.

Saturday 2nd October: 11am- 6pm
Sunday 3rd: 12pm - 4pm
Monday 4th: 11am - 6pm
Tuesday 5th: 11am - 6pm
Wednesday 6th: 11am - 6pm
Thursday 7th: 11am - 6pm
Friday 8th: 11am - 6pm **LAST DAY!**


The '36EXP.' Exhibition Book is available online now from BLURB. This 156 page, premium book, which features all 36 artists' contact sheets and a selection of their work, is £36 for the softcover copy, and £42 for the hardcover copy.

If you're interested in buying the exhibited artwork, please contact Jack Howard on 07921104196.

Friday, 1 October 2010

BlankPages October Issue: Cover Artist

Link to the magazine

Welcome to October's blankpages!

This month's visual art contributions come from Liz West, a brilliant contemporary voice in multicolours and recent winner of the People's Choice Award at Northern Futures.