Monday, 19 March 2012

'Spectrum' Exhibition at Broadstone Mill (in association with Manchester School of Art)

Broadstone Mill Gallery

Spectrum Exhibition

Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 4pm.
Exhibition Date: 21st Mar 2012 - 29th Apr 2012
Organisation: Broadstone Mill Gallery
Venue: Broadstone Mill Gallery, Broadstone Road, Houldsworth Village, Reddish, Stockport, SK5 7DL.
Contact: Gallery, Open Studios

Artists: Liz West, John Davison, Sarah Middleton

Combining the works of three resident artists from both AWOL and Rogue Artists Studios, Manchester, spectrum aims to illustrate the ways in which differing practitioners use various mediums to explore the distribution and representation of the colours found in personal and public environments.

From the poetic depiction of rural landscapes on canvas, interventions that aim to create contemplative space, to immersive sculpture that investigates the aesthetics of the everyday; John Davison, Sarah Middleton and Liz West all deal with the notion of spectrum and its relationship to our surroundings.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Help An Artist Today:

Liz West Needs Your Help


I am a Manchester based visual artist working towards my first solo exhibition ‘Chroma’ due to take place at BLANKSPACE, Manchester in July this year (5 – 29th July). A Special Edition accompanying exhibition catalogue will also be produced, limited to just 100 copies. The exhibition will include a number of large-scale, ambitious, site-specific installations, made especially for this show.

I am seeking funding towards the development and cost of materials for this ambitious project… that’s where you come in! I have some exciting rewards to offer if you decide to fund my project including Limited Edition photographic prints, signed postcards and studio visits (visit the link above).

I make intensely coloured installation, video and photographic works from arrangements of found materials and consumer goods. In my work, objects are densely arranged in orders or enclosed within constructed spaces, such as cupboards and shelves or in containers such as shopping trolleys and cabinets to form compacted colour masses or gradations. I create sensory experiences in the form of richly saturated installations that immerse the viewer in a kaleidoscopic or optical environment.

I need your help to make this happen. This money will help provide me with a brilliant opportunity and platform to showcase my artwork to a wider audience through the exhibition and publication. Chroma will be an exciting event and exhibition for all to attend; including themed workshops, artist tours and talk.

Please help spread the word by sharing the Facebook and Twitter links to anyone you think might be interested in funding this exciting project.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Inside at BLANKSPACE. Opens 29th March

Friday 30 March - Sunday 29 April 2012, BLANKSPACE, Manchester

INSIDE: 30 March - 29 April 2012
EXHIBITION LAUNCH: Thursday 29 March (6-9pm)
BLANKSPACE, Manchester
Free Entry

Participating artists: Claudia Borgna, Philip Cheater, Drop Collective, Gill Greenhough, Rosie Leventon, David Ogle, Emily Rubner, Liz West and Chris Wright

Within the insular and atmospheric setting of BLANKSPACE gallery, Inside explores the psychological connections we form with our environment, placing the participant within a collection of works that disturb, envelop, and engage. All the works featured in this exhibition are united by themes of absence, loss, memory, fantasy and nostalgia, sparking the imagination and placing the participant both physically and mentally within the viewing space.

Kate Charlton, Blank Media Collective’s Lead Curator states; “Inside gives us the opportunity to bring together a collection of artworks which are going to encourage the audience to interact with pieces in a new and different way. This is an ambitious exhibition, bringing together an eclectic range of artists helping them to showcase works that may not have otherwise have been realised. Inside will set a precedent to what will be another exciting year for the organisation.”

To accompany the exhibition, there will be a hand-made publication featuring short prose and poetry inspired by the exhibition themes. Collating the work of twelve emerging writers, each of the pieces creates a perfect accompaniment to the exhibition experience.

“For me, Inside questions the nature of experiencing an object in space, a primary concern of my practice and one that must be considered when using light as an artistic medium. Light rests on the border between the material and the immaterial, visually perceptible but without physical mass, a volume of light captured in space, an altered perception of materiality and permanence.” David Ogle, Artist

“I am thrilled as well as apprehensive to see how the viewers will relate to the work but certainly looking forward to this step and hopefully to open new doors.” Claudia Borgna, Artist

Inside follows Blank Media Collective’s inaugural and highly successful exhibition, The Title Art Prize, Manchester’s newest contemporary art competition celebrating emerging talent across the UK. Launching at BLANKSPACE gallery, Manchester on Thursday 29 March (6-9pm) and bringing together the work of nine emerging contemporary artists from across the UK and Internationally, this exhibition promises to be challenging and thought provoking. Throughout the exhibition there will be a series of workshops, talks and tours for the public, concluding on 29 April 2012.

BLANKSPACE | 43 Hulme Street | Manchester | M15 6AW | 0161 222 6164

For further information about the exhibition please email Kate at

Wednesday-Sunday: 11am-5pm | Thursday: 11am-7pm | (Closed: Monday-Tuesday)