Exhibition | Thumbs Up | Contemporary Art at Castlefield Gallery | Manchester | Art Week

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Friday, 24 January 2020 to Sunday, 8 March 2020
Thursday, 23 January 2020 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Castlefield Gallery and Venture Arts present Thumbs Up, a group exhibition of work by artists Michael Beard, Frances Disley, Harry Meadley, and Leslie Thompson. The gallery will be reimagined as a place of research and learning, conversation and exchange. Responding to the physical spaces of Castlefield Gallery the artists have developed the scale, materials, and methods of their work. The artists’ responses have been shaped by an ongoing dialogue with the creative teams at Castlefield Gallery and Venture Arts to interrogate the gallery as their host. Working closely with the University of Salford has also expanded the project to incorporate expert advice on topics including; botany, energy efficiency, psychology, and horticulture.

The audience will activate the space and encounter works in new and unexpected ways. The artists have been working alongside each other to draw out corresponding themes in their work such as connections in popular culture, travel, movement, and use of colour. These meeting points will shape how the work interacts in the gallery creating a welcoming and enveloping intervention in the depths of winter.       

Thumbs Up marks the latest development in a partnership between Castlefield Gallery and Venture Arts. Both organisations are deeply invested in offering sustainable residency and professional development opportunities for early-career and learning-disabled artists in the North, and committed to improving inclusion and accessibility in the arts. A selection of work developed by each of the artists will enter into the permanent collection of the University of Salford Art Collection.

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