‘This is Not a Preview’ @ Castlefield Gallery, Manchester [7 September]

‘This is Not a Preview’

18:00 - 20:00

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Castlefield Gallery
2 Hewitt Street, M15 4GB Manchester, United Kingdom
Celebrate Launch Pad: CURIO CURIA at ‘This is Not a Preview’ on Thursday 7 September (6-8pm). Coming midway through the project — 'This is Not a Preview'.

1 — 10 September 2017

For our Autumn 2017 Launch Pad, Castlefield Gallery is excited to present CURIO CURIA, a collaboration between CG Associate member and multi-disciplinary artist Marie Jones (aka Kochi Kochi), and New York City born, Manchester-based artist Stina Puotinen.

Guest selector Kate Gray, Director of Collective Gallery (Edinburgh) and Matthew Pendergast, Castlefield Gallery’s Curator selected
CURIO CURIA from CG Associate members’ submissions.

CURIO: a rare, unusual, or intriguing object.
CURIA: a curia, plural curiae, is an assembly, council, or court, in which public, official, or religious issues are discussed and decided.

Jones and Puotinen will use this Launch Pad as an opportunity to collaborate on a durational, evolving, and experiential sculptural installation, using Castlefield Gallery as their place of meeting and making from 1-10 September 2017.

CURIO CURIA will focus on where the artists’ individual practices connect through object and image making, allowing this collaborative process to be public as the work evolves. The pair will combine their collective experience manipulating found objects including sometimes foodstuffs, to create sculptural elements that play with distortion of scale, material, veracity and humour. Elements of the work will be added to, elaborated upon, moved and removed over the course of the exhibition. The installation will be, by turns, a gathering point for conversation, play, experimentation, work, and spontaneous collaboration amongst themselves and others.

The public are invited to contribute their own photographs to the exhibition via Instagram #curiocuria

Jones and Puotinen have also invited four guest artists to make their own contributions to the exhibition. From bringing work to the gallery, hosting events and staging performances, the nature of the space will change on a daily basis.

The project will open at 1pm on Friday 1 September with an experiential collaboration with guest artist Aliyah Hussain for a “Soft L(a)unch”, including nibbles and casual conversation with the artists. The table will be laid to welcome guests, who will help initiate the overall project with their presence and participation.

On Saturday 2 September (2-4pm) Jones and Puotinen will host BUFFET. The artists describe BUFFET as a collaborative skill share, soapbox, platform, and a space to test out… or a visual ‘pot-luck dinner’. From a piece of writing, a piece of work, a zine, a workshop; anyone can bring something to the experience.

CURIO CURIA will also feature the work of guest artist John Powell-Jones, who will have created a new performance and video within the installation to be premiered in the space on Wednesday 6 September and be on view for the remainder of the exhibition.

Guest artists Patti Crozier and Adam Griffiths will be responding and contributing to the project in an on-going way over the course of the exhibition.

Launch Pads are short exhibitions or performances that punctuate Castlefield Gallery’s main curated programme providing artists, writers and independent curators with the opportunity to use the gallery as a test bed for the production, display and consumption of contemporary art. Launch Pads feature emerging talent selected from CG Associate members’ proposals. For more information about CG Associates visit castlefieldgallery.co.uk/associates

Castlefield Gallery Founded in 1984, Castlefield Gallery is a Manchester based gallery, agency and charity. The gallery has an established track record for developing artistic talent, and leading agendas to further contemporary visual arts practice in the North of England and beyond. The organisation’s curated exhibitions and commissions programme promotes artists at key stages of their careers, focusing its national and international work on artist exchange. Beyond the main gallery Castlefield Gallery provide New Art Spaces; pop-up project and production spaces for artists and creatives across Greater Manchester and the region, whilst also curating and producing work off-site, including art in the public realm.

In the recent 2017 Northern Soul Awards Castlefield Gallery was awarded 'Highly Commended' in the Gallery of the Year category, it has been named one of Manchester's Top 5 Accessible Tourist Attractions by Euan's Guide, and as one of 21 small charities doing 'inspirational things' in Manchester by I Love Manchester.

Castlefield Gallery | Agency is part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, a Manchester City Council Cultural Partner. Additionally, in July 2016 it secured funding from Arts Council England’s Catalyst: Evolve fund, a new initiative from Arts Council England that aims to support arts organisations to grow private giving and build resilience. Money raised from new sources will be matched by the Arts Council via the fund over a period of three years, up to August 2019.

Castlefield Gallery’s Launch Pad programme previews are supported by Soup Kitchen
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