I’m exhibiting work and being artist in residence at Didsbury Parsonage ‘Division of Power’ show.
INSTITUTE OF TEMPORARY ART PRESENTS FLETCHER MOSS ART GALLERY WITH THE DIVISION OF POWER, AN EXHIBITION WHICH, FOCUSES ON THE STRUCTURES OF CURATORIAL PRACTICE PLACING THE ARTIST, CURATOR INSTITUTION AND AUDIENCE UNDER EXAMINATION.
SUPPORTED BY THE DIDSBURY PASONAGE TRUST UNDER THE CURATORIAL DIRECTION OF HIGGINS AND RENSHAW, DIRECTOR OF IOTA JOHN LYNCH WILL PRESENT WORK BY ARTISTS PRACTICING IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND.
THE EXHIBITION WILL OPEN 16TH NOVEMBER 2012 AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE 25TH NOVEMBER 2012.
Adopting its title from a governmental blueprint to define the separation or division of power between constitutional authorities to establish a balance within the body politic. Reference is made to the separation of powers; within this context we define the roles as artist-curator- institution- audience.
After splitting the practice of curation and of exhibitions themselves, the exhibition represents the idea of a gallery reinstated. Fletcher Moss Art Gallery (Didsbury Parsonage) was once a branch of Manchester City Art Gallery. At its peak Fletcher Moss Art Gallery exhibited works of Goya, Lowry, Turner and other eminent artists of the time. Fletcher Moss Art Gallery closed its doors for the last time in the late 1980’s, the space since languishing in the care of the local authority.
The Institute of Temporary Art in association with Higgins & Renshaw presents the idea of Fletcher Moss Art Gallery returning. The ‘temporary’ notion of exhibitions within contemporary society in many ways exemplifies the relationship of curatorial practice (within the four stages stated) as having fluidity.
The exhibition challenges the audience and the artists, providing the opportunity for them to reappraise and reconsider the nature of conventional exhibition etiquette. IOTA will present work by over 40 artists, which is specifically commissioned to respond to the space and its environs.
‘The Division Of Power is an exhibition that aims to examine the very nature of curatorial practice. In many ways it is a research methodology, which we are presenting to the public. The discussion about curatorial practice is a key topic, which is seemingly becoming a catalyst for debate and intrigue in this area.
The exhibition can be viewed as a complete examination of institutional critique in its presentation. This exhibition has been developed to shine a spotlight on the four key stages involved in the process of curating this exhibition. The artist, curator, institution and audience become part of a wider conversation about the very nature of Fletcher Moss Art Gallery, and by extension all artistic institutions’.
Higgins & Renshaw, Lionel Dobie Project.
EXHIBITION: THE DIVISION OF POWER
DATES: 16TH NOVEMBER – 25TH NOVEMBER 2012.
PREVIEW: 16TH NOVEMBER 2012
TIME: 17:00 – 21.00
VENUE: DIDSBURY PARSONAGE, STENNER LANE, DIDSBURY, MANCHESTER, M20 2RQ.
Div/sion of Power
Emma Victoria Hardacre
Hayley Louise Johnson
Lucy Victoria Rogers
Sonny J. Barker
For enquiries contact:
Higgins & Renshaw
John Lynch, Institute of Temporary Art
Notes for Editors
Higgins & Renshaw
Higgins & Renshaw are artist | curators based in Manchester. Currently, working with the Lionel Dobie Project, Manchester.
Higgins & Renshaw are fascinated by the developing role of the artist/curator with regard to active research in contemporary art practices. Treating each project as a critique of ‘institutional indoctrination’, Higgins & Renshaw aim to investigate the relationship of space, place and heritage through curatorial devises, which often appeal for wider audience participation.
Didsbury Parsonage Trust, Manchester.
The Didsbury Parsonage (Old Parsonage) is a Grade II listed building situated opposite St James’ Church, adjacent to the original village green of Didsbury, Manchester.
The DPT is a volunteer based project, which aim to provide a much needed community hub for the people of Didsbury. To open up a valuable and much loved Grade II listed building, which can be used by everyone.
Collections Access, Manchester City Art Gallery.
Manchester City Art Gallery Archive has supported with archival material and imagery for the exhibition.
Acoustic Performace: Gallery 1, Katherine Edwards (time tba)