Div/sion of Power: Preview Evening

The opening of the Fletcher Moss Art Gallery show ‘Division of Power’, at Didsbury Parsonage was very successful with around 200 people attending.

This was the first show at Didsbury Parsonage since the Fletcher Moss Art Gallery closed in the 1980s.

The day marked the start of my residency which runs through to Sunday 25th November. It was quite a challenge to have an opening with very little to show except my work space and some starting materials. But a good chance to talk to people about my work and plans for the week.

My workspace in the back yard. (Balloons with LED lights by Emily Rusby).

Mike Chavez-Dawson and son in back yard.

My residency is a response to the ‘Plumage Society’, a precursor of the RSPB which was founded by Emily Williamson in 1889. She was the wife of the solicitor/botanist Robert Wood Williamson and they lived in The Croft on the land behind Didsbury Parsonage. Robert Williamson laid out the Botanical gardens which are still a popular part of Fletcher Moss Park. He sold the Croft to Fletcher Moss, resident of Didsbury Parsonage in 1912. Fletcher Moss, born in July 1843, was a philanthropist who led many public works in Manchester; in 1915 he persuaded the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to fund the construction of a public library in Didsbury. He lived in the Old Parsonage by St James’s Church, Stenner Lane, having taken over residence from the vicar, a Rev W J Kidd, who left the property complaining it was haunted.[2] In 1919 he gifted the gardens to the people of Manchester, declaring he had “determined to offer all that part of my property extending from the Fletcher Moss Playing Fields to Stenner Lane, to the corporation if I could retain the use of it for my life”.

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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.

VENUE: DIDSBURY PARSONAGE, STENNER LANE, DIDSBURY, MANCHESTER, M20 2RQ.

ENTRY: FREE

Div/sion of Power
art by

Alice Aulich
Aaron Smith
Callum Higgins
Chris Woodcock
Devin Louttit
Emily Rusby
Emma Victoria HardacreFfion Ceri Roberts
Gemma Lacey
Hannah Leighton-Boyce
Hayley Louise Johnson
Hazel Jones
Hebe Phillips
James Moffat
Jan Klebik
Jennifer Nuttall
Jennifer Steele
Jess Marshall
Joe Hartley
John Lynch
Julie Del’Hopital
Kathryn Edwards
Keiran Izquierdo
Liz West
Lorna Ruskin
Lucy Jane
Lucy Victoria Rogers
Marcin Wozniak
Martin Malies
Naomi Kashiwagi
Natasha Lolljee
Phil Portus
Rebecca Long
Richard Strittmatter
Roger Bygott
Ruby Shep
Runa Begum
Saffina Bhatti
Sean kennedy
Sonny J. Barker
Stacey Coughlin
Stewart Kelly
Sue Rowlands
Sue Rowlands
Will Sharp

For enquiries contact:

Higgins & Renshaw

higginsrenshaw@gmail.com

John Lynch, Institute of Temporary Art

IOTARTS@gmail.com

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