My Open Studio was part of the official launch of Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces at Federation House on Thursday 13 March from 6-9pm.
4-500 visitors came for this vibrant opening. Lot’s of helpful comments and conversations with artists, friends and guests. People seemed to pick up on the dream-like quality of my work. ‘Magical’ was a word that came up. More critical artists asked about my reasons for using shredded paper and further implications of the work. I appreciated the spectrum of comments.
Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces (NAS) is an initiative to create dynamic project spaces for artists, artist collectives and artists development agencies. Making use of temporary vacant retail, office and light industrial units, NAS provides opportunities for emerging creatives to incubate their practices, produce work and showcase new art to local communities. Currently CG runs New Art Spaces in Leigh, Widnes, Salford and city centre Manchester.
Great to see your beautiful work earlier this evening Roger.
Best of luck,
Fran Toms (Lead Cultural Development officer Manchester City Council)
Speeches at 6:30pm on the 6th floor by:
(Director Whitworth and Manchester Art Galleries, and Manchester City Council’s Strategic Lead for Culture)
(Director Combined Arts and North for Arts Council England)
(Managing Director Co-operative Estates The Co-operative Group)
Address: Federation Building, Manchester, Corner of Federation St and Balloon St
Exhibitions and open studios were on all 8 floors:
Lower Ground floor MARS / Upper Ground floor Curated Place, CSV, DIY Art School, and Lauren Sagar & Sharon Campbell / 1St floor Mark Devereux Projects / 2nd floor Greg May, Molly Smyth, Saoirse Higgins, Julie Del’Hopital, Holly Rowan Hesson & Lisa Denyer, and TEA / 3rd floor Filmonik / 4th floor Roger Bygott, and Charma Force & Rafael Perez (guest exhibition) / 5th floor Sam Meech, Kathryn Miller, Darren Nixon, Huw Wahl, James Bloomfield, and Pool Arts / 6th floor TOAST