a-n Article about Federation House

Very good write up about Federation House / Castlefield New Art Space on a-n website:

As Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery celebrates its 30th anniversary, it is launching its most ambitious initiative yet for artists, artist groups and development agencies. Federation House, an eight-storey building near Corporation Street in Manchester city centre, was until recently the headquarters of the Co-Operative Group’s food business, but along with other office workers in the area, its workforce recently migrated to the brand new Angel Square complex nearby.

For the next five years, Federation House will be home to Castlefield’s new ‘pop up’ project spaces, putting new art at the heart of NOMA, the Co-Op’s redevelopment scheme for the 20 acre area, a stone’s throw from Victoria Station.

 

Significantly, spaces in Federation House are not studios, as Castlefield director, Kwong Lee, points out. “We work with quite a lot of artists in studio spaces in Manchester; they serve their purpose, they’re cheap, but usually they’re quite cold and the roof is sometimes leaky. What we bring here is time-limited space, so if an artist who has a studio already or works from home has an ambitious project, and for two months they need half a floor – which is 500 square metres – they can have that. So we issue licences to artists – it’s not a tenancy agreement – it’s a license to use. That’s why it’s short-term. It needs to be active.”

 

“The other thing to say is it’s not just visual arts-led,” Lee adds. “It’s not mono-culture. Most of the other studios, apart from Islington Mill maybe, are mono-cultural, and we want to create a visual arts-led culture which has other art forms, and they’ll be cross-trading.”

Full article here: 

Open Studio / Federation House NAS Official Opening

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)

Installation view

Installation view

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'Mother & Child'

‘Mother & Child’

(Photo by John Lynch)

(Photo by John Lynch)

Speeches at 6:30pm on the 6th floor by:
Maria Balshaw
(Director Whitworth and Manchester Art Galleries, and Manchester City Council’s Strategic Lead for Culture)
Alison Clark-Jenkins
(Director Combined Arts and North for Arts Council England)
Martyn Hulme
(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

Further Shreds Open Studio

Well, this Open Studio went really well. I lost count of how many came, but the adjacent ‘Serendipity’ show must have pulled in over 100 people, so lots of people drifted in as well as my invited guests. Friends and visitors included: Cary Young, Mark Kennard (of Bureau), Nicola Ellis,  Dave Griffiths, Annie Harrison, and Annie Carpenter.

Arnie Pollock made this short video doc of me describing my installation:

Further Shreds: Open Studio

Feedback from last Open Studio was great, positive, and with good suggestions for further developments. So this next Open Studio will showcase developments since then.

Roger Bygott Open Studio. Ongoing work with shredded paper, installation and atmosphere.

4th Floor Federation House, Federation St / Balloon St, Manchester M60 0AF

To coincide with Salford Visual Arts 2nd years’ Exhibition – ‘Serendipity’ Private viewing: Friday 7th February 2014, 6 – 9 PM. Also on 4th floor.

And also on the 6th floor CACTUS ON TOUR @Toast Manchester: (Joanne Masding, Lil Atkinson, Rafal Topolewski, Charlie Godet Thomas, Ryan Gander). Opening Fri, Feb 7, 6pm.

Great chance to see what is going on at Fed House!

Programme for Open Studio

Programme for Open Studio

Further Shreds screenshot 2

Programme for open Studio

Facebook invite: https://t.co/jPM4bNjx0b

Installation Development

Further work in progress from my residency at Federation House. The installation now has elements of video projection and sound. The audio is related to the images through the processing of old audio clips via audio generator software. A shredding of sounds.

 

Federation House Residency: Shred Project

Monday 11th November I started a six month residency at Federation House in Manchester. This is part of an ongoing New Arts Spaces scheme by Castlefield Gallery to utilise empty buildings in Manchester for artistic projects. Federation House is a seven floor office building owned, yet vacated,  by the Cooperative.

Federation House (From Dantzig Street)

Federation House (From Dantzig Street)

The vision is to create a large scale installation consisting of piles, circles, blocks (to be decided) of shredded printed materials such as books, magazines, maps, documents.

Other research in the space will involve creating 3D shred sculptures and 2D shred collages.  I want to research what it might mean to translate text into non-textual forms.

I will explore specific issues with more emotionally charged texts such as the Bible, works of Freud, Shakespeare etc. How might a viewer respond to a shredded bible? Can I claim this is a translation? Or is it a transliteration? Or just destruction? What is the authority of a text? Is one book more powerful than another? Why? In this age of digital text, is there still a taboo against destroying books? Personally I still feel a certain resistance to destroying even an out of date book. Interesting areas for reflection.

Shred Dance

Another dimension of the project could be to include dance/physical theatre. This could be a live performance or a video piece. I imagine dancers interacting with piles of shredded paper; the dancers shredding paper, creating piles of it, picking it up, moving with it.

I will also use my time in the space to research dancers and video options.

Preparing the Space

Fist job was to pull up all the Lino.

Open plan space and my 'office' door

Open plan space and my ‘office’ door

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The ‘office’ residency space 

Clear floorboards and first piles of shred

Clear floorboards and first piles of shred