Garry Holt: Good to Feel the Breeze of Fear

6 June – 29 August 2015

Garry Holt started making collages during a time of ill health and has been making them prolifically ever since.

 

Further information:
  • Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm; Bank Holiday Fridays 12noon-4.30pm
  • Location:  Rochdale Art Gallery, Touchstones
  • This is a free exhibition
  • The gallery is close to the town centre pay and display car parks (nearest: Rochdale Town Hall). It is approximately 2 minutes from Rochdale Bus Station served by all local bus routes and 10 minutes from Rochdale railway station
  • Contact 01706 924492

 

http://www.link4life.org/whats-on/touchstones-rochdale/exhibitions

A Green & Pleasant Land? Rural Life in Art

25 July – 26 September 2015

Idyllic scenery, derelict barns, farmers toiling the land?  We explore how artists have been inspired by our rural heritage, from the romantic to the real. Images from our collection include Preston landscapes and work by Anthony Devis, Thomas Wade, Adrian Stokes and Norman Stevens. We also include artists working today like Georgina Barney and Andrew Cross and, in partnership with In Certain Places, we are pleased to show work by Rebecca Chesney and Joanne Lee.

Families can enjoy a trail focusing on the seasons of the farming year. Don’t miss our Fantastic Farming event on Thursday 27 Augsut when real farm animals will be visiting!

Visit our café and stairway to see complementary rural-themed displays:

The Rural Idyll: Ceramics from the Harris collection and others by members of the Northern Potters Association made in response to the exhibition (on display in the museum cafe).

Contemporary Rural Life: Photography from Myerscough College with a focus on contemporary life in the countryside.  The photographs offer an insight into modern farming methods, rural communities and issues that are important today.

Check out the what’s on page for details of more workshops, talks and tours to complement the exhibition.

Supported by the Friends of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery.

Caption: Image: An English Field (Barn), digital video 2007.

 

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Further information:
  • Opening hours Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm -except Tuesday 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
  • Location: Market Square, Preston, Lancashire PR1 2PP
  • The museum is a short walk from Preston bus and train stations
  • Contact tel 01772 258248
  • Admission free

http://www.harrismuseum.org.uk/

In Focus: George Frederic Watts

From 13 June 2015

A rare chance to see the painting Genius of Greek Poetry (c. 1880) by GF Watts alongside the bronze study for the male nude it features, on loan from the Watts Gallery, as well as other bronzes associated with Watts from our collection.

 

Further information:
  • Opening hours Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm -except Tuesday 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
  • Location: Market Square, Preston, Lancashire PR1 2PP
  • The museum is a short walk from Preston bus and train stations
  • Contact tel 01772 258248
  • Admission free

http://www.harrismuseum.org.uk/

 

 

Style and Substance: Fashion, Society, Change 1880-1930s

From 27 June 2015

From the elaborate dresses of the 1880s to chunky knits in the 1930s, we explore how British style, for men and women, evolved during a time of major social, political and cultural change.  

 

Find out about the phantom bustle of the 1880s and dangerous accessories of the 1900s. Compare the practical clothing of World War I to the flimsy but fabulous flapper styles of the 1920s, and enjoy the relaxed and glamorous fashions of the 1930s.

Don’t miss our Knitting Workshop with Susan Crawford on 25th July when she’ll be guiding you through World War I knitting patterns.

Also, look out for the Revival Vintage Fair which takes place on Market Square on 8th August 2015.   We will also be hosting vintage stalls, talks and tours at the Harris on this day and they’ll be a vintage menu in the museum cafe.  See our What’s On page for more information nearer the time. No need to book, just drop in!

Check out the what’s on page for details of more workshops, talks and tours to complement the exhibition.

Supported by the Friends of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery.

 

Further information:
  • Opening hours Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm -except Tuesday 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
  • Location: Market Square, Preston, Lancashire PR1 2PP
  • The museum is a short walk from Preston bus and train stations
  • Contact tel 01772 258248
  • Admission free

http://www.harrismuseum.org.uk/

 

West Lancashire Open Exhibition 2015

11 July – 9 September 2015

This annual exhibition celebrates the wealth of artistic talent that can be found in the region and across the UK. Each year, the final exhibition is an eclectic collection that includes work from artists who’ve exhibited widely and from those exhibiting their work for the very first time.

If you’re interested in developing an art collection, the Open Exhibition is a great way to source original artworks to suit all tastes and budgets.

Caption: Jolie Madame; Collaged Drypoin; 55cmH x 43cmW; £250.00

Further information:
  • Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday  10.00 am – 16.30 pm;  closed Monday, Sunday & all Bank Holidays
  • Free admission
  • Disabled access
  • Location Chapel Gallery, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QR.
  • Directions: Train to Ormskirk – head towards Ormskirk Bus Station, cross on to St. Helen’s Road at the cycle shop and follow to old chapel (approx. 5 mins); Bus to Ormskirk – cross on to St. Helen’s Road at the cycle shop and follow to old chapel (approx. 2 mins); car – click here for directions
  • Further information Tel: 01695 571328

http://www.chapelgallery.org.uk/

 

 

Let’s go fly a kite at St Annes Library

As part of the St Annes Music & Arts Festival, Fylde DFAS is sponsoring a kite making event at St Annes Library on Saturday 18 July. The sessions will take place between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. All materials and guidance on how to create the kites will be provided.

Once completed and decorated the kites can either be taken home or  used to decorate St Annes Library in advance of the St Annes Kite Festival, which takes place the following week.  The event is open to all ages. Hope to see you there!

The M+ Sigg Collection: Chinese art from the 1970s to now

1 July to 20 September 2015

The M+ Sigg Collection is an extraordinary exhibition drawn from an extraordinary collection, one put together by the Swiss collector Uli Sigg and now recognised as the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world. The collection will form the backbone of the new M+ museum for visual culture in Hong Kong (due to open to the public in 2019) and the exhibition here at the Whitworth, put together in collaboration with our curators and colleagues from the M+ Sigg Collection, will be its only UK showing.

Spanning forty years and bringing together works by artists such as Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei and Zhang Peili, this is an exhibition that charts the emergence of contemporary art in China, from early subversive works and events on Tiananmen Square in 1989 to the vibrant art scene of today. Highlights include Family Tree (2000) by Zhang Huan, one of the most influential and provocative contemporary artists working today. This photographic work is the result of a single day’s performance where nine calligraphy painters took turns to write lyrics on the face of the artist, gradually obscuring his features with a mass of ink. Weng Fen’s On the Wall series (2002), meanwhile, captures China in the throes of rapid urbanisation. Often featuring teenagers sitting on a wall, these striking photographs present the personal transition that mirrors China’s own accelerated economic, political and social change. Cao Fei’s Whose Utopia (2006) is an emotive film that presents the secret dreams of workers in a regimented light bulb factory. The Whitworth will also show Ai Weiwei’s installation, Still Life (1995-2000), a mass-display of thousands of Stone Age axe heads and an iconoclastic gesture designed to offset the value and importance of these ancient objects.

Other artists in this exhibition include: Chi Xiaoning, Feng Guodong, Geng Jianyi, Hai Bo, Huang Rui, Huang Yong Ping, Kan Xuan, Liang Yuanwei, Lin Yilin, Liu Heung-Shing Liu Wei, Song Dong, Wang Guangyi, Wang Jin, Wang Keping, Wang Peng, Weng Fen, Xing Danwen, Yang Fudong, Yangjiang Group, Yin Xiuzhen, Zhang Peili, Zhan Wang, Zhang Wei, Zhang Xiaogang and Zheng Guogu.

曼彻斯特全新的Whitworth将于2015年7月1日隆重呈献《M+希克藏品:1970年至今的中国艺术》展览。此次展览由知名的M+希克藏品所策展的首个英国展览。展览中的80件亮点作品均来自首屈一指的中国当代艺术家,其中包括艾未未、曹斐与张培力。旨在C探讨艺术将如何提出质疑、面对挑战与鼓舞人心。

Caption: Zhang Huan, Family Tree, 2000. The M+ Sigg Collection

 

Further information:
  • Opening hours: daily 10.00 am-5.00 pm  (until 9pm on Thursday)
  • Location: The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER
  • Getting there: Walk: 20-30 minures from Manchester city centre; Bike: Sheffield stands and lockers (£1 coin, refundable) both available at the gallery; Bus: 15, 41, 42, 43, 140 – 143, 147 – ask for bus stop nearest MRI, Oxford Road; Tram: St Peter’s Square (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot); Train: Oxford Road (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot); Car: On-street parking (maximum stay, 2 hours) on Denmark Road. Nearest car park Cecil Street
  • Admission is free

http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/

Botanical Invasion

20 June – 3 October 2015

Flowers of gigantic proportions are taking over Gallery Oldham!

The invaders are six oversized exotic species of plant life and inflatable flowers made by visual artists
Spacecadets. Spacecadets Air Design art inventors and designers of the unexpected, creating temporary inflatable sculptures from the undiscovered parts of the imagination.

Co-directors Jamima Latimer and Louise Miller have been making inflatable art, transforming landscapes and opening minds for over a decade.

Designed to inspire family audiences these interactive and contemporary sculptures are animated in a fun and playful way. Visitors of all ages will be enthralled by this artwork and inspired to  view the world differently.

 

Further information:
  • Open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm. (Last admission to the galleries 4.30pm),; Sunday 10am – 4pm (Last admission to the galleries 3.30pm)
  • Location Gallery Oldham, Oldham Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL
  • Free admission
  • Contact 0161 770 4653

http://www.galleryoldham.org.uk/