25th April – 28th June 2014
Tim Garner is like a local anthropologist studying our swagger from industrial labourer to desk bound computer geek; tracking our changing habits, with a finger on the pulse of the city’s town planning.
His new work warmly marks the passing of several old historic buildings, photographing and painting their dotage before they retire into memory and rubble.
9th – 22nd April 2014
The secrets behind the news, an exhibition of artefacts, documents and installations that show how the news has been delivered through the centuries. As the UK’s paper of record, The Times has had a ringside seat throughout history, chronicling for its readers events from Britain and around the world.
A group exhibition where each artist represents his vision of the world through his or her own particular perspective. Identical locations are portrayed with absorbing difference, revealing the artist’s hidden world. Nature merges with culture and human questions of meaning and identity are questioned in unique ways.
Pip Dickens has won many awards for her multi faceted abstract paintings.
This exhibition looks at Pip’s use of colour and texture to create a cinematic experience in her artwork. Her careful and exquisite painting techniques allow Pip to build up layers and intense depth.
A group exhibition with particular focus on new sculptural work from Anna Gillespie.
Following on from her prestigious commission in Kazakhstan Anna has gone on to create another figurative bronze piece using an interconnected leaf motif.
STREET TALK – The Mancunian Way, explored two contrasting sides of Manchester’s urban evolution, with two exceptional artists.
Matt’s work is witty and dry; observing the hustle and bustle of our fast paced consumer driven lives. He watches the city swarm and throng as we rush to keep up. Tim Garner documents the disappearing parts of Manchester as they are slowly consumed by contemporary architecture and this busy living.
Chris Acheson’s vibrant and seductive ‘Mannequin Series’; intricate and sensual oil paintings inspired by the style and glamour of the 1970’s band Roxy Music.
“Different cultures have differing approaches to this discord. The north of England has a quiet reserve and a reluctance to intrude on another person’s private mental space. As a result the people develop an internal strength and carry their personal issues largely in silence. There is a durable bravery to it that goes mainly uncelebrated. It was this that provided the focus for the work in this exhibition.” Tystram Menhinick
The summer exhibition 2012 delved into the transformative power of the imagination with artwork ranging from the dynamic and forceful paintings of Keri to the subtle and multi layered work of Tim Garner.
Tim Garner’s work is unashamedly Northern. His vision of our human landscape has an intense depth which is off set with an uplifting, almost spiritual mood.
The compelling work of Keri is renowned in Hungary for its complex depth of emotion. The energy of the individual paintings is captured in vigorous brush strokes and bold colours which portray human desire and conflict.
Fashion has always been inspired and informed by the art world and it was easy to see some of Manchester’s catwalk creations becoming Turner prize nominations! Fashion week concluded with a spectacular show by Calum Best where models dived onto a ruffled bed not unlike British artist Tracey Emin’s installation for her Turner Prize nomination in 1999!
Northern Light celebrated Artzu Gallery’s move to Spinningfields. This inaugural exhibition in our new home introduced some of the key artists we represent.
The work spanned across many mediums including painting, sculpture and even the embroidery of Alice Kettle. The pieces were an exciting opportunity to see the quality and breadth of practise that our principle artists offer.
Manchester art fans had a final chance to see an exhibition by one of the UK’s most innovative and well-known artists, Jamie Hewlett. The artist behind Gorillaz, Tank Girl, and Monkey: Journey to the West, donated his work to be auctioned at Manchester’s Artzu Gallery.
Jamie’s striking and unforgettable images of his trip with Oxfam to Bangladesh were free to view at Artzu Gallery from 11 November until the night of the auction on 18 November.