Creative Stars: Lost is Found
Sat 14 Jan – Sun 19 Feb (free, Gallery 1)
Preview Sat 14 Jan, 17:00 – 19:00 (free, drop in)
Lost is Found is a group show of work from nine artists based in the North of England. The exhibited works find beauty in the redundant and discarded, explore past lives and find new stories in transformations and fleeting identities. Displacement of identity, relics of childhood, secret desires, fragments of memory and traces of history are brought to life through sculpture, photography, installation and drawing. Curated and developed by the Creative Stars, 19 talented young people from the Greater Manchester region.
Samantha Donnelly: Contour States
Sat 28 January – Sun 25 March (free, Galleries 2 & 3)
Preview Fri 27 Jan, 18:00 – 21:00 (free, drop in)
Contour States is the first major UK public solo show by British artist Samantha Donnelly. With a strong interest in the images presented in today’s media that continue to idealise and objectify the human form, the exhibition features new work that explores representations of female identity in photography, TV, film and advertisements. The exhibition creates an illusion of erotically charged nudity, but fundamentally only offers a fiction to buy into and invest in. Rather than just presenting a finalised work, Donnelly actively encourages visitors to engage with the process through which meanings are made and unmade.
Until Tue 31 Jan (free, café & bar)
Fresh from graduating in Art & Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, Bethany Gray presents a selection of her most recent paintings. Her practice is interested in the theatrical ambiguity and potential narrative content of still landscape. She uses vivid brush strokes and a highly distinctive palette of colours to create dramatic atmospheres and experiences.