30 Years of the Future

5 Dec 2014 – 1 Feb 2015

Event times

1-6pm Wednesday-Sunday

Manchester, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • No.2 Metroshuttle Bus
  • Metrolink Tram: G-Mex station
  • Deansgate Train Station

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This December Castlefield Gallery (CG) is celebrating its 30-year history with the exhibition 30 Years of the Future.


 Since its founding in 1984, CG has been proactively supporting artists at various stages of their careers and has been privileged to work with many artists who have gone on to receive international acclaim. For 30 Years of the Future CG has asked prominent contemporary artists, curators and thinkers who have contributed to its 30-year history to nominate artists who they consider to be shaping the future of contemporary art.

Working with sculpture, painting, video and performance the nominated artists, selected from across the UK, communicate the breadth of visual art being made today and demonstrate a variety of approaches to contemporary art practice.

Nominated artists include: Josh Bitelli and Felix Melia; Hannah Clayden; Jay Delves; Kathryn Elkin; Samuel Fouracre; Danny Fox; Timothy Foxon; Evan Ifekoya; Sam Keogh; John Henry Newton; Yelena Popova; Evangelia Spiliopoulou; Nye Thompson; Finbar Ward; Thomas Yeomans.

Nominators: Dave Beech, artist, writer, and Lecturer in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts; Pavel Büchler, artist and Professor of Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University; JJ Charlesworth, associate editor of Art Review; Ryan Gander, artist and Patron of Castlefield Gallery; Mary Griffiths, artist and Curator of Modern Art at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Lubaina Himid, artist and Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire; Kate Jesson, Curator at Manchester Art Gallery; Pil and Galia Kollectiv, artists, writers, curators, and Lecturers in Fine Art at the University of Reading; Francis McKee, Director at the Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, and research fellow at The Glasgow School of Art; Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at Serpentine Gallery, London; Bob and Roberta Smith, artist, Royal Academician, Trustee for the National Campaign for the Arts, and a Patron of the National Society for Education in Art and Design; Emily Speed, artist; Corin Sworn, artist, represented Scotland at Venice Biennale 2013, and winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2013; Sue Webster, artist.

CG has also commissioned Manchester-based artist Mike Chavez-Dawson to develop 30/30: a limited edition poster – 30 for sale at £30 each – and a performance based on responses to questions posed to past and present CG employees.  The performance will coincide with the public preview of 30 Years of the Future on Thursday 4 December 2014.


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Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander

Lubaina Himid

Mary Griffiths

Corin Sworn

Pavel Büchler

JJ Charlesworth

Bob and Roberta Smith

Kate Jesson

Sue Webster

Dave Beech

Emily Speed

Francis McKee

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Pil and Galia Kollectiv

Exhibiting artists

Evangelia Spiliopoulou

Timothy Foxon

Thomas Yeomans

Evan Ifekoya

hannah clayden

Sam Keogh

John Henry Newton

Kathryn Elkin

Nye Thompson

Samuel Fouracre

Danny Fox

Mike Chavez-Dawson

Yelena Popova

Josh Bitelli and Felix Melia

Finbar Ward

Jay Delves;


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