This spring, Manchester Art Gallery will present In the Footsteps of a Master - Emily Allchurch's first solo show in a major public gallery in the UK.
To coincide with the exhibition, Redeye is hosting a workshop with Emily, inviting participants to spend a day with her at the gallery.
During the workshop, Emily will give an in-depth presentation on her life and work, lead a practical task around the use of montage and run a critique and advice session.
This is a unique opportunity to work closely with Emily and learn from an internationally acclaimed artist.
Book your tickets here: http://redeye.org.uk/programme/footsteps-master-workshop-and-critique-emily-allchurch
Emily Allchurch uses photography and digital collage techniques to create a dialogue between historical artworks and the present day. The exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery will showcase her acclaimed Tokyo Story series, a recreation of Utagawa Hiroshige’s ‘One Hundred Famous Views of Edo’ (1856-58), retold through a photographic lens and a 21st century perspective. Each image is a seamless assemblage of her photographs, carefully selected and collaged together to create a narrative about Tokyo today, revealing changes to topography, Japanese society and customs. They will be shown alongside the exquisite woodblock prints that inspired them, from Manchester Art Gallery's collection of rarely seen Hiroshige originals and on loan from the Whitworth Art Gallery and the British Museum.
Following its debut at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London in 2011 Tokyo Story has toured to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Japan Society Gallery, New York, The
Shizuoka Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art, Japan and the Singapore Tyler Print Studio. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts have a full set of Tokyo Story prints in their permanent collection.
Thanks to the successful crowdfunding campaign with The Art Fund, Manchester Art Gallery have commissioned Allchurch to make a new work for their collection based on the painting Albert Square, Manchester, 1910 by French Impressionist Adolphe Valette (1876-1942). His works capture the essence of Manchester at the turn of the 20th century, in the process of transition to a modern city. Allchurch’s re-creation reveals Manchester as the vibrant, cosmopolitan city it is today, resonant with echoes of its historic past. The two works will hang side by side throughout the exhibition.
About the day:
Emily will begin the workshop with an in-depth talk on her life and work, exploring the development of a project from start to finish and the difference between commissions and self-generated work. She will also draw upon personal experience to give advice on approaching galleries and applying for funding.
Some of the talk will take place in the gallery providing an opportunity to talk about Emily’s work in situ. Emily will then lead a mini workshop around the technique of montage. Participants will be invited to select postcards of artworks from the collection at the gallery, and look at the different ways to collage the material.
For the final part of the workshop Emily will lead an advice and critique session beginning with a group discussion on the collage work. Participants are invited to bring their own work to the workshop for a group critiquing session with Emily during the second half of the afternoon.
‘Allchurch has made herself a specialist in a kind of extreme collage... Each individual component photograph becomes a pixel in the finished work; the new digital processes of selection and recombination are more important than the old photographic mantras of taking correctly ... By anchoring her pictures in a very well known set from the past and yet making them with fluid mastery of the very latest technology, Allchurch neatly completes the circle by perfectly suiting her medium to her message.’ Francis Hodgson - Professor in the Culture of Photography, University of Brighton.