Real Painting

12 Jun 2015 – 2 Aug 2015

Event times

Wed-Sun 1-6pm

Cost of entry

Free Entry

Castlefield Gallery

Manchester, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • No.2 Metroshuttle Bus
  • Metrolink Tram: Deansgate/Castlefield
  • Deansgate Train Station

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Castlefield Gallery presents Real Painting, an exhibition of new and existing work by ten artists working nationally and internationally including 2010 Turner Prize nominee Angela de la Cruz, and 2004 John Moores Painting Prize winner Alexis Harding.


Curated by Deb Covell and Jo McGonigal the exhibition emphasizes the essential grammar of painting, considering not necessarily what a painting means but what it ‘does’.

Each artist shares a purposeful interest in the material components of painting and its ability to assume its own presence, rather than being symbolic of something else. Slipping between painting and object, the visual and physical, the work in the exhibition highlights the expressive capacity of the materials and processes specific to painting to be sites of investigation in their own right.

Throughout the exhibition painting is transformed from subject matter to object matter, transcending its flat surface to fix the viewer’s attention on ‘seeing’ as both a visual and physical encounter.

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Jo McGonigal

Deb Covell

Exhibiting artists

David Goerk

Finbar Ward

Jo McGonigal

Deb Covell

Angela de la Cruz

Lydia Gifford

Alexis Harding

Simon Callery

Adriano Costa

DJ Simpson


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