Clare Tierney: I explore traditional techniques such as weaving and paper-making in unconventional and unexpected ways- intended to demonstrate a sensitivity to materiality. My work reveals the residual sense of touch, along with new tactility, reflective of the day-to-day environments I encounter.
Danny markham: My practice explores the theory and culture of skateboarding. The relationship between the body, space and architecture is considered using materials closely related to skateboarding. Architectural sculptures, installation and space allows the work to communicate an alternative way of seeing- the skateboarder’s way of seeing.
Amy Stevenson: My practice explores fickle consumerist attitudes along with the manipulation and simulation of the natural world. Multimedia sculptural forms offer spaces for the imagination to enter, in which ideas of the hyper-real and ‘constructed nature’ are presented. Hoodwinked by spectacle and capitalist agendas- perhaps things become mixed-up.
Ben Gardner: my current practice addresses the tendency for light to be viewed as a facilitator rather than a medium in it’s own right. Through experimental sculptural forms, I explore the physicality of light and attempt to communicate it’s multifaceted nature. “Wherever it is- a literal manifestation in the work or an abstracted element, light compels the viewer” -Mary Todd Beam.
Olivia Brittain, Danielle Harrison: "Theatre is wherever you are, whatever you are doing" - John Latham. We are a collaborative duo specializing in performance and film- for us, performance art is the ultimate form of creative expression. We use space, sound, movement and anonymity to create material that ranges from the comical to the absurd. Elements of performance are then developed to create isolated sculptural works, responsive to current issues in the modern world.
Dave Taylor: My work is concerned with the restorative and therapeutic qualities of horror on psychological and social traumas. My work encompasses sculpture, photography and video, often in unison, with a predilection towards distortion within any chosen image or representation.
Paul Carling: Kant suggested that there is never passive observation or knowledge, we interpret things, he suggested if we abandon ourselves to a work of art as an aesthetic experience we are brought closer to “das ding an sich”, the thing as it is. I tend to the aesthetic.
Jamie Wilson: my practice examines the intensively volatile human experience. Using digital film to capture moments of vulnerability and fragmented emotions. My work slithers along the division between the realms of fantastical memory and illuminative experience in an attempt to find some semblance of spiritual equilibrium within the chaos of personal existence.
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Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces (NAS) is an initiative to create dynamic project spaces for artists, artist collectives and artists development agencies. Making use of temporary vacant retail, office and light industrial units, NAS provides opportunities for emerging creatives to incubate their practices, produce work and showcase new art to local communities. Currently CG runs New Art Spaces in Leigh, Widnes, Salford, and Manchester city centre.