Ten Obstructions

31 Jul 2020 – 3 Sep 2020

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00:00 – 23:30
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Timezone: Europe/London

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Hosted by: Sabrina Fuller

The opening on Instagram @tenobstructions, on 31st July, will feature a film introducing the artists and the ideas behind the show. From the Saturday 1st August until Tuesday the 11thth a short film, posted each day, will show how each artist has worked with the ‘obstructions’ they were given to remake a particular work. The final, remade works will be shown from Friday 14th to Sunday 23rd August, with each artist, on their allocated day, posting the original work in the morning, the process during the afternoon, and, early in the evening, the final, obstructed, work. The final week will feature more images from each artist and their reflections on the process, what they learnt and how the obstruction helped them to widen their practice.

Ten Obstructions is an Instagram show @tenobstructions with daily posts over five weeks, as the ten Greater Manchester artists remake works in response to practical or philosophical ‘obstructions’ set for them by other group members.


Ten Obstructions is an Instagram exhibition which will take place @tenobstructions opening on 31st July, with daily posts until the end of August. The ten artists represent eight of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. They are Maya Chowdhry (Manchester), Jack Doyle (Oldham), Jane Fairhurst (Wigan), Sarah Feinmann (Trafford), Tina Finch (Bolton), Sabrina Fuller (Manchester), Claire Hignett (Salford), Paddy O’Donnell (Stockport), Chris Rainham (Rochdale) and Ian Vines (Stockport). The group were selected by Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery to take part in their bOlder artist development programme funded by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

‘Ten Obstructions’ is a way of working, a methodology, as well as the title of the exhibition. Each artist has identified a piece of existing work – broadly representative of their practice - that they will remake in response to two ‘obstructions’ which they have been set by the rest of the group. Each set of obstructions has two elements, one relating to how the work is made and the second to the wider set of values and beliefs behind the work. 

 The methodology was inspired equally by Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth’s 2003 film ‘Five Obstructions’ and by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt’s 1975 Dadaist game ‘Oblique Strategies’. The use of Instagram as platform added another layer of obstruction to the creative process.

Sarah Feinmann, who has curated the show jointly with Paddy O’Donnell, says: “The ten bOlder artists – though a cohesive and mutually supportive group - are diverse in our interests and our practice. Through Ten Obstructions the whole show becomes the art work: we are each creating in response to another’s way of working and philosophy. We all found the process difficult at first – and ultimately stimulating and creative.”


Sarah Feinmann

Paddy O'Donnell

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Sarah Feinmann

Jane Fairhurst

Ian Vines

Paddy O'Donnell

Claire Hignett

Tina Finch

Christopher Rainham

Maya Chowdhry

Jack Doyle

Sabrina Fuller

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