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Jacqueline Peake: Face Values

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: The Gallery At St. George’s House
When: 14/01/2020 – 27/03/2020
Admission: Free

The Gallery At St George’s House is proud to present a new exhibition by Bolton artist Jacqueline Peake.

Face Values explores the artist’s interest in the human face in relation to identity and experience.  Through her work, Peake questions what makes a face? What makes it human? Whilst simultaneously exploring more formal aspects: the picking out of structure and patterns and looking at an image’s relation to background.

“I’m generally less concerned with gender or age…” explains the artist “…but in trying to produce an image that has presence and inhabits its space, that expresses recognisably human emotion but perhaps not in a way that can be easily defined or expressed in words.”

Face Values opens with a special evening launch on Tuesday 14 January 2020, 5-7pm, all welcome to attend and welcome this new exhibition to Bolton.

Disturbed Surfaces: Where we meet?

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: The Gallery At St. George’s House
When: 01/10/2019 – 16/12/2019
Admission: Free

The Gallery At St George’s House is proud to present an inter-related exhibition from Lancashire based artists Georgianna Cardoso and Theresa Taylor.

Disturbed Surfaces: Where we meet? brings together a range of individual works from each artist, as well as collaborative pieces. It encompasses both the physicality of the natural world, in particular above and below the sea and the emotional/psychological associations and meanings.

Georgianna Cardoso’s work revolves around the aftermath of violence and the way it affects societies and individuals. Recent work explores coastal storms and the way sports such as kitesurfing turn a destructive force into power.  Kitesurfing has allowed he artist to experience the power of the sea and wind, comparing the feeling of being caught in a storm struggling to stay afloat with the way one feels whilst experiencing a traumatic event. Cardoso’s work tells a very personal story alongside the stories of victims of violence and their resilience in rebuilding and using the pain of their loss to rebuild their lives.

Theresa Taylor’s work hovers mutably at the intersection of the internal and external worlds. She is concerned with the relationship between the two and the ‘twilight’ boundary areas of ambiguity. Her work is underpinned by psychoanalytic principles and centred on a kind of archaeology of being alive which links directly to her many years as a psychotherapist within the NHS and in private practice.  Using printmaking as her central medium, Taylor appropriates material from the natural world, in particularly the sea, to investigate a range of human experiences, in particular the passing of time and what is left behind in the wake of life’s experiences.


Georgianna Cardoso (b. Mexico city) studied photography at La Escuela Activa de Fotografía México City and gained a MA Fine Art and BA Languages and from University of Central Lancashire.  Cardoso has taken part in and curated a number of international art exchange projects including group exhibitions at the Bermuda Art Center at Dockyard, Bermuda.

Theresa Taylor (b. UK) graduated with a MA Fine Art from University of Central Lancashire, prior to this she studied Dip in Dynamic Psychotherapy, UKCP Registration,NWIDP Manchester and BA Hons Fine Art, Preston Polytechnic, Lancaster Annexe. She splits her time between her Lancaster studio and Artlab Contemporary Print Studios, Preston. Taylor exhibits widely both nationally and internationally.

Rob Miller Solo Exhibition

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: The Gallery At St. George’s House
When: 16/07/2019 – 27/09/2019
Admission: Free

The Gallery At St George’s House is proud to present a solo exhibition of recent landscape and coastal paintings by Bolton based artist Rob Miller.

The landscape of the Northern Countryside has always fascinated Rob Miller, who gained a Distinction in Painting from the University of Bolton. Miller is particularly influenced by the Lancashire and Lake District landscape, its raw climate, beauty and gritty history. Walking and climbing through it is always a joyful experience. As an artist, being still painting within it is almost meditative.

Entitled ‘Landscapes with absent figures’ this new exhibition, opening Tuesday 16 July 5.30-7.30pm, presents Miller’s most recent landscapes and coastal paintings.  In these scenes the human presence has been stripped away, making them absent, unimportant, except where they have left marks or rigid shapes which have survived enough to have a visual purpose in a found composition.

Whilst painting, different things attract and hold the artist’s thoughts. Scenes that exude a passage of light, whether in the corner of a bright field, high in the mountains or by the sea under stormy skies, are a frequent source of inspiration for Miller. Working outside or painting from his notes makes this a direct experience for the artist as he aims to portray the sublime.

Back at his Falcon Mill studio, the work finishes somewhere between abstraction and figurative: depending on the nuances of the paint, techniques and the making of colour. Miller see each colour range as a ‘stanza’ and each brush mark as a part of each painting’s arpeggio: “Instinctively certain colours please me as I mix them. The paint feels good and tactile sometimes as it slides around the palate.  Visually, moving in and through the geometry of a place as I draw freehand frustrates and engages me fully.”

Through the exhibition the artist hopes to share his sense of awe that he feels in nature with others: “For me, a painting is like making a poem, both an expression of a feeling and an impression of a place”.

SUPER TROUPERS (Amateur Theatre in Bolton, 2018-19)

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: The Gallery At St. George’s House
When: 17/04/2019 – 12/07/2019
Admission: Free

SUPER TROUPERS (Amateur Theatre in Bolton, 2018-19)


The Gallery at St. George’s House is happy to welcome the latest colourful exhibition by BOLTON DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY.

For decades now, Bolton has boasted one of the liveliest amateur theatre communities in Britain, a yearlong showcase for actors young and old, from stage-struck budding talents to mature established performers, along with some superb sets, stage-lighting and costumes.

This photography exhibition presents a vivid picture of a year in the life of these local theatre groups, (all members of BATS, Bolton Amateur Theatre Society).  The exhibition focuses on their dress rehearsals, capturing the fun and dedication they bring to their activities.

The BATS annual programme spans a wide theatrical range, encompassing drama (Arthur Miller, Noel Coward, Tennessee Williams, Alan Bennett), pantomime (Dick Whittington, Aladdin), musicals (Oliver, The Desert Song, Cats, Grease, The Pirates of Penzance), along with variety shows, choir recitals and orchestral concerts. It continues to be one of the sparkling highlights of Bolton’s annual calendar of entertainment and culture.

BOLTON DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY are a voluntary community arts group, who since 1995 have been creating photography exhibitions focusing on many varied aspects of life in Bolton (including Gypsies and Travellers, Homelessness, Behind the Scenes in the Octagon’s 50th Year, and many more).

The exhibition opens to the public on 17 April 2019. It is free to enter and open Monday – Friday, 9-5pm.  Ends 28 June 2019.

Exhibition funded by BOLTON OPERATIC SOCIETY TRUST (The Bolton Guild of Help) and supported by BOLTON AMATEUR THEATRE SOCIETY.

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David Winning ‘Untitled’

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: The Gallery At St. George’s House
When: 30/01/2019 – 12/04/2019
Admission: Free

The drawings and paintings in this exhibition were produced between March 2013 and February 2015, a stone’s throw from the gallery at neo:studios on Corporation Street. Artist David Winning created these works with no political nor ethical references intended, neither were there any esoteric philosophies offered to explain or support them.

“Essentially they are simply marks on a surface” Winning explains. “In this sense the exhibition can be described as a visual record of someone thrashing about in the dark, searching for nothing, an activity without purpose or consequence.”  Engagement with the media and process is far more important to the artist than the outcome.

The exhibition takes a different format than some may be used to seeing in an art gallery.  In Untitled the viewer can determine what they would like to pay for a work; selecting from three tiers or making the artist an offer.  All proceeds from the sale of these pieces will then go directly to the Alzheimer’s Society to support their critical research.

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.  “There are about twice as many women as men over 65 with Alzheimer’s disease. We don’t know the exact reasons for this.”  Alzheimer’s Society.


Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: The Gallery At St. George’s House
When: 20/10/2018 – 25/01/2019
Admission: Free

Kate Davies | Sarah Feinmann | Maggie Hargreaves | Fiona Moate
The Gallery at St. George’s House is pleased to present an ambitious new exhibition by four Greater Manchester artists; Kate Davies, Sarah Feinmann, Maggie Hargreaves and Fiona Moate.
Collage and works on paper or canvas reflect the processes at work in our environment; the ways in which nature supports life and the ways in which time and people put their mark on nature. This exhibition looks at nature itself as well as at the traces, erosions and edifices, from wheel tracks to monuments, fences to hill figures: the results of time, history and people’s interactions with their surroundings.
Each artist brings a unique focus to the exhibition: Kate Davies looks at the overlooked and insignificant parts of the worked landscape and at the tracks and traces, sticks and stones which mark the land; Sarah Feinmann’s work uses juxtapositions of used and worn scraps and fragments of paper to examine the nature of time, memory, change and erosion; Maggie Hargreaves is interested in the natural environment and how the interactions within it enable it to function as a habitat for all; and Fiona Moate makes semi abstract paintings, which incorporate landscape elements, from ancient monuments to architectural landmarks.
Exhibition continues until 10 January 2019

In her words exhibition in the age of Austerity

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: The Gallery At St. George’s House
When: 21/07/2018 – 28/09/2018
Admission: Free

The “In Her Words” exhibition is a culmination of work from two art projects ran by Breakdown Bolton exploring Women’s inner lives and the effects of Austerity on people with lived experience of mental illness.

The group sees the artwork made by the participants as a celebration of creativity and peer support, both valuable resources for us all.  The workshops were a combination of creative writing and conceptual art exploring topics such as: freedom, restraint, value, empowerment, budget cuts, politics, identity and societal roles.

The exhibition also features a celebration of the Suffragette Movement made by Drummond Street Craft and culture, Dramatic Action, Bank Top Craft Group and Xplode Magazine.

Thank you to Tesco and Bolton CVS for funding this journey.

Preview Saturday 21 July 2018 1-3pm

The Gallery St George’s House, 2 St. George’s Road, Bolton BL1 2DD.

Gallery Open: Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm. Free Admission.

Steph Shipley – City like me

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: The Gallery At St. George’s House
When: 12/05/2018 – 19/07/2018
Admission: Free


A solo exhibition of new artworks by Steph Shipley as she uncovers the secrets of Rivington Terraced Gardens on the outskirts of Bolton.

Rivington Terraced Gardens have beckoned Steph Shipley from their lofty heights since childhood.  The once luxurious country retreat of Lord Leverhulme designed and realised by him in the early 1900s is ‘a place at once empty and occupied’ now alive with local walkers and serious diggers unearthing the flagged pathways of ‘time’s relentless melt.’

Places that exude a sense of past, a public fascia and private interior; where a gap or an interval might pervade their obsolescence or revival, are a frequent source of curiosity.  Temporary sites and spaces that vanish as swiftly as they appear hold the same allure as those that accumulate time and those that forbid or restrict access or withhold clear answers in terms of their purpose or history.

Through film, projection, photography and printmaking City like me expresses notions of loss, transience and nostalgia within these sites of heterotopia or otherness.

Preview Saturday 12 May 2018 1-3pm, includes an artist’s talk at 1.30pm.

City like me is supported by Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces, in creative partnership with neo:artists.

Modus Operandi

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: The Gallery At St. George’s House
When: 03/02/2018 – 04/05/2018
Admission: Free

The Modus Operandi Exhibition will feature 15 artists, designers and photographers whom all qualified as teachers from The University of Bolton 10 years ago. This is a Re-union exhibition.

The Preview is Sat 3rd Feb 2-4pm (wine and nibbles)

There will also be a Live Poetry reading at the preview by Seamus Kelly.

Theatre Through The Lens (Behind The Scenes In The Octagon’s 50th Year)

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Venue: The Gallery At St. George’s House
When: 14/11/2017 – 26/01/2018
Admission: Free

The Gallery at St. George’s House is pleased to host an ambitious new exhibition by BOLTON DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY.

2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Bolton’s Octagon Theatre.  To celebrate its Golden Jubilee, Bolton Documentary Photography have been invited to capture in pictures all the spectacle of theatre life.

In addition to tracking professional productions though their development phase – through rehearsals, set-building, costume-making etc – the exhibition highlights, too, the Octagon’s deep roots in our local community, revealing the huge support the Theatre offers to groups and individuals of all ages – from infants to senior citizens – in projects designed to develop self-confidence and theatre skills.

All in all, this exhibition presents an absorbing glimpse into the inner workings of one of Bolton’s most prized community resources – a true cultural treasure in this, its 50th year.

Bolton Documentary Photography are a voluntary community arts group, who since 1995 have been creating photography exhibitions focussing on many different aspects of life in Bolton (inc Gypsies and Travellers, Homelessness, and many more).

The exhibition is free to enter and open Monday – Friday, 9-5pm.

Ends 10 January 2018.

The exhibition also extends across The Octagon Theatre in the Upstairs Bar Area, from 10th November to May 2018.

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