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Workshop: In Her Own Words

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Workshop: In Her Own Words

Open to women with lived experience of mental illness, In Her Words explores freedom, gender stereotypes and dinner parties through the mediums of creative writing and sculpture.

Places are limited so please get in touch at breakdownbolton@outlook.com

Breakdown Bolton is a peer- led organisation that runs high quality arts projects and often works with stigmatised groups. We are passionate about breaking down the barriers and challenging the stigma that our clients face, both internalised and societal. We also raise awareness of mental health issues and tackle problems such as social exclusion.

 


Modus Operandi Opening Day, 2-4pm

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Modus Operandi Opening Day, 2-4pm

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.

The exhibition will run until the 14th April.


Opening Night 6-8pm: Theatre Through The Lens (Behind The Scenes In The Octagon’s 50th Year)

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Opening Night 6-8pm: Theatre Through The Lens (Behind The Scenes In The Octagon’s 50th Year)

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


Janet Brady: Wild opens in Bolton

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Janet Brady: Wild opens in Bolton

WILD
Janet Brady

The Gallery at St. George’s House is pleased to present an ambitious new solo exhibition by Janet Brady.

Based in North Manchester, Janet is a fine art painter and printmaker who explores the textures, pathways and colours of our landscape.

After many years teaching herself the basics of drawing and painting, Janet enrolled on several inspiring courses with artists Hazel Campbell, Lee Crocker and Steve Walton. Following this, it was the artist David Tress who ‘knocked me sideways, by the strength of feeling in his painting’.  Janet was already painting with vigour, but Tress’ advice and encouragement propelled her greatly.

Janet fell in love with printmaking from the celebrated printmaker Peter Wray.  He inspired her to develop a striking signature style, which includes building collagraph plates from found objects, hinting at allotments, terrains and flora.

Having attended the Slade School of Fine Art for ‘The Expanded Field of Drawing’ short course earlier this year, Janet returned to London this Summer for an extended term. Janet says of her time at the world-renowned art school; ‘ It has been mind-blowing. There I realised how direct experience really is the key for me – as well as ideas and technique.’

Moving between painting and contemporary printmaking, this exhibition marks the stages of Janet’s artistic journey and anticipates what’s next for this exciting artist.

WILD opens to the public on Wednesday 6 September.
The gallery space is free to visit and open to the public Mondays – Fridays 9-5pm.


John Bentley: Project 22 opening night 6-8pm

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

John Bentley: Project 22 opening night 6-8pm

Project 22
Thursday 6 July, 6-8pm
The Gallery At St. George’s House
2 St. George’s Road
Bolton
BL1 2EN
The Gallery at St. George’s House is pleased to present an ambitious new project by local artist John Bentley.
This exciting photography project began earlier this year with aim to capture 2222 portraits of people that live, work or play, in and around Bolton.
After several months of hard work, meeting an array of wonderful individuals,  John will present over 222 of these stunning portraits in an exhibition cascading through the gallery and residency space.  Through his work John aims to  ‘capture a moment and capture your heart’.
The exhibition will launch as part of ManifestArts17 Bolton weekend, which sees a number of arts venues open their doors across the town.
Over the festival we will be open 6 July (6-8pm), 7 July (9am-5pm) & 8 July (10am-2pm).
The gallery space will then be open to the public Mondays – Fridays 9-5pm until 4 September 2017.  Please note to the residency space will only be open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays between 10-2pm, or via prior appointment.
We hope you can join us as we celebrate this new exhibition in Bolton.
For more information on the why the number 22 has been a driving influence in the project visit Project 22

Jen Orpin PV ‘Highs & Lows: A West Highland Fling’

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Jen Orpin PV  'Highs & Lows: A West Highland Fling'

Jen Orpin

Highs & Lows: A West Highland Fling (Winter 2016 – Winter 2017)

Private View Thursday 27 April, 5-7pm

The Gallery at St. George’s House is pleased to present a new solo exhibition by Jen Orpin.

Highs & Lows: A West Highland Fling (Winter 2016 – Winter 2017) represents an ongoing emotional investigation for the Manchester artist.  It was in the ancient grandeur of the Scottish mountains that Orpin first found perspective after the death of her father.  The lochs offered stillness and the waterfalls a reassuring predictability.  The paintings presented in this show reflect and respond to a longing for a sense of permanence.

We hope you can join us as we open this new exhibition in Bolton on Thursday 27 April, 5-7pm. All welcome.

About the artist

Jen Orpin graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1996 with a degree in Fine Art. She joined Rogue Artist Studios, Manchester in 1999 and has been painting from her studio there ever since. As well as exhibiting in various galleries, her work has been accepted into several North West Open Art exhibitions, one of which awarded her second prize and another a commendation.  Her paintings have also featured in the last three series of BBC1 drama, Last Tango in Halifax and Russell T. Davies’ Queer as Folk.

www.jenorpinpaintings.co.uk


(Re)allotted PV, 5-7pm

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

(Re)allotted PV, 5-7pm

(Re)allotted

Janet Brady | Ros Davis | Dorothy Ellin | Jennifer Gilmour | Maggie Hargreaves | David Jackson | Margaret Jackson | Rob Jackson | Kevin Shipley | Steph Shipley | Susan Syddall

You are cordially invited to the opening of a new exhibition at St. Georges House.

‘(Re)allotted’ is Slugsoc’s second exhibition, it combines previous work with brand new pieces all centring on the group’s fascination with allotments, bee-keeping and local food growing, and the people who inhabit these worlds.

The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints, textiles, photography and written pieces.

Slugsoc is a group of Bolton-based artists and writers. ‘(Re)allotted’ is the logical development of ‘Allotted 2016’ which they presented in August last year.

The gallery welcomes you to join us in celebrating the exhibition in Bolton on Thursday 2nd February, 5-7pm.

For more information on the Allotted project visit: http://allotted2016.blogspot.co.uk


Artist In Residence

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Artist In Residence

Artist Residency News!!

Welcoming Jenny Drinkwater

A key objective of the Python galleries is to provide a platform for local artists and support emerging talents. With this in mind, we have recently initiated new residency spaces within the building.

The space is given to a local artist, free of charge, for three-six months, during which time they can reflect on their practice and develop new work.

Following on from Tracy Fenton’s residency, we are happy to welcome our new artist Jenny Drinkwater.

Jenny plans to create a walk-in, manufactured landscape based on my experiences of the urban and natural colliding together. “I will work in the space in an exciting, unorthodox manner so the environment I create is big and expressive, both abstract and representational at the same time.”

Stay tuned to see how this project develops!


Markmakers: Landmarks & Boundaries PV

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

Markmakers: Landmarks & Boundaries PV

Borders between and Landmarks within:

Real and Imagined | Obvious and Ambiguous | Descriptive and Surreal

Landmarks & Boundaries is the latest project from Markmakers; Halton’s contemporary art collective, and is inspired by the artists’ geographical location of living near to the coastlines of North West England and Wales, and their individual experiences, knowledge of tides, islands, pathways, histories, folklore and rites of passage.

Crossings at high tide, clothes as signifiers of personal boundaries, migration and the experience of moving through the physical landscape are among the subjects explored with media ranging widely from paint and print to sculpture, textiles and installation.

Join the artists for their opening reception on Saturday 26 November, 1-3pm all welcome, refreshments will be served.

About Markmakers

Markmakers is a collective of practising artists, working in and around the borough of Halton, in England’s North West, who have been exhibiting and working together since 2002. Meeting monthly for network opportunities and to discuss future developments in their artwork, the group also lead workshops and promote the visual arts. Working in a wide variety of fields, including drawing, print, painting, sculpture, textiles and installation, the artists have developed many exhibitions together at venues including the Brindley Arts Centre – Runcorn, Liverpool’s Albert Dock, Castle Park Arts Centre – Frodsham, Birkenhead Park and Warrington Museum and Art Gallery.

Members of the group have exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally with artists involved in national touring exhibitions and international residencies and have won a number of prizes including open art competitions, regional cultural awards and all continue to explore ideas and ways of making work in a contemporary context.

Originally the group formed from a previous collective and began to develop with the support of Halton’s visual arts development officer Louise Hesketh, who continues to support Markmakers as part of her remit in developing the visual arts in the borough.

www.markmakers-artists.co.uk


Creative Industry Trafford: Curator Development Talk

Posted on: November 17th, 2020 by admin

 Creative Industry Trafford: Curator Development Talk

Creative Industry Trafford
Curator Development Talk
24 Nov 2016, 6:30- 9:00pm
FREE

This panel discussion looks at the role of the curator, an essential but sometimes overlooked role within the visual arts. The expert speakers examine how curators can develop their  careers, as well as looking at the role of a curator in working alongside artists and galleries to devise a show.

Featuring Kwong Lee, director of Castlefield Gallery and Thomas Dukes, curator at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool. This event is delivered in partnership with Business Bolton.

For more info and to book tickets click here


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