Launch Pad: An Exchange of Sorts
Castlefield Gallery

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Thu 16/11/2017 from 18h00 to 20h00/strike>

Castlefield Gallery
2 Hewitt Street
M15 4GB Manchester
United Kingdom
For everything that is received, something must be given in return.
Castlefield Gallery is pleased to present its next Launch Pad exhibition An Exchange of Sorts, curated by CG Associates member Will Marshall. The exhibition was selected Dr Michael Birchall, Senior Lecturer in Exhibition Studies at Liverpool John Moores University and Curator of Public Practice at Tate Liverpool, and Castlefield Gallery’s Curator Matthew Pendergast, from submissions by CG Associates. The exhibition will include work by Connor Brazier, Robyn Nichol, Sid & Jim, Emily Simpson, and
An Exchange of Sorts presents new work made in response to Marshall’s invitation to consider the concept of ‘exchange’, particularly in relation to the production and exhibiting of art. The five artists were asked to look at the various elements involved in ‘exchanges’, such as money, materials, time, art, exposure, favours and labour.
All the work in the show will be on sale to purchase, however none will be available for money. Instead the artists have chosen other tradable currencies, which they feel represents a fair exchange for an original artwork. This could be a house, a horse or a cheese pasty.
Sid and Jim are multi-disciplinary artists, producing interventions, installations and performances. Their work often presents itself as a seemingly simple concept, but is always the result of a careful process of research, offering satirical and humorous critique on their subject matter. Connor Brazier’s work offers cynical reflections on society, culture and commodity, questioning how the internet and the proliferation of visual imagery, affects cultural exchange. Robyn Nichol works predominantly with textiles, exploring ideas of ‘Yorkshireness’ and heritage, using nostalgia to make bittersweet commentary on the commodification of contemporary art.
Emily Simpson has developed a post-internet style satire of 90s nostalgia culture to explore how gaps between past and present are shrinking. She deals with the uncertainty of a constantly shifting cultural landscape, and how as a society we react and interact with the world. Art collective are named after disgraced Italian telesales presenter Wanna Marchi who was imprisoned for fraud:
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Exhibition Dates: 17-26 November 2017
Launch Pads are short exhibitions or performances that punctuate Castlefield Gallery’s main curated programme providing artists, writers and independent curators with the opportunity to use the gallery as a test bed for the production, display and consumption of contemporary art. Launch Pads feature emerging talent selected from CG Associate members’ proposals. For more information about CG Associates visit
Castlefield Gallery Founded in 1984, Castlefield Gallery is a Manchester based gallery, agency and charity. The gallery has an established track record for developing artistic talent, and leading agendas to further contemporary visual arts practice in the North of England and beyond. The organisation’s curated exhibitions and commissions programme promotes artists at key stages of their careers, focusing its national and international work on artist exchange. Beyond the main gallery Castlefield Gallery provide New Art Spaces; pop-up project and production spaces for artists and creatives across Greater Manchester and the region, whilst also curating and producing work off-site, including art in the public realm.
Castlefield Gallery was Highly Commended in the ‘Gallery of the Year’ category at the 2017 Northern Soul Awards, it has been named one of Manchester's Top 5 Accessible Tourist Attractions by Euan's Guide, and as one of 21 small charities doing 'inspirational things' in Manchester by I Love Manchester.

Castlefield Gallery | Agency is part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, a Manchester City Council Cultural Partner. Additionally, in July 2016 it secured funding from Arts Council England’s Catalyst: Evolve fund, a new initiative from Arts Council England that aims to support arts organisations to grow private giving and build resilience. Money raised from new sources will be matched by the Arts Council via the fund over a period of three years, up to August 2019.
Additional thanks to, Soup Kitchen, GF Smith, and Fred Aldous for their continued support.

Image: Connor Brazier, Superpowerless, 2017