Last week we had to make a sudden move from our retail unit 6 which we held since Dec 2010. Within three days we shifted the whole lot over to our new home in unit 20 (formerly Bonmarché). The new space is much better, we even have street windows towards Yorkshire Street. But this space is only a temporary arrangement to continue our current exhibition:
by Abraham Emajaro
until the 7th October 2012. What will happen afterwards, we don’t know yet. We might have to take a gallery sabbatical to find a new long term solution. We are working on it and keep you posted.
In the meantime keep on coming to see Abraham’s great show. The new location is illustrated below.
1st September – 7th October 2012
Opening: Saturday 1st September, 1pm
Sculptures, Box Constructions, Assemblages and Photographs
Abraham Emajaro, born in Bradford Yorkshire, is a self taught Multimedia Artist whose array of work includes the exploration of the subconscious and the hidden recesses of the mind, such as the hidden symbolism within dreams. His work draws inspiration from the works of C.G.Jung’s, ‘On the Nature of Dreams’ and Freud’s ‘The Interpretation of Dreams’.
His idea of employing materials he has found on travels, is an eclectic mix of domestic and commercial junk of everyday life, and has become and all consuming passion.
EAT THEATRE & BELLYFEEL in association with Hive Projects present
A play by Cathy Crabb
With Neil Bell and Daniel Street Brown
At the Flying Horse Hotel in Rochdale
Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September
The Bubbler is centred on Peter, the manager of Cash Generator (played by Neil Bell), who is an ex-bank worker now fallen from grace. He’s loosely based on Satan from John Milton’s Paradise Lost… and the famous Satan line `Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven’, has been remodelled to `Better to be the manager of Cash Generator than serve on the counter at NatWest’…
How Does Your Garden Grow
Glennis Brierley, Christine Clarke, Louise Day and Noreen White
Opening: Saturday 4th August. 1.30 – 3.30pm
Exhibition continues: 7th August – 16th September 2012
Textiles by ImagEngine inspired by gardens and natural forms.
A common thread which often links ImagEngine’s work is the theme of gardens. In this exhibition the artists have each responded to this theme through the medium of textiles. They have incorporated themes of transformation and change; people’s relationships with their gardens; beauty and growth, fruition and decay: with aesthetic qualities of structure, line, shape, colour and texture.
Halifax, HX3 6HG
Tuesday – Saturday and Bank Holidays, 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-4pm.
Annual Exhibition – Rochdale Photographic Society
plus Seeing Castleton – Barry Hobson
28th July – 26th August 2012
With just under 100 mounted prints and 200 digital images, it represents the largest entry for an annual exhibition held in the Photographic Society’s 112 year history.
Barry Hobson’s current work, taken during these five years of exploration, captures buildings, nature growing and local people doing things in Castleton, an urban village on the road from Rochdale to Manchester.
In the Basement
28th July – 26th August 2012
Artists’ books, zines and scenic boxes
New Ghosts was a ten-week art project at Falinge Park High School, Rochdale, led by Cartwheel Arts. Artists worked with Year 7 students to invent imaginary legends and ghost stories inspired by local Rochdale history.
The Alleyway to be transformed by art.
OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Fri 1st – Tue 5th June 2012
Whalley Range ~ Manchester
On this Spring Bank Holiday weekend the above alleyway will be transformed into the Allery Gallery. In other words: An Open Air Pop Up Gallery. The event is the brainchild of Michael Mayhew who has his This-Is-Art studio at the alleyway and who is also the event coordinator. Also two Hive Project Directors (Emrys Morgan and Klaus-dieter Michel) live just around the corner.
This is an opportunity for all contemporary artists from the wider Greater Manchester area to exhibit and even sell your artwork. Any money you earn this way is yours. All there is is an entry fee of £25. At night your work will be securely stored in Michael’s studio space.
Deadline for Submissions ~ May 15th 2012.
It would be ideal if you are present during those days.
Now I hand over to Michael to speak for himself:
The Allery Gallery is a made in art event working in partnership with local residents and businesses.
The Allery Gallery invites artists from any discipline to transforms an alleyway into an exhibition of life & living.
The Allery Gallery is a reflection of contemporary art and culture, it reflects the idiosyncratic character of an urban environment located on the edge of Manchester city center.As part of this transformational moment
The identity of the alleyway is that of a liminal location -
a moment between two places
a moment in between
the world may change.
The alleyway is a popular shortcut for local residents and connects Upper Chorlton Road with residential areas. Over the years that I’m living here the particular section of Upper Chorlton Road has developed into a social hotspot with pubs, bars and cafes. To celebrate this these places are involved with a series of complimentary moments …
10 Second Film Festival
Films About Place
Workshops & Talks
Bars / Cafes / Events Programe
Big Red Bus
Here you can find more information:
Let’s celebrate! After having under this address for nearly a year a quite embarrassing “Under Construction” presence we finally did it. Our new virtual baby, a newborn website is up.
The site is based on WordPress (thanks a lot for their efforts) and then streamlined with a cohort of plug-ins and script modifications to the state it is in now.
We also hope that this becomes a platform to get in contact with more people interested either in setting up an exhibition in the Hive Gallery or generally like to support and help. There are contact forms available on the Gallery and Contact page.
In case you are wondering why the Vision page is still empty, work is in progress to express here our ideas of a wonderful future of arts in the context of local and regional communities. We try to get this to you without using the usual blurb jargon. It’s a delicate task which hasn’t been finished yet.
Please stay tuned in.
… gonna be all right – a review
In the early 70s I read a magazine article on Joseph Beuys and his family at home. While everybody was watching Star Trek on the telly the author got quizzed over the riddle whether the household’s fridge was genuinely a fridge rather than being an art object of some kind disguised as a fridge.
This memory flash-backed to me yesterday when hoovering the carpet in the Hive Gallery. Steering the machine between the objects of Everything’s Great, an art installation, the same puzzling question seemed appropriate. Does the cleaner or at least the object in question, the hoover, belong to the art work rather than being a mundane cleaning appliance plus operator?
Everything’s Great, an artistic project by Manchester-based artists Jennifer McDonald, Louise Woodcock, Helen Shanahan and Gary Fisher and on show at the Hive Gallery, is a faraway throw from being easily recognized as art.
There are no framed pictures, no sculptures as such or any other typical exhibits confirming this as a fine art show. Instead there are cuddly toys, shiny geese, childish dolls dressed like Tadzio’s sisters in Visconti’s Death in Venice and three life-size reindeers with glittery hoofs in an ambiguous figuration. There’s even something that resembles a pile of animal poo which makes kids shiver.
The installation as a whole has the appearance of a stage set or a mise-en-scène without actors, built into a spacious retail unit. As the Hive Gallery is located in a shopping centre and surrounded by a variety of retail shops the artist’s intention may have been to mimic a shop ambient. Though, it looks more like a fairytale gone sour when one inspects the details more closely. I saw centre customers standing on the door step and staring into the installation and probably asking themselves what the heck am I looking at.
Helen Shanahan used the term Retail Therapy to describe the approach. Certainly the artists had in mind to reflect the doomy economic, social and cultural cloud waffling over consumerist places like this with a playful counter reaction. Shop closures all over the place are a vigorous reminder of what is going on. Those first grade retailers are increasingly replaced by pound shops, charity shops and pawnbrokers. In that sense the artists ironically used a cheesy style parody in their invite text for the opening:
Super fun! Cash in hand! Mega discounts! Crazy bargain insane prices! Sexy, fun deals! Super sale bargains! Mega 50% super insane, craz…y sale!
WIN WIN WIN!!!
And Bob Marley echoes over the centre’s sound system: Don’t worry about a thing, … Cause every little thing gonna be all right!
But certainly there’s more to it. Looking closely one discovers a deeper level of disturbance. There’s a vile kinkiness to it all. A teddy hanging from the ceiling fashions a black face mask. A cuddly toy fox sports its copulative organ, erected. A lion in a submissive position with deep red open lips. A toilet frame with a colourful, waxy output on its bottom containing wasps, hair and a sink’s plug.
These slightly transgressive parts are accompanied by other expressive elements like three shiny, hanging geese representing three historic English respectively British queens. Or the infinitive tape loop sound installation from Gary Fisher playing “I remember …” again and again.
Actually these parts represent more significantly the materials and subject matters the four artists are usually working with. For this exhibition these former artistic styles got coupled with a shop-like outlet which at first appears like toy store – just on a first glance, though.
Everything’s Great was on show from the 28th January until 4th March 2012.
A special exhibition page with more photos can be found here.