NEWS: From Rogue Artist’s Studios


    Welcome to our Rogue Artists’ Studios May Newsletter. April has been a busy month with visits to our studio complex, including a visit last week from Alistair Hudson, the Director of Manchester Art Gallery and The Whitworth. We have also been planning our new project space in the ground floor former Assembly Hall, and the future redevelopment of the caretaker’s cottage as overnight accommodation for resident artists.

    This May sees Rogue artist Magnus Quaife open a solo exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale and collective Brass Art host an ‘In Conversation’ event with Castlefield Gallery Director, Helen Wewiora at Bury Art Museum. Rogue artists are featured in group exhibitions in C.R McBerny in Berlin, Gallery One at The World of Glass in St Helens, Prism Contemporary in Blackburn and Time Tunnel Festival, Liverpool. All exhibition details are below, we hope you can visit one or all of these shows over the coming month.


    Saturday 12 May, 2pm 

    Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, Moss St, Bury, BL9 0DR

    Free – With guided tour of the exhibition Brass Art: that-which-is-not, and an opportunity for Q&A. Brass Art: that-which-is-not, continues until 2nd June 

    To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Irwell Sculpture Trail, Brass Art revisit a miniature C16th bone and ivory pagoda from Bury Museum’s collection, and return to sites of significance in their collaborative practice. The pagoda sits at the heart of the exhibition, as the centrepiece of Still Life No.2, a rotating, immersive shadow play in which the artists’ own 3D printed bodies are brought to life.

    For a preview of the exhibition, please view this short video


    4 May – 30 June 2018. Gallery Four. Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm

    Wakes Day Event: Saturday 26th May 2018, 12- 4pm, FREE, No Booking required

    Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ

    A food riot in 18th century Manchester meets the iconic, near revolution of Paris 1968 in Manchester based artist, Magnus Quaife’s newly-commissioned, multidimensional voyage into civil disobedience, language and unsung folk heroes.

    Quaife draws first on the legend of oft-forgotten Milnrow schoolmaster John Collier, known by the pseudonym, Tim Bobbin. A self-anointed ‘Hogarth of the North’, Collier’s work as a self-tutored writer, painter and caricaturist recorded the darker side of provincial life in the 18th century in a distinct Lancashire dialect, including ‘the Shudehill fight’ in Manchester during November 1757.

    Working in foil-lined insulation board, a material more often reserved for construction projects, Quaife revives imagery of the 1968 Paris student uprisings during the 50th anniversary of those events, referring to classic poster designs to find contemporary equivalence to the grotesque characters, humour and cynicism found in Colliers work, while considering where truth and myth lies in collective cultural and political memory. More Information here.

    Wakes Day Event – 26th May 2018, 12-4pm. Celebrate this traditional holiday tradition with folk and Morris dance performances, live music, family art and craft workshops, storytelling, a heritage walking trail and explore Lancashire dialect poetry. Also available on the day will be a small selection of guest beers for sale and traditional fayre served in the Art Café.

    TIME TUNNEL LAUNCH EVENT curated by John Hyatt
    Thursday 10th May, 6.30pm
    The Tapestry Gallery, 68 Kempston St, Liverpool, L3 8ET

    Magnus Quaife is exhibiting work in the exhibition and festival Time Tunnel, curated by John Hyatt. Join them on the Thursday 10th May at 6.30pm, when all venues and street exhibits open across the Fabric District. For more information, visit the website.

    C. R. MCBERNY 

    Exhibition by appointment from Sunday 29 April to 13 May 2018
    Zwinglistrasse 4, 10555 Berlin, Germany

    Rogue artists Ian Hartshorne and Magnus Quaife are exhibiting in C.R.McBerny, organised by Andrew Hunt and Veit Laurent Kurz

    C. R. McBerny is a new annual collaborative project held each year in Berlin, New York City and Manchester, which explores how contemporary painting, performance and writing might produce overtly emotional and demonstrative forms of discourse between intimate communities of artists and writers in Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom.
    For the first edition, discrete objects and texts have been produced with a relaxed, informal, easy aestheticism in mind, one conducive to the warm non-institutional semi-domestic nature of each venue.
    During 2018, performances, lectures, workshops and concerts will be included in C. R. McBerny’s activities, while a publication will be launched in December, co-produced by Hacienda Books (Zurich) / Slimvolume (London), and distributed worldwide by Cornerhouse Publications (Manchester).

    Saturday 12th May – Friday 29th June 2018
    Gallery One, The World of Glass
    Chalon Way East
    St. Helens
    WA10 1BX

    SIZE matters – An Exhibition of Small Artworks

    Rogue artists Jen Orpin and Sarah Feinmann are exhibiting in ‘SIZE matters’ at Gallery One, World of Glass. ‘SIZE matters’ is a contrary response to the seemingly ubiquitous phrase, ‘Size doesn’t matter’. In our upcoming exhibition, we aim to explore the beauty and intricacy of the very small in works of art.
    Miniature Art has a long history that dates back to the medieval scribes and an often-used definition would be that it should fit on the palm of your hand – usually less than 100 square centimetres.

    25th May- 8th June

    Prism Contemporary, 20 Lord Street West, Blackburn
    BB2 1JX 

    Lucy Ridges is showing work in a group exhibition called the ‘The Body up North’; an exhibition of artists who use the human form.

    Lucy Ridges’ next Photography Workshop is on 27th May 2018 at Rogue Artists’ Studios.  Lucy also runs one-to-one photography teaching in lighting, portraiture, product photography and photo editing. For more information, visit her website.

    Friday 22nd June 
    School of Art, Design and Architecture, Queensgate Campus
    University of Huddersfield

    Rogue artist and PhD candidate Katy Suggitt together with Yorkshire Sculpture Park Curator /anthropology researcher Claire Booth are leading a workshop on consumption, as part of the Climate Change Conference at the University of Huddersfield, with a focus on our use of plastic and its effects.  There will be four speakers in the morning including Leeds based interactive artists Invisible Flock. Further information can be found here.

    Please note the deadline for interest has been extended from the 27th April – please contact Katy if you would like any further information or an informal chat about the day –

    STEVE OLIVER ‘The Blue of Distance V_1’ 2018

    A chance to see and purchase a new video by Rogue artist Steve Oliver made recently in Iceland, then fired at a sufficiently confused computer algorithm back in the UK. This is part of Sedition’s 24hr private view model, prior to the digital edition artwork going public. To view visit this link.


    Read Rogue artist James Mathews-Hiskett’s reviews of Manchester exhibitions in Corridor 8 and Creative Tourist below:

    ‘Machines will watch us die’, Holden Gallery, Creative Tourist here

    ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, Islington Mill, Corridor 8 here