Simon Faithfull | Mishka Henner | Ma Qiusha
PREVIEW : Thursday 27th April | 6pm-8pm * (see below for free coach to Castlefield Gallery preview)
Exhibition Continues: 28th April – 2nd June
Exhibition Open: Weds-Fri | 12pm – 5pm
Guest curated by Amy Stevenson
” A strong desire to roam – an impulse to explore the world – the joy of seeking without limit ”
Taking the University of Salford’s Art Collection as its point of departure and specifically focusing on newly acquired works from both British and international artists, WANDERLUST explores the practice of three artists whose work is bound up with ideas of voyeurism, omitted context, ambiguous journeys and seeing the world from a veiled or altered perspective. Blurring genres, and straddling the space between reality and fantasy – WANDERLUST reveals our inherent desire to let our imagination ‘fill in the gaps’ whilst exposing the allure of obscurity.
WANDERLUST is a group exhibition guest curated by University of Salford alumna Amy Stevenson. It is co-commissioned by The International 3 and University of Salford Art Collection and is presented as part of University of Salford’s Graduate Scholarship Programme and its Commission to Collect Programme.
Simon Faithfull’s practice attempts to ‘understand the world as a sculptural object’ and examines how the ordinary relates to the far away and unknown. In Going Nowhere 2, 2011 Faithfull takes a cryptic walk through the landscape of the Adriatic Sea. As we watch the dreamlike journey unfold, we are left wondering where he is going and if he will ever get there. Mishka Henner’s immersive photograph weaves together satellite imagery to create detailed tapestries of America’s oil and surveillance industries, whilst revealing an unlikely painterly beauty that is perhaps contradictory to the topic. Working across media, Ma Qiusha’s minimalist works reflect upon her personal memories and life as a young female in contemporary Beijing. In Take a Walk, 2016, Ma Qiusha takes the mundane act of walking, and creates a mysterious visual riddle that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. With narrative severed from the image; a set of legs walking towards an unknown destination remains in an infinite loop of repetition. The notion of a journey or pathway is also echoed in her piece, The Fog Series, a triptych of works on paper.
Amy Stevenson is an artist and curator based in the north of England with an interest in collection management and modern and contemporary art. Upon graduating from The University of Salford’s Visual Art programme in 2015, Amy was awarded a Jerwood Creative Bursary and a University of Salford Graduate Scholarship. In August 2015 Amy joined the Collections and Exhibitions team at The Hepworth Wakefield.
*On the same evening as the preview, a solo exhibition by Andrew McDonald (who is represented by The International 3), will open at Castlefield Gallery 6pm – 8pm. Throughout the previews a free coach service will operate between The International 3 and Castlefield Gallery on a first come first served basis.
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WANDERLUST is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, supported by University of Salford Art Collection, The International 3 and The International 3 Patrons.
Andrew McDonald – a solo exhibition of new and existing animation works at Castlefield Gallery previews: Thurs 27th April (see above). Exhibition continues to 11 June 2017. More information can be found here
Louise Giovanelli – a solo exhibition of new work, ‘A throw to the side’ at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery previews Friday 5th May 6pm – 8pm. Exhibition continues 6th May – 15 July 2017. More information from here . Louise Giovanelli has also been awarded a Fenton Arts Trust Early Career Residency at Cove Park, Scotland for September 2017 and a residency at Griffin Gallery, London for June 2017.
Stuart Edmundson – a solo exhibition of new work, ‘Tomorrow we will wake & shine in a bright new world’, Private View: Saturday 6th May 2pm – 4pm at Studio 2, Robinwood Mill, Burnley Road, Todmorden, OL14 8JA
Sean Penlington – a Q&A with the artist has been published online by Three Works. The Q&A can be accessed here
Brass Art – are one of ten artists to have been awarded an Arts & Heritage Meeting Point 2 commission. Brass Art will work in partnership with Chetham’s Library, Manchester. More information to follow.
Hannah Dargavel-Leafe – is participating in THE SMALL PRESS PROJECT at UCL, London on 27th April 2017.
Maeve Rendle – a new text has been commissioned by The International 3 to mark the first public performance of I Remember All at Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston on 5th April 2017. The text is written by Amy Botfield and can be found here
Opportunity: Writing Residency Programme : Deadline – 5pm Friday 21st April 2017. The International 3 is working in partnership with Castlefield Gallery and Corridor 8 to support a writing residency programme. More information here