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“End of an Era”: Saatchi to Sell Tracey Emin’s Iconic Bed - by Ashitha Nagesh

Arguably one of the most controversial works in contemporary art history, Tracey Emin’s My Bed (1998) caused outrage when it was first shown in the 1999 Turner Prize exhibition.

 

Then, in 2000, the iconic installation was bought by Charles Saatchi – the most prolific collector and champion of the Young British Artists at the time. It has been in Saatchi’s collection since.

 

However the piece is now set to go under the hammer at Christie’s this summer, as Saatchi has decided to sell it. Further, it is expected to go for a steal, carrying a significantly low estimate of £800,000 to £1.2m.

 

Emin’s real unmade bed, complete with soiled sheets, empty vodka bottles, cigarette butts and discarded underwear, was originally sold for £150,000.At the time this was an incredibly high price tag, but is just over one-tenth of its current estimate.

 

David Maupin, Emin’s dealer in New York who sold the bed to Saatchi in 2000, said he thinks Christies’ estimate is too low for such an important work.

 

“It’s historic,” he added. “It’s priceless.”

 

Emin created the work in her Waterloo flat in 1998, after she had suffered a period of severe depression accompanied by excessive drinking and casual sex.

 

The artist told The Telegraph that the sale feels “like the end of an era. Saatchi’s had this nineties thing in his house like a time capsule.

 

“Now it’s historical.”

 

However, she added that the piece – often categorised as a self-portrait – felt firmly set in her past.

 

“I mean, I don’t smoke anymore, and I don’t think people see it as shocking anymore either.”

 

Proceeds from the sale will go towards supporting the Saatchi Gallery’s policy of free entry to exhibitions and free education programme for schools.


Written by Ashitha Nagesh


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UK Ships Put on Artist-Designed War Paint for WWI Centenary Celebrations

Art is sometimes used for the most unexpected things! - http://news.artnet.com/in-brief/uk-ships-put-on-artist-designed-war-paint-for-wwi-centenary-celebrations-25356

A great blog by Art Net news....

Two war ship will be adorned with artist-designed dazzle paintings to celebrate the centenary of the First World War.

These bright geometric patterns, also known as “dazzle camouflage,” were initially conceived by John Graham Kerr, who introduced them to the then First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill. This was a radical innovation in the art of camouflage: rather than trying to hide, these patterns were optically disturbing the ships’ appearance, making it difficult for enemy submarines to calculate their trajectory. After the war, dazzle camouflage was heavily promoted by marine painter Norman Wilkinson, who is now often credited for their invention.

In Liverpool, the Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez will create dazzle camouflage for the pilot ship Edmund Gardner, located at the Dry Dock near the Albert Dock. Presented as part of the Liverpool Biennial, the design will be unveiled on June 12, 2014. This will be followed on July 9 by the inauguration of Tobias Rehberger’s take on the optic camouflage—a longtime favorite motif within his practice—for HMS President, which served as a Dazzle Ship during WWI.


Call for fairness

Marburae Art Gallery believes in equality for artists, especially when working with funded spaces. Why should the artist lose out?

This great article in Arts Professional echos exactly what we think! - click here for the link or continue reading below! http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/campaign-calls-fair-pay-visual-artists

Relationships between artists and Britain’s publicly-funded galleries are at breaking point, according to a-n the artists’ advocacy and information organisation, which has discovered that more than 70% of artists are not paid for contributing their work to publicly-funded exhibitions. A survey of more than 1,000 artists, ranging from recent graduates to those shortlisted for the Turner Prize, found 63% have turned down offers from galleries to exhibit their work because they can’t afford to work for nothing. More than half report not even being paid expenses.

 

A new campaign, ‘Paying Artists’, is being spearheaded by a-n’s membership group, Artists Interaction and Representation (AIR), to persuade Government and strategic arts agencies to issue national policy guidelines and set minimum pay levels. The campaign is also calling for galleries to adopt transparent policies on artists’ pay; funding bodies to write pay policy into funding agreements; and Government to initiate a national review of the contribution of visual arts to the UK economy and communities, the role visual artists play in the economy and in their communities, and the impact of no or low pay on artists livelihoods and wellbeing. It will also provide support for artists to make the case for payment themselves.

 

Seeing Britain’s publicly-funded galleries as being “in danger of cutting the pipeline of talent and destroying an international reputation for innovation and diversity which has taken decades to build”, a-n Director Susan Jones said: “The research shows that the practice of not paying artists is deeply entrenched in gallery culture and presents a worrying trend in publicly-funded exhibitions… Unless we start valuing the artist as well as the art, in future galleries will only be showing work by the privileged few who can afford to work for nothing.”

 

a-n’s research, conducted from among the 18,000 members of AIR, reveals that artists have suffered a drop in real income over the past few years and now earn an average of just £10,000: 57% now generate less than a quarter of their income from their artistic practice. Galleries have been relying on artists accepting mainly non-financial benefits from exhibiting, such as support from gallery staff and exposure to new audiences, leaving many artists questioning the sustainability of their artistic work. Artist Justin McKeown, Head of Fine Art and Computer Science at York St John University, sees part of the problem as stemming from artists undervaluing their own work. He said: "The most political thing any politically conscious artist can do is make sure they and any others associated with art’s production and dissemination are fairly paid so that we can sustain cultural production in the future. One of the main problems is that artists themselves undervalue their labour. Most arts education in the UK does not include discussion of finance beyond telling people how to pay their taxes."

 

Although some galleries have fallen into the trap of relying on unpaid labour, others are as keen as artists to see this practice end. Emily Pethick, Director of The Showroom, a publicly-funded London gallery which commissions four shows a year and pays each artist an average fee of £2k, said: “It’s really important to make this issue of the artists’ economy visible. There is a lot of cultural production in this country but the people who are paid least within it are the artists. It really does need a big rethink.” Liz Whitehead, Co-Director of Brighton-based gallery Fabrica, said: “Not paying artists is not an option because it wouldn’t deliver quality projects, and it would be immoral because it wouldn’t pay the person who makes the creative content.”

 

In the run-up to the campaign launch, Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England (ACE), has tweeted ACE’s support for the Paying Artists campaign, and Peter Heslip, ACE’s Director of Visual Arts, has endorsed this, saying that ACE: “…welcomes an open conversation on the challenges faced by the sector, and what more can be done.” In its guidance to applicants for National Portfolio Organisation status, ACE states: “We require organisations receiving funding from Arts Council England to ensure that salaries, fees and subsistence arrangements are as good as or better than those agreed by any relevant trade unions and employers’ associations… Applicants for National portfolio funding should make sure they can provide proper and fair payments to artists they will be working with when considering their budget… We will not support applications from organisations that use artists’ time donated as in-kind support.” Creative Scotland is also supportive of the campaign, which reflects the pledge made in its 10-year plan to encourage “better levels of remuneration for artists, in order to ensure that Scotland is a country where they can live and work and that their contribution to all or lives is recognised.” A spokesperson told AP: “Voluntary positions do have an important role to play and can often present genuine opportunities for people to gain valuable experience in the art, screen and creative industries, to learn and to make a contribution on their own terms. In parallel to this, we will be working to encourage the organisations that we fund to develop clear policies around volunteering and to ensure that trained, practising artists and creative practitioners are always paid fairly.”

 


Upcoming exhibition | Influence

Giant felt spray cans, visually bold and graphic illustrations looking at sexuality and a site specific projection influenced by William Morris’ pattern work. ‘Influence’ is set to be one of the most anticipated art exhibitions of the summer.

London based artist Lucy Sparrow, Polish born artist Marcelina Amelia and British Artist Kate Lynch will transform the gallery and the intersection between art and craft is explored within ‘Influence’ and is epitomised with Lucy Sparrow’s work. Lucy sets the agenda for textiles within the urban art scene and her felt giant spray cans epitomise this and steal the show wherever they are exhibited!

Lucy’s work has been shown alongside Banksy in the ‘Urban Art Takeover’ and the Victoria and Albert museums touring art show ‘ Urban Art Show’

 In stark contrast to the bright, bold, felt work our influence exhibition also features the delicate experimental print work and site-specific projection inspired by William Morris and created by Artist Kate Lynch. For those of you, like us, who long over William Morris’ pattern work then this is an exhibition not to be missed!

Our third and final artist is Marcelina Amelia, Polish born and London based. Her illustrations draw together the urban and funkiness of Lucy’s work with the delicate line work of Kate Lynch’s pattern work. Her work consists of glorious bold illustrations that look at sexuality and relationships in a style that is inspired by German Expressionists Ernest Ludwig Kirchner and Egon Schiele.

Marburae Gallery is choosing to showcase 3 outstanding artists for ‘Influence’, in a twist to their usual exhibitions of 12 artists. This is in order to allow each artist space to showcase large projects that draw the viewer closer to the artist and their way of working.

The big opening for the exhibition will take place at Marburae Art Gallery at 7.30pm - 9.00pm on 5th June 2014. The exhibition will run from 5th June 2014 – 26th July 2014. For more information please visit www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk or follow the gallery on Twitter @artinmacc.

Marburae Art Gallery is a new space in Macclesfield dedicated to national and international contemporary visual Arts.

Upcoming exhibition | Image Conscious photography exhibition

Marburae Gallery's photography exhibitions are always a big hit in Cheshire and the Gallery is proud to present a cutting edge contemporary photography for the first exhibition of the New Year.  Bringing together 14 of the most innovative photographers from across the country with wild subject matter and techniques.

Image Conscious, is an exhibition focused solely on the art of Photography. It brings work from local and national photographers working in both traditional and contemporary photography methods.  The exhibition hosts a variety of themes, some tongue in cheek for example Mocksim's 'Mini Solo' based on couriers signing for deliveries and Natalie Whithurst's playful layering in her series of works 'Into the Night' based upon children's dreams.

For those who love the nostalgic we have the stunning black and white works of Marc Byram, scenes of yesteryear Blackpool and the glorious  deep black and white cityscapes and details from Graeme Lowe.

We are excited to bring the eclectic and almost surgical works of Phillip Woolway, weird collections of objects captured in such a way they are almost considered 'Steampunk' and Liz Sterry's haunting imagery, made even more surreal when the viewer discovers many are self-portraits!

Marburae is also ensuring that it keeps to it's roots by showcasing the work of the Macclesfield College photography students during the Image Conscious exhibition. Working closely with the college in this way allows the students to elevate their photography and gain valued experience whilst exhibiting in a professional environment.

The team at Marburae are always excited to present the photography exhibitions as the reaction and support from the public to the subject is brilliant!

The big opening for the exhibition will take place at Marburae Art Gallery at 7.30pm - 9.00pm on 6th February 2014. The exhibition will run from 6th February until 9th March 2014. For more information please visit www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk or follow the gallery on Twitter @artinmacc. 

 

Marburae Art Gallery has been described as one of the most cutting edge galleries in Cheshire. Based in Macclesfield  the gallery is dedicated to national and international contemporary visual Arts.

Upcoming exhibition: Print

Recently described as one of the most cutting edge galleries in Cheshire, Marburae Art Gallery is proud to present to you the best in contemporary print makers for our next exciting exhibition. Marburae Gallery will host 15 of the most innovative and established print makers as once again, our space is transformed into an artist’s paradise. 

Print, is an exhibition focused solely on the art of print making. It brings work from local and national artists working in both traditional and contemporary print methods, with each artist exhibiting their own unique spin on the medium. Come to see up close the intricate details, layers and decorative designs produced using the art of print.

We are excited to bring you the work of London based Chris Agnew, an artist whose work has been nominated for countless awards, including The Jerwood Drawing Prize and  Saatchi’s New Sensations.  We have special permission to exhibit Agnew’s beautiful gilcee prints where the detail really is extraordinary and conveys a strong sense of surrealism.

We are also bringing you an eclectic collection of artists working with traditional lino printing, including Jill Kerrs quintessentially British farmyard scenes, rich in colour and character and Deborah Graham’s quirky abstract designs.

Rebecca Lewis brings together print and collage elements in her work to create new realties, bringing to life and re-appropriating images which are at risk of being lost in our mass produced world.

Brighton based Sherrie-Leigh Webb brings bold dreamlike landscapes to the mix; whereas William Lindley explores the evolution of place and environment through subtle but beautiful drawings.

Each artist is highly acclaimed in their field exhibiting both nationally and internationally.  Although all concerning print, no two artists work is similar, we really have an diverse mix of the best print makers out there at the moment.

The big opening for the exhibition will take place at Marburae Art Gallery at 7.30pm - 9.00pm on 21st November 2013. The exhibition will run from 22nd November until 21st December 2013. For more information please visit www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk or follow the gallery on Twitter @artinmacc.

Marburae Art Gallery is a new space in Macclesfield dedicated to national and international contemporary visual Arts.

Select | An indulgent selection of contemporary art

We’ve really gone and done it this time, hunting high and low for the most interesting, individual contemporary artists and photographers for you to feast your eyes upon at Marburae Gallery.

 

For out next trick (or exhibition!), we’ve got a substantial serving of artwork for all your different visual preferences so you are sure to see something in our Select exhibition which will pull at your arty hearty strings. With painters, figurative and abstract alike, sculptors, sketchers, CAD’s and photographers we’ve ruled nothing out as an option.

 

Among the selection we have a handful of pieces by Mark Lloyd, featured artist in Saatchi gallery, New Sensations 2012, who has based his work on numerous subjects and contexts which include consumption, human evolution, science fiction, utopia and dystopia, and the apocalypse. Lloyd has a versatile style which could be initially unexpected, such as when you view the works in figurative, graffiti and abstract and gets it perfect every time the ‘wow factor becomes blatantly obvious.

 

Another outstanding artist among many is Hannah Wooll who will be showcasing at the prestigious Bluecoat in August. Working in acrylic and using it figuratively, emphasising on emotions such as pain and distance, Wooll creates portraits of her imaginary women, paying respects to female art subjects in time and more recently, models in the media. She is heavily influenced by an extensive list of era/objects such as plastic dolls, society heiresses, Gainsborough’s Girls and German old master blondes to name a few.

 

Furthermore and none the less, we have included a colourful injection of work by Germany-based artist Richard Alexander Heckert. Working on a massive scale of around 50x70cm, Heckert uses only fine liner to emulate in almost digital representation of his imagination. The pure skill and patience involved in this way of working is well worth a sneak peak if nothing else!

 

Of course, this is just to mention only three out of the 16 artists who will be showcasing in this exhibition so no matter what your taste in the arts – it is well worth the visit! We hope to see you there!

 

The big opening for the exhibition will take place at Marburae Art Gallery at 7.30pm - 9.00pm on 5th September 2013. The exhibition will run from 6th September until 11th October 2013. For more information please visit www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk or follow the gallery on Twitter @artinmacc.

Marburae Art Gallery is a new space in Macclesfield dedicated to national and international contemporary visual Arts.

Champagne Afternoon Piano Recital - Sept 22nd 2103

                                                                       

Shackleford Pianos piano recital series continues to provide a platform for top international pianists. The 2013 series will come to a close with a tantalising performance by Japanese pianist Miyuki Kato on Sunday 22nd September at 3pm.

Celebrated across England for her performances, Miyuki’s programme will feature works by some of histories most avant-garde composers, Chopin, Mozart and Respigh, in order to provide a relaxed Sunday afternoon with classical music, champagne and art (Courtesy of Marburae Art Gallery).

 

The pieces selected for performance are tonally and technically impressive and will stretch the pianist, allowing for a thrilling performance of skill for the audience. And with the location being a piano showroom and restoration workshop, the setting could not be more appropriate.

Miyuki Kato, born in Japan, moved to England and became a student at the Royal Welsh College of music to study with Dr Schreider. In 2005 she graduated from the Postgraduate Diploma course at the RWCMD. During her studies at the RWCMD she won the Jacobson Piano Prize, Chamber Music Prizes and Accompaniment Prize.

She then studied at the Royal College of Music with Gordon Fergus-Thompson, where she was awarded Postgraduate Diploma in Performance in summer 2007 and Master of Music Degree in Advanced Performance in 2008.

Aaron Shackleford, Director of Shackleford Pianos states, “It is wonderful to be able to showcase a pianist of Miyuki’s talent in Macclesfield. We are really looking forward to her performance and the audience’s reaction”

Miyuki’s performance will take place at 3pm on 22nd September at Shackleford Pianos on Athey Street, Macclesfield. Tickets cost £8 in advance and £10 on the door and include a glass of Champagne.

To book tickets please email adshackleford@gmail.com, call 01625 615 033 or for more information, please visit www.sitespecificmusic.co.uk

Call out - Arts & Crafts inspired works

WHAT: We would like to receive submissions for an Arts & Crafts exhibition celebrating the arts and crafts movement and William Morris.

 

WHEN: The exhibition will be September – October 2014. Marburae Gallery is an exciting and unconventional space for artists to show their current practice in a stimulating environment that combines both music and the arts.

 

PAYMENTS: No payments

 

CHARGES: There will be no submission or hanging fees and only a commission of 25% on all works sold.


DETAILS: For the chance to exhibit, be it existing work or a proposal for new project then please send 10 images of your work along with the title, dimensions, price inclusive of 25% commission and requirements for hanging.


APPLY: Please send your submission before 14th July 2013 and we will contact you by 30th July 2013 to confirm whether or not your application has been accepted.

 

CONTACT: marburaegallery@gmail.com

 

www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk

 

Deadline: 14 July 2013

 

Organiser/employer: Kaite Helps

Call out - Festival Artwork

WHAT: we would like to receive submissions of projects and/or installations to feature at Marburae gallery as part of the Barnaby Festival 2014.

 

WHEN: The exhibition will be at Marburae Galley in June 2014 until July 2014.

 

PAYMENTS: no payments

 

CHARGES: There will be no submission or hanging fees and only a commission of 25% on all works sold.


DETAILS: If your work is perfect for an arts festival, big thinking and dynamic the contact us for the chance to take part in the exhibition in 2014. Please send your submission before 14th July 2013.

 

APPLY: For the chance to exhibit, be it existing work or a proposal for new project then please send 6 images of your work along with the title, dimensions, price inclusive of 25% commission and any specific requirements. Also a brief statement about you and what makes your work different.

 

CONTACT: marburaegallery@gmail.com

 

www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk

 

Deadline: 14 July 2013

 

Organiser/employer: Kaite Helps

Barnaby festival piano recital | June 2013

Soak up Macclesfield’s Barnaby festival atmosphere with an eagerly anticipated piano recital by Australian pianist, Tristan Lee on Sunday 16th June at 11am.

The piano recital will take place in the most appropriate space; Shackleford Pianos, a piano restoration workshop and showrooms as part of this year’s 2 week long festival.

The programme will feature works by some of the 20th centuries most avant-garde composers juxtaposed with the beauty and romanticism of Brahms and a world premiere by contemporary composer Marc Yeats.  Marc conducted ‘sturzstrom’ at the icci360˚ Arena in Weymouth for the Olympic Opening Ceremony in July 2012 and his uncompromising music has received performances and broadcast around the world.

The pieces selected for performance by Tristan are tonally and technically impressive and will stretch the pianist, allowing for a thrilling performance of skill and for the audience.

 

Tristan is rapidly gaining international recognition for his distinctive style. Widely sought in the UK as a chamber musician and associate artist. He has appeared several times at the Wigmore Hall in London, to critical acclaim. Tristan is a scholar of the Royal Northern College of Music and among many notable prizes he has most recently been awarded a scholarship from the Geoffrey Parsons Trust in 2012.

Tristan’s performance, followed by a talk by composer Marc Yeats will take place at 11am on 16th June at Shackleford Pianos on Athey Street, Macclesfield. Tickets cost £10 and include a cup of tea or coffee.

To book tickets or for more information, please visit www.barnabyfestival.org.uk.

FOUR | Contemporary art exhibitions Barnaby festival 2013

Marburae Art Gallery is promising big things for this years Barnaby Festival, Four contemporary visual arts exhibitions in one location and each is set to be a show stopper in it’s own right!

 

With this year’s festival being the biggest and longest yet, Marburae Art Gallery has stepped up to the challenge and are providing art lovers and music lovers alike with a real feast by artists and photographers from across the UK.

 

Jason, Bumper & Del

 

Jason is an ongoing photographic project by Manchester based photographer Alexander James Bell. Influenced by photographers like Darcy Padilla, Jason follows the relationship between Jason; a Manchester based homeless man and his dogs. The unfolding narrative is both joyful and upsetting.

 

Stillness in movement

 

Immersive installation by nationally acclaimed visual artist and composer Marc Yeats. The installation combines music and visual arts, exploring glazes and tonal effects both in the work itself and in the music that accompanies it. Marc Yeats will also have a composition performed by Australian Pianist, Tristan Lee within the installation space during the Barnaby festival.

 

Half

 

London based photographer Roman Sakovich has received publicity both sides of the Atlantic for Half. A photographic project highlighting the drastic physical effects of substance abuse and the tale of two half in a person’s personality. “These photos are not a merge of two images into one” Sakovich explains, using top make up artists and stylists, Roman has kept his project in camera rather than post production, with chilling results!

 

Works

 

A selection of two-dimensional works in photography, drawing, collage that has formed a part of Macclesfield born Sam Devereux’s wider practice whilst studying at Glasgow School of Art over the past year.

Asking questions, to what extent can we see the processes of making as transpersonal? And how can making continue to question this, in a world so ever-increasingly dominated by the image?

 

With each of the Four exhibitions a narrative unfolds and manifests and is sure to delight visitors to the Barnaby Festival. This years festival has over 100 exhibitions and events in 38 locations and has received funding by the Arts Council England.

The big opening for all four exhibitions will take place at Marburae Art Gallery at 6.00pm - 9.00pm on 14th June 2013. The exhibition will run from 15th June until 21st July 2013. For more information please visit 
www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk or follow the gallery on Twitter @artinmacc.

Marburae Art Gallery is a new space in Macclesfield dedicated to national and international contemporary visual Arts.

Illustration Call out 2014

 

What

Marburae Art Gallery of Macclesfield, Cheshire would like to receive submissions for a Illustration exhibition in April – May 2014. We would like to receive submissions both 2d & 3d pieces and installations involving illustration.

 

Location

Marburae Art Gallery specialises in contemporary visual arts and is an unconventional space for Artists to have the chance to show their current practice in a stimulating environment that combines both music and the arts.

 

When

If your work is engaging, dynamic and captivating then contact us for the chance to take part. Please send your submission before 14th June 2013.

 

Charges

There will be no submission fee and only a commission of 25% on all works sold.  We will ask for the Artist’s mailing lists later in the process to allow us to promote the exhibitions as much as possible and to begin a network of mailing lists between Cheshire galleries to promote the arts locally and nationally. 

 

Apply

For the chance to exhibit, be it existing work or a proposal for new project then please send 10 images of your work to marburaegallery@gmail.com along with the title, dimensions, price inclusive of 25% commission and any specific requirements for hanging. Also a brief statement about you and your work. – Applications without this information will not be reviewed.

 

Please send your submission before 14th June 2013 and we will contact you by 30th June 2013  to confirm whether or not your application has been accepted.

 

We look forward to receiving your submission. 

Marburae Gallery

www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk

Photography Call out 2014

Marburae Gallery of Macclesfield, Cheshire would like to receive submissions from photographers for a photography exhibition in February & March 2014. Marburae Gallery is an exciting and unconventional space for artists to have the chance to show their current practice in a stimulating environment that combines both music and the arts.

 

When

If your work is engaging, dynamic and captivating then contact us for the chance to take part in an exhibition in 2014. Please send your submission before 14th June 2013.

 

Charges

There will be no submission or hanging fees and only a commission of 25% on all works sold.  We will ask for the photographer’s mailing lists later in the process to allow us to promote the exhibitions as much as possible and to begin a network of mailing lists between Cheshire galleries to promote the arts locally and nationally. 

 

Apply

For the chance to exhibit, be it existing work or a proposal for new project then please send 6 images of your work to marburaegallery@gmail.com along with the title, dimensions, price inclusive of 25% commission and any specific requirements for hanging. Also a brief statement about you and what makes your work different.

 

Please send your submission before 14th June 2013  and we will contact you by 30th June 2013 to confirm whether or not your application has been accepted.

 

We look forward to receiving your submission. 

Marburae Gallery

www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk

The people's pianos 2013

This year the people's pianos are back with a bang! 10 pianos, 10 artists and 10 locations - each is loving crafted and one of our artists Charlie Backhouse based near Liverpool is painting a grand piano and keeping a record of her progress here: 


One Tree project

'one Tree' a highly successful art project. Felling an oak tree and and distributing all parts to a range of selected artists and craftspeople whose work would then come together as a major exhibition. Raising over £24,000 to plant new trees and with over 100,000 visitors to the exhibition! 

Artist: Garry Olson, showing with Cheshire Open Studios


Cheshire Open Studios - Central Exhibition

Marburae Art Gallery has teamed up with Cheshire Open Studios to become their host for the 16th annual central exhibition, showcasing local talent from across Cheshire.

This free event combines 3 weekends of open studios across the Cheshire region alongside one central exhibition, featuring an absorbing collection of works from over 40 Cheshire based artists.

Cheshire Open Studios is celebrating its 16th Year, making it one of the most established art trails in the North West. 

Kaite, curator of Marburae Art Gallery states "We at Marburae Gallery feel it is important to support local arts and showcase local work as well as national and international work. This exhibition puts us right at the heart of the Cheshire Art scene. It is brilliant to bring the centre of an established Cheshire based project to Macclesfield as it will bring people from across the region to showcase their work and view art in our town"

The Cheshire Open Studios exhibition open evening will take place at 7.00pm - 9.30pm on 18th April 2013. The exhibition will run from 19th April until 18th May 2013. For more information please visit 
www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk or follow the gallery on Twitter @artinmacc.

Marburae Art Gallery is a new space in Macclesfield dedicated to national and international contemporary visual Arts.

 

 About Cheshire Open Studios in their own words...

Cheshire Open Studios is an exciting and successful free annual event that has taken place annually in Cheshire for fifteen years.  During this time between 40-80 artists and craft makers open their studios each year, either as individuals or in-groups, over 3-4 weekends.

In 2013  Cheshire Open Studios is celebrating 16 years of Open Studios!

Every year we are looking at ways to make this a very special event for our participants and visitors with interactive, fun and inspiring events across Cheshire. This year the event is spread over 4 weekends in May / June (to be confirmed after 1st March) with an exhibition at Marburae Art Gallery in Macclesfield which will run from 18th April to 18th May. There is also a secondary open studios event in September.

For this year we are holding the exhibition as an open exhibition for Cheshire-based professional artists i.e. artists can participate in our exhibition without having to open their studios to the public.

This initiative supports professional visual artists and craft makers who often work in isolation; enabling networking and mutual support.

The project addresses the lack of contemporary galleries within Cheshire by promoting artists in their own spaces and encouraging new opportunities for residencies, commissions, selling, exhibiting and teaching.

We would be pleased to see more participation by experimental or conceptual artists and recent graduates whom receive a 25% discount off the membership fees.

There is no longer a selection process for participants of Cheshire Open Studios however all participating artists must be professional or semi-professional artist living and working in Cheshire with an ongoing portfolio of work. The exhibition venue may also have its own selection procedure.

The open studios event is a unique chance to meet local professional artists, to discover how and where they produce their work and provides the opportunity to buy from them directly at reasonable prices!

Cheshire county has been divided into a number of areas giving visitors the opportunity to visit several local studios in one day over the course of 3 or 4 weekends.

Cheshire Open Studios is a self-funding, not-for-profit, artist led project, run by a voluntary steering group and project coordinator. Many of the artists are also members of the Cheshire Artists Network.

So we hope you will join the Cheshire Open Studio Art Trail fun this year by following the Yellow signs that clearly mark each studio location!

Cheshire Open Studios - Apply Now!

Hi Everyone

I am delighted to announce that applications are now open for Cheshire Open Studios 2013.

Submission Deadline: 1st March 2013

Some changes for this year include:

1. Earlier exhibition & open studios event in April/May/early June with an additional optional open studio event in September
2. Exhibition at Marburae Art Gallery in Macclesfield is open to all Cheshire-based artists to exhibit alongside open studio artists
3. New look brochure for 2013

The application guidelines, application & exhibition forms provide all the information to submit your application which can now be downloaded from here: http://cheshireopenstudios.org.uk/sign-up/

Please be sure to read all the information in the application guidelines carefully and ensure all information provided as part of your application is correct as per the submission criteria.

Help us spread the word by sending to friends, students & fellow artists, craftspeople and artisans.
There is also a reduced fee for recent graduates.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or problems completing your applications.

Best regards
Midge
Cheshire Open Studios Project Coordinator

Focus | Contemporary Photography Exhibition

Winner of the Public Choice Award for the European Environment Agency’s ImaginAIR competition, in the ‘Air and cities’ category Stephen Connell's photographs of Light Pollution reveal a nocturnal world of spectacular landscapes. Artificial man made buildings that appear grey and menacing by day, are transformed into ethereal and un-worldly wonderlands.

 

One of fourteen photographers in Marburae Art Gallery’s contemporary photography exhibition, Focus, Stephen’s work sits alongside the deep and contrasted black and white photographs by the renowned landscape photographer, Dave Butcher.

 

As well as fourteen highly established photographers, Focus, also draws attention to local fresh talent. Macclesfield College second year photography students are showcasing their latest work as part of Focus, gaining a rare opportunity to exhibit alongside recognised photographers from across the globe.

 

Focus at Marburae Gallery on Athey Street, Macclesfield is hosting its largest exhibition yet with over 130 striking photographs.

The Focus exhibition open evening will take place at 7.00pm - 9.30pm on 7th February 2013. The exhibition will run from 8th February until 9th March 2013. For more information please visit 
www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk or follow the gallery on Twitter @artinmacc.

Marburae Art Gallery is a new space in Macclesfield dedicated to national and international contemporary visual Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graffiti Pianos | Artist Call out

What

Marburae Art Gallery and Shackleford Pianos Cheshire are bringing ‘The People’s Pianos’ to Macclesfield for the Barnaby Festival 2013. We are looking for graffiti artists to create their artwork on upright pianos – Each Artist will be provided with one upright piano to work with.

When

Submissions will need to be in no later than 9th December.

The pianos will be available in March and April 2013 for artists to come to our site to work on the pianos and at least one artist will be chosen to paint their piano live for the public to watch on 22nd June 2013.

The festival dates are 14th June – 30th June.

How

Each of the chosen artists will be given an upright piano to work with.

The pianos will be in full working order. We will fit panels to the pianos that we want the artists to work on so that the panels can be sold after the festival to raise money for Barnaby 2014.

The piano must remain in working order but we want you to be as creative as possible so wild ideas are encouraged!!

The Artists will be provided with a space in March and April to complete their piano prior to the festival and one artist will be chosen to perform their work live in the town centre as one of the festival show pieces for the public.

 

Charges

There are no charges to take part or to submit and application.

Each artist will have to fund their own project on the piano and have their own materials. We will provide the piano, the space for the artist to create their art and the publicity for the event – which the artist is more than welcome to use after the festival.

The event will have a permanent presence on Marburae Art Gallery’s website (8000 visitors a year) and also Shackleford Pianos website (9000 visitors a year).

 

Apply

For the chance to turn a piano into street art, then please send 5 images of your current work along with your proposal for the piano. Email this to marburaegallery@gmail.comalong with a brief statement about you and what makes your work different.

 

Please send your submission before 9th December 2012 and we will contact you by 20th December 2012 to confirm whether or not your application has been accepted.

 

We look forward to receiving your submission. 

Marburae Gallery & Shackleford Pianos

Portfolio | Visual arts exhibition Macclesfield

Old abandoned buildings, vehicles, sometimes vandalised or burnt out amidst woods and forests are some of the subject matter addressed in Matthew Spencer’s disenchanted landscapes.

 

One of eleven artists in Marburae Art Gallery’s latest visual arts exhibition #Portfolio, Matthew’s work is created with hundreds of hours of painstakingly, hand-carving intricate landscapes using MDF, creating timeless masterpieces without even a lick of paint!

 

Winner of the NEO Studio Prize 2012, Matthew Spencer is joined by Canadian born artist, Ian Kirkpatrick who secured a project grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to create work for #Portfolio.

 

Ian’s work, Fortune favours the brave transforms from rectangular cardboard boxes into bright, eye-catching sculptural forms, based on the intersection between contemporary sculpture and packaging design and in the case of Fortune favours the brave, a tank!

 

To catch a glimpse of multi award winning artworks by 11 inspiring, national and international artists visit #Portfolio at Marburae Gallery on Athey Street, Macclesfield.

The #Portfolio exhibition open evening will take place at 7.00pm - 9.30pm on 22nd November 2012. The exhibition will run from 23rd November until 22nd December 2012. For more information please visit 
www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk or follow the gallery on Twitter @artinmacc.

Marburae Art Gallery is a new space in Macclesfield dedicated to contemporary visual Arts.

We are in Cheshire Independent!

Marburae Art Gallery has been featured within Cheshire Independent for its September edition. A great little article on our latest exhibition Pop, Print & Stitch and the artists that are involved! Thank you Cheshire Independent! 


 

Cheshire Open Studios

Cheshire Open Studios 2012

 

GAIN A UNIQUE INSIGHT OF CREATIVE TALENT IN CHESHIRE!

Professional & semi-professional artists and craftspeople, some with a national reputation, up and coming or just starting out, can all be found at a location near you

This is a unique opportunity to visit Artists in Cheshire who open their working studios to the public. A variety of art-forms, work spaces & working methods will give members of the public a chance to see & buy art at source.

Artists will be in their personal working environment to discuss, show their inspiration and to display work, including sketch books & portfolios. This makes the experience friendly & informal, away from the impersonal Gallery situation.

For some it will be a first to visit an artist's studio and discover what goes on 'behind the scenes'. For others it's an eagerly awaited event to revisit favourites and maybe share ideas, discuss techniques or buy work directly - often straight from portfolios!

Now celebrating its 15th year, Cheshire Opens Studios have 40 Artists participating, in 4 areas over 4 consecutive weekends from Sept 22/23rd to Oct 13/14th. Look out for some of our celebratory events including 'Big Draw' days and the accompanying Exhibition held at Castle Park Art Centre, Frodsham between 21st Sept & 2nd Nov. There's even a chance to book a mini- bus day tour on our art trail to the studios and exhibition!

COS 2012 is going to be bigger & better than ever! Come & join us!!

For a full list of the artists involved, including directions to their studios, images of their work, opening times or to book on our mini bus art trail tour visit our website at www.cheshireopenstudios.org.uk or pick up a brochure from a library or Tourist Information Centres. 

For further information email info@cheshireopenstudios.org.uk or call Midge on 07808944550Come and have a nose, in our studios!

Art studios, Band rooms and workshop space available in macclesfield


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applications being accepted for late 2012/2013

What

Marburae Art Gallery of Macclesfield, Cheshire would like to receive submissions and proposals for both 2d and 3d artworks for exhibitions in 2013. Marburae Art Gallery specialises in contemporary visual arts and is an unconventional space for Artists to have the chance to show their current practice in a stimulating environment that combines both music and the arts.

When

If your work is engaging, dynamic and captivating then contact us for the chance to take part. Please send your submission before 20th August 2012

Charges

There will be no submission fee and only a commission of 25% on all works sold.  We will ask for the Artist’s mailing lists later in the process to allow us to promote the exhibitions as much as possible and to begin a network of mailing lists between Cheshire galleries to promote the arts locally and nationally. 

Apply

For the chance to exhibit, be it existing work or a proposal for new project then please send 10 images of your work to marburaegallery@gmail.com along with the title, dimensions, price inclusive of 25% commission and any specific requirements for hanging. Also a brief statement about you and your work. – Applications without this information will not be reviewed.

Please send your submission before 20th August 2012 and we will contact you by 1st September 2012 to confirm whether or not your application has been accepted.

We look forward to receiving your submission. 

 Marburae Gallery     

www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk

 

 

New Piano recital organised for our next exhibition!

We have just arranged our new piano recital to take place in the 'Hall' alongside our art exhibition - 'Pop print and stitch!' Our last recital went down a storm and was utterly beautiful so we are very much looking forward to this!

Tickets cost £10 and can be bought on the door or prebooked at adshackleford@gmail.com


In Cheshire Life!

Marburae Art Gallery has been featured in July's Cheshire Life for 'A Beautiful Disaster'!! - exciting stuff, especially as we are on the same page spread as the Tate in Liverpool!!! 



A hint of things to come....

Marburae Art Gallery celebrates the Barnaby festival by transforming itself into an Arts Centre over the festival weekend. The gallery will be hosting an Arts Council funded photography exhibition alongside three other exhibitions, Artist talks, Pom Pom masterclasses and a world class piano recital.

 

Arts Council funded Contra-Invention is a tongue in cheek, playful exhibition by Brighton Artist ‘Mocksim’ using photographs of parked cars taken by Traffic Wardens and enlarged to life size. There is a chance to meet the Artist and to discuss his work in his talk ‘From Jacquard to Jpeg’ at 2pm on Saturday 23rd June.

 

Marburae Gallery is also hosting Macarbe Macclesfield an exhibition by Congleton based artist group, Electric Picture House. Exploring Macclesfield’s mysterious and strange history, inspired by Doug Pickford’s book of the same name.

 

Pom Pom Forest by Chester based flash mob Artist, Caroline Backhouse. A wonderland of suspended Pom Poms with the chance to create your own to add to the ever growing installation!

 

And finally rounding off a cracking festival line up with, A Beautiful Disaster – conceived by Artist Julia Snowdin it is an installation of 160 opaque knitted cocoons complimenting Macclesfield’s silk heritage.


Make sure you are part of the Barnaby fun over the weekend – visit www.barnabyfestival.org.uk for more information and pop along to the exhibition open evening at Marburae Gallery from 6-9pm on Thursday 21st June. All four exhibitions continue until 6th August 2012. Visit www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk for more information.

On Silk Fm!

Gallery director, Kaite Helps was on Silk Fm promoting the Barnaby Festival and the four exhibitions held at Marburae Art Gallery over the course of the weekend.

The space has had a lot to do with Barnaby - we are hosting 4 art exhibitions, one art talk, pom pom making, a piano recital on the Sunday morning and the people's pianos will be out again this year with Boogie woogie events all over town!

To listen to the interview please see our current exhibition page.

A Beautiful Disaster | Marburae Art Gallery Cheshire

‘A beautiful Disaster’ – an installation of 160 cotton cocoons by Artists Julia Snowdin will be showcased at Marburae Gallery’s latest exhibition ‘Abstracted’ and will continue into June to be part of this year’s Barnaby Festival.

The enchanting installation compliments Macclesfield’s silk heritage with the gorgeous cocoon shape repeated 160 times to create a room full of opaque knitted spirals.


‘A Beautiful Disaster’ was conceived by Artist Julia Snowdin to comment on the 1.6 million people in the UK who suffer from eating disorders, representing 0.01% of the of the people. Each downward spiral comments on the emotional and psychological impact of having an eating disorder, and the winding layers of the spirals allude to the secrecy, vulnerability, and fragility of the condition.

‘A beautiful disaster’ will run from 3rd May until 6th August 2012 – with the gallery open evening at 7pm on 3rd May 2012. 

Abstracted | Contemporary Art Exhibition | Macclesfield, Cheshire

Nine Artists from around the world have been selected for Marburae Gallery’s latest art exhibition Abstracted. The Art Gallery is fast becoming recognised for exhibiting work by award winning contemporary Artists and the latest exhibition is no exception.

The outstanding exhibition plays with the theme abstraction, which Kaite Helps, the Gallery Director, believes is a fundamental principle of creativity. “Abstraction manifests in many different ways in Art and this exhibition will present the key principles, from Abstraction of objects and abstraction of the image all the way through to the abstraction of the materials that the artworks are created with”


The nine Artists have been chosen based on their individual and playful approach to the theme. Book Transformations by Kate Bufton is a charming example of this, an installation of cut, folded and distorted books, which encourages the audience to read between the lines. The use of everyday objects by some of the artists in the exhibition brings the viewer full circle from abstraction to reality.

To catch a glimpse of Book Transformations and other outstanding works at the Abstracted exhibition visit Marburae Gallery on Athey Street, Macclesfield.

The Abstracted exhibition open evening will take place at 7.00pm - 9.00pm on May 3rd 2012. The exhibition will run from 4th May until 1st June 2012 and will be open whilst the Olympic Torch passes through Macclesfield. For more information please visit 
www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk

Marburae Art Gallery is a new space in Macclesfield dedicated to contemporary visual Arts.

 

Hesainprint Magazine

Tokyo (midnight) Artwork that will be exhibited at Marburae Gallery in March is featured in Anglo-Finnish Arts Magazine!  http://www.hesainprint.com/photography-valokuvaus/4485/tokyo-midnight


We really are showing international Art! 

On the BBC!

We are showing Davide Maione's work in our photography exhibition - The Collection!
Delighted that he is on the BBC news website and has been selected for this years Catlin Guide Book!http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16426568

Article in Convozine about our Photography exhibition - The collection :)

http://convozine.com/reen/29032

The Collection | Press release

Marburae Gallery will be holding the most playful photography exhibitions in Cheshire to date, showcasing for the first time, site specific 3D photography by Sam Paechter.

Sam replaces objects with large 3D photographs which have been distorted to give a strong impression that the object is really there - creating a fascinating and powerful interplay between the real world and illusion. Visitors will have the chance to experience Sam’s work at its best, with playful 3D images situated around the gallery space.

The collection presents the work of 11 photographers, many of which have featured in magazines and are developing a cult following, one, Davide Maione, even being published in the Catlin Guide for emerging talent. All 11 examine the world around them and capture its beauty or tease their audience with obvious flair.


Taken from Charlie Davies work The Collector, the title makes reference to the installations that will make the exhibition. The Collection is not a series a snapshots, but a collection of installations representing each photographer’s current practice. 

To catch a glimpse of the 3D photographs or inspirational images captured by one of 11 national and international photographers, visit Marburae Gallery on Athey Street, Macclesfield.

The Collection’s exhibition open evening will take place at 7.00pm - 9.00pm on March 1st 2012. The exhibition will run from 2nd March until 7th April 2012. For more information please visit 
www.artinmacclesfield.co.uk

Marburae Art Gallery is a new space in Macclesfield dedicated to contemporary visual Arts.

 


The Collection | Contemporary photography exhibition

Our current exhibition- The Collection - has so far been a great success! We had a fantastic turn out for our gallery open evening and we would like to thank all the people from Macclesfield, Manchester and further afield who came. We have also had a great stream of people popping in to visit all the work on show and to especially be wowed by the 3D photography!

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