Today was a day of intense production in the studio, with the students getting involved in the making of the actual installation that will be displayed at the Whitworth. Inspired by the monochrome imagery, drawing techniques and scale of Deanna Petherbridge's work, the students embarked on a drawing exercise that would necessitate the entirety of the workspace and a lot of creative imagination. The installation is built around the theme of change, particularly focusing on the drastic regeneration of Manchester.
Posted 29 Mar 2017 23:46
Today we began with a lecture on things to consider when preparing art installations. We then discussed the concepts that the groups had come up with yesterday and tried to develop them further. It seems as though the majority of the group is interested in working in the space underneath the stair within the Petherbridge exhibition, however as we know there is the opportunity to work in other spaces.
On Monday we are heading back to the gallery to measure up the spaces properly, so we want everyone to come up with a concept for Monday and think about the materials and techniques that might be suitable for the installation. Looking forward to seeing everyones ideas on Monday!
Posted 24 Mar 2017 15:05
Second day of events and we have just finished the first part of our tour around Manchester! Starting from the university campus, we via Oxford Road to Castlefield, past the canals and lock where the only detached house in Manchester is still standing. In the background the Beetham tower signals Manchester's changing urban landscape, which is something we want to explore further as a topic for the installation. We also walked past places such as Granada Studios and the old roman ruins of Mancunium. Along the way we observed changes within the urban fabric, and also the weather with everything from snow to sunshine!
Posted 21 Mar 2017 13:31
Great first day of Events at the Whitworth Gallery! After the general introduction to the Deanna Petherbridge exhibition some epic sketches were produced from our amazing group. Promising start to our final installation that will sit proudly within the gallery :)
Posted 20 Mar 2017 16:41
Here comes the latest update of the poster with further information on what our event will have to offer!
Posted 14 Feb 2017 17:11
A bit more on Deanna Petherbridge…
As the event that we are planning is due to respond to the work of the artist, writer and curator Deanna Petherbridge, we saw it fitting to provide a more detailed introduction to her work.
Deanne Petherbridge is primarily concerned with drawing, and has been involved in promoting the importance of drawing in relation to contemporary art and architecture in a number of ways since the 1960’s. She has written numerous books, articles and catalogues on the subject, and also curated exhibitions and conducted pubic lectures on the same theme. In her book “The Primacy of Drawing: Histories & Theories of Practice” Petherbridge explores the notion of drawing in Western art in a trans-historical context, analysing its relevance to artists from the 15h century through to the contemporary practicians.
Petherbridge’s pieces are predominantly created using pen & ink on drawing paper. It is a difficult medium to work with, as nothing can be erased once the ink has touched the paper. According to the artist herself, this is what makes the act of drawing so exciting. Her motifs are often ambiguous and emotionally charged exploring themes such as industrialisation, colonialism and warfare. They vary from detailed geometrical studies of space to more free explorations. For those who are interested in having a closer look at her work, she is currently exhibiting at the Whitworth Gallery (2nd of December 2016 - 4th of June 2017).
Also, if you’re interested check out this video of Petherbridge explaining her artistic process!
Posted 19 Dec 2016 20:38
Just to let you know, we have been invited to the Withworth Gallery on Thursday to discuss potential collaboration opportunities! The curator of the museum, (Poppy), seems very keen to work with us on the project, and will explain her intentions when we meet up. Exciting times!
Posted 23 Nov 2016 08:59