Archive for the ‘Event’ Category

Richard Creme: Launch Party Video
May 4, 2012

Link to video of Richard Creme Exhibition Launch :

The video is also on Clive Parkinson’s Arts For Health Blog along with a good write up.

Richard Creme at Exhibition Launch Party

Richard Creme: Opening Night
May 2, 2012

Last nights grand opening was really amazing. We had a full house with lots of guests from Richard’s life, the fashion/art world, the VC of MMU, Mayor of Salford. We had a great team of volunteers from the Stroke Association. The whole journey and the story of this exhibition needs a full write up, but for now here are some photos from the opening:

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February 8, 2012

This weeks show has been very popular and the Monday night launch was well attended with lovely evening sun shining in on the exhibits and visitors.

The exhibition was initiated and developed by John Lynch a 1st year Interactive Arts student. John says in his exhibition proposal:

“…the past is History and cannot be recreated. You cannot recreate even a conversation you had ten minutes before, since that time many things will have changed, including yourself. When does the past begin? When does History start? I am suggesting after approx. 15 seconds. For those 15 seconds we are living in the MOMENT. This exhibition will be about that time frame.”

The exhibition was an interesting one to curate as many of the exhibits remained somewhat mysterious until the last moment. In the end curatorial decisions were somewhat in the moment! We were looking at blank walls for the first part of the set up, trying to imagine the exhibits on the basis of rough ideas coming from the artists. This seems to have worked out fine and the resulting show is, we think, a set of coherent moments.

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Amy Lawrence

Devin Louttit

Elizabeth De Cent

Hazel Jones

Helen Austin

Hannah Leighton-Boyce

Hannah Davies

Hebe Phillips

John Lynch

Kathy Bradshaw

Keiran Izquierdo

Roger Bygott

Saffina Bhatti

Sonny Barker

Sam Beeston

Tom Valentine


Co-ordinator and organiser: John Lynch

Link Gallery Co-Curators and organisers: Elisa Artesero & Roger Bygott

Call for submissions – Colour Block the Link
February 1, 2012

Colour Block the Link

We’re going to take last year’s colour blocking fashion and apply it creatively to the Link Gallery in a curated exhibition on 27th February – 2nd March.

We are looking for textiles or works on paper which are predominantly one colour, or combination of two colours, which we can display so as to colour the Link Gallery into a bold exhibition. The work does not have to be an item of clothing, it just needs to be bold and colourful!

Please submit a photo of your textile or paper-based work including dimensions to by 8pm Tuesday 14th February.

You must be available to install your work from midday Friday 24th February and take it down again at the end of the exhibition the following Friday.



Threads: Party & Video Links
January 17, 2012

The closing party for the ‘Threads’ exhibition was relaxed, fairly well attended and enjoyable (though for some strange reason there was some wine left at the end).

A former MMU Foundation Course student Donna Wood took some panoramic shots of the evening:


A lot of people gave positive comments about the work and Elisa Artesero’s Light sculpture was popular. You can see a video of her installation here:

Also, here is a link to a video of Roger Bygott’s shoe and thread installation ‘She, Remains; He, Remains’:


Threads exhibition
January 11, 2012

The new term at the Link starts with work from the curators, Elisa Artesero and Roger Bygott, with the addition of work from guest artist Hannah Leighton-Boyce.

The theme of the work on show is threads/lines, be they real threads or lines of light. Roger’s work uses threads from shoes to frame the vista of two windows, the shoes create an absence and loneliness when viewed upon entering the gallery, the male and female shoes point outward towards the world outside, an optimistic stance on one level, but on another they are  turning their backs on each other in such a definite position. However, when a visitor stands just behind the shoes to look out at the view, particularly in the evening when they can see their reflection, it is as though they fill the shoes for that moment.

Elisa’s light sculpture uses white thread to reshape the end gallery space in a mix of sharp angular shapes, some covered with paper as platforms for the bright slowly moving projections to bring the sculpture to life. The light from the projections also catches on the strings, illuminating them and giving a sense of movement. The shadows cast from the sculpture also moves across the back wall as the light and dark areas of the projection slowly shift across the space. The Light Paintings I & II projected and framed on adjacent walls are there to be viewed like a painting which happens to move, to watch the swathes of colour and patterns slowly move across the framed area in a slow considered manner. In the evening it is possible to watch the Light Paintings as reflections in the window while positioned in front of Roger’s work.

The Foyer space contains Hannah’s series of intricate pencil drawings from the movement created from stitched pieces of work, laid out as if a large landscape piece.

Also in the Foyer space is an installation and related video pieces by Roger. The foil lined ‘Accumulator’ is a phase in an ongoing series exploring  space, fiction and memory. There is some reference to Psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich’s ‘Orgone Accumulator’ a quasi-scientific/mystical invention devised by Reich in the 1960s. He claimed his ‘Orgone boxes’ could enhance the life-force and the libido. In no way attempting to recreate Reich’s box, this installation nevertheless proposes an accumulation of creative energy in the form of artistic process and fictional possibility. The meaning of the piece is undefined, yet meanings can accumulate and develop in relationship to it. The material lends itself to Sci-fi imaginings, and yet there is a cone of red thread in there harking back to the past maybe. There is a contrasting connection of the Industrial Revolution and the Technological Revolution.

The three looped video pieces also document various phases of the ‘Accumulator’ in the form of performance, poetry and music. We are presented with fragments of a story, part abstract, part science fiction.

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‘The Secret Life’ (7th – 11th Nov)
November 6, 2011

This weeks show is a rich mix of the surreal and the dreamy.

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OPENING NIGHT MONDAY 7th 4.30 – 6.30pm

Curator: Elisa Artesero

Assistant curator: Roger Bygott

Curator’s Statement

A ball hangs in the corner of a room in Magritte’s painting ‘The Secret Life’ (1928) recently shown at the Tate Liverpool exhibition. The spherical ‘thing’ appears to be in a state of being/existing in the space, whether we are there to view it or not. Although it was hung in a room full of people, I felt as if it was very much alone and I had intruded on its quiet existence, like coming across a ghost. This was the starting point and inspiration for this exhibition. The work on show is varied to say the least, but within each piece there are intriguing characters within dreamlike or surreal situations.

Starting with my own work ‘Phantom’, the sculpture is the conduit for the light phantom, giving the ephemeral being a place to exist and become whole as the light passes through the layers of fabric. Roger Bygott uses light trails in his film ‘The Photographer’; he came across the anonymous photographer while walking in North Wales and filmed the man absorbed in his own world, conjured up as if part of a dream. James Ackerley’s ‘A Brief Memento of an Intangible Dreamscape’ could almost have come from the place Roger filmed his photographer and is presented as a surreal souvenir.

The middle hexagon holds the eerie photos of Anna Heaton’s twins, blankly staring out of the picture. Matthew Barber’s photos, ‘Stranger Danger’ are based on the fear of walking home at night and how the mind plays tricks on you. The photos are similar and their repetition and placement is to make the viewer look twice at each to see the differences, to pick out where the man in the picture has moved to next. These photos frame Karol Kochanowski’s ‘Self Portrait with Elephant’, an absurd situation in a beautiful landscape to symbolize the burden of everyday life, and his ‘Breadcycle’ a piece exhibited two years ago as part of his Foundation course, which has changed with him over the years.

John Brindley’s ‘Echoes’ and Caroline Whitemore’s surreal paintings use doors and pathways as symbols in their work, which I have placed together as quite literally the doorways to the next section of the exhibition within the Foyer.

Amy Lawrence’s piece ‘Mushroom’ shows a woman pregnant with thought and imagination. Helen Wheeler’s etchings create an intangible dreamscape. Both artists invite the viewer to make their own interpretation of their work, however I feel that they are both reflective of the artists themselves, Amy’s imagination literally growing from the image, and Helen’s layered with depth of meaning.

The show reel of films from Liam Healy (‘Pray’), Fabian Beickhorasani (‘Signon’) and Exposure’s nominee Michael Scott (‘Alice in Space’ and ‘Tastes Better’) are set on two projectors to continue the ‘look again’ theme of doubles running through the exhibition and to wonder why the images are not quite the same.

Finally, there are two very different boxes which can be entered into, one is Roger Bygott’s ‘Shaman’, an ambiguous character who is difficult to decipher, keep an eye out for him as he may be in and available to give divinations, or his spirit could be left guarding his home. The other box is Robert Grundstrom’s ‘Cubicle No.2’ the dark part of the psyche which can be entered into at your own risk.

Many thanks to Roger Bygott and Paul Tutty for their help in setting up the exhibition, and to the participating artists whose work was a pleasure to curate.

Elisa Artesero


Foyer Film Week: Buñuel (Anticipating the Surreal)
October 29, 2011

Film Week

To get us in the mood for ‘The Secret Life’ exhibition (7th – 11th November) the Foyer will be a film space this week and will play the often dreamlike/surreal films of Luis Buñuel. The films will be on repeat, but we will endeavour to start each one afresh from 1pm each day for anyone who wishes to watch them in their entirety. I hope these brilliant, often quite shocking, films will be a good introduction to this filmmaker for those who are not aware of his work, and for the continued enjoyment of those who are already fans.

Elisa Artesero (curator)

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Monday (31st Oct)

‘The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie’

“In Luis Buñuel’s deliciously satiric masterpiece, six pillars of society repeatedly try to have dinner together, their plans interrupted by events both real (scheduling mix-ups, a restaurateur’s death) and increasingly surreal (exposed on a theatre stage, assassinated by Paramilitaries).”

Tuesday (1st Nov)

‘That Obscure Object of Desire’

“Recounted in flashback to a group of railway travellers, the story wryly details the romantic perils of Mathieu, a wealthy, middle-aged French sophisticate who falls desperately in love with his 19-year-old former chambermaid Conchita. Thus begins a surreal game of sexual cat-and-mouse, with Mathieu obsessively attempting to win the girl’s affections as she manipulates his carnal desires, each vying to gain absolute control of the other.”

Wednesday (2nd Nov)

‘The Diary of a Chambermaid’

“The film charts the ambitions of Célestine, a woman who comes to work in the Normandy estate occupied by Monsieur Rabour, his daughter, and the daughter’s husband, the right wing Monsieur Montiel. Celestine quickly learns that M.Rabour is a more or less harmless boot fetishist, his daughter a frigid woman more concerned with the family furnishings than in returning the affections of her husband, who, in turn, can’t keep his hands off the servants. Célestine picks her way through this minefield carefully, spurning the advances of all of the men until it’s convenient for her.

“Charting the rise of 30s fascism, Buñuel’s film also intelligently considers political, social and sexual positions in relation to the perversity of human desires.”

Thursday (3rd Nov)


“Set in Toledo in the early 1930s, Don Lope, an aging figure of respectability who becomes the guardian of Tristana, a young woman with whom he is soon completely smitten. Finally accepting Don Lope’s proposal of marriage after having her tumorous leg amputated, Tristana chooses a passionless union rather than be subject to the harsh realities of a society that refuses to change to the needs of women.

“Essentially a contest of wills between the two lead characters, ‘Tristana’ is a compelling black comedy that offers a characteristically audacious look at sexual obsession and bourgeois sensibilities.”

Friday (4th Nov)

‘The Phantom of Liberty’

Episodic in structure, the film is a series of anarchic and frequently surreal series of events through which the director ravages a complacent European culture and the various sexual hang-ups and historical and cultural disconnects of its inhabitants. A man sells postcards of French tourist attractions, calling the ‘pornographic’. A sniper in Montparnasse is hailed as a hero for killing passer-by. A missing child helps the police fill out the report on her. A group of monks play poker, using religious medallions as chips, and in the most infamous sequence, a formally dressed social group gathers at toilets around a table, occasionally excusing themselves to go into little stalls in a private room to eat.

“Best approached as a literal comedy of manners – the film is perversely funny and punctuated with a series of quite brilliant sight gags – ‘The Phantom of Liberty’ argues against the acceptance of strict moral codes, suggesting that the only way to live freely is to embrace the coincidences of the world.”

John Brindley Solo Show (31st Oct – 4th Nov)
October 29, 2011

This weeks Link Gallery show exhibits the work of second year Fine Art student John Brindley.

In his artists’ statement John says:

“I see my work as experimental, exploring how the basic elements of colour, structure, line and texture can generate emotional impact and express energy in the work.

When starting a painting I do not hold a preconceived idea of what the work might become as it is important to me that the paint and the visceral application of the medium should eventually speak for itself. 

The meaning in the work is subjective and varied, and can appear emotive, enigmatic, energetic and structural. It is generally developed with an eye to the aesthetic. 

I am interested in the psycho-spiritual (secular) aspect of ‘creativity and the unconscious’, particularly as discussed in the books of Stephen Newton, Rudolf Arnheim and Anton Ehrenzweig. “

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We also congratulate John on winning a Merit Award at the recent Stockport Artists Group Exhibition at Stockport Art Gallery. His winning painting can be seen at Stockport Art Gallery until January 2012.

This show was co-curated by Elisa Artesero and Roger Bygott

Call for submissions : The Secret Life
October 26, 2011

This is a call for submissions with a surreal/dreamlike theme for an exhibition at the Link Gallery 7th-11th November. The work can be in any medium that fits into the theme. Please send photos (or stills if film based) of the completed work together with dimensions, a short description, and any special install requirements you may have by the submission deadline of Tuesday 1st November to

The exhibition will be curated but you must be available to install your own work at midday Friday 4th November.

This is a show with a very short window of time for submissions, so don’t delay! I really look forward to viewing the work that is sent through.