The Manchester Contemporary 2019

Friday 11 – Sunday 13 October 2019

Vane is pleased to be participating in The Manchester Contemporary. You can find us at stand 138.

Vane’s presentation for The Manchester Contemporary this year includes both artists from the gallery’s recent exhibition programme and from neighbouring initiatives, Ampersand Inventions and B&D Studios, both based in the Orbis building, Commercial Union House, home to the largest concentration of artists and creative organisations in Newcastle upon Tyne. Artists showing are Ben Applegarth, Feliks Culpa, Kirsty Harris, Jonpaul Kirvan, Melanie Kyles, Carole McCourt, and Narbi Price.


Artist talk: Oliver Doe in conversation with Dr Marc Botha

Wednesday 14 August 2019, 6-8pm

In association with his solo exhibition, ‘Somewhere In Between’, Oliver Doe will talk about his work and exhibition with Dr Marc Botha, Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Theory in the Department of English Studies at Durham University and Co-director of Durham’s Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience.


Artist Talk: Kathryn Watson: My illustrated mind

Tuesday 9 July 2019, 6-8pm

“An illustrated journey of my experiences of mental illness and my path towards emotional healing”

In association with the exhibition, ‘Heads & Tales’, Kathryn Watson, a medical practitioner, discusses her artistic practice and experiences of mental illness after being diagnosed with depression, anxiety and borderline personality disorder, in the works entitled My illustrated mind.

This event will be followed by a Spoken Word and Performance night with BORN LIPPY! Organised and supported by Nicky Mills and Chilli Studios.


Artist talk: Cathy Lomax: Girls on film

Saturday 29 June, 2-3.30pm

Christine Keeler is just one of the many real women who have been depicted on film. All too often, salacious aspects of their lives are foregrounded and this overshadows a rounded portrait of who they are. In this talk, Cathy Lomax looks at how Keeler has been portrayed in the films Scandal (1989) and The Keeler Affair (1963) alongside a broader look at images of women on screen and how this connects with Lomax’s art practice. The talk will be illustrated with film clips. Presented in association with the exhibition, ‘Dear Christine’, a tribute to Christine Keeler, conceived and curated by Fionn Wilson.

Cathy Lomax is an artist and director of Transition Gallery, London. She is currently researching the female film star image for a PhD in Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London.


Artist talk: Helen Billinghurst: Red hunting in Soho

Saturday 22 June 2019, 2-3.30pm

In association with the exhibition, ‘Dear Christine’, curated by Fionn Wilson, Helen Billinghurst delivers a psychogeographical report, with photographic images, on the three locations in Soho important to the narrative of Keeler’s life and the Profumo Affair. These will include Murray’s Cabaret Club, where Keeler met Stephen Ward, The Flamingo Club (which played an important role in the development of British rhythm and blues and jazz and where a fight broke out between two of Keeler’s lovers which ultimately led to the revelations of the Profumo Affair) and The Establishment club where Lewis Morley shot the iconic ‘chair’ photograph of Keeler in 1963. The report will deliver an emotive feedback in response to the locations as well as commenting on the lost landscape of 1960s Soho and comparing this with the Soho of today.

Helen Billinghurst is a practising interdisciplinary artist. She has recently completed a doctorate in performance, exploring how to combine studio practice with walking in the landscape.


Sadie Hennessy: Female icons ceramic workshop

Friday 21 June 2019, 2-4pm

In association with the exhibition, ‘Dear Christine’, curated by Fionn Wilson, Sadie Hennessy is hosting a workshop open to anyone over the age of 14 who would like to create a small piece of take-home art celebrating iconic women. After a brief introduction to the medium of collage, Hennessy will invite participants to make a commemorative plate featuring the great women that the participants have nominated.

The plates will be made using a simple decal transfer technique. The style of the plates will follow a long tradition of Royal commemorative ware, but with a very modern twist! There will also be the chance to create paper collage greetings cards. All materials will be provided. When signing up for the workshop, please suggest women that you would like to commemorate.

Sadie Hennessy is a collage artist and printmaker. She is currently Screen Print Fellow at the Royal Academy.


Artist talk: Claudia Clare: Christine Keeler the survivor

Saturday 8 June 2019, 2-3.30pm

In association with the exhibition, ‘Dear Christine’, curated by Fionn Wilson, Claudia Clare will give a talk focusing on Christine Keeler the survivor: survivor of poverty and exploitation and her goal of the ordinary, secure life. She will discuss why she made her work for the exhibition – its form (the pilgrim flask) and method (broken and mended). Claudia will also discuss the image of the prostituted woman in figurative art, with a focus on archetypes: the Fallen Woman, the Woman Taken in Adultery, the Magdelene, etc. religious archetypes which often feature in ceramics.

Claudia Clare is a ceramicist and writer based in London. Author of Subversive Ceramics (Bloomsbury 2015), she contributes regularly to Ceramic Review. Clare is known for her large-scale, slip-painted, earthenware jars that depict scenes that show the impact of major events on the lives of ordinary people.


Artist talk: Caroline Coon: I AM WHORE

Saturday 1 June 2019, 2-4pm

In association with the exhibition, ‘Dear Christine’, curated by Fionn Wilson, Caroline Coon will deliver a talk examining themes including the shaming of women in a misogynist culture that punishes women for displaying sexual behaviour. As part of the discussion, the Divide and Rule questions she will ask are: what will we do, in the system of patriarchy, to stop men dividing women against each other the better to rule over us? Who will stand shoulder to shoulder with us whores?

Caroline Coon is an artist, writer and political activist. Her artwork often explores sexual themes from a feminist standpoint.

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