First newsletter of 2018 is out! January's tour and talk on Echo in Warrington and new work with a public opening in Wakefield, as well as new writing on my work and a brief overview of some highlights since my September newsletter.
I've been awarded a micro-commission by The Art House and will be making new work culminating in a public viewing on Wednesday 31 January as part of the Artwalk Wakefield event across various Wakefield venues from 5-9pm.
My new installation, Bend or break, will be based in studio M5 in the basement at The Art House, all welcome.
Micro commission partners:
On 24 January I'm doing a tour and talk on Echo, my installation in Warrington, in its final week in association with CVAN and Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.
All details and how to book (free). All very welcome.
Delighted to be part of the inaugural Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art showing two works in the amazing CET Building. It's an exciting artist roster and all will be revealed at the public preview across multiple venues on Friday 6 October. The show runs until 22 October, free admission.
New site-specific installation at Pyramid Arts Centre commissioned by Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, opening night on 29 September 2017 - all welcome.
Echo is a new site-specific installation exploring uncertainty, transience and the gap between and interplay within purely sensory feeling and experience and more literal, rational thought-based experience and memory.
The projection and sculptural work creates dialogues with materials, memory and the physical space.
Echo is open at the Pyramid Arts Centre, Warrington until 27 January 2018, Mon to Fri 9-5 (Weds often open to 9pm but call in advance to check on 01925 442345), Sat 10-2.
(Pyramid Arts Centre is closed over the Christmas holidays from 22 December, re-opening 2 January).
Summer is being spent making new work for several exciting shows and projects coming up in the autumn, together with continuing practice research and a series of visits and meetings with curators and artists.
Thanks to Arts Council England for the current Grants for the Arts award which is funding this activity.
New installation, Graft, at PS Mirabel in Manchester, a show with Rowan Eastwood. All welcome to preview Thurs 23 February 2017, then open Saturdays 11-5 and by appointment (with me) to 1 April. In addition there is an opportunity to meet the artists on the closing day, Sat 1 April, with both artists in the gallery 11-5.
Press release below.
Graft – Holly Rowan Hesson and Rowan Eastwood
PS Mirabel, Manchester
Preview Thursday 23 Feb 6-9pm
Then open Saturdays 11-5pm, 25 Feb – 1 Apr
Including an opportunity to meet the artists Sat 1 Apr 11-5pm
Also open by appointment at other times (please contact Holly to arrange at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Graft is an exhibition at PS Mirabel, Manchester of new work from artists Holly Rowan Hesson and Rowan Eastwood exploring and expanding their shared interests in materials, intuitive process and responding to site.
Hesson’s work explores the gap between and interplay within purely sensory feeling and more literal, rational thought-based experience and an interest in the validity of uncertainty when approaching, experiencing and decoding the visual. Her work is concerned with the actual fragility and transience of what seems solid, weighty and permanent, both physically and also in the way things are perceived.
Through intuitive and process-led image making, she creates dialogues with material, sites and residual memories. This interrogation regularly starts from abstract photographs made in situ capturing an interest in specific man-made structures, buildings and physical spaces. Using the visual language and formal concerns of abstraction, her resulting sculptural and installation work is multi-layered with uncertain depth of focus.
Eastwood’s work focuses on minor alterations and installations in everyday environments. By working with various materials she explores different situations and creates responses that feel playful, instinctive and inherent. Works develop and progress over time, with external influences often having an effect on a piece; time, movement, natural elements and human interactions allow the piece to evolve with little influence from the artist. Encouraging these interactions, her intention is to leave familiar and accessible works that the viewer can engage with on a relatable level.
When working in a situation or place she intends to grasp the viewer's attention through small, subtle adjustments which are crafted with a fundamentally lighthearted and impulsive approach. The final outcome can either be viewed as documentation of a prior process, or a piece which may evolve with its exhibition.
All welcome to the preview of Graft at PS Mirabel, Manchester city centre on Thursday 23 February 6-9pm. Then open Saturdays 11-5pm from 25 February to 1 April.
Holly Rowan Hesson received an MA in Contemporary Fine Art with Distinction from Salford University in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions in 2016 include New Work at & Model, Leeds and Assembly at Bankley Gallery, Manchester which was awarded after winning the Bankley Gallery Open in 2014 selected by Kwong Lee, Castlefield Gallery, Kate Jesson, Manchester Art Gallery, Chris Bloor, & Model and Peter Seal, artist. In 2015 Hesson was selected as part of Castlefield Gallery’s presentation at The Manchester Contemporary. Hesson has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally over the last four years.
Holly Rowan Hesson is currently supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Rowan Eastwood graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a Fine Art degree in 2013 and is now based in Manchester. Eastwood helped set up Depot Art Studios in 2015 where she holds a studio. Regularly exhibiting across Manchester, Eastwood was recently selected for the Might & Main residency at The Penthouse and was awarded second prize in PS Mirabel's Spectrum open exhibition.
PS Mirabel is an artist run project and exhibition space in the centre of Manchester. Open every Saturday 11am to 5pm and by appointment.
PS Mirabel, Mirabel Studios, 14/20 Mirabel Street, Manchester, M3 1PJ.
Delighted to have received an Arts Council England Grants for the arts award for research and development starting later this month. More news to follow.
My A-n Professional Development bursary is currently funding a series of curatorial critique sessions focusing on the work made for my two solo shows of the first part of this year with invited curators across the country. So far I've had inspiring meetings with Bryony Bond from The Tetley in Leeds, Anneka French, independent curator based in Birmingham, Paulette Terry Brien at International 3 in Manchester, Adam Smythe at The Bluecoat in Liverpool and Fiona Corridan and Kate Jesson from Manchester Art Gallery. The bursary will conclude with a session with Louise Hutchinson at S1 in Sheffield in October 2016.
Delighted that my work Harness is in the current PS Mirabel open show, Spectrum, in Manchester. The PS Mirabel Open 2016 was selected by Mark Doyle (Touchstones Gallery Curator and Collections Manager), Lisa Denyer (Artist and 2015 Winner), Magnus Quaife (Artist and Lecturer at MMU) and Robert Miller (Contemporary Art Collector) and I was happy to receive a commendation from the judges.
The show runs until 13 August 2016, open every Saturday 11am to 5pm and by appointment. PS Mirabel is an artist run project and exhibition space in the centre of Manchester.