Graft, new installation at PS Mirabel

Holly Rowan Hesson, Division ,  2017, debris netting, dimensions variable (photograph: Jules Lister)

Holly Rowan Hesson, Division, 2017, debris netting, dimensions variable (photograph: Jules Lister)

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

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.

The artists

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.

The gallery

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.


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