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Lightwaves 2015

We are delighted to announce that we are stepping up our game here at the Quays for this winter’s LIGHTWAVES 2015 digital light celebration. Three large-scale artworks will be illuminating the future city of the Quays/MediaCityUK from the 12th to 27th December every day (except Christmas Day) between 4:30 and 10:30pm.

Introducing the artworks:
CATHEDRAL OF MIRRORS is our new international commission on the Lowry Plaza – by Danish USA-based artist Mads Christensen. This interactive lightwork of towering pillars and beauty glows brighter as more people gather into its centre. This follows on from the success of the Aeolian Light sculpture last year, finalist of the international Lumen Prize. Presented in partnership with the University of Salford.

AMAZE by Icelandic artist Marcos Zotes sees a large, futuristic, architectural maze constructed on the Piazza of MediaCityUK. The public can wander through this projected and physical maze as the light and colours continuously change in this immersive experience.

INTRUDE by Australian artist Amanda Parer is an acclaimed work of five enormous illuminated rabbits that have hopped their way around global cities. These charming and intriguing inflated sculptures will delight and charm audiences.

LIGHTWAVES is free to the public and a growing part of the festive attractions in Greater Manchester. The engaging and inspiring art we present here has become an established part of the Quays experience.

The Quays/MediaCityUK – work, retail, leisure, culture and sporting in one location.

Source: Quays Culture

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neo:artprize 2015 LAUNCH

neo_default_01neo:gallery is pleased to announce the launch of the neo:artprize 2015. The critically acclaimed biennial competition offers a prestigious showcase for contemporary visual artists from around the world alongside an impressive list of sponsored prizes and the opportunity for a new graduate to be considered for the 12-week neo:residency supported by University of Bolton, GreatArt and neo:

The competition is juried by an independent panel of prominent curators and artists ensuring high standards are maintained. Judges for the neo:artprize 2015  are:

Ian Davenport : Painter, was born in Kent in 1966 is one of Britain’s leading abstract painters and printmakers. He graduated from Goldsmiths College of Art, London, in 1988 and as one of the generation of Young British Artists, he participated in the seminal 1988 exhibition Freeze. In 1991 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and since then has exhibited internationally and undertaken numerous large scale site-specific paintings, including the 50m long mural, Poured Lines: Southwark Street, under the Western Bridge on Southwark Street, London.  Davenport’s work is held in numerous public collections, including the Arts Council Collection, London, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, Tate Gallery, London, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, Weltkunst Collection, Zurich, and the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art, La Spezia, Italy. 

Amira Gad : Curator at The Serpentine Galleries. Prior to this, Gad was Managing Curator/Publications at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. At Witte de With, Gad was Project Manager of Alexandre Singh’s play The Humans and organized the exhibition The Temptation of AA Bronson (both in 2013) as well as I am for an art criticism that… (2012) a two-day symposium presented at Witte de With and at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and curated Short Big Drama, a solo exhibition of Angela Bulloch (2012) among other projects. Most recently, she has curated the group exhibition Blue Times (2014-2015) at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna. Gad has contributed, produced and has been editor of several publications including: Rotterdam South – Home, an artist book by Erik van Lieshout (2014); The Crime Was Almost Perfect (2014); Morality in Fragments (2014); Angela Bulloch (2012); and Rotterdam–Sensitive Times (2013) by Lidwien van de Ven. Gad is also Correspondent Editor for Ibraaz (www.ibraaz.org), an online magazine dedicated to visual art and culture in the Middle East and North Africa

Margot Heller OBE: Director of South London Gallery (SLG). Heller joined SLG as Director in 2001 and, since then, she has led the organisation through significant change and expansion in terms of its programmes, building and staff. She has curated numerous exhibitions at the SLG including those with Chris Burden, Ellen Gallagher, Ryan Gander, Oscar Murillo, Tatiana Trouvé and Lawrence Weiner among others.

Prior to joining the South London Gallery, Heller was a freelance curator (1998 – 2000) and Director of Exhibitions at Anthony d’Offay Gallery (1996-1998). Between 1989 and 1996, she worked for Southampton City Art Gallery: joining as Assistant Curator before becoming Curator and then Director.  She served two terms on the Government Art Collection Committee for six years, was a judge for the 2006 Turner Prize and was made a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French Government in 2007. In 2014, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the arts and was an advisor for the 2015 Venice BiennaleSelection Committee.

Helen Pheby : Senior Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) an international centre for modern and contemporary art set in 500 acres of historic estate parkland with four indoor galleries and an 18th-century chapel. YSP curates a changing programme of exhibitions and projects, including in 2014 Amar Kanwar, Tom Price, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Ai Weiwei, Fiona Banner, Tracey Emin and Martin Creed alongside displays of around forty long-term loans by artists such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Anthony Caro, Antony Gormley and Julian Opie. There are site-specific interventions in the landscape by James Turrell, Hemali Bhuta, Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and Sol LeWitt.

Pheby’s PhD thesis examined case studies of international sculpture in relation to ‘public’, engagement, and the articulation of place; she now works with communities worldwide including with ArtRole to facilitate cultural exchange with Kurdistan-Iraq and with Creative India. She co-curated the first Kyiv Sculpture Project in 2012, which coincided with the City’s first biennial and was experienced by over 600,000 visitors in one month.

Helen is regularly invited to contribute at international conferences and by the media and she is recently published within Sophie Ernst: Home 2012; Miró: Sculptor 2012; James Capper: Divisions 2013 and Jordan McKenzie 2014.

neo:artprize is an open exhibition inviting work in any media from contemporary visual artists over 18 and of all nationalities. Full entry criteria and online registration details are available at www.neoartists.co.uk from March. Deadline noon Monday 18th May

Marketing & Press please contact:

Jason Simpson

07855369522

jason@neoartists.co.uk

Arts, Vacancies & Opportunities

OPEN CALL: Tender for Artists/Makers (deadline: 09 Feb 2015)

GMMG are looking to appoint artists/makers to produce the following as part of their online retail offer.

An exclusive range of products using images and inspirations from the GMMG’s collections including:

> Colouring book for children and Adults using the museum’s collections of Bolt Label, Bolt Stamps and textile patterns
> Aprons, tea towels, mugs, notebooks etc inspired by museum objects
> Homeware collection of products inspired by our Egyptian, Japanese and Pilkington collection
> Produce framed prints of artworks
> Jewellery inspired by museum collections
> GMMG branded packaging for products

The full brief for this commission can be downloaded here: GMMG-Open-Call-to-artists-and-makers

If you have any queries please contact Subnum Hariff on 01204 338719 or subnum.hariff@bolton.gov.uk