Happy Friday from Chorlton Alternative Arts x

Hello folks! We’re back next week with another art class – same time, same place. It’s been great to see so many new faces recently, bringing with them a whole new range of styles to grace the gallery. There’s been a load of arts events taking place over the last few weeks to keep us interested, including the Manchester International Festival – did anyone go and see the Do It exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery? If so, what did you think?

This Sunday our friends at Life Drawing Sandbar return for another session from 4.30 – 7pm, hope to see you there! In the meantime, get your Tony Hart cravats on because here’s a selection of your pictures in the gallery…

Wear Sunscreen

Hello folks! Well isn’t this just the hottest summer since our erroneous childhood memories. We hope everyone’s being sensible with the sunscreen.

We’ve also got news of an opportunity for artists! The next PS Mirabel exhibition is on the theme of the artificial, unnatural or synthetic. ARTIFICE opens on 10th August (with a private view in September, date TBC), and its curator Aziza Mills is looking for work in any medium (2 or 3 dimensions, video, performance, sound, etc.) that examines artificiality – whether through its materials/processes, or in its subject matter more broadly.

“THOU SHALT CREATE ARTIFICIAL ART” (Gilbert and George)

If you’re interested in showing work, please email azizamills@gmail.com by Wednesday 24th July with images, ideas etc. More info on Mirabel studios and PS Mirabel can be found on their website.

And as ever, here’s a selection of your pictures from the last two classes – enjoy!

We Are All Explorers – MMU School of Art Degree Show 2013

We had a bit of a nose round the MMU School of Art Degree Show on Friday 14th June. Featuring the work of final year students across a wide range of media including textiles, film, photography, ceramics, graphic design and painting, the show was held at the All Saints Campus on Oxford Road from 15th – 19th June, and gave us a great opportunity to visit the impressive brand new Art School building. And of course we had to stop by the Saluation for the obligatory after-show pint! Here are a few photos from the show and the exhibits, hope you enjoy them.

From A(ndroids) to B(azaars)

Hello folks! We’ve had an art-packed few weeks, with visits to the excellent Project Android exhibition at 4a Piccadilly Place and the MMU Degree Show among other events. What’s more, if anyone’s at a loose end this weekend, our friends the Chorlton Bazaar are setting up shop at the South West Manchester Cricket Club on Saturday and Sunday (22nd & 23rd June) – expect a whole range of vintage and craft stalls, as well as a selection of food stalls, cocktails, beer and DJs! The Cricket Club is at the end of Ellesmere Road in Chorlton – walk past Oddest then take the second road on the left.

We’re back with another art class next Wednesday 26th June, same time, same place. And as ever, here’s a selection of your pictures from the last two art classes – enjoy!

Night Sessions #3 – Colour and tone

Night Sessions #3 - Manchester Life Drawing

Wed 19th June
6.30 – 9.30pm
£8.00
22 Redbank, Manchester M4 4HF

Contact azizamills@gmail.com to reserve a space.

#22redbank - Manchester Life DrawingNight Sessions is Manchester’s only 3 hour life drawing session run by creative professionals for creative professionals.

Join us for an evening of drawing, painting and socialising at photographer’s studio and whisky lounge #22 Redbank. The third session will focus on colour and skin tone, making use of unusual lighting effects. We’ll set long poses, giving you the chance to do more detailed work if you wish.

This is a great opportunity to experiment with colour too – feel free to bring paint and canvas or any other materials (if using oil paint, please bring odourless solvent).

There are some easels/boards available – let me know if you need these or are bringing your own.

Places are limited and it’s essential that you book in advance –contact azizamills@gmail.com to reserve a space.

#22Redbank is a new mixed use venue from the Liquorists and Tone Photographer in the Green Quarter of Manchester. For more information, visit http://www.theliquorists.com/22redbank/

Summer’s here?

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Sunshine, hailstones, thunderclouds, more sunshine… I give up. All journeys outside will now be accompanied by suncream, umbrella, picnic blanket and wellies.

We hope you enjoyed the second (final?) performance of Drawn Together, Drawn Apart, which took place at the Edge on Monday 20th May as part of a Chorlton Arts Festival double bill alongside Visions of Grandeur. Some photos of the event can be found here! The project explores the relationship between two very different but in some ways analogous art forms, and the themes of memory, time and movement. We hope to be able to continue this project in future, so watch this space for details.

In the meantime, hope to see everyone at next Wednesday’s class, and as ever, here is a selection of your pictures from the last session. Hope everyone enjoys the bank holiday weekend! There’s a promising forecast of sunny thunder-hail dust storms, hurrah.

Join us at Chorlton Arts Festival in May!

Hi folks! A big thanks to everyone who made it to our class on 1st May, and special thanks to those of you who volunteered to lend a hand over the summer. Tonight’s class will be the last one with Joe at the helm for a while but we plan to continue throughout summer, with maybe a short break for holidays – all updates will be posted on here so keep checking in for the latest information.

There will also be one last chance to see Drawn Together, Drawn Apart, the drawing and dance collaboration featuring some of the art class artists, conceived by Joe along with dancers Joseph Lau and Shona Roberts – it will be taking place at the Edge Theatre and Arts Centre on Monday 20th May from 7.30pm, sharing the bill with Visions of Grandeur, a fantastical dance-theatre work by New York based performer Simone Sobers. This performance will be part of the Chorlton Arts Festival programme of events – more information can be found on their website.

And of course, as always, here is a selection of your pictures from last week’s class – hope to see you at tonight’s class!

Chorlton Art Class Needs You!

Hello again everyone! We have an important announcement to make this time round, so read on…

Joe is leaving us for a few months to study contemporary classical art in France! Which means that we’ll be short-staffed from mid-May until mid-August. We could really do with another pair of hands to help with some of the organising of art class while he’s away. It’s not a big commitment, just a little time each fortnight to help with booking models, replenishing materials and setting up and running the class on the day. If anyone would like to help out, please get in touch with Chris at chrisbartram@gmail.com.

And now, let’s have a look at your awesome pictures in the gallery!…

Drawn Together, Drawn Apart

Hi folks! There’s a very special live drawing/dance event featuring some of the Chorlton Art Class artists taking place on Saturday 20th April from 7.30pm at the Contact Theatre, Manchester as part of the Turn Festival:

Drawn Together, Drawn Apart – A relationship captured through dance, drawings & impressions – by Joseph Lau, Shona Roberts & Joseph While

Joe-01Tickets for the event are £8 (£5 concessions), or £10/£6 for a two-day pass for the festival.

Booking is via 0161 274 0600 or online at http://www.contactmcr.com/turn. Please quote “Drawn Together Drawn Apart” when booking your ticket, as we may be awarded with some extra funding if we sell the most tickets!

The Turn is Manchester’s micro-festival of dance, taking place on Fri 19th & Sat 20th April at the Contact Theatre on Oxford Road, and co-produced by Word of Warning, Contact, Dance Initiative Greater Manchester and Live at LICA.

And now, without further ado, here’s a double helping of sketches from the last two classes!