Pioneering Manchester-based collaboration between learning disabled visual artists and emerging artists draws wide spread attention and praise at The Manchester Contemporary

 

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We had an amazingly successful weekend introducing OutsiderXchanges project at The Manchester Contemporary art fair. We had a great time speaking to the public, collectors, exhibiting artists and gallery owners! And we sold some 3 art pieces! What else could we ask for?! We’d like to thank everyone who came down to the fair and everyone who helped make it happen!

Horace Lindezey enjoyed conducting his ‘School Days’ interviews with collaborating artist Juliet Davis, Rudolph Walker (If you could invite anybody in the world to our party, who would it be?) (#hangingwithrudolph) enjoyed perusing the exhibitor stands and mingling throughout the fair. Artist Leslie Thompson had incredibly feedback on his collection of fine-liner on paper vitrines with models and produced some fantastic live drawings of the event. All participating artists got the chance to speak to visitors about their resulting artwork and collaborations and their experience of exhibiting at such a high profile event.

OutsiderXchanges at The Manchester Contemporary 2016
Tanya Raabe-Webber, David James and Matt Girling watch ‘ The Pearlescent Party of Iridescent Energy’ The Manchester Contemporary Art Fair

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Selected artworks featured included pieces developed individually such Sarah Lee’s tactile three-dimensional clay ‘sketches’, inspired by the recent fire at the 16th-century Wythenshawe Hall, to collaborative works such as Yes Lad, Yes Lass (2016) by artists Barry Anthony Finan and Rosanne Robertson, a poignant mixed media video installation. This sculptural work represents the meeting of the two artists with their ambitions laid bare. Leslie Thompson, a prolific drawer, who at every opportunity is documenting his observations of events happening around him, in enormous detail using pen on paper, and in his own recognisable witty style, to artists Horace Lindezey and Juliet Davis who have involved public participation in their practice throughout to In a series of interviews Lindezey has been engaging participants in conversation on their childhood memories whilst also building models of their schools as a tool for reminiscence.

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Artists: Juliet Davis, Rudolph Walker (If you could invite anybody in the world to our party, who would it be?), Sophie Megan Lee and Horace Lindezey.

juliethoraceschooldays Horace and Juliet conducting their ‘School Days’ interveiws during the fair

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‘YES LAD, YES LASS’ 2016, Installation by Rosanne Robertson and Barry Anthony Finan

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Sarah Lees ‘The Leaf Dress’ 2016,  Architectural sketches on fabric

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Amanda Sutton, Director at Venture Arts said:

“Showcasing OutsiderXchanges at The Manchester Contemporary was a great opportunity for the project and our artists to exhibit to a wider arts audience, and the response we had was fantastic. Collectors, curators and the wider public all engaged with the work on many levels, and we sold a set of pieces to a high profile organisation within Manchester. Over the next few months with events and exhibitions planned at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Whitworth Gallery we aim to reach wider and more diverse audiences, and make the case for collaborative art practice within the contemporary art scene.”

Other fantastic feedback from the fair:

”The heart of the fair”

“Great to see art that takes responsibility in the real world!”

”TMC stall was completely amazing! And totally held its own in that environment, thought it was absolutely fantastic, we’re all very proud of you, so very well done to Venture arts and artists I say!”

 

 

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