Our exhibition space acts as a platform for an ongoing programme of critically engaged exhibitions, film screenings, projects and events.
Island Life brings together six artists whose work can be said to be culturally, socially or politically engaged. It comes as no surprise in a transitional world where ideas of borders and truths are constantly being challenged, that these artists choose to explore worldviews through their lived experiences and those of others around them.
In this exhibition, the artists reflect and connect the complexities of modern living in this island nation in north western Europe with its neighbours and beyond. The personal endeavours of the artists resonate with wider social concerns, with questions of co-existence, equality, and most of all, a sense of shared humanity.
Island Life is supported by the University of Salford Art Collection and School of Arts and Media Graduate Scholarship Programme, and includes works by Paradise Works' 2017/18 Graduate Scholar Elliott Flanagan.
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Opening night: Friday 17 August, 6-9pm
Open: Sat & Sun, 18 - 26 August, 12-4pm or by appointment
Furnished Archipelago is a collaborative exhibition from After School Club's James Ackerley and Depot artists Rowan Eastwood, Jack Ginno, Sam Potter and Alistair Woods. New works from Depot artists draw on their common interest in the everyday, authorship, time and space, and are jointly presented with new sculptural forms from Ackerley. Serving as furniture, these works invite the audience to sit, lean or look through, challenging the traditional ways that we encounter artworks within the gallery environment.
Furnished Archipelago is the last in a series of critically engaged events and exhibitions facilitated by James Ackerley from his studio base at Paradise Works. After School Club is a shifting network of peer support and collaborative activity for artists, designers and creatives based in Manchester, with support from Arts Council England. Established in 2016, Depot is an artists’ studio space and platform for the exhibition and promotion of contemporary art in Manchester.
The Future Is Bright The Past Is Colourful
A solo show by studio member Richard Shields.
Preview: Thursday 12th July 6-9pm
Open: Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5pm until 28 July, and by appointment until 8 August 2018.
Shields is a Manchester based artist from Northern Ireland. In October 2017 Shields was selected for the Impose|Lift residency in The Curfew Tower situated in Cushendall Northern Ireland. The residency is curated by Manchester based gallery The Penthouse and hosted by Bill Drummond. The residency focused on the political situation in Northern Ireland, the history of the tower, indigenousness and the other.
Being unbaptized from Catholic and Protestant parents, Shields explored his ambiguous cultural identity through subjects that are stereotypically associated with Northern Ireland by those in mainland Britain and the rest of Ireland.
Preview: Friday 1st June, 6-9pm
Open: Saturdays,12-5pm or by appointment until 24th June.
Mental State Signs: A solo exhibition by artist Nick Jordan.
Titled from a clinical term used for assessing mental health disorders, the exhibition explores themes of psychosis and surveillance, and includes new paintings, film, photography and found objects. Material on display includes schematic diagrams, clinical index cards, archival letters, audio visual equipment and
illuminated signage, which the artist salvaged from an abandoned hospital’s psychiatry video studio. Read More
Saturday 16 June: The Speaker is a Type of Membrane
An evening of artists' film, performance and live music, featuring short films by Clara Casian, Jenny Holt, Nick Jordan, James Snazell, Mary Stark; and film/music performances by Sam McLoughlin & David Chatton Barker (Samandtheplants, Folklore Tapes), Tuskmoth (Lord Mongo, David Bez, Otis Jordan).
Opening night: Friday 11 May, 7-9pm
Open: Sat 12th - Sun 13th May 12.30 - 5pm
Boredom is, despite the name, rather interesting. It's a state of mind we generally seek to avoid. That feeling of listlessness, a lack of all stimulation. But within that empty brain space, mysterious intrigue festers, and things begin to gestate. Thinking about boredom is the perfect way to escape boredom, and being bored is an ideal way to escape thoughtlessness. Scaffold presents, a group show featuring a selection of new works responding to the intentionally antagonistic and possibly ludicrous statement surrounding the existence of the minds most mysterious and ephemeral state.
Artists: Lucy Bird, Carrie Doughty, Jon Edgley, Matt Girling, Ant Hamlyn, Laura Hopkinson, Sarah Howe, Stefan Klein, Benjamin Lunt, Lilli Mathod, Sophia Moffa, Plumb, Danny Ryder, Lena Schwingshandl, Alexis Zelda Stevens, Topp & Dubio, WHATCHAMACALLIT collective, Laura Weaver, Alexandra Wilson
Open: 3rd March – 31st March 2018, Saturday + Sundays 1pm – 5pm or by appointment.
Artists: Corey Bartle-Sanderson, Alexander J Croft, Richard Hughes, Precious Innes, Kieran Leach, Sam Porritt, Sara Procter, Gwyn Williams and Alistair Woods.
Tipping the scales is the inaugural exhibition presented by Kieran Leach and Precious Innes under the moniker Show.me.up. The curatorial duo will program a series of exhibitions, the first of which will take place at Paradise Works.
Politics of Paradise
Saturday 28 October 12:00 – 10:00pm
(part of Paradise Works Launch Weekend)
29 October, 4 + 5 November, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Extended: Politics of Paradise has been extended to 26th November, open by appointment. Get in touch.
Politics of Paradise presents new and existing work by 25 artists based at Paradise Works. The exhibition is presented in the studio's newly commissioned gallery space and across the building in site specific interventions and performance. Exploring historic and contemporary notions of “paradise”, the artists respond to their new home on the Salford and Manchester border, and to the utopian vision often attributed to, and compounded by artists.
Exhibiting Artists: James Ackerley, Louise Adkins, Sarah Blaszczok, Michael Branthwaite, Robin Broadley, Andrew James Brooks, Nina Chua, Chris Paul Daniels, Elliott Flanagan, Louise Giovanelli, Lucy Harvey, William Hughes, Precious Innes, Hilary Jack, Kwong Lee, Kieran Leach, Jo McGonigal, Robin Megannity, Bren O'Callaghan, Alyson Olson, Richard Shields, Cherry Tenneson, Claire Tindale, Winter and Kurth, Elizabeth Wewiora.
Politics of Paradise
The Manchester Contemporary
Preview: Friday 27 October, 5:00 - 9:00pm
Saturday 28 October, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 29 October, 10:00 -5:00pm
To coincide with the Launch Weekend, Paradise Works is pleased to showcase selected works from the groups inaugural exhibition, Politics of Paradise. Works by studio artists James Ackerley, William Hughes, Precious Innes, Hilary Jack, Kieran Leach, Jo McGonigal, Robin Megannity, Richard Shields, Cherry Tenneson and Claire Tindale explore the utopian ideals that underpin the groups identity and recent formation on the Salford and Manchester border. The Manchester Contemporary showcase serves as a taster of the group’s extended Politics of Paradise exhibition and open studios across the weekend of The Manchester Contemporary.