Preview: 6-9pm, Friday 2nd March 2018
Open: 3rd March – 31st March 2018, Saturday + Sundays 1pm – 5pm or by appointment.
by SHOW.ME.UP, a curatorial project by Kieran Leach and Precious Innes
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.
With an emphasis on sculptural work, the exhibition features UK based artists at various stages in their careers. Throughout the show there is a sense of art imitating life, as the artists tackle notions of work, play and societal pressures. From daily routines and ingrained behaviours to social tropes and leisure pursuits, the group show concerns the perfect balancing act we all aim to achieve in life. The use of humour runs throughout, exposing coping mechanisms we use to deal with the uncertainty of an unstable existence. Elements of the works induce a sense of nostalgia, a look back to simpler times perhaps, exemplifying notions of childlike escapism. The show acts a survey of our collective consciousness, and endeavours to physically manifest our attitudes towards matters that sit upon the scales of life.
More on the artists:
Corey Bartle-Sanderson lives and works in London. He holds a BA in Fine Art from Kingston University (2014). He has had a solo exhibition HOMEWARE_update (2015) at Block 336, London. Group exhibitions include; Ultra Sunrise, It’s Kind of Hard to Explain & MILK, SET, London (2017) On to the next, MUESLI, The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2016); RCA SECRET 2016, Art Dubai, Mina A’slam, Dubai (2016). Auto-Parts - Lokaal 01, Antwerp, Belgium (2014) www.coreybartlesanderson.com
Alexander J. Croft lives and works in Liverpool/Manchester, he graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2015 with a BA in Fine Art, and has since founded The Trophy Room gallery, Liverpool. Group exhibitions include: UK Young Artists Residency, Blackpool (2017); Scraping the Bottom of the Bargain Bucket (2015); Cela vient de Matilda, Bohunk Open Call, Bohunk Gallery, Nottingham (2014). www.alexandjcroft.com
Richard Hughes lives and works in Greater Manchester. Hughes holds a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from the Manchester School of Art (2009). Group Exhibitions include: Stick or Twist, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2017); Duizend Bommen En Granaten, Stitching White Cube, Kunsthal 45, Den Helder, Netherlands (2017); Ambition, Instigate Arts, HOME, Manchester (2016); XerXes Sculpture Prize. Serpentine Gallery, London (2015) www.richardhughesart.com
Precious Innes is lives and works in Manchester. Innes holds a BA in Fine Art from Staffordshire University (2015). Selected exhibitions include The Manchester Contemporary art fair with Paradise Works (2017) and Castlefield Gallery (2016); Politics of Paradise, Paradise Works, Salford (2017); A New Place to Sit, The Trophy Room, Liverpool (2017); MASS, NY Space, Manchester (2017), At Odds End, PS Mirabel (2017); Wide Margins, Bankley Gallery, Manchester (2017); Leg End, residency at The Great Medical Disaster, Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces (2017); Residency and Exhibition at Cadman Gallery, Staffordshire University (2017). www.preciousinnes.com
Kieran Leach lives and works in Manchester and holds a BA in Fine Art from the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, University of Lancaster (2015). Group exhibitions include: Stick or Twist, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2017); Aftertaste, The Trophy Room, Liverpool (2017); A Show about the Show, Scaffold Gallery, Manchester (2017); Politics of Paradise, Paradise Works, Salford (2017) and Companions, The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool (2016) He also showed at The Manchester Contemporary with Paradise Works (2017) and with Castlefield Gallery (2016) www.kieranleach.co.uk
Sam Porritt is based in Zurich and represented by Vitrine Gallery London. Porritt holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Chelsea School of Art and Design (2002), and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools, London 2005. Selected Solo exhibitions include: The Golden Rule, CIRCUIT, Lausanne, CH (2017); The Lonely Target, c.o.m.p.o.s.i.t.e, Brussels, Belgium (2017); Grist To The Mill, VITRINE, London, UK (2016). Selected recent group exhibitions include: A Journey from a sweeping gesture to a lasting effect, VITRINE, Basel, CH (2016); Being Boring, Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, IS (2016); L’Hospice des Mille-Cuisses, CAN, Neuchâtel, CH (2015); Works on Paper by Sculptors, The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (2015). www.samporritt.com
Sara Proctor lives and works in London. Proctor holds a BA in Fine Art from the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, University of Lancaster (2017). Group exhibitions include: Abraxas, PAF film festival 2018, Olomouc, Czech Republic (2017); Tenderflix 2017 Daydreaming, Tenderpixel @ RCA, London, (2017); backup_festival, Bauhaus, Weimar University, Germany (2017); Filmed Up March 2017, HOME, Manchester, (2017) www.saraprocter.com
Gwyn Williams lives and works in Clwt-y-bont near Caernarfon. Recent exhibitions include, WAR II, MOSTYN (2015); Art in the bar, Chapter Gallery (2015); BUZZED, Phillips Group Show (2015); Business as usual, TURF projects and The North Contemporary (2015); The scent of Dic Aberdaron, Oriel Davies, Newtown (2015); Y Lle Gelf, National Eisteddfod of Wales (2014); Oriel Davies Open, Oriel Davies, Newtown (2014); Pebbledash and Polaroids, Hackney Picturehouse, London (2013); MOSTYN Open 18, MOSTYN, Llandudno (2013). www.gwynwilliams.net
Alistair Woods lives and works in Manchester. Woods holds a BA in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan University (2013). Co-founder of Depot Art Studios. Selected exhibitions; Sluice Art Biennial, London (2017); Cass Art Festival, The Oxo Tower, London (2017); 8 Easels, (Solo exhibition) Sadler’s Yard, Manchester (2016); Common Denominator (Solo exhibition) Victoria Station Gallery, Manchester (2016); Open Depot, Depot, Manchester (2017); On-Going, Sloe Gallery, Manchester (2017); The Greater Manchester Emerging Contemporary Arts Prize Summer Exhibition, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Manchester, (2016); Subjected To Change, Basement Arts, Leeds (2014); (Residency & solo exhibition) Northern Graduates Exhibition, The Curwen Gallery London (2013). www.alistairwoods.co.uk
Venue: Paradise Works, Irwell House, Salford, M3 7LE
Opening Times: Weekends 1pm – 5pm or by appointment.
Admission: FREE. The gallery is on the first floor accessible by stairs.