A new exhibition at one of Manchester’s newest Art Galleries launches this week.

Material Matters at the Saul Hay Gallery in Castlefield explores the physicality of the artists’ chosen medium, considering our sense of history and the mystical connections we feel to our landscape.

Nine artists are featured

Alyson Barton​ – Reflecting upon contemporary man’s increasing disconnection with the natural environment through use of the 19th century Wet Plate Collodion photographic process.

Margaret Cahill​ – A painter concerned with themes of history and memory, reflecting on the nature of our relationship to landscape in a world of conflict, displacement and instability.

Tracey Eastham ​- Using collage and cut out techniques to assemble scenes of ‘nature’ that are, in fact, anything but what they first appear to be.

Jane Fairhurst ​- Employing a wide range of media to make work that explores aspects of environmental, political and social issues in contemporary society. Jane’s work is often darkly humorous.

Rachel Grimshaw​ – A sculptor whose work is all about the material – clay. Rachel’s work is tactile,elegant and gestural. It is subtly and tangentially reminiscent of architecture and archaeology and captures the ‘frozen moments’ of the material.

Susan Gunn​ – Working with raw, natural earth and mineral pigments, and base substances such as chalk, coal, marble dust and organic waxes Susan’s paintings are a contemporary monument to the history of the materials, the process of making, and painting itself.

Emma Lloyd ​- Fascinated by the means we use to interpret information, whether it is visual, written or oral, Emma works with paper and text to challenge the viewer’s preconceptions and commenting on the omnipresent gap between words and seeing (or first-hand experience).

Georgia Noble​ – Transcending the conventions of traditional landscape painting in order to present Transcending the conventions of traditional landscape painting in order to presentthe viewer with a sense of space that, through both expressive mark making and the thin layering of oil paint, goes beyond the physical and real to evoke a sense of somewhere ‘other’.

Diana Terry​ – Combining landscape, figure and mood through modern mixed media techniques with an emphasis on texture and materials, Diana’s work is a contemporary interpretation of Romanticism

Material Matters runs from the 22nd July to 17th Sept

The Gallery is located in Railway Cottage on the Rochdale Canal in Castlefield and can be found over our secret footbridge 100a off Castle St. M3 4LZ

All work is for sale.

Opening hours Wednesday to Saturday 10:30 am – 6 pm. Sunday 10:30 am – 5 pm

Address Saul Hay Gallery, Railway Cottage, Off Castle Street, M3 4LZ

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