• Working alongside the artist Clair Graubner, I have been involved in curating and installing the second annual Bankley Gallery Open Call exhibition in Manchester. The show opened last night and continues until late October (weekend opening only).
The selection panel for the show were:
Chris Bloor, Director of And Model, Leeds;
Kate Jesson, Curator at Manchester City Art Gallery;
Kwong Lee, Director of Castlefield Gallery, Manchester;
Peter Seal, artist and overall winner of the Open Call show in 2013.
The submission was open to UK artists in all media, and of the ninety-nine artists who entered, twenty were chosen. The panel selected Holly Rowan Hesson as overall winner, for her work Spark, illustrated here. Holly will have a one-person show at Bankley Gallery in 2015.
More details can be found on the gallery site:

• I am to write on the abstract painter Trevor Bell for the Public Catalogue Foundation. Update to follow.

• Current research continues towards a book which will centre on St Ives, and include material on the sculptor John Milne, and the painter Michael Broido. I would be pleased to hear from anyone who has work and/or information on these artists.


Image: Holly Rowan Hesson, Spark, acetate and glass (2014)

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