Clay Studio 25th July - 31 July
Community Clay Studio Manchester, is a community ceramics studio based in Hulme, Manchester. Our space provides the facility to learn and progress into an independent maker of ceramics, whether it be functional or sculptural. Over the first 3 years of being open we built up our community of members, that developed strongly and in turn created off shoot ceramic studios around Manchester. Things were going from strength to strength when COVID (like with most things), closed our ceramics studio in Hulme, breaking the community of makers we had and the links we had developed over the years.
In November 2021 we reopened the membership, this was the last part of our business to return due to aspects of COVID restrictions.
Since November and starting membership again, we have rebuilt the foundations for a community of makers, most of the current 27 members are new to CCSM but we have retained some from before the lockdown. The exhibition at Inch Gallery will be the first group exhibition the current members have taken part in. We are pleased to be able to exhibit a collection of our members' ceramic artworks and wares. Hopefully, showing the diversity of what is being produced in CCSM and how individual each person's expression through the material can be.
Abi Joy Samuel 9th - 30th September
What if everyone from the day they were born had one piece of paper assigned to them and for each experience they had a drawing was made, one on top of the other, creating a complete visual impression of the complexity of human existence? Abi Joy Samuel (born 1993) is a London based expressionist figurative artist. Working in a multitude of layers, rubbing back and working over, Abi goes on a spiritual journey to understand the temporary nature of our existence, whilst her mediums of choice (charcoal and pastel on paper), symbolise fragility and acceptance.
Amanda Brown 3rd - 9th October
The pattern of life: You will know it well. It is in branches, leaves, petals, roots, in the movement of water. It is in our synapses. In our lungs and as our veins it carries our very life force. In our language. We branch out, we grow and become rooted, above all we connect. We are a human family symbiotically connected together to our beautiful planet and to each other. Please join me as I contemplate these connections in Wire and Thread. Fabric, Stitch, Wax, Paint and Drawing. This dialogue and my love of nature is a constant feature.
Rachael Addis 10th - 21 October
Rachael's practice is fundamentally a mark making process in which she creates abstract landscapes by applying a multitude of painted layers and patterns to the surface of canvas and paper. Her formative years, spent between the Lake District and Asia had an important inspiration on the process, colours and aesthetic of her work. Following her degree in Fine art, Rachael completed the three year postgraduate programme at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Achievements include the Cotton on Mcr's Manc of the Year, Jackson’s Painting Prize 2021 and the Art Gemini Prize 2021 People’s choice award.
Alan Hawkins 24 October - 4 November 2022
Alan Hawkins was born on 11th January 1950 in Ashton-on-Mersey, Manchester. At the age of 21 he went to Northwich College of Art on the strength of his paintings without qualifications, leaving in 1973 with a Dip.A.D.
In 1982, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters accepted 3 of his paintings. He has exhibited widely all over the North West and London. In 2010, Alan had a four month solo exhibition at Salford Art Gallery, featuring his ‘Father’s Fears’ paintings. In 2012 part of his latest work was exhibited at the Buy Art Fair in Manchester and his ‘Father’s Fears’ were exhibited in a Gallery in Alderley Edge.
Alan has fulfilled numerous private commissions in the UK painting celebrities such as Matthew Kelly, Robert Powell and Chris Eubank. He was commissioned by The Royal Variety Club to paint Les Dawson. As a recognised portrait painter he was approached to paint portraits of 5 entrepreneurs on The Sunday Times Rich List. In 1990 Alan was featured twice on television highlighting his Whitby painting named ‘Left to Cope’.
In 1995, Alan painted Princess Diana in a special needs school in Japan holding a child. The first print of a limited edition of this oil painting was sent to St. James’s Palace as a gift to the Princess. She acknowledged this thanking him with a letter, where she expressed “she found it a moving and happy memento of her recent visit to Japan”.