'Performance', 2018, by Sophie Russell, Upper Level (pictured above)
Inspired by the Manchester-based artist’s passion for aerial performance, ‘Performance’ features forms created in blown glass balanced on metal hoops, delicately held in a tension of movement and balance. Each piece embodies its own character which is accentuated through the process of cutting and polishing, exposing voids that enable the viewer to see both the internal and external space.
'It’s Cold Outside', 2018, & 'The Highest Order', 2019, by Kay Shah, Lower Level Windows
Portraying an idea of an abstract utopian/dystopian geometric environment, Kay Shah’s installations attempt to invoke a sense of escape, a place where the viewer can get lost, away from the mundane. The contrasting light and dark spaces are set to represent the idea of utopia vs dystopia – one being light and inviting, a place of tranquillity; the other being harsh, rigid and cold with a hopeful yearning for light at the edge of darkness.
'Hybrid Array', 2018, by Emilie Alstrup, Mens on Lower Level
London-based Danish artist and Royal College of Art graduate Emilie Alstrup uses tactile materials to construct clashing elements to stimulate a world desensitised by technology. ‘Hybrid Array’ is an exploration of physically manipulated materials which manifests itself as a textural landscape.
'The Unfolded Journey of TRANScoffinATION Part 2', 2018, by Clare Calveley Creative, Lower Level
Clare Calveley Creative is an Art Director, Graphic Artist and Concept Developer based in Manchester and Anglesey. This piece of work is an extension from her previous MA research project, ‘The Unfolded Journey of TRANScoffinATION Part 1’, which focused on the relationship between people and space. Part 2 explores the harsh reality a family experiences after the loss of a loved one through manipulating materials such as cement, plaster, metal and expanding foam. The characteristics of each material have been carefully selected in relation to the various stages of grief: shock, denial, anger, depression and acceptance.