Art in the Home, a bespoke set of pop-up exhibitions in the homes of six Contemporary Art Society members across Manchester, runs this weekend (2-3 February). The series is presented by Contemporary Art Society North (CASN) in partnership with Bristol-based WORKS | PROJECTS and London gallery Arcade.
Both galleries have strong links with the city through their participation in Manchester Contemporary art fair. They were approached by CASN to develop further connections with artists, collectors and galleries in the city.
Mark Doyle, Head of Collector Development, Contemporary Art Society North, said: “This is a great way of illustrating that contemporary art isn’t just something which you visit galleries to see. It can also be something you live with and draw considerable pleasure from in your own home.”
Simon Morrissey, Director, WORKS | PROJECTS, added: “It’s very exciting to be involved in the project and have the opportunity to work directly with collectors in their homes and show how living with contemporary art can be stimulating and inspiring.”
The Bristol gallery will be showing six artists paired in three different homes, with work ranging from drawing and film to painting, sculpture and animation. Works by Edwina Ashton and Kit Poulson will be shown in the home of Mark and Leila Alexander; David Mackintosh and Magnus Quaife will be at Simon Pantling’s home; and Richard Woods and Andy Holden at the home of John Williams.
“We have participated at Manchester Contemporary since it began in 2009 and now represent two artists based in the city,” said Morrissey. “Art in the Home represents the beginning of a more intense relationship with the city and the northern region. We will also be initiating a number of events in Manchester later this year.”
Arcade will be showing works by Anna Barham at the home of Connal Ortan; Kit Craig and John Wallbank at Richard and Biddy Schilizzi’s home; and Caroline Achaintre at Jo and Allan Melzack’s home.
Arcade’s Director Christian Mooney said: “I’d been thinking of ways to stay connected with the people that I meet in the North West during the Manchester Contemporary… I wanted something more intimate, but on a larger scale, a paradoxical situation, unless you do lots of little things.”
All places for the tours have now been taken, but they will be filmed by Axis and available to view on the organisation’s site.
More details on Art in the Home can be found here.