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GALA virtual exhibition

26 Apr 2020 10:00 -
2 May 2020 18:00

Adults: Donations welcome

GALA:  An online exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture responding to and in support of historic Victoria Baths in Manchester from DEZ REZ PROJECTS.

You can see the exhibition through the artists' own Instagram page @Dez_Rez_Projects and Victoria Baths will share everything on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

What is GALA? 

Six Manchester artists who were to be staging an exhibition of new work at Victoria Baths this month, April 2020, were it not for the Covid-19 pandemic, are instead creating a virtual project space using Instagram in which audiences can view an exhibition of completed artwork and a programme of artists talks from 25th April-2nd May. 

How will GALA help Victoria Baths?

15% of any sales will go to Victoria Baths in support of its Back the Baths emergency crowdfunding appeal, launched to help the Baths stay afloat during the Covid crisis,  and the artists are donating artwork for fundraising rewards for every donation of £1 or more and original/limited edition works for donations over £100. Visit the crowdfunding page from Saturday 25th April to choose a reward and make a donation. 

What will happen during the week?

Alongside a gallery of new works, artists will be taking viewers on tours of temporary home studios in which they are creating work during isolation, sharing their processes and developing their work over the course of the week, and possibly beyond, on Instagram from Saturday 25th April -Saturday 2nd March.

Organised by Dez Rez Projects, a DIY artist-led pop up gallery and project space on Instagram @Dez_Rez_Projects, the artists have been responding to the theme of Victoria Baths and the social history, design and decorative aesthetics of this Edwardian public building, which was built as a public health intervention by Manchester City Council in 1906, drawing some interesting parallels to today’s devastating Covid-19 pandemic.


About the Artists


Aarti Pandey is a figurative sculptor who draws on her background in genetics and development biology to explore the interaction between science and art.  Aarti will be responding to the Baths using figurative sculpture, drawing and print, including a reproducing cells artwork experiment.


Donna Wood is a filmmaker and painter who is currently studying PGCE to teach art after a career producing documentaries for the BBC and independent TV companies.  Donna has previously produced films and paintings about Victoria Baths during a residency in 2019 collaborating with Nancy and Patrick, she has seen this project as an opportunity to develop the work she produced, developing a series of new paintings that examine pattern and the decorative motifs used in the tiles and architecture of the baths.  This will also be a chance to catch some of her films that she made during her residency.


Kevin Boardman describes himself as an artist, educator and creative consultant.  He is responding to the iconic tiles and bricks of Victoria Baths and how the build-up of these shapes forms complex structures and empowering spaces to function in a variety of ways. His work for this project work is taking root in his city centre apartment, making tiled interventions around his home.


Nancy Collantine is a painter and lead artist in organising this project, she was invited to curate this group exhibition in the Superintendents Flat at Victoria Baths, having completed a residency at Victoria Baths in 2019.  Nancy is revisiting her drawings made during the residency and those of the public who were invited to draw in a series of sketchbooks in the resulting exhibition last September.  Using these fragments of drawings, sketches and her own memory of spending time at the baths, she is working on a series of paintings that visually explore themes of absence and memory as well as her love of swimming pools.


Patrick O’Donnell is a multi-disciplined artist working in site intervention, sculpture and film.  Currently involved in the Castlefield Gallery Bolder programme, Paddy has previously worked at Victoria Baths on a residency in 2019 and is using work that he produced and experimented as a starting point to produce new work in film and interventions.


Sophie Nixon is a painter of urban Manchester, of architecture and quiet cityscapes.  Sophie has painted a series of oil paintings that describe her own visual response to Victoria Baths, to the beautiful light coming through the ceiling glass, the period details and the sense of solitude she felt in those empty upstairs rooms.


A huge thank you to all the artists taking part in GALA - we really appreciate your support for Victoria Baths. 


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