Launch Pads are short exhibitions or performances that take place in Castlefield Gallery between the gallery’s main programme. The scheme gives artists, writers and independent curators a golden opportunity to use an established gallery as a test bed. Kieran Leach, Castlefield Gallery Associate, has used his opportunity to great effect by inventing a new method of curation. Notable curator Patricia Fleming, and Castlefield Gallery curator Matthew Pendergast selected artists for this show. From here, Kieran Leach selected the artworks. In the next step, artists were given the opportunity to make use of their role as disruptor by then choosing to either stick or twist, to swap out Leach’s choice for one of their own, or not. Gallery goers will be able to see the original hang through VR headsets alongside the final ‘anti-curated’ selection on the walls. Artists include mid-career practitioners such as Jeremy Willett who was selected for the New Contemporaries in 2006, emerging artists and current students of the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Arts and Daisy Forster (Drip, Drip Drip… Drip for me, 2016, pictured)

Thu 2 Feb (preview) – Sun 12 Feb, Castlefield Gallery, 2 Hewitt, Manchester, M15 4GB, Wed to Sun, 1-6pm, preview 6-8pm, FREE,

Thu 2 Feb - Sun 12 Feb
Fran Blythe
Published on:
Tue 7 Feb 2017