Castlefield Gallery is re-launching this month after a year of refurbishments and developments. The much-anticipated re-opening is marked by a solo show of new work by Manchester artist Dave Griffiths. Griffiths’ exhibition features the works Deep Field [The Photographic Universe] and the film Babel Fiche, developed from a Film and Video Umbrella commission and co-produced with Castlefield Gallery. Griffiths’ work explores the human urge to collect and displace images placing them in different series and categories of identification. In the development of Babel Fiche, Griffiths collected video fragments from personal and public archives, re-presenting them as still frames printed on an edition of unique colour micro fiche plates. Griffiths also collaborated with a number of writers and artists in the production of the film, including Graham Massey who has written the soundtrack. Griffiths’ ambitious work is a fitting marker for Castlefield Gallery’s re-launch, designating the space as a key destination for contemporary art in the city and an organisation that works with local artists and supports the development of large scale artist’s projects.

Dave Griffiths is represented by Bureau, Manchester. The Babel Fiche film is co-produced by Castlefield Gallery and Film and Video Umbrella.

Castlefield Gallery, 2 Hewitt Street, M15 4GB, Tel: 0161 832 8034, 6-8pm Thurs 9 Aug (speeches 6.30pm), FREE, Exhibition continues 10 Aug – 30 Sept Wed to Sun 1pm – 6pm, FREE,

Thu 9 Aug
Laura Mansfield
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Mon 6 Aug 2012