As part of a series of Manchester-based events and exhibitions in celebration of International Women’s Day, performative artist Hayley Newman and Northern Art Prize-shortlisted Emily Speed are displaying their eclectic work for Wonder Women: Radical Manchester. Combining sculpture, video and performance, the artists look to explore the relationship between the body and architecture. Highlights from Newman involve the innovative 2004-2006 work The Volcano Lady, using costume to simulate a live volcano, and new project Domestique, which exercises embroidery to turn discarded dishcloths into charming anthropomorphic objects. Speed’s work channels moving images in Build Up, a sculptural piece involving acrobats in the iconic Toastrack building mimicking the rhythm of building and collapsing. Together, their work explores the physical, mental and emotional relationship between body and environment.

Fri 1 Mar – Sun 7 Apr, Castlefield Gallery, 2 Hewitt Street, M15 4GB, Tel: 0161 832 8034, Wed – Sun 1pm – 6pm, FREE,

Image: Hayley Newman, The Volcano Lady, 2005

Fri 1 Mar - Sun 7 Apr
Hannah Phillips
Published on:
Fri 1 Mar 2013