The first major solo exhibition of work by Jocelyn McGregor arrives at Castlefield Gallery this weekend.

Spanning sculpture, installation and animation, Mantle takes inspiration from folklore, surrealism and supernatural fiction, and investigates the ways in which female identity is associated with nature, the home and the machine.

Mantle sees a ‘monstrous and fragmented body’ return to haunt the viewer, as McGregor draws comparisons between the treatment of the body in horror films and her everyday lived experience of the female body which is often visually dissected to be valued and judged.

Rather than simply hanging on walls, the exhibition features pieces creeping around corners and clambering over surfaces as it seeks to mimic the feeling of a leftover dream.

Originally planned to open in early 2021, Mantle was selected from proposals submitted by Castlefield Gallery Associates by guest selector Mariama Attah who is curator at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool and Castlefield Gallery Curator Matthew Pendergast.

The exhibition opens to the public on Sun 16 Jan and runs through until 20 Feb Jan. Walk-ups are allowed, though pre-booking a free ticket is advised due to limited capacity.


Sun 16 Jan - Sun 20 Feb, Castlefield Gallery,
2 Hewitt St, Greater, Manchester M15 4GB
, Free
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Fri 14 Jan 2022