It’s not often I get the opportunity to spend time in the company of twelve charming men, so yesterday’s first session of the Moving Images course was quite a treat. I walked from the office on Oxford Road to the cathedral, swinging my arms and enjoying the clement weather while hoping fervently that the Flip cameras in my bag would work. Rachael, the course tutor, was already there when I arrived and after introductions and a chat about the course I left her to get on with her teaching.
Moving Images is a course on film-making for the clients of the Booth Centre in town. During their eight week course the participants would like to visit Whitworth Art Gallery (where they will make mini films on iPads), Manchester Museum, Manchester Art Gallery and possibly MadLab and the People’s History Museum too.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
They have also requested a day out in the fresh air, away from the city. Yorkshire Sculpture Park seems like a good choice as they will have ample opportunity to wander around the grounds with plenty of sculptures to photograph. The current exhibitions feature work by Jaume Plensa and Rachel Goodyear which are well worth seeing.
09.04.11 – 22.01.12
YSP presents an extraordinary body of new and recent work by renowned Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. Encouraging tactile and sensory exploration, this vibrant exhibition includes a 50-metre curtain of poetry made of suspended steel letters, large illuminated sculptures in the landscape, and engraved gongs that visitors can strike to fill the gallery with sound.
01.10.11 – 03.01.12
This autumn, YSP presents an exhibition of new and recent work by Rachel Goodyear. Tipped as one of Art Review’s Future Greats in 2008 and nominated for the Northern Art Prize in 2009, Goodyear’s compelling cast of characters inhabit a strange and complex world of contradictions, existing somewhere between the macabre and mundane. Exploring themes of fear, desire, vulnerability and isolation, Goodyear invites the viewer into a dark place where human psychologies and animal behaviour collide and merge.