Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Directions to CHIPS

Only 3 days to go until the big day, heres some directions and the mulitmap link for the site.......

Chips is approx 5 minutes walk from Piccadilly Train station.

From Manchester Piccadilly Train Station: Go straight down Store street (under the bridge which goes underneath Piccadilly Train station), cross over Great Ancoats Street (A665) onto Old Mill Street, pass the retail site on your left and the CHIPS building will be on your right.

From Manchester Victoria: Turn left on Long Millgate, then right at Hanover Street, left at Shudehill (A664) then right onto Swan Street (A665) keep following the A665 as it turns into Great Ancoats Street, then left after the retail park onto Old Mill Street, the CHIPS building will be on your right.

Multimap link for all you drivers........

Hope to see you all there

Tuesday, 23 June 2009



Saturday 4th July 2009
Free entry

CHIPS Building, Upper Kirby Street, off Old Mill Street, New Islington, Manchester, M4 6EB

Contents May Vary are hosting ANTIFREEZE Manchester's very first art car boot fair as part of Trade City.
ANTIFREEZE is an exhibition about the high-end art market delivered within the format of low-end trade. It is the grass-roots answer to hugely commercial art fairs allowing independent and non-commercial practitioners to explore ideas of value, exchange and independence with artists and artist-led organisations responding to the physical, social, economical, geographical and literal situation.

Taking in sculpture, printing, drawing, video, performance, installation, photography and collage, Contents May Vary’s ANTIFREEZE offers extreme clowning, trespassed pictures, Nazi poster art, Kun(S)t stylings, Tranni Bingo, naff music, Regal defacement, automobiliart, a gift shop, zines, hunting women, masked men from the woods, black dogs, Kipling, turd polishing, Mainlining (Intercity), dogs in hot cars, Nail art (modern), vernacular diamonds and bread, neatly packaged in the car park of a building lifeless without art.

Manchester's first art car boot fair will be a stroll through the embodied thoughts of over 60 artists from across the UK and beyond, who through no fault of their own have been put in a place beneath and above many others in the art industry. We have given them a platform to vent their airs and graces, woes and praises, present their skills and collections, to succeed and fail, to make money and lose faith, to spend hours in traffic getting here and minutes setting up their work without our help, just so people they don't know can spend seconds judging them on it.

Featuring: 100th Monkey, AirSpace, Richard Aldred, Stephen Ashdown, Frances Blythe, Antony Clarkson, Siân Green, Naomi Lethbridge , Beth Barlow, BearSpace – Isabel Rock, Samantha Bell, Richard Birdseed and Dan Blacklodge, Black Dogs, Sophie Bower, Alice Bradshaw, Megan Broadmeadow, Camp Yellow (Mike Redmond, Faye Johnson and Lisa Handley), Elena Cassidy Smith, Mitra Memarzia and Bec Garland, Cheap Magazine, Ben Connell, Joe Duffy, Eagle and Feather, Exhibit X, Michael Farquhar, Sue Fox, FRUNT, Garth Gratrix, Anton Harding, Annie Harrison/Jane Lawson, Marielle Hehir, Adam Higman and Tim Sargent, Intercity Mainline, Hilary Jack, Gwen Jones, Helen Kaplinsky, Alison Kershaw, Magdalena Natalia Kwiatkowska, L-13 (Harry Adams, James Caouty, Billy Childish, James Reid), M A Longbottom, Felicity Langthorne, Alison Stockwell, Hannah Marsden, Claire Rowlands, Steven Walker and Laura Kirby, Jude Macpherson, Alexis Milne, Mirror Mirror, Liz Murphy, New Curiosity Shop, Caron Ottewell and Victoria Foster, Julia Peat, Pool Arts (Annette Ebanks, Trae England, Tess Lomas, Colin Nixon, Eddie Price, Siobhan Samuels, Nicola Smith, David Speer), Adam Renshaw, Nick Rhodes, Sophie Rogers, Chiz Turnross, Richard Shields, Lucy May Schofield, Diane Shufflebottom, Sketch City, Emily Smallwood, Jared Szpakowski, Joyce Wan, Tom Watson, Olivia Williams, Yes It Is (Anna Beam, Lora Avedian, Laura Gee, Georgina Sullivan), Yorkshire Sculptors Group (Alan Gummerson, Andrew Pert, Victoria Lucas, Rebecca Strain, Linda Thompson, Terry Hammill, Suzanne North, Barry Midgley, Lucy Hainsworth, John Adamson, Paula Chambers, Hilary Burt)

Contains some Adult Content

About Trade City:
Centered on the notion of trade pursued as a livelihood, this exhibition reflects the trading that has taken place between the artists and curators making up 13 independent, citywide, art initiatives. This alternative economy draws reference from and plays off the city's pioneering economic heritage. Through Trade City, Contemporary Art Manchester proposes an innovative approach to displaying the social transactions of contemporary art at this moment.About Contemporary Art Manchester:
The partners within CAM consortium are unified in their role to programme artists’ work, through diverse and innovative curatorial frameworks including exhibition, screening and publication formats. Current partners of CAM include twenty+3 projects, 100th Monkey, B.M.C.A, Bureau, Castlefield Gallery, Contents May Vary, Exocet, FutureEverything, Gymnasium, Interval, Islington Mill Art Academy, Harfleet and Jack, Salford Restoration Office and Rogue Project Space.

Trade City is supported by Arts Council England

Contents May Vary

Contents May Vary show collectively as well as individually and also organize large-scale exhibitions inviting other artists to participate. They find new and challenging ways to exhibit with particular focus on site-responsivitey to non-conventional and everyday spaces. Additionally, they run an independent free-of-charge publication with international distribution.We may not be the first artist collective formed in Manchester but in 2009 we are the only one that matters. A legacy has been created since our inception with astounding effects on our peers, tutors and the excess of artists we have created a platform for.

Now CMV is coming into an age of expertise not only in the production of shows but also as veterans of the site specific as we take Manchester as inspiration in our ever evolving and improving ethos.
Our work incorporates visceral splendor within the many disciplines we employ and we choose to place work amidst the everyday, negating the often too prevalent fear of walking into a clinical gallery space. We create immediate connections with the spectator through the syntax of a common environment. CMV puts art under Manchester's dirty, wet shoes.
Our openings and events create a social platform bringing artists and viewers together from across the social spectrum to the best effect witnessed in Manchester. We're self-perpetuating, we're DIY, we're the A team of art, we're an outlaw's horse, we believe our own hype. No one could do what we do as well as we do it.

Contents May Vary are shortlisted for the Best of Manchester 2009 Awards and will be exhibiting at Urbis 24th July - 20th September 2009. The winner will be announced 23rd July 2009.

100th Monkey

Claire Davison, Bryony Moore, Suzanne Smith (100th Monkey)

It's the insignificance of actions or perhaps the hidden significance that we as humans imply that Claire Davison finds herself most fascinated by. As there seems to be no tangible connection between the observations made, she has come to realize that it's the little things that bridge the gap. You have to watch closely and Davison hopes that she is able to induce some sense of self awareness, be it by trickery or by boredom. It’s the absurdity of being human that tickles her, child's play, a fear of the serious that dominates her work.

Based always around the day-to-day business of living, Bryony Moore’s work seeks to aggravate the internal battle waging quietly between our emotional and intellectual selves. She is preoccupied by the lines we draw between ourselves and other people/beings/things and the awkwardness of these complex
relationships which go on existing despite the dissimilarity.

At once gloomy and playful, Suzanne Smith’s work is something of an uptight exploration of brevity and inappropriateness. She tends to dwell on the mundane trauma of social interaction - quietly obsessing on the line between irritation and arousal. A desire for control has been betrayed in previous work by the dictation of rhythm, alphabetisation of images and the striving for manual perfection through the painstakingly handmade.


For ANTIFREEZE, 100th Monkey artists Davison, Moore and Smith have devised a context-specific group show, in which the minutiae of everyday interactions are elephantised, pored over and solutions offered to problems which may or may not exist.

Davison’s work focuses on the absurdity of that simple gesture the wave. It is one movement, but why not another, why not something that signifies more clearly what it is your feeling at the time. By continuously waving at one another, two screens are forever caught in this loop, focusing all the attention on the wave and stripping it down to what it physically is, a hand gesture, a wave.

Moore has been collecting pet portraits from ‘free to good home’ adverts on the website Touched by the pets’ unawareness of their impending fate at the moment these pictures were taken, Moore has rescued the images and seeks to rehome them with kindly ANTIFREEZE visitors.

Smith has placed three tennis ball faces – two happy, one sad – in the boot of her car and filmed them during the drive to and from work. Lit by torchlight, each ball becomes a protagonist in a morbid mini-epic where friendships and cruelties are pointlessly invented and then needlessly exposed.


AirSpace is Stoke-on-Trent’s first Contemporary Art Gallery. As a newlyformed arts organisation, based in Stoke-on-Trent our initative is tohelp develop the contemporary arts culture within the city. Our firstobjective was to utilise one of the many derelict buildings in order tocreate a contemporary arts venue. Exhibiting professional artists aswell as developing artists, the project caters for a range ofcontemporary art forms and artists, and aims to engage with thecommunity.Alongside this we will develop studio spaces at the samesite, in order to build a base for an artists community in the city.AirSpace’s main focus is to regenerate the Contemporary art scene andto assist in developingStoke-on-Trent’s cultural outlook.

As a group we are interested in exploring the notion of value exchange. We have made works in response to the Sunday Car Boot Fair that happens weekly in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, on the same street as the AirSpace Gallery. There are all types of people to be found at the fair, and as a group we infiltrated the site and made work in response to the people, objects and conversations to be found there. The finished pieces highlight themes of resourcefulness (working with available resources), and the fact that other peoples junk and waste can be re-used and made into something useful, that can be appreciated once again and put back on the market. Other themes include ideas of trade, waste, environmental concerns, the importance of exchange in its broadest sense and the ability to make and sell products in the recession. Questions about the value of objects come to mind i.e how antiques and art are valued (what makes something precious and valuable- it's age, the artist/maker, the materials it's made from?), and whether rubbish/ found materials can become more valuable when put in the context of 'art'.

Richard Aldred

This series of photographs was taken of and from key buildings within Manchester, including the Chips development at which Antifreeze is being held. They present the views as something to be admired for their own aesthetic value. Many of the views are taken from locations in investment properties. In contrast, the photographs are simply visual images, but present a different kind of value.

Stephen Ashdown, Frances Blythe, Antony Clarkson, Siân Green, Naomi Lethbridge

‘Contained Exposure’.

Artists: Stephen Ashdown, Frances Blythe, Antony Clarkson, Siân Green, Naomi Lethbridge.

We are a group of artists from the current MA Fine Art course at Manchester Metropolitan University. Our work is varied in media, form and subject matter but is united by an interest in the processes of making and the relationship between the investment of labour and time and the value and meaning of the artwork. Antifreeze 2009 is the second in an intended series of exhibitions exploring our interest in the use of spaces outside the traditional gallery environment and the impact this may have on our work.

For Antifreeze 2009 we have created an alternative gallery space where a number of cabinets are on show. Rethinking the practical and conceptual function of a cabinet as a starting point, the show consists of work that makes literal use of the cabinet as a display tool as well as work that plays on its nature as a system of compartments and shelves to be opened and explored.

Transforming the space into a kind of showroom, where the artwork and means of display share equal staging, the work addresses the interplay between the cabinet and its contents; an object that is both defined by what it contains yet also controls what it houses. The viewer is presented with a bric-a-brac of styles and media that interacts with the space, drawing on the ephemera that comprises the car boot sale. Moreover, the varied and experimental nature of the work on show reflects the combination of the ‘high culture’ of contemporary art and ‘low culture’ of the car boot sale.