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Last chance to see Jill’s work in ‘No Particular Place To Go’, Castlefield Gallery.

PublishedOctober 21st, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am delighted to be exhibiting in this exhibition, a major sculpture survey show at Castlefield Gallery.

I am exhibiting ‘End of the Line’, a sculpture from an exhibition I had at Castlefield in 1990 , alongside ‘In the upside down land’, a sculpture from last year.

No Particular Place to Go? Press Release.
35 years of sculpture at Castlefield Gallery

Venue: Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Exhibition Dates: Friday 6 September – Sunday 27 October 2019
Public Preview: 6–8pm, Thursday 5 September 2019 (press preview 5–6pm)

Artists: James Ackerley, Sir Anthony Caro, Nicola Ellis, Ana Genove?s, Lee Grandjean, Charles Hewlings, Hilary Jack, Stephanie James, Stephen Lewis, Jeff Lowe, Michael Lyons, Henry Moore, Jill Randall, Veronica Ryan, Laura White.

Established by artists in 1984, 2019 marks thirty-five years for Castlefield Gallery. The organisation actively supports artistic production and artist career development, providing artists with timely exposure whilst sharing their work with the public. Castlefield Gallery is often described as a home for artists.

Curated in collaboration with art historian Dr Clare O’Dowd and artist / curator John Plowman of Beacon Bureau, No Particular Place to Go? is informed by extensive research into Castlefield Gallery’s archives and exhibition history, exploring this history through the lens of sculpture

No Particular Place to Go? highlights the gallery’s rich history of engagement with British sculpture and the role it has had, and still has as a place for the ‘sculptural zeitgeist’. Pieces in the exhibition will date back to the gallery’s inaugural programme which included a solo presentation of work by Sir Anthony Caro (Castlefield Gallery’s ‘Artist Patron’ until he passed in 2013). Caro’s Table Pieces were a focus for the 1984 exhibition, the show running alongside a presentation of larger Table Pieces at The Whitworth, the museum and art gallery subsequently purchasing Table Piece XCVlll (1970) for their collection.

A few years later in 1987 Castlefield Gallery mounted a Henry Moore solo, the first exhibition of his work at a publicly-funded gallery following his death in 1986. The exhibition featured Moore’s smaller works, including five bronze maquettes. No Particular Place to Go? in particular foregrounds sculpture’s relationship to the studio / gallery / archive, as a way to reflect upon the ‘homelessness’ of the medium, the term ‘homelessness’ in relation to sculpture first used by Rainer Maria Rilke in his famous account of Rodin, initially given as a lecture and later published in 1910. Rilke described the sculptures he saw as he walked through Rodin’s studio as isolated, self-contained things, cut off from the world: ‘His works could not wait; they had to be made. He long foresaw their homelessness.’

The artists invited to take part in No Particular Place to Go? have all exhibited at Castlefield Gallery during the last thirty-five years, with the curators inviting them to return to a place that once acted as a temporary ‘home’ for their work. To this end No Particular Place to Go? welcomes Table Piece XCVlll back to Castlefield Gallery, on loan from The Whitworth. Much smaller and more intimate than Caro’s welded floor sculptures, his Table Pieces are indicative of the intimacy of the studio, as the ‘place’ where the Table Pieces were made. The exhibition takes Caro’s Table Pieces as a starting point, focusing on smaller objects, those made in the artists’ studio as an exploration of an idea, material, form, process, or simply a sculpture that could be at home on a table.

Sculptor Michael Lyons (1943-2019) wrote the catalogue essay for the Caro Table Sculptures exhibition at Castlefield Gallery, and his account of Caro’s working methods forms an important part of the thinking behind No Particular Place to Go? Lyons also exhibited at Castlefield Gallery in 1984, his work informing many future generations of sculptors, Lyons teaching at what was then Manchester Polytechnic’s Department of Fine Art from 1974 until he retired as Head of Sculpture in 1993. His much loved and monumental sculpture Phalanx (1977) has been a central feature in the grounds of The Whitworth since being purchased by the gallery in 1980 and remains on display in Whitworth Park today.

The intimacy of Caro’s Table Pieces is echoed in Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure-Bowl (1960), also on loan for the exhibition from The Whitworth, a small bronze that not only reflects on Moore’s working methods but is indicative of the five bronze maquettes by Moore shown at Castlefield Gallery in 1987.

Outside of the Caro and Moore loans, each artist participating in No Particular Place to Go? will exhibit a sculpture from the time of their original exhibition together with a more recent work, the show reflecting on the creative processes of the participating artists from when they first exhibited with Castlefield Gallery, to the present day.

For No Particular Place to Go? sculptor Charles Hewlings has been commissioned to work with Manchester-based sculptor James Ackerley. Together they will develop and exhibit a site-specific sculptural structure, one designed to house and display the other exhibiting artists’ works. Hewlings and Ackerley’s commission will extend across and throughout the gallery spaces, integrating with and challenging Castlefield Gallery’s distinctive interior architecture, giving the exhibiting sculptures a ‘particular place to go’.

The archival material that the curators have worked with includes press releases, installation photographs, exhibition guides and correspondence, none of which has been made publicly available before, and which the exhibition, public programme and a No Particular Place to Go? publication will contextualise and interpret. The exhibition celebrates the gallery at thirty-five years, marking the start of the organisation’s journey and programming towards Castlefield Gallery at forty years in 2024.

Last chance to see Jill’s work in ‘Personal Structures’, Venice Biennale.

PublishedOctober 21st, 2019
The exhibition, ‘Personal Structures’, PAPER Pavilion, Palazzo Mora, Strada Nova 3659, Cannaregio, Venice, ends on Sunday Nov 24th.
I am exhibiting 11 sculptures, including 4 new works created especially for Venice.
Please lick on the link below for an interview on my work in the Venice Biennale by Sara Jaspan for the Fourdrinier art magazine:
Manchester-based artist David Hancock and I have co-curated the exhibition for the PAPER Pavilion and invited 4 guest artists to join us.
Hope you can come and see my work before the show ends.

Jill Randall to show at the Venice Biennale

PublishedMay 29th, 2019

Jill Randall has been invited to take part in the 58th Venice Biennale, May 11th-Nov 24th 2019, in the PAPER Pavilion, ‘Personal Structures’, Palazzo Mora, Strada Nova 3659, Cannaregio, Venice.

She will be exhibiting 11 sculptures, including 4 new works created especially for Venice.
Jill and Manchester-based artist David Hancock have co-curated the exhibition and invited 4 guest artists to join them.
The project has been generously supported by Arts Council England and The University of Salford School of Arts & Media.
Further information about the show can be found on the PAPER Gallery website: https://paper-gallery.co.uk/personal-structures

Jill’s prints at the Hepworth Print Fair this weekend March 2-4th 10-5

PublishedFebruary 28th, 2018

Delighted to be invited by PAPER Gallery, Manchester to exhibit my prints at the Hepworth Print fair, Wakefield, March 2-4th, 10-5.

http://paper-gallery.co.uk/jill-randall

https://hepworthwakefield.org/whats-on/print-fair/

‘Open House’ 184 Stamford Street Exhibition

PublishedJune 25th, 2017

Jill will be showing a selection of new sculpture as part of the ‘Open House’ Summer Exhibition at Kate’s house, 184, Stamford Street, Manchester M16 9LU. All work is for sale.

There will also be work by Fiona Moate, Kate Davies, Maggie Hargreaves and Sarah Feinmann, all on a ‘Gardens’ theme.

The exhibition will be open at the following times:

‘Bauenwagen’, Bocholt Series.

 

 

Private View Fri June 30th 6.30-9pm

Sat July 1st 10-6

Sun July 2nd 11-4

‘Here and Now’ Exhibition, Millyard Gallery

PublishedJune 25th, 2017

 

Jill’s work is currently showing in the Millyard Gallery Summer Show, “Here and Now’ , from Sat 24th June till Sunday 23rd July.Work includes a selection of the ‘Sheds’ series, plus new ceramic work, and a body of recent prints.

There is also work by artists Alan Birch and  Mark Whyatt on display.

Gallery is open 10-5 daily, 97 High St, Uppermill, Oldham OL3 6BD . Tel 01457 870410

Jill’s work in Longitude Gallery, Clitheroe.

PublishedApril 13th, 2017

Jill is currently exhibiting new prints with the Alan Birch Prospect Studios Print Group at the Longitude Gallery,

Lee Carter House, Off Castlegate, Clitheroe BB7 1AZ. Until 30th March.

New sculpture. Untitled. Recycled steel, cellophane.

PublishedApril 13th, 2017

 

Feared and Farcical Futures

PublishedApril 11th, 2017

Jill is currently exhibiting work in ‘Feared and Farcical Futures’ , along with the Alan Birch Print Group at  Bury Art Museum& Sculpture Centre.

The exhibition runs until May 2nd 2017.

http://buryartmuseum.co.uk/

 

Prints for Sale at Millyard Gallery

PublishedApril 11th, 2017

A selection of Jill’s recent large framed and unframed prints from projects at Parys Mountain Copper Mine and Geever Tin Mine Cornwall can be seen at The Millyard Gallery, The Square,

97, High Street, Uppermill, Saddleworth, OL3 6BD. Tel 01457 870410.

These new prints have been selling very well, to collectors from Europe, and UK-wide.

http://www.millyard-gallery.co.uk/