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R H Y T H M: the work of Akinyemi Oludele – opening sensation

Akinyemi Oludeles exhibition opening at Horsfall in Manchester was a great success last night. We are all buzzing about the great atmosphere. With live Jazz, three floors filled with the audience of his followers and supporters plus those who wandered in from the bustling Great Ancoats Street stream of traffic to see what all the excitement was about. Those who came were treated to an historic live drawing performance by the artist, which illustrated just how he is inspired by the music. In fact more than inspiration; Akinyemi is truly in collaboration with the musicians – a part of the band, creating a visual trace of the moment, responding and even guiding the music. He sang, rapped and moved in and out of the beats and tunes. Absolutely electrifying. We need to be seeing much more of Akinyemi Oludele. People came from far and wide, those who have known the artists from his presence and involvement in live music nights in Manchester over the years – and there was a lot of love in the room for his achievement with his first solo show. A more diverse audience you couldn’t wish to meet – of all ages and backgrounds. Thanks again to Horsfall for hosting us.

E X H I B I T I O N continues Thurs – Sat 2-6pm until closing event 2-6 on Saturday 22nd September. Don’t Miss!

 



Crowd Fund Success

A Huge THANK YOU to everyone who pledged in our crowdfunding. We went over our target and more than doubled what we set out to achieve, meaning that we have been able to make the exhibition extra special

Hope you can all come along to Horsfall and enjoy the show


Join in with our crowd fund! Akinyemi Oludele’s first solo show


Exhibition at The Horsfall opens Wednesday 12th September

Continuing The Horsfall’s exhibition partnership with Pool Arts, we present the work of Manchester based artist, Akinyemi Oludele in his first solo exhibition.

Perhaps Manchester’s best known artist whose name you haven’t yet heard, this is a rare chance to experience his extraordinary abstract and documentary work from the last 10 years.

Oludele is a familiar figure on Manchester’s arts and music scene and if there is a gallery event, jazz concert or a poetry reading, Oludele can often be seen mingling in the crowd with sketchbooks in hand, capturing the event in his own inimitable style. He is also a prolific sharer or work on social media based; delivering political satire just as succinctly as capturing the atmosphere of a jazz concert.

Encompassing his vibrant and expressive abstract painting, drawings and digital work, the exhibition is a window into the movement and rhythm of Manchester. Oludele’s work expresses a world where art and human interaction are intertwined and where music is vital to life.  

Curated by Pool Arts Artists Alison Kershaw and Lisa Risbec, the exhibition is presented over three floors with rhythm as the central theme; whether the captured movement of a live sketch or the marks made in an abstract piece. Visitors will be led through abstract paintings, live dance and music drawings and digital art posters by a soundtrack of the very music that inspired Oludele’s work.

“Drawing is about developing a relationship between myself and other people – connecting through the medium of art. I realised there was so much division, racial and in other ways around the city and drawing helped to break down some of the barriers, helped me to relate more and to feel safer. Later, drawing at live music performances, I began to use the rhythm of music to guide the mark making process, for me, art is about feelings, expression and connection” Akinyemi Oludele

Oludele’s work will be for sale at the exhibition. See www.onashileart.gallery

 


Studio Space Available Now

Are You Looking For A Studio Space in a friendly studio?

Great Studio Space is now available in Ardwick, – just south of city Manchester – 5 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station, 5 minutes walk to MMU and the University

Ground Floor of a mill with Pool Arts – space is 2.7 x 5m and has natural light, wifi and great collages around to bounce ideas about

Plus Opportunities to get involved in Pool Arts – contact us for more info

just email us


At the SHED gallery this weekend: Morgan Wyman

Don’t miss our SHED gallery hosting new Pool Artist, Morgan Wyman who will be showing new stunning mixed media paintings. The exhibition is part of the Tonbridge Road Allotment Society annual show on the Community Allotment where SHED is based – with an outdoor pizza oven, Pimms, teas and coffees and a produce auction sale – always a highlight!


Studio Space Available

We have a studio for a new Associate artist coming available in September.

Please let us know if you would be interested. download further Details here Pool Arts studioA

 


Ardwick Built for #ManifestArts17

The Ardwick Built exhibition saw Pool Arts and our Associates creating an open studio show that explored the local area around our new studio. Work looked at aspects of the social history, architectural and historical context. We visited the Ardwick Archive at GMCVO, based at Ardwick Green and this gave us lots of additional information. Visitors from as far afield as Korea saw the show which coincided with Manchester International Festival #MIF17 and was part of #ManifestArts17, which is an artist led initiative to showcase contemporary arts spaces and studios in the city every two years. One of the highlights of the weekend was a table top interactive model of the area, where visitors could take part in creating buildings made of scrap materials. Some of the iconic buildings that they crafted were 1930s modernist The Apollo and the castle-like Ardwick Barracks. On the Sunday, urban geographer Morag Rose led an alternative tour of Ardwick Green , one of the first suburbs of the city.

 


Ardwick Built

Our next event! Join us in a celebration of all things Ardwick as part of Manifest 2017

exhibition opens on Thurs 6th July and continues on the 8th and 9th only. See poster for details

On Sunday 9th July at 2pm come on a guided walk of Ardwock Green

with Morag Rose of the Loiterers Resistance Movement!


Nathan Aiyna Sassen exhibition

Join us this Saturday at The SHED for a retrospective of the work of

poster for exhibitions

Nathan Aiyna Sassen