Sophia Crilly

Sophia Crilly is a curator, artist, and writer based in Manchester. She has curated over sixty exhibitions and projects to date, and is Curator and Director of Bureau, an independent contemporary art gallery she co-founded in 2006. Bureau works with represented and invited artists at varying career stages to provide a platform and context for dynamic and innovative contemporary visual practice. Alongside the exhibition programme the gallery curates off-site projects and commissions, participates in art fairs, and has established a number of residencies and international exchanges. Previous project collaborators and funders include: A Foundation, Arts Council, Book Works, British Council, Contemporary Arts Society, Cornerhouse, Embassy of Finland, Film and Video Umbrella, Finnish Institute, Islington Mill, Kaapeli (Cable Factory, Helsinki), Manchester Art Gallery, Royal Netherlands Embassy, UK Film Council, and Zürcher Kantonalbank (Bank of Zürich).

Crilly was previously Curator of PureScreen, a touring artist film project of curated screening programmes and DVD publications, shown across venues in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, The Netherlands, Spain, the UK and USA (2004-10). She was the inaugural Curator of Rogue Project Space, Manchester, developing a residency and mentoring programme for recent graduates (2008-10), and Curator and Programme Manager at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2002-06).

As an artist, Crilly’s ongoing drawing series Ausstellungsmacher relates to her curatorial practice and research. Works from the series were included in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011 at Jerwood Space, London (touring UK 2011-12). She has exhibited work internationally, including venues in Berlin, Helsinki, and New York, and has undertaken residencies in Helsinki and Rotterdam. Most recently she was the recipient of a commissioning grant from Cornerhouse, Manchester, and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, towards her solo show Ferus in May 2013 at Malgras | Naudet. Works are held in significant private collections.

www.bureaugallery.com


Sophia Crilly

 

Martyn Lucas

Martyn Lucas has over twenty years experience as an artist, curator, educator and project manager. For the last ten years he has managed the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh, Greater Manchester, delivering a wide range of exhibitions, learning and outreach for adults, children, young people, families and community groups.

Martyn has commissioned and worked on innovative exhibitions and participatory projects with a range of artists, curators and organisations, including the Arts Council Collection, Angela Kingston, Andrew Bick, Tony Bevan, Norman Dilworth, Philip Davenport, Cross Street Arts, Inga Hamilton, My Tarpit, OWL Project, Anne Morrell, Polly Binns, Dave Walker and Willie Williams. He has worked with established commercial galleries such as Alan Cristea and Gimpel Fils, as well as public institutions such as Tate Liverpool and the Whitworth Art Gallery.

As an artist, Martyn has exhibited widely in galleries in the UK and developed a number of socially engaged artist's projects, including Dialogue (London), Hospitals Talking Art (Aberdeen and London), and Enclosure (Banff, Canada). When time permits, he still paints watercolour landscapes.


Martyn Lucas

 

Robyn Woolston

Robyn Woolston is an artist who works across installation, photography and moving image. Her work focuses attention upon the parts of life that others shy away from, from waste materials to difficult emotions. She questions commercial meta-narratives and material 'use' against the back-drop of environmental urgencies. Her previous installations have included 7500 ice-cream containers, 45,000 carrier bags and a selection of trees from Ash to Silver Birch all classified as rubbish.

She won the Liverpool Art Prize 2012 by siting a discarded tree inside a former water tower on the platform at Edge Hill Station for Metal. At its base were 132,000 plastic knives and forks that broke underfoot each time the work was viewed. As part of the prize she was awarded a solo show during 2013 at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool: 'Strangers in a Strange Land' juxtaposed an Artist's Book, 4 photographic works and 3.6 tonnes of waste against a painting of the same name from the permanent collection dating from 1889.

"Central to this work is the notion of 'reconnection' - to the waste we create, to the soil to which we return, and to the processes that marry the two."

Previous clients have included BBC, Green Party, Guys Hospital / London, HM Prison Service, Intel, ITV, London Print Studio, Maerz Arts Association / Linz, Mitsubishi, National Geographic Traveller, National Trust, Psychologies Magazine, Tenderpixel Gallery / London and the Walker Art Gallery / Liverpool.


Robyn Woolston