Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cath Campbell / Richard Rigg - Preview Friday 31st October 2014 7pm - 9pm at Workplace Gallery

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Marcus Coates: "The Sounds of Others: A Biophonic Line" Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester, UK

Marcus Coates The Sounds of Others: A Biophonic Line (detail) 2014, 4 synchronised led displays and 4 audio channel installation, courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

Marcus Coates

The Sounds of Others: A Biophonic Line

Commissioned by Cape Farewell as part of the Lovelock Art Commission.

Produced by Manchester Museum of Science and Industry for the Manchester Science Festival 2014

Museum of Science & Industry

Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP

24th Oct - 2nd Nov 2014
10:00 - 17:00


Marcus Coates, will launch his installation The Sounds of Others: A Biophonic Line during the Manchester Science Festival 2014. Marcus uses custom built software to explore the sounds of animals, such as field crickets, starlings, humpbacked whales, lions and humans, to reveal unimagined connections between species and unearth common patterns and forms that would normally be beyond the reach of the human ear.

For this work Marcus Coates has studied hundreds of animal sounds to discover the minute but discernible connections between them. By stretching and compressing the sounds, resemblances between them appear. The installation reveals a complex and fascinating world of acoustic communication and our connection with it. 

Cape Farewell, renowned for connecting artists and scientists, presents the Lovelock Art Commission, an annual commission that invites an artist to take inspiration from the lifelong work of the famous scientist James Lovelock.

In conversation with Marcus Coates and Geoff Sample
Thursday 23rd October 2014 7pm

Museum of Science & Industry


Join Professor Andy Miah in this conversation with acclaimed artist Marcus Coates and wildlife sound recordist Geoff Sample about connectivity and the relationships between entities that we are part of, but not aware of. Marcus will explain how his digital installation 'The Sounds of Others: A Biophonic Line' reveals unexpected links between different species. He will also discuss how James Lovelock's Gaia Theory inspired the installation as well as his long term fascination with vocalisation as tool to reconsider our relationship with the natural world.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

SATELLITE SATELLITE: Workplace London, 13 Oct - 15 Nov

  • Satellite Satellite

    Tanya Axford, Eric Bainbridge, Darren Banks, Sophie Lisa Beresford, Catherine Bertola, Cath Campbell, Hugo Canoilas, Joe Clark, Marcus Coates, Jo Coupe, Jacob Dahlgren, Jennifer Douglas, Peter J. Evans, Laura Lancaster, Rachel Lancaster, Paul Merrick, Mike Pratt, Richard Rigg, Cecilia Stenbom, Matt Stokes, Wolfgang Weileder
    13th October - 15th November 2014

    Workplace London

    61 Conduit Street

    Mayfair, London

    W1S 2GB

    Friday and Saturday, 10am - 6pm

    (and by appointment)

    FRIEZE WEEK - Mon 13th -  Sat 18th October Special opening hours: 10am - 7pm


    tel: 44 (0)207 434 1985  


    Please also come and visit us at Frieze Art Fair, Main Section - Stand H10 where we will be showing a solo presentation of Eric Bainbridge

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Eric Bainbridge at Frieze London, Stand H10

Image: Eric Bainbridge,The Embarrassment of Jimmy The Nail,  2014, Mixed fur fabric, plaster, timber and steel, 316 x 148 x 160 cm (124 3/8 x 58 1/4 x 63 in) courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery.


Workplace Gallery at Frieze Art Fair London

Eric Bainbridge

Solo presentation
Stand H10 Main Section
15th - 18th October 2014
Regents Park, London

Eric Bainbridge was born in Consett, County Durham, UK in 1955. He completed a Masters in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London in 1981. Bainbridge has exhibited in important group exhibitions throughout his career such as Material Culture at the Hayward Gallery, London, British Art of the 80's and 90's at IMMA in Dublin, and recently in Modern British Sculpture at the Royal Academy, London. Solo exhibitions include View Points The Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, Eric Bainbridge at The ICA Boston, Style, Space, Elegance at The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Forward Thinking at MIMA, Middlesbrough, and Steel Sculptures at Camden Art Centre. Bainbridge's work is in significant international collections including the Stedelijk Collection, Arts Council England Collection, The Margulies Collection, and the Tate Collection. Bainbridge lives and works in Sunderland, Hartlepool and London.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Wolfgang Weileder: 'Meridiano' Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, IT

Image: Wolfgang Weileder, 'Seascapes' Installation view, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, DE Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK


Preview: October 2, 2014 h 6.30 p.m

Exhibition opening: October 3 - December 8, 2014


The works of Wolfgang Weileder are investigations into the relationship between time and space, into the interconnection between permanence and transience, and how these can be explored to probe our knowledge of built and natural landscapes.


This project, Meridiano, includes selected large format photographic prints from the Seascapes series. In this show, various seascapes from around Europe - recording either sunrise or sunset - are combined into a 'mosaic', representing a boundless temporal sequence of nearly imperceptible transformations.


Weileder uses a special technique involving the sophisticated use of digital technology to create these works. A fixed camera captures thousands of shots of the same scene over the course of several hours, at intervals of just a few seconds. Specialist software then selects a vertical strip, one pixel wide, at the same point in every captured image, recombining the segments in precise chronological order. What emerges is an unexpected and evocative aesthetic effect: subjectivity, contingency and technological possibilities come together to produce images that appear strangely familiar. The final image is therefore not just an exhaustive recapitulation of a single slice of space in a time interval, but one of the infinite recombinant possibilities offered by the technology. The image reinterprets the landscape by following its traces in a way that defies all preconceptions.


Via Don Minzoni, 14 - 40121 BOLOGNA

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Matt Stokes: "In Absence of the Smoky God" Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

Image: Matt Stokes in Absence of the Smoky God, 2014. (Production still) Dual channel HD Film and Audio installation, 7.24 minutes.  Commissioned by Site Gallery and Sensoria Festival. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


Matt Stokes

In Absence of the Smoky God

Site Gallery
1 Brown Street 
Sheffield S1 2BS, UK


27th September - 8th November 2014


Site Gallery presents In Absence of the Smoky God, a major new commission by artist Matt Stokes. Taking the form of a two-screen video and audio installation, the work is inspired by hidden Sheffield locations, sci-fi literature and Barry Hines' 1984 BBC TV production Threads, which portrayed a fictional cold-war nuclear attack on Britain.


Filmed on location in Sheffield, Threads chronicled the before, during and after effects of atomic detonations on the city's citizens. 30 years after its original broadcast, Stokes envisions a more fantastical post-apocalyptic tale by imagining the impact of such an event on the human body, and its social and cultural consequences.


Collaborating with composer Ben Gaunt and a cast of 10 Sheffield-based vocalists, he has created a vision of a transformed society in which archaic customs and systems prevail. In this futuristic world, the human voice and other functions, have been affected by radiation sickness and environmental diseases.


Against this backdrop, Stokes and his collaborators explore the possibilities of shifts in communication through altered speech patterns and capabilities. This manifests itself with two languages being spoken by two different societies. One society survives in a lamp-lit underworld, communicating via a form of mutated English and clipped sounds, whilst the second lives in a scorched overground environment conversing via a form of tonal expression. Heard together the two different groups produce conflicting vocal sounds, which as the work progresses, move closer to each other, from disharmony to harmony, eventually attempting to achieve union.


The gallery will also house a selection of printed materials from Barry Hines' archive, which are on loan from the University of Sheffield Library. Elements include papers and images relating to the filming of Threads 30 years ago, scripts and manuscripts annotated by Barry Hines and the original BBC press release from the televised broadcast. Letters and press cuttings following the broadcast on 23 September 1984 give insight into the reaction to Threads, and the social and political interest in the imagined aftermath of nuclear attack.


About the artist:


Matt Stokes is based in Blaydon-on-Tyne. Recent solo-shows include Grundy Art Gallery (UK), Kunsthalle Fridericianum (Germany), De Hallen Haarlem (Netherlands), CAAC (Spain), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (UK) and Arthouse (USA). His practice stems from inquiries into events and beliefs that shape people's lives and identities. Music - its history, subcultures and socio-political effects - often provides the catalyst for researching and forming collaborative relationships with communities. These collaborations develop into films, installations and events, which build upon collective knowledge and skills.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Extended until 4th October: Eric Bainbridge 'Late 90's Constructions' Workplace London

Image: Eric Bainbridge, Late 90's Constructions, Installation view Workplace London. Photo: Wig Worland

Eric Bainbridge

Late 90's Constructions


8th August - 4th October 2014


Workplace London

61 Conduit Street



Friday and Saturday, 10am - 6pm

(and by appointment)


tel: 44 (0)207 434 1985 


'Late 90's Constructions' brings together a body of works made by Bainbridge in 1997 that specifically address the history of Modernism and the traditional material hierarchies of Modernist Sculpture. In these works Bainbridge employs ubiquitous 'low - grade' materials such as melamine faced chipboard and dental floss to reappraise a Formalist vocabulary. That a material can be 'second - hand' and in some way dirtied and devalued by its former use - yet be explored for its aesthetic potential nevertheless, sits at odds with the Modernist ideal of 'truth to materials' and the inevitable distillation of form and material towards a refined 'pure' essence. In contrast to this reductivist impetus Bainbridge emphasises the 'subordinate' conditions of temporal normality, liberating the autonomous Art object via the absurd patina of everyday life.


'...the small scale of these sculptures allows for various references - constructivism, architecture, the amateur 'string picture', the still life etc. Although I don't consider them as maquettes, the size of the work enables an active imaginative relationship to the object, i.e. it is easy to fantasize about their potential large scale and environmental potential. I wanted to continue exploring the aesthetic, status, and value of the material by using a language that was recognizably modernist. It seemed important that the works 'belonged' to something historical. I like the idea* that if all things were destroyed and we had to remake the contents of museums without "special" materials maybe we would use melamine and dental floss...'

Eric Bainbridge, 2014


Eric Bainbridge was born in Consett, County Durham, UK in 1955. He completed a Masters in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London in 1981. Frequently cited as one of the most influential British artists working in contemporary sculpture Bainbridge has exhibited in important group exhibitions throughout his career such as "Material Culture" at the Hayward Gallery, London, and "British Art of the 80's and 90's" at IMMA in Dublin, he was recently included in "Modern British Sculpture" at the Royal Academy, London. Solo exhibitions include "View Points" The Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, "Eric Bainbridge" at The ICA Boston, "Style, Space, Elegance" at The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and recently 'Forward Thinking' at MIMA, Middlesbrough and 'Steel Sculptures' at Camden Art Centre. Bainbridge's work is in significant international collections including the Stedelijk Collection, Arts Council England Collection and the Tate Collection. Bainbridge lives and works in Sunderland, Hartlepool and London.


from 'Mastering The Art of Ventriloquism' an essay by Penelope Curtis in 'Eric Bainbridge: Works 1991 - 1997, Cornerhouse - Delfina' published by Cornerhouse Press, ISBN 0 948797 48 7


Forthcoming exhibitions include Eric Bainbridge, Workplace Gateshead, 20th September - 25th October 2014.

Workplace will be presenting a solo booth of Eric Bainbridge at Frieze Art Fair, Regent's Park, London, 15th - 18th October 2014 (Booth H10)