Spring is nearly upon us and that can mean only one thing – the return of the Fish Factory! We’ve spent the winter renovating our spaces in preparation for new shows and studio residencies. Right now we’re getting ready for our grand reopening on 16th March.
We kick off our year with Art of the Underground, a celebration of art influenced by underground music. Our reopening party will feature “Lord of the Logo” Cristophe Szpajdel giving a talk and demonstration of his work, with live music until late. This kicks off the two-week exhibition of some of Szpajdel’s huge portfolio in our new Fish Tank, and we’re really excited to have such a prolific international artist in this brand new gallery. There will also be illustration and photography work from the likes of local artists Chris Odgers, Andy Ford and Toby Jackson as well as international flavour from Andre Coelho.
Alongside Art of the Underground, new show Machine Made Man will be in our main gallery. This exhibition, curated by Fish Factory founder and director Rose Hatcher, explores our increasingly intimate relationship with technology, and features a fine selection of emerging artists. David Handford will be inviting the audience to interact with his ever-evolving machines of sound, Darren Ray will be exploring the role of the machine in the workplace, Stuart Blackmore and Will Chappell intend to challenge our perceptions of the machine within our culture and Rose Hatcher's work will provide a female view of the male dominated technology industry.
April sees the arrival of Arts for Amnesty to the Fish Factory, aiming to raise funds and awareness for Amnesty International. We’re launching the Arts for Amnesty exhibition with a party and live music event on 6th April, with all proceeds going to the charity. The line-up will include Neil Halstead and Hantehir and tickets are £5 and can be purchased in advance from Seetickets.com. The exhibition runs throughout April and will feature a collection of innovative local artists reacting to issues surrounding the work of Amnesty International, so please come down and have a look.
We’re really proud of the work we’ve done to redevelop our studio and gallery spaces this winter, and as always they’re available to hire for work space, private events and parties. If you’re interested, get in touch or come and pay us a visit.
We’re also looking for volunteers to help us out for a few days a week, looking after our gallery and shop. We can also offer more regular work experience to those interested in the industry. If you’d like to get involved in any way please get in touch.
We can’t wait to reopen in March and show off what we’ve done with the place. This is a great line-up of events to start our year and we’ve got lots more planned for the coming months, so you’ll find something new and absorbing on each visit. Thanks for your support, and we hope to see you soon.