Estelle Woolley at Purple


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Estelle has contributed several times before to our ur:nights. The last time at ‘White‘ she showed two pieces; ‘Glitter Line’ and ‘Ghost of the Summer’, the latter saw her building soap castles on the floor of Islington Mill. If you … Continue reading

Purple packed night on 27th Feb, 8-11pm.

We are now in the process of announcing our next event, Purple.

Not only do we have ourselves and our guest artists this night, but pre our night from 6 until 8 we have as part of the Islington Mill ‘Intervention’ talk series, have the invited artist and graphic designer Michel Bouvet.

Graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Michel Bouvet is a poster artist and graphic designer. Living and working in Paris he has designed hundreds of posters for theatre, opera, music, dance, art, festivals and public institutions in France and abroad. He has had more than 70 personal exhibitions in 35 countries around the world. His studio works for theatres, public institutions, museums, festivals and publishers. Michel Bouvet is a curator of graphic design exhibitions and professor at the ESAG Penninghen in Paris Michel Bouvet is a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale).

You can keep up to date about this event through Facebook

We can also announce the first of our featured guest artists Sandra Bouguerch.

Sandra performed at White; a particularly emotive piece ‘Eyes Wide Shut‘, which you can see documented through both her own Vimeo film channel and our documentation of the night. You can also catch some more of her recent work featuring her father which address’s areas of vulnerability in regard to the onset of old age. Vimeo channel. (

More Documentation of White – Sandra Bouguerch

Sandra Bouguerch has posted this documentation of her performance at our recent White night. You can find this and more work from Sandra through her video feed at Vimeo or just follow her on Twitter for her latest updates.

<p><a href=”″>EYES WIDE SHUT CLOSE UP</a> from <a href=””>Sandra Bouguerch (MUSE)</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Thank You White

A big thank you to all those that came to and appeared in White.

Pictures are starting to appear on our Facebook page, and I’m posting a few here I managed to take in between performing. We will put together a full documentation of the night in the very near future.

We had a particularly interesting and varied night of art, the range of work not done justice by these few photos here.

Estelle Woolley - ‘Ghost  Of The Summer’ Willow - ‘Unititled’ Benny McCrystal Plimmer - ‘Toilettenpapier Mauer’ Willow - ‘Unititled’ Willow - ‘Unititled’ Willow - ‘Unititled’ Estelle Woolley - ‘Ghost  Of The Summer’ Gabrielle Anderson & Robert James Maclese - ‘Chaste’

Benny McCrystal Plimmer - ‘Toilettenpapier Mauer’

Benny McCrystal Plimmer – ‘Toilettenpapier Mauer’

Gabrielle Anderson & Robert James Maclese - ‘Chaste’

White night to include Mike Chevez-Dawson

The second guest artist to confirm for our White night is Mike Chevez-Dawson. He will undertake ‘Reworked Part 3’; this refers to the performance he did at The Contemporary Six gallery, for the ‘Paraphrase’ exhibition. The performance took place on Thursday 31st May 2012.

“Reworked was a responsive performance for ‘Paraphrase’ a show I devised and undertook in collaboration with fellow artist Richard Shields.

Taking the surrealist method ‘Frottage’ founded by Max Ernst in 1925, we provided variable pencil rubbings of the laser drawing ‘Details… (Portrait of Richard Shields, Inverted 09042012)’, we both reworked sections for 20minutes at a time, the performance took place on Thursday 31st May from 2.30pm until 5.30pm all drawings were available for £20 for the duration of the performance (all were purchased), afterwards the drawings escalated to £100 each (nfs).

During the performance two guest commentators made an appearance, 3pm – 4pm; Ryan Sewell twin brother of Brian an esteemed cultural critic in his own right, and from 4pm – 5pm Tim Rota associate director and curator of modern & contemporary collections. They kept a beady eye on on our activity – whilst making the odd comment and relevant quote to accompany the performance.

‘Reworked’ furthers both artists interest in value systems, labour and the participatory – alongside key issues and themes predominate in the overall ‘Paraphrase’ show.


Paper, Pencil, Laser drawing, Biro, Laptop, Furniture, Actors”

Mike recently featured within the ‘Ask A Curator’ event at the Cornerhouse, other recent projects have included; ‘The Bear Pit’, London. ‘Untitled Gallery’, PSL, Leeds. ‘Memory Flash’, Carter Presents, London. ‘Magda Archer: Crazy Mad’ Cornerhouse, Manchester. ‘Re-Covering’, Untitled Gallery, Manchester. Amongst many others.

ur:new colour white

We are putting together a new night of colour in our series of ‘art’ nights which embrace our philosophy of the experimental avant guard. The new colour in our series is White, and all that White evokes  Some of what our group and guests deliver will be literal, some not so. If you have been to previous nights then you will know just how ‘left of field’ things can be.

The first guest artist we can tell you about is Estelle Woolley. Estelle has appeared before at an ur:night, ‘Moon‘. Estelle recently won the public vote for ‘The People’s Prize’ in the annual open exhibition ‘Life, The Universe and Everything’ at The Aardvark Gallery, Chester. Other recent exhibitions have included ‘In The Woods Today“, ‘The Free For All‘ & ‘Panoply‘ amongst others. For more details about her and her work then have a look at her website or profile on Axis.

You can sign up to our Facebook group and event here, and invite anyone you want.

The Night Was Blue

It was sometime ago, however ur:blue did take place. February 15th just as planned.

As always the ur: group provided a night of experimental live art. Sometimes controversial our Blue night threw up some very interesting performances.

‘Bowman’s Space’ via Benjamin McChrystal Plimmer involved urinating on perspex, trapped between to easels, whilst on stage looking down on his audience. During this time you could find Kwong Lee working on portraits, ‘Edible Portraits’, made from rice paper and food dye. ‘That Mincing of Those Blues’ had Helmut Lemke quite literally mincing all that was blue in this world, including Margaret Thatcher and the Conservatives amongst other notable blues. You would find Kerry Morrison on the floor,  ‘Blue Suede Shoes N Blue Jeans’, engrossed within her work. Whilst ‘Lube”, an installation from Tracy Hurst, a 1950’s narrative showing old 8mm silent blue movies within a space to contemplate just where we were as a society at that point. ‘Parental Guidance’, with ‘The Parents’, and fast forward a few decades to a more modern scene of the porn viewer. Time to contemplate what we have become and maybe just where we are going as a society. ‘The Parents’ are Gabrielle Anderson and Robert James Maclese, another set of characters you will see more of, added to their range. Back out in the main passageway, through which everyone enters, Steve Oliver and Jonathan Maj had created ‘A Tuning Exercise’, a mesmeric blue film with varying densities of blue projecting as guitars tuned. Whilst these melancholic tunings drifted through the gallery space Sarah Coggrave inflated blue balloons of sadness throughout the space, bringing an air of subdued reflection whilst watching them sway in the breeze of people passing by.

(If you managed to spot Craig Tattersal’s, ‘Remnant Residue’ you’ll have spotted a wonderful visual pun tucked away.)

Here are some tantalising snap shots of that night……

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ur: will be taking part in Sounds From The Other City which will be taking place in Salford, we will have more details for you very soon.