Tuesday, 31 March 2009

The SHED Gallery, Levenshulme - allotment art this weekend

MANCHESTER’S smallest art gallery will be offering a close-up glimpse at the work of a local artist this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the miniscule SHED gallery in Levenshulme - which, as the name suggests, is housed in a garden shed - will allow visitors to peek into the latest sketch book of Longsight based artist Annette Ebanks, entitled Flower Power.

Ebanks will also be showing colourful canvases worked with different drawing techniques, including oil pastel, collage and charcoal, at the unique gallery, which is situated at the Tonbridge Road Allotments in Levenshulme.

Visitors will also be able to flick through Ebanks’ last sketch book, African Masks, which was published by Manchester’s Slap-Dash Books, as well as meet the artist on both days.

Ebanks, who has a history in textile design, exhibited prints in the café at the Whitworth Art Gallery last year.

Her expressive art, based around plants and flowers, will be accompanied by home grown vegetables on Sunday, as the allotments will also be throwing the gates open to the public for their Spring Open Day.

As well as being an opportunity to browse art in the open air at the Gallery’s first show of the year, there will be activities and demonstrations for all the family, provided by The Community Allotment Project.

The exhibition is being held by Pool Arts, a community arts organisation that formed in 1999 to give local people access to the resources and space to make art. Pool Arts is based at St Luke’s Church in Longsight.

Curator Alison Kershaw said: “It will be an intimate exhibition as visitors will actually be able to handle Annette’s books and look through them. Her books are bursting with colour.”

1-4pm, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April
The SHED gallery
Tonbridge Road Allotments
Tonbridge Road
M19 2TQ

No comments: