Thumbs Up events at Castlefield Gallery

Artists’ tour and talk,
Saturday 1 February, 1 – 2pm

Join artists Michael Beard, Frances Disley, Harry Meadley and Lesley Thompson, for a unique insight into the experimentation, research and process behind their new exhibition Thumbs Up.

They will be joined by members of the Castlefield Gallery and Venture Arts teams to give a tour of the display to share how working alongside each other, over an extended project development period, has helped them to find meeting points between their interests and shaped the work presented in the exhibition.

Admission: Free, please register for eventbrite tickets. The tour will be relaxed and seating will be provided.


Panel discussion
Saturday 1 February, 2.30 – 4pm


Join Frances Disley, Harry Meadley with University of Salford academics: Dr Catherine Thompson, Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, Michael Lomas, Lecturer in Environmental Psychology and Professor Philip James, Professor of Ecology, who have provided consultancy and advice for the Thumbs Up exhibition.

This discussion will offer a unique insight into the experimentation, research and process behind the new exhibition Thumbs Up, in consideration of the insight and expertise they have drawn on to influence the work they have produced and the methodologies and theories that have shaped the exhibition presentation.

The event will also be captured live, through sketch, by Leslie Thompson who will be documenting the panel session.

Admission: Free, please register for eventbrite tickets. The panel discussion will be relaxed and seating will be provided.


Vinyasa yoga with Fran

To reflect the themes of the exhibition, which include making use of the gallery spaces in new and more flexible ways, we will also be offering two introductory Vinyasa yoga sessions led by yoga expert Francesca Giacomozzi, Flow with Fran.  

Lunchtime yoga
Wednesday 5 February, 12:30pm – 1:15pm (45mins)
£7.06 per person

Lunchtime yoga
Saturday 22 February 2020, 12:30pm -1:30pm (1hr)
£7.06 per person

Book a place on either course via Eventbrite.


Venue for all events: Castlefield Gallery, Manchester


Events produced and curated in collaboration with Castlefield Gallery, Venture Arts and University of Salford Art Collection.