a highly abstracted artist image in muted colours

Image: Jeffrey Knopf, Now You See Me (2024), film still. Image courtesy of the artist

‘Where should we be now?’ New commissions at Castlefield Gallery

Preview: 40 Years of the Future: Where Should We Be Now?
Thursday 4 July, 6-8pm

Join us for the preview of new exhibition 40 Years of the Future: Where Should We Be Now? on Thursday 4 July, 6-8pm at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.

Presented in partnership with the University of Salford Art Collection, 40 Years of the Future: Where Should We Be Now? brings together the work of a sculptor, photographer and artist-filmmaker – Jeffrey Knopf, Theo Simpson, and Hope Strickland. These artists are deeply committed to their disciplines, but also keen to work with them in expanded and non-traditional ways.

In both the content of their work and materials used, Knopf, Simpson and Strickland explore our complex relationship with the past, present and future. Importantly they challenge the dominant cultural narrative that the world has only one history. As Castlefield Gallery marks 40 years, this exhibition asks us to pause, to reflect and consider how we might imagine the future with the recognition that history isn’t the same for everyone; that amongst the artists we work with and the people that visit Castlefield Gallery, the past is felt and experienced differently.

The exhibition will present existing pieces alongside commissioned works developed in partnership with the University of Salford Art Collection, some of which will enter the University’s collection for the benefit of future generations. This builds on Castlefield Gallery’s decade of co-commissioning and artist development collaborations with the University of Salford Art Collection.

40 Years of the Future: Where Should We Be Now? continues: 7 July 2024 — 6 October 2024.
Presented in collaboration with the University of Salford Art Collection

40 Years of the Future: Where Should We Be Now? is supported by Castlefield Gallery Commissioning Patrons Prof Chris Klingenberg and Bridget and Richard Schilizzi

a highly abstracted artist image in muted colours
Image: Jeffrey Knopf, Now You See Me (2024), film still. Image courtesy of the artist

Saturday Slow Preview | Saturday 6 July

​If you would rather book a timed visit with additional restricted capacity in the gallery and enjoy our new exhibition at your own pace, you can attend our Saturday Slow Preview on Saturday 6 July. This is also a chance for you to ask questions to Castlefield Gallery Curator and Deputy Director Matthew Pendergast. Refreshments will be provided. Book your free tickets here