Iain Andrews / David Armes / Oliver Binnian / Jack Brown / Niki Colclough / Tina Dempsey / William Hughes / Ruth Murray / David Penny / Ruby Tingle

Exhibition dates: 30 June – 11 August 2018
Private View: Friday 29 June 2018, 6-9pm
After ten months on the Tracing PAPER mentoring scheme, ten artists from the North West will exhibit brand new works based on paper at PAPER. Each artist will present work developed throughout the period of the mentoring scheme. Tracing PAPER is supported through Arts Council of England’s Grants For the Arts scheme. During the scheme, the artists received crits from Jennie Syson (Syson Gallery), Paulette Brien (The Grundy), and Lindsay Friend (IMT Gallery), and a workshop led by Emily Speed.

Iain Andrews creates work based on a heady mixture of Faery Tales and related teenage narratives. He allows demonic nightmarish figures made from detritus of the studio floor to jostle with ghosts of the past as they attempt to take on a life on their own in the present. David Armes uses language and geography to explore the ways that landscape shapes understanding. He works primarily with the old industrial process of letterpress. Oliver Binnian straddles the space between real and digital worlds using hyperreal sources of landscape such as Google Earth. He harnesses the power of having instant connection to virtually anywhere in the world, where one sees everything but experiences nothing.

Jack Brown is a socially engaged artist whose work highlights sublime moments that would usually go unnoticed. Brown plays with ideas of placement, observation and interaction. For Tracing Paper, he collects the grease marks left by passenger’s hair on bus windows and meditates on human trace and unknowing collaboration. Niki Colclough’s practice explores a sense of belonging, currently focusing on on-line cultures and how we navigate and make sense of a world that is ever-expanding. Colclough re-purposes everyday actions such as photocopying, filing and sorting to re-order and re-examine this culture, offering the viewer a new way of seeing. Tina Dempsey examines the way we look at social, physical and emotional spaces through structure, colour, form and language. She dismantles, constructs and re-assembles information using collage, sculpture and photography to develop new identities and meaning.

William Hughes reproduces found images in graphite and aims to measure the purely translational process of drawing from anonymous image to reproduction against drawing as a meditative platform. Scaled down and delicately drawn, the images explore notions of memory, history and the human experience. Ruth Murray creates claustrophobically rich and dreamlike scenes looking at the tension of change, agitation of youth and misunderstood rituals. Primarily a painter, Murray has been focusing on collage works, developing their function as almost ‘negatives’ of her paintings.

David Penny’s concentrates on photographic drawings and sculpture, using studio leftovers. This approach is particularly poignant with the imminent closure and demolition of his studio through redevelopment in the area. These plans attempt to address an imbalance and offer a new possibility for a place to work. Ruby Tingle reconstructs familiar forms to present and document the extraordinary as authentic; suggesting new myths and an alternate folklore. Most recently Ruby has been experimenting with the interaction between these collage forms, using film and sound to pose as evidence of unnatural sightings.
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About the Artists:
Iain Andrews has shown in numerous exhibitions both in the U.K and abroad, the most recent being as part of the New Light Art Prize at Bankside Gallery, London. He has had solo shows at man and eve, London, Castlefield gallery, Manchester and Warrington Museum and art gallery. His work is in several public collections including the New Art gallery-Walsall, Progressive Collection – Ohio, Warrington Art gallery and Yantai Art Museum, China. He has won several awards for his painting including the Marmite prize for painting, the regional award in the National Art Open and Anthology at Van der Plas Gallery, New York. He also works as an Art Psychotherapist in Hulme.
David Armes’ Red Plate Press studio is based on the disputed border between West Yorkshire and Lancashire in the South Pennine hills. He travels frequently for residencies and has spent many months in the USA in the past three years working alongside contemporary letterpress practitioners, thanks to a travelling fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and a grant from the Arts Council/British Council Artists’ International Development Fund. He has recently shown work in the USA, UK, Germany and Russia, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Flourish Excellence in Printmaking award.
Oliver Binnian was born in Warrington (1987) and lives and works in Manchester. Having studied Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art and Illustration at London College of Communication he completed his MA at the Royal College of Art in 2015. His work has been included in group shows at South Kiosk in 2016 (Eminent Domain) in Berlin at Bootsbau Gallery in 2014 (Brave New World) and in Ithaca, Greece in 2015 (Anonymous Materials). He was awarded the Augustus Martin Print Award and the Peter Gordon Pickard Travel Bursary whilst at the RCA. 
Jack Brown is based in Manchester. He has been making and exhibiting work since graduating from London Guildhall University with a BA Honours in Fine Art. Recent group shows/projects include Problem Solver at Deptford X (London), For Space at Paper, Figure Ground Publication launch at Primary, Nottingham, Den at South London Gallery and The Whatchamacallit at the Parasol Unit, London. Jack won the Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education in 2014 for his work as an artist educator.
Niki Colclough is an artist based in Manchester, working nationally and internationally. Her working practice includes artist interventions alongside exhibitions. She has presented work at CFCCA, Caustic Coastal and Gallery II (Bradford University). Niki has undertaken several international artist residencies including 501 Art Space, Chongqing (China) and most recently at Matadero Madrid (Spain). Niki is a current member of the Islington Mill Art Academy, an artist-led, alternative art school based at Islington Mill in Salford.
Tina Dempsey graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2016 with a BA (First Class Honours) in Fine Art. In 2016 she received second prize in the Bath Open Art Prize, held at 44AD Gallery, Bath. Group shows include On – Going at SLOE Gallery, Manchester, AIR Open 2017 at AIR Gallery, Altringham, Looking In, Looking Through at Neo:gallery23, Bolton, Small World at Mirabel Studios, Manchester and Abingdon Studios at Grundy Gallery, Blackpool. In 2017 she was selected for a place on the Tracing PAPER Scheme, a 9 month mentoring programme with PAPER Gallery in Manchester and she is also the recipient of the Associate Artist Award for Art B&B, Art Bed & Breakfast: A pioneering platform for experiencing contemporary art. As part of her practice, Tina regularly works on a range of creative engagement projects, working with galleries, councils, non-profit arts organisations and schools to bring exciting arts sessions to a diverse range of communities.
William Hughes (1991) was born in London and lives and works in Manchester. He completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2014 and continues to show in group exhibitions around the UK. In 2015 he was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize.
Ruth Murray (b.1984, Birmingham, UK) graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008, where she was awarded the Stanley Smith Scholarship to study and the Sheldon Bergh Award for her final show. In her graduation year she also won the De Laszlo Prize for Portraiture and the Boundary Gallery Figurative Art Prize. Following this she was Derek Hill Scholar at the British School at Rome and an artist-in-residence at Glogauair (Berlin), Pro Artibus (Finland), Kaus Australis (Rotterdam) and USF (Bergen). This year she had a solo exhibition ‘Keruffle’ at the North Wall Art Gallery, Oxford, and was selected for the Threadneedle Figurative Art Prize. Other notable exhibitions include Northern Stars at the A Foundation, Saatchi's 4 New Sensations, The Creative Cities Collection, and the BP Portrait Award.
Manchester-based photographic artist David Penny makes provocative images informed by the genre of still life. He constructs arrangements of objects for the camera, creating compositions against plain backgrounds. The photographs he makes are subtle manipulations; inviting interpretation of the environments and objects he works with. Recent projects include. A Screen for another focus, Dovecot Studios, ‘A Quality of Distance’, METAL Liverpool and Spatial Correspondences, RAUMX London. He has undertaken an artists residency at Hospitalfield, Arbraoth. His work has been exhibited internationally at Open Eye Gallery, UK and ShanghART, Shanghai and has been published in SOURCE: the photographic review, PIPELINE: Hong Kong, and through Museums ETC. He has completed a practice-based PhD at Manchester School of Art and is a graduate from the University of Westminster.
Ruby Tingle graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2011. She is represented by PAPER Gallery and is their permanent Artist in Residence. She was also awarded runner up in the GM Arts Prize 2016. Recent exhibitions include solo shows The Land Isat PAPER following the Exploring PAPER Residency Scheme and Ermine at Chetham’s Library as part of Manifest Arts Festival 2017. Ruby has also exhibited work in group shows at East Street Arts in Leeds, The Old Courts in Wigan, C4RD London and Bury Art Museum and Gallery. Recent commissioned live work includes performances at HOME, Manchester Art Gallery and The Manchester Contemporary 2017; with upcoming performances for 48 Hours Neukolln 2018 in Berlin.