DANCEHALL 11 at Castlefield Gallery: Listen to this

Emma Sumner

Castlefield’s latest Launch Pad exhibition is set to get you listening through art works that explore our relationship with sound.

Castlefield Gallery has a long and active legacy of developing emerging contemporary artists through their ambitious exhibitions programme.  Since 2014, the gallery has offered short ‘Launch Pad’ programme slots to artists, writers and independent curators, allowing them to use the gallery as a test bed for the production and display of contemporary, experimental art. The latest in this series is DANCEHALL 11 (13 Nov – 21 Nov; preview 12 Nov), an exhibition that uses a variety of art works to consider links between affective, tactile and aural modes of communication and understanding.

DANCEHALL 11 aims to re-focus the viewer’s attention to the act of listening

DANCEHALL 11 includes a series of performances, objects and texts inspired by DANCEHALL, a publication by artists Hannah Ellul and Ben Knight that aims to re-focus the viewer’s attention to the act of listening and how they experience sound. The exhibition will feature an exploration of the different forms of public speech from artist-cum-art therapist Katherine McBridenew, collaborative video work from Amelia Bywater & Rebecca Wilcox as well as a new sound installation by Tom White.

The launch night on Thursday 12 November kicks off with live editorial introductions from the team behind DANCEHALL journal and performance from Louise Hobson, who has worked alongside London publication Hello Art Magazine to produce a response to DANCEHALL. An interesting series of artist-led workshops runs through the day on Saturday 21 November to round off the show.

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