Andrew McDonald at Castlefield Gallery

Polly Checkland Harding
Fence: Hammock (2017) at Andrew McDonald.

Andrew McDonald at Castlefield Gallery, Castlefield, 28 April–11 June 2017, free entry - Visit now

Manchester-based artist Andrew McDonald, who has exhibited nationally and was featured in British Art Show 6 in 2006, has worked with animation for two decades. This exhibition at Castlefield Gallery – a significant solo show of existing pieces alongside two new works – will showcase the pattern of repetition that dominates McDonald’s output and practice; the artist uses a graphics tablet to draw the iterative images needed to produce an animation directly onto a computer, while the animations themselves are often characterised by darkly comic loops.

Mc Donald’s new two-channel video installation Fence/Hammock, for instance, sees two figures striving for freedom: one is hopelessly entangled in his hammock, the other scales a fence and runs out of sight, only to reappear on screen and repeat the sequence endlessly. The artwork contends with the idea of what form of freedom is more desirable – escape from captivity or making piece with futility – but also draws a question about whose agency is at work here. Does the figure drive its own fate, or has the artist, as creator, contrived an impossible cycle in which the figure is trapped?

On the opening evening of the exhibition (Thursday 27 April, 6pm-8pm), The International 3 also launches WANDERLUST; a free coach service will operate between the two galleries on the evening, on a first come first served basis.

Andrew McDonald at Castlefield Gallery, Castlefield

28 April–11 June 2017
Free entry

Things to do right now

Powered by culturehosts
Cinema Until 29 September 2022, from £9.95

Crimes of the Future at HOME

Activity Until 30 September 2022, from £25.00

Canoeing and Kayaking on the Mersey

Families Until 1 October 2022, from £13.00

Mrs Doubtfire at Manchester Opera House

MFDF 2022
Festivals Until 2 October 2022,

Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2022

Music Until 5 October 2022, from £5.50

Sounds of Nature at The Stoller Hall

The Glass Menagerie at the Royal Exchange
Theatre Until 8 October 2022, from £10.00

The Glass Menagerie at the Royal Exchange

Electric Gamebox at the arndale
Childrens Until 22 October 2022, from £5.00

Electric Gamebox at The Arndale

Victoria Baths Guided Tour
Activity Until 26 October 2022, from £6

Victoria Baths Guided Tour

Illustration entitled ‘Because you cannot tame something so happily wild’ by Emily Hughes showing painted animals in a woodland setting
Exhibitions Until 30 October 2022, FREE

Picture This at The Lowry

vegan super club
Activity Until 25 November 2022, from £50

Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School

Elizabeth Gaskell's House garden. Photo by Chris Tucker
Literature Until 11 December 2022, from £4.50

Book sale at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House