Artist-led Tour – Mary Griffiths

6 December 2014


Artist Talk, North Member Programme

Ground Floor, 3 Hardman Square, Spinningfields
Manchester , M3 3EB

Join artist Mary Griffiths for an exclusive tour of her new exhibition Still Further  at Bureau.

Griffiths is known for making black drawings: abstract architectural notations and spatialities inscribed (scratched singly and uniquely over many weeks, using basic hand tools) upon dense, burnished layers of graphite.

Moving from the standardised confines of A4 paper that she has worked with in recent years, her new larger-scale works in Still Further make use of plywood, wooden board, and linoleum as surfaces to inscribe abstract drawings into. New materials feature for the first time alongside graphite, as she primes and treats these surfaces with gesso, gilding size, silver leaf, and shellac varnish.

Drinks will be served.

Mary Griffiths (b. 1965, UK) is based in Manchester, and graduated from MA Fine Art at Manchester School of Art in 2009. Griffiths is also Curator of Modern Art at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, where she has been in post since 2000.

Griffiths acclaimed solo exhibition Fathom, took place at Bureau in 2012, and in Rangefinder (2014) she showed new work that came from her residency at PS Mirabel, Manchester. Selected group exhibitions include: The Black and White Room, curated by Cornelia Parker as part of the Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London; In Conversation, Touchstones Rochdale; The Drawing Project, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2014); Tip of the Iceberg: Art from Up North, Contemporary Art Society, London; The Manchester Contemporary, with Bureau; Some Recent Examples, Sevendale House, Manchester (2013); Cabedal, Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon; The Manchester Contemporary, art fair with Bureau (2012); Memory of a Hope, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool; Workhouse, The Hive, Manchester (2011); This and That, Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, USA; Four Artists from the Manchester School of Art, FAFA Gallery, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland (2009); Jerwood Drawing Prize 2008, Jerwood Space, London and touring UK (2008-09). Her work was featured in the publication Drawing Paper (2012), and her monograph, Pictures of War, was published by Carcanet in 2009. Griffiths has works in a number of institutional and international private collections.

Free to Contemporary Art Society Members. To reserve a place please contact Mark Doyle on / 07891 880 498.


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