Rotate: Bureau: Industry & Idleness

28 September 2010—6 May 2011

Contemporary Art Society
59 Central Street
London, EC1V 3AF

The Contemporary Art Society’s office provides the opportunity for us to showcase the work of artists, artist-run spaces and galleries working outside London. We host the launch events of new installations twice a year, often arranging complementary events to contextualise the work being shown.

Bureau is a contemporary gallery based in Manchester and a partner in Contemporary Art Society’s North West Members Scheme. Bureau works internationally with represented and invited artists at varying career stages to provide a platform and context for dynamic and innovative contemporary visual practice. The gallery programme is complemented by support for artists’ practice through international collaborations, exchange and residency projects, publishing initiatives, and participation in art fairs.

Bureau’s recent programme has included a solo exhibition and residency in collaboration with Manchester Art Gallery for Jerwood Drawing Prize 2009 winner Mit Senoj; a solo show by Andy Holden following his hugely successful Art Now project at Tate Britain; and off-site project The Economy of the Gift at A Foundation, Liverpool with Mark Harasimowicz. Bureau will be participating in The Manchester Contemporary in October 2010.

For Rotate Bureau have collaborated with The Whitworth Art Gallery, a Contemporary Art Society Member Museum. Curated by Sophia Crilly, Industry & Idleness features work by Jacob Cartwright, Dave Griffiths, Mark Harasimowicz, Mark Kennard, Tim Machin, Paul Needham, Vinca Petersen, Mit Senoj and Evangelia Spiliopoulou.

The works were selected in response to both the site-specific context they are shown in – the Contemporary Art Society exhibition space as an office environment or workplace – and to the themes explored in one of the key print suites in The Whitworth’s historic collection, William Hogarth’s Industry & Idleness, created in 1747.

Bureau have created a micro-site to support the exhibition:

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