Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Rochdale Photographic Exhibition: Barry Hobson

Seeing Castleton:  Photographic Exhibition: 28th July – 26th August 2012
Due to the fact that we work on a voluntary basis, the gallery is currently open only on Fridays and Saturdays 11am – 4pm and Sundays 12:30pm – The Hive Project in the Rochdale Wheatsheaf Rochdale Centre in the Town Centre.  Admission free.

CASTLETON is a ward south of Rochdale Town Centre on the Manchester side, at the beginning of the 20th Century it stretched almost into the Town Centre.  Its most iconic building is Saint Martin's Church just beyond the shopping area, but despite this and the canal that runs through the village, the main street area has been allowed to become dilapidated.  Barry Hobson, an artist working in Castleton presents 'Seeing Castleton' a selection of photographs from his Castleton Neighbourhood Project.

As a member of Rochdale Sculptors in 1970, Barry’s early artwork involved the creation of structures from industrial materials.  He continued with his art practice and went on to complete a four year Fine Art course at The Byam Shaw School of Art in London.  He worked in Sculpture and Photography and graduated with a first class honours degree in 2003.

Since then Barry has exhibited in London, Germany, Finland and Lancashire.  Returning to Rochdale almost five years ago, he continues his theme of working in the environment where he lives.  The current work, taken during these five years of exploration, captures buildings, nature growing and local people doing things in Castleton, an urban village on the road from Rochdale to Manchester.

With just under 100 mounted prints and 200 digital images, it represents the largest entry for an annual exhibition held in the Photographic Society’s 112 year history and, as well as demonstrating members’ photographic skills, shows the wide range of interests they have.

Mrs Pat Noon, the current President of the Society, will welcome the Mayor and Mayoress (Cllrs James Gartside and Jane Gartside) in opening this exhibition in the afternoon of the 28th July at 2pm.

The Society was founded in 1890 by John Bright M.P. and over the years members have used a wide range of skills and technologies to reflect on the world around them. They are particularly proud to bear the Rochdale Coat of Arms, granted to them in 1892.

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