Salford-based artist presents his first solo exhibition at the city’s art gallery


Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Submitted by Salford Museum & Art Gallery

An internationally renowned artist will exhibit her work at the Salford Museum & Art Gallery.

The exhibition by Salford-based artist Rachel Goodyear was commissioned by the University of Salford Art Collection and Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, for her Shakes exposure. This will be Rachel’s first major solo exhibition in the city, which includes new large-scale drawings and new animation.

Rachel has been an artist in Salford for 20 years and is based at Islington Mill studios where she is a board member, co-director and a vocal advocate for the wider artist community across the city.

The exhibition runs from July 15 to February 26, 2023 and there is a launch event and the opportunity to meet the artist on Thursday, July 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at a free event attended by City Mayor Paul Dennett and John McCarthy, Associate Chief Operating Officer, University of Salford.

Specter (Hyena), 2021 by Rachel Goodyear. Image courtesy of Michael Pollard

For Shakes, Rachel experimented with scale, making her largest, most detailed drawing yet. With heightened detail, bodies contort, a pack of wolves are tangled into a single entity of growls and fur, and characters explore sensations that maintain an ambiguous balance between pleasure and discomfort.

The exhibition also includes a new animation exploring structure, space and sound. With nods to mythological journeys to the underworld, Dante’s levels of hell, and our continuous scrolling through social media, Hole takes the form of an endless descent. With a specially commissioned soundtrack by Matt Wand, Goodyear’s frozen moments are locked in time to be repeated forever.

Rachel Goodyear said, “There are so many aspects of this commission that have been very special to me and my practice. It gave me the opportunity to push the boundaries of my drawings – exploring a larger and more immersive scale than ever before – while directing and producing the animation. Hole a vision that has been in my head for several years.

“It has been so meaningful to produce this exhibition with the collections, curators, collaborators and writers who have all been part of my 20+ year journey as an artist in Salford at different times over the years.

Trance by Rachel Goodyear. Photo: Michael Pollard

“It’s amazing to have the support to create such important new works, and also for them to be presented in the city where they were created and the place where I grew up both as a artist and as a person.”

Claire Corrin, Head of Exhibitions at Salford Museum & Art Gallery, said: “We are delighted to be working with Rachel, the University Art Collection and the Grundy Art Gallery to bring Shakes at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Promoting Salford-based artists and exhibiting high quality contemporary art is really important to us, and we are delighted to show the work of a nationally and internationally renowned artist based in our city.

Tickets for the launch of Shakes are free and people are asked to book their tickets online before they arrive. For free tickets, which include refreshments, please click here.

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