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Gallery feature exhibitions

Said the Spider to the Fly by Richard Wentworth, 2013

Changing exhibitions

Bury Art Gallery has a selection of exhibitions with a broad appeal that have something to offer art lovers with a variety of tastes.

Text Festival

3 May to 19 July

The Bury Text Festival is an internationally unique event investigating contemporary language art (poetry, text art, sound and media text, live art). The Festival is the space where artists and writers from all over the world can meet, share and show the increasingly important possibilities of language in art. It specialises in experiments, in new experiences, in performances and exhibitions that mix artforms in ground-breaking combinations that challenge traditional language art boundaries and offer artists a forum for dialogue and exchange of ideas.

The Dark Would Volume 3

3 May to 12 July
THE DARK WOULD anthology gathered work by over 100 contributors including some of the most noted artists and poets alive today and comes out of Phil Davenport's decade-long involvement with the Text Festival. The anthology is available in two 'volumes': the book version and a much larger Kindle version. Volume 3 takes up works and forms with stages of development beyond the Book into the Exhibition space. Guest curator: Phil Davenport.

Polari Mission

5 April - 19 July
Artists Jez Dolan and Joseph Richardson are on a mission to save Polari, one of the world's most endangered languages, and a bold yet secretive part of gay history. This new exhibition curated specifically for Bury Art Museum seeks to explore the links between the artists' continuing research into the history and etymology of Polari with the Text Festival's theme of lists and classification. Using printmaking, film and installation, the exhibition also explores people's individual stories through the inclusion of 'personal archives'.
The artists have generously donated their project archive to the Bury Text Art Archive where it will be available for public research when the exhibition ends in August.
Polari Mission is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between the artists and specialists in the fields of linguistics and computer science including Professor Paul Baker (Lancaster University) & Tim Greening-Jackson.

Switch off your Brain

12 July - 6 September
The experience of navigating adolescence whilst coping with a mental health problem is explored in a series of compelling images created by young people resident on an inpatient mental health unit in Bury. Created through a group process aimed at enabling expression, shared experiences and reflection, these powerful artworks serve to inform and educate.

Bury Art Festival

19 July - 26 July
Bury Hospice Art Festival is a local event with over 100 local artists exhibiting 2D and 3D work at Bury Art Museum. The Art Festival is a fundraising event for Bury Hospice and the art work exhibited is for sale with the Hospice getting 30% commission for every piece sold.

Special Art Festival Events:

Saturday 19 July

There will be a cake sale at Bury Art Museum with all the proceeds from the sale of the cakes going to Bury Hospice. Donations welcome.

Sunday 20 July

Special Sunday opening of Bury Art Museum as part of Bury Art Festival

Any Day Now

19 July - 20 September
Any Day Now is a digital arts project managed by Bury-based arts organisation Unity House and funded by Arts Council England. Throughout the summer of 2013, the project worked with young people from three libraries in Bury - Topping Fold, Brandlesholme and Dumers Lane. With the support of local artists, the groups created photography, sound and video content. This will be on display at Bury Art Museum for the first time.

Switch off your Brain
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Any Day Now

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