Lost is Found

Wander into an illusion, where the lost is found…

Lost is Found is a group show of work from nine artists based in the North of England. The exhibited works find beauty in the redundant and discarded, explore past lives and find new stories in transformations and fleeting identities.

Displacement of identity, relics of childhood, secret desires, fragments of memory and traces of history are brought to life through sculpture, photography, installation and drawing.

Featured works include Emily Speed’s egg, nest, home, country, universe, a glimpse into the dual life of buildings, both literally and metaphorically, as physical shelters and containers for memory, bound with the history of their occupiers. In Spilt Milk, Andrea Booker reinvents abandoned signage from demolished buildings, recreating subliminal comments that displace their conventional meaning and respond to our co-existence with the urban environment. Richard Proffitt’s Louisiana Blues, Anywhere is an absurd totem of the modern world, a makeshift ceremonial artefact inspired by biker and teenage subculture, the hinterlands of suburban Britain and the deserts and ghost towns indicative of the American west. Jon Barracough’s All or Nothing drawings explore ‘the eye of the beholder’ and the way in which images emerge from the traces that all living things leave behind, while Lucy Ridges’ photographic practice is a visual exploration of intuitive understanding and unexplained meanings, an expression of all that can be imaginatively derived from our everyday thoughts and subconscious mind.

Curated and developed by the Creative Stars, 19 talented young people from the Greater Manchester region.

Oliver Jones, one of the Creative Stars, says…

Lost is Found provokes you to engage with the art, interpret it, and leave you thinking and talking about each piece of work. It incorporates sculpture, fine-line drawing, photography and even human hair! So if you do one thing this New Year why not wander into Gallery 1, between 14 January and 19 February?”

Staff Review

Not sure if Lost is Found is for you? Read a review of the exhibition by Cornerhouse Digital Reporter Joe Tyrrell here.

In Conversation

Want to find out more from the artists behind the work? Cornerhouse Digital Reporter Ben Monaghan caught up with a handful of them before the Preview >> Listen here.

Exhibition supported by The Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust and The Granada Foundation.