Happy New Year from Hankering for Classification


full structure with bracey painting and view of popp stoolAs we embark on the de-stall of the recent Hankering for Classification exhibition, curated myself Elizabeth Wewiora and Matthew Pendergast, we say a massive thank you to everyone who came along, all the artists involved, everyone who took part in our various event marathons and a special thanks to the TOAST team at Federation House for hosting us!

Here are some images of the exhibition as a little reminder of what we have been up to at TOAST – have a very happy New Year!

katie and bracey background 2katie foreground structure in background 1Bracey focus David background 1bracey palette only 2Claire 1Claire 3David family Kwong and david 1Full poppy structure with Niall at frontKwong plate close up nicky backgroundniall martin and overall structure viewNiall Stools and toby cube structure backgroundMartin and Nicky 2Nicky red herrings close up 1Toby 5







Hankering for Classification takes over TOAST, 14th November – 20th December 2014






One half of Wewioraprojects, Elizabeth Wewiora and guest co-curator Matthew Pendergast are delighted to announce the confirmation of their first collaborative project, Hankering for Classification.

Hankering for Classification is a unique take on the role of classifying, archiving and collecting in contemporary arts practice.

London based artist Poppy Whatmore is working with the two Curators to create a large scale installation, which will respond to a selection of collection/ classifying based contemporary art work.  The structure will exist as a new piece of work in its own right but more over responds to the curatorial selection of the artists’ work – as a re-working of traditional exhibition design. Usin TOAST, the top floor project space of Castlefield Gallery’s new art spaces, Federation House, Poppy will be working alongside TOAST’s gallery coordinator Adam Renshaw to maximize on the vast scale of this space, treating this a an opportunity to expand the possibilities of exhibition design as a responsive art installation simultaneously.

The project can only exist through its curatorial selection of individual artists work, who dictate the nature of the materials, sensitively and design of the show. These artists include Katie Goodwin, Niall Macdonald, Martin Hamblen, Toby Huddlestone, Nicky Bird, Claire Tindale, Kwong Lee, Andrew Bracey and David Gledhill – who each take a shared interest but varied focal point on archiving, collection and re-using found imagery of objects within their practice.

The Curators will further host a series of events which coincide with the exhibition opening hours from artist talks, social gatherings to screenings and workshops.

To culminate this year’s TOAST programme, Elizabeth and Matthew have certainly offered a lot for TOAST to host!

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Images c. David Gledhill, Andrew Bracey, Toby Huddlestone, Katie Goodwin, Niall Macdonald, Poppy Whatmore, nicky Bird.

This project is kindly supported by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England and Castlefield Gallery’s new art spaces