Saturday Slow-Preview - Jocelyn McGregor: Mantle


Sat Jan 15 2022 at 12:00 pm to 05:15 pm


Castlefield Gallery | Manchester, EN

An opportunity to book a timed visit with additional restricted capacity in the gallery, so you can enjoy the exhibition at your own pace.
About this Event

This Saturday Slow Preview is an opportunity to book a timed visit with additional restricted capacity in the gallery, so you can enjoy our new exhibition Mantle at your own pace.

Mantle is the first major solo exhibition of work by Jocelyn McGregor. McGregor’s work involves sculpture, installation and animation. Taking inspiration from folklore, surrealism and supernatural fiction, she investigates the ways in which female identity is associated with nature, the home and the machine.

Nature in McGregor’s work is neither benign or simply aggressive as is sometimes the case in the sub-genre of Ecological Horror, when nature appears to take revenge on our problematic species for the damage we have done to it. Like leftovers from a dream McGregor’s works crawl and creep into the gallery, climbing over it, snaking round corners and hanging down walls. McGregor’s work might prompt us to consider the useful roles performed by bats, snails, spiders and worms in nature and how they ultimately contribute to sustaining human life. Crucially though, this close encounter with nature does not point towards an easy resolution, a simple becoming whole again, or being one with nature. The fragmented elements in McGregor’s work suggest something inconsistent and incomplete at the heart of what humans are, and of nature itself.

Jocelyn Mcgregor: Mantle, was selected from proposals submitted by Castlefield Gallery Associates by guest selector Mariama Attah who is curator at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool and Castlefield Gallery Curator Matthew Pendergast. 

Jocelyn McGregor (b. 1989, Lincolnshire) currently lives and works in Cumbria.  She studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford University (2010); and completed her MFA in Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL (2017). She was awarded the Lee Alexander McQueen: Sarabande Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2017), selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, exhibiting in Liverpool Biennale and South London Gallery; and was Artist-in-Residence as part of the British Council SWAP UK/Ukraine Residency Programme 2019-20. Recent exhibitions include ‘Trespassers Will Be Detected’, Dnipro Centre for Contemporary Culture, Ukraine (2020); ‘Rain Wetting Thirst’, Lewisham Arthouse, London (2019); ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’, The Art Foundation, Athens, Greece (2018); and ‘Mei Yahn Yu’, Kaitak Centre (AVA), Hong Kong (2018).

Jocelyn McGregor, Shrink to Fit (table). Plaster, plaster polymer, plaster bandage, acrylic paint, varnish; on my table over Lockdown 2020


To maintain access for all, the wearing of face coverings will be mandatory, unless a person is exempt for reasons related to their age, health, or disability, at this Saturday Slow-Preview event.

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Castlefield Gallery, 2 Hewitt Street, Manchester, United Kingdom

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