British conceptual artist Ryan Gander has returned to the North West as the subject of a major solo exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery this summer. Make Every Show Like It’s Your Last is a review of the Chester-born artist’s career to date, and also features new work commissioned especially for the event, including pieces previously unseen in the UK and the latest in his series based on Degas’ Dancer, in which the artist brings the central figure down from her plinth to explore her surroundings. Gander, who graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1999, is one of the foremost British conceptual artists, offering an unusual perspective that some critics have attributed to his wheelchair use. The gallery exhibition includes work from the Culturefield and Imagineering series, as well as 2013’s Magnus Opus – a pair of animatronic eyes which react to the movement of the viewer. The exhibition finishes on 14 September.
* In conjunction with the gallery event, Gander will unveil a sculpture – Dad’s Halo Effect – in Beswick, East Manchester, in September as part of the area’s regeneration project.
* Also this summer, Castlefield Gallery is hosting a group show, I Would Like to Join a Club and Hit Myself with It, featuring Gander and other North West artists exploring his Culturefield work. The closing date for this event is 17 August.