Our current exhibition is Nicola Ellis and Ritherdon & Co Ltd: No gaps in the line from 13 June to 1 August 2021.



Early in 2020, Castlefield Gallery invited 15 artists from the North West of England to re-make an existing piece of their work with one condition: they had to accept a bespoke ‘Obstruction’ given to them by another artist in the exhibition. Inspired by a long history of artists using self-imposed restrictions to aid creative or free thinking, it also riffs off the restrictions and disruptions caused by COVID-19. 

Selected from Salford Scholars who are supported by University of Salford Art Collection, Castlefield Gallery Mentees from Manchester School of Art, and the gallery’s bOlder programme, all the artists are either under 30 or over 50 years of age, creating the opportunity to foster a conversation between two distinct generations. At a time when perceptions of different generations may be fraught with misconceptions, this process has enabled them to learn from each other.

View the exhibition in 360 degrees by clicking on the play button above. Move through the space virtually. Hover over artworks for titles and mediums, and follow the links to see images of the original artworks the artists have remade, the details of the obstructions they were given, a short text response from each artist and images of the new artworks.

After exploring the exhibition online, please tell us what you think and help us better understand our digital audiences, by completing a short survey HERE. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

Artists: Heather Bell, Maya Chowdhry, Tara Collette, Alena Ruth Donely, Jack Doyle, Jane Fairhurst, Sarah Feinmann, Tina Finch, Sabrina Fuller, Parham Ghalamdar, Claire Hignett, Paddy O'Donnell, Chris Rainham, Katie Tomlinson, Ian Vines.