Prism Contemporary

Prism Contemporary Prism Contemporary is an artist led contemporary gallery and studio based in the heart of Blackburn
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Hi all! You might have been aware that we had to shut down our gallery operations due to building issues, however we’re ...
06/06/2024

Hi all!
You might have been aware that we had to shut down our gallery operations due to building issues, however we’re happy to say that we’re now back up and running, opening back up firstly for the National Festival of Making. We’ll soon be announcing the reschedule of exhibition which we unfortunately had to postpone

Keep your eyes open for following announcements!

The Prism Team 💛

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT❗️Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are having to postpone Iain H Williams solo show, which was ...
22/02/2024

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT❗️

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are having to postpone Iain H Williams solo show, which was due to open on Wednesday evening. We will be sharing any updates with you all as soon as we are able to!

Thanks everyone for your patience and huge apologies for any inconvenience.

Less than two weeks to go until the opening of ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’ by Iain H Williams 💥Join us for on Wednesday 28th...
19/02/2024

Less than two weeks to go until the opening of ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’ by Iain H Williams 💥

Join us for on Wednesday 28th February, 6-8pm for the private view of ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’. All are welcome! 🗓️

Repost • Iain H Williams

To be working with the gallery team has been a personal wish for me for a while now, so to be included in this years rosta of events, is an honour…

New works being exhibited & along with one or two possible new elements!…

Again a huge thanks too to Becky Moon for all the fantastic studio shots & details…(a studio manager in the making!)…

In Iain’s most recent body of work he explores a sectional use of negative space within the paintings to explore a more ...
14/02/2024

In Iain’s most recent body of work he explores a sectional use of negative space within the paintings to explore a more minimal sense of composition and dynamics, highlighting a new way forward, with boundaries being pushed and exerted within the work.

Join us for on Wednesday 28th February, 6-8pm for the private view of ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’. All are welcome! 🗓️

After the PV, we will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 12-4pm until Saturday 16th March. We’ll also be open on Sundays by appointment only, contact [email protected] to book a slot.

Supported with funding from the UK Government

Iain H Williams - Fine Artist
Arts Council England
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

14/02/2024
Iain at work in his Blackpool studio 📸Iain H Williams is an artist born, working and living in Lancashire. Throughout hi...
12/02/2024

Iain at work in his Blackpool studio 📸

Iain H Williams is an artist born, working and living in Lancashire. Throughout his career he has cultivated a vibrant style which utilises his own bold visual language and motifs, referencing both urban links and contemporary imagery. In his often large scale works, Iain explores the abstract image and mark-making with an energetic use of colour, that bounces between subtle restraint and raw intensity.

Iain is also currently showing in Manchester at Ducie Street in collaboration with UNITOM if you want to catch that as well as his upcoming show at Prism👇

‘UNITOM in partnership with Ducie Street Warehouse presents ‘This Is Now’, a solo exhibition by Lancashire based artist Iain H Williams. Joins us and the artist for opening drinks at 6-8PM on Tuesday, the 23rd of January, at Ducie Street, Manchester M1 2TP. The exhibition is on view until the 22nd of April 2024.’

Iain H Williams - Fine Artist

Recent snippets from Iain’s studioThe paintings featured in ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’ at Prism Contemporary signal a new a...
09/02/2024

Recent snippets from Iain’s studio

The paintings featured in ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’ at Prism Contemporary signal a new artistic direction for Iain. In a departure from conventional methods, he constructs each piece before deconstructing and reassembling it, resulting in stitched canvases that radiate a sense of tension and disconnection.

Join us for on Wednesday 28th February, 6-8pm for the private view of ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’. All are welcome! 🗓️

After the PV, we will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 12-4pm until Saturday 16th March. We’ll also be open on Sundays by appointment only, contact [email protected] to book a slot.

Supported with funding from the UK Government

Iain H Williams - Fine Artist
Arts Council England
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Join Prism studio artist Ian Halawi for this monthly workshop with Super Slow Way! 👇
08/02/2024

Join Prism studio artist Ian Halawi for this monthly workshop with Super Slow Way! 👇

Join artist and aspiring horticulturist Ian Halawi for a monthly workshop, exploring the seasons from our Audley space, and the Blackburn stretch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Learn about your local area through fauna, flora and food, and be a part of creating Blackburn’s first contemporary printed almanac.

This is an inclusive participatory session for all, incorporating everything from printmaking to recipe sharing, photography to song, and much more.

An almanac is traditionally a yearly publication with information about a specific subject such as weather forecasts and planting dates. We hope ours will be contemporary and include a variety of creative visual elements!

🕑 Starting on Wednesday 14th February, 2-4pm, then every third Wednesday of the month, 1-3pm

📍St Paul’s Church, Higher Audley St, Blackburn BB1 1DH

FREE activity for Blackburn residents.

This project is funded by the UK government through the Shared Prosperity Fund.

Arts Council England
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Canal & River Trust
Blackburn Museum
UK government

It’s Not You, It’s Me Iain H Williams is an artist born, working and living in Lancashire. Throughout his career he has ...
07/02/2024

It’s Not You, It’s Me

Iain H Williams is an artist born, working and living in Lancashire. Throughout his career he has cultivated a vibrant style which utilises his own bold visual language and motifs, referencing both urban links and contemporary imagery. In his often large scale works, Iain explores the abstract image and mark-making with an energetic use of colour, that bounces between subtle restraint and raw intensity.

In his most recent body of work he explores a sectional use of negative space within the paintings to explore a more minimal sense of composition and dynamics, highlighting a new way forward, with boundaries being pushed and exerted within the work. The paintings featured in ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’ at Prism Contemporary signal a new artistic direction for Iain. In a departure from conventional methods, he constructs each piece before deconstructing and reassembling it, resulting in stitched canvases that radiate a sense of tension and disconnection. Despite new methods, his distinctive style remains unmistakable.

Join us for on Wednesday 28th February, 6-8pm for the private view of ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’. All are welcome! 🗓️

After the PV, we will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 12-4pm until Saturday 16th March. We’ll also be open on Sundays by appointment only, contact [email protected] to book a slot.

Supported with funding from the UK Government

Arts Council England
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

OPEN: You can see Sokunge today at Prism Contemporary from 12-4pmThis is the final day to see this exhibition at Prism C...
03/02/2024

OPEN: You can see Sokunge today at Prism Contemporary from 12-4pm

This is the final day to see this exhibition at Prism Contemporary❗️

The Second Act Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Arts Council England

Supported with funding from the UK Government

📸 Jack Bolton

OPEN: You can see Sokunge today at Prism Contemporary from 12-4pmThis is the final weekend to see this exhibition at Pri...
02/02/2024

OPEN: You can see Sokunge today at Prism Contemporary from 12-4pm

This is the final weekend to see this exhibition at Prism Contemporary❗️

The Second Act Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Arts Council England

Supported with funding from the UK Government

📸 Jack Bolton

This week is your last chance to catch Sokunge by Masimba Hwati at Prism Contemporary❗️If you haven’t already, you can s...
01/02/2024

This week is your last chance to catch Sokunge by Masimba Hwati at Prism Contemporary❗️

If you haven’t already, you can see Sokunge at Prism tomorrow and Saturday from 12-4pm!

The Second Act Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Arts Council England

Supported with funding from the UK Government

📸 Derren Poole

31/01/2024

Following on from January's excellent film screening (with excellent samosas provided by Umme Aaribqah), we've got a bit of a change of pace for February.

Our screening this month is Aftersun; winner of the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut, among its many other awards and nominations.

At a fading vacation resort, 11-year-old Sophie treasures rare time together with her loving and idealistic father, Calum (Paul Mescal). As a world of adolescence creeps into view, beyond her eye Calum struggles under the weight of life outside of fatherhood. Twenty years later, Sophie's tender recollections of their last holiday become a powerful and heartrending portrait of their relationship, as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn't, in Charlotte Wells' superb and searingly emotional debut film.

Doors open at 7pm so you can grab a brew or a snack and have a chat before setting into your seat, film starts at 7:30pm.

We are operating a pay-what-you-can-afford basis - reserve seats now for free via the booking link below, then put what you can afford in our collection bucket on arrival.

Refreshments will also be available on a pay-what-you-can basis.

To book your seat, just use the booking link here:

https://www.trybooking.com/uk/events/landing/50888

Hope to see you there!

29/01/2024

The nationwide project that will take place in 12 locations this summer including at the National Festival of Making.

If you haven’t already, you can see Sokunge today at Prism Contemporary from 12-4pm!This current show will be available ...
27/01/2024

If you haven’t already, you can see Sokunge today at Prism Contemporary from 12-4pm!

This current show will be available to see on Fridays and Saturdays from 12-4pm until February 3rd 🗓️

The Second Act
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Arts Council England

Supported with funding from the UK Government

📸 Jack Bolton

If you haven’t already, you can see Sokunge tomorrow at Prism Contemporary from 12-4pm!This current show will be availab...
26/01/2024

If you haven’t already, you can see Sokunge tomorrow at Prism Contemporary from 12-4pm!

This current show will be available to see on Fridays and Saturdays from 12-4pm until February 3rd 🗓️

The Second Act Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Arts Council England

Supported with funding from the UK Government

📸 Jack Bolton

Sokunge is a Shona word describing ‘something in transition, or in the process of becoming.’ This long term project by a...
26/01/2024

Sokunge is a Shona word describing ‘something in transition, or in the process of becoming.’

This long term project by artist Masimba Hwati from Zimbabwe celebrates small acts of resistance; the acts that ordinary people practice every day that populate the in-between, known as ‘kurembera’ in Ghetto Lingua.

Masimba’s sculptures are activated through
performance, acting as devices for collaborative, sonic performances and remaining in stasis as traditional art objects. Known for his unconventional mixed media propositions, he examines cultural and political themes by reappropriating archives and historical culturally-imbued found items repositioning them in a contemporary urban context.

Text from The Second Act leaflet, available for free at Prism Contemporary.

Work in image: Priest, Lightbox with tin type photography

This show will be available to see on Fridays and Saturdays from 12-4pm until February 3rd 🗓️

The Second Act
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Arts Council England

Supported with funding from the UK Government

📸 Jack Bolton

Thank you to everyone who came to our private view of Sokunge last night by artist Masimba Hwati 💥We’re open Fridays and...
26/01/2024

Thank you to everyone who came to our private view of Sokunge last night by artist Masimba Hwati 💥

We’re open Fridays and Saturdays from 12-4pm up until 3rd February!

The Second Act Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Arts Council England

Supported with funding from the UK Government

TOMORROW❗️Our first exhibition of 2024, Masimba Hwati’s show Sokunge comes to Prism Contemporary from The Second Act in ...
24/01/2024

TOMORROW❗️

Our first exhibition of 2024, Masimba Hwati’s show Sokunge comes to Prism Contemporary from The Second Act in London

The Private View takes place tomorrow on Thursday 25th of January, 6-8pm, everyone is welcome to attend! As usual Metoatee will also be open alongside the gallery offering an amazing collection of curated vintage sports/casual wear.

After the PV we will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 12-4pm until February 3rd!

Supported with funding from the UK Government

THIS WEEK❗️Our first exhibition of 2024, Masimba Hwati’s show Sokunge comes to Prism Contemporary from The Second Act in...
22/01/2024

THIS WEEK❗️

Our first exhibition of 2024, Masimba Hwati’s show Sokunge comes to Prism Contemporary from The Second Act in London

The Private View takes place on Thursday 25th of January, 6-8pm, everyone is welcome to attend! As usual Metoatee will also be open alongside the gallery offering an amazing collection of curated vintage sports/casual wear.

After the PV we will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 12-4pm until February 3rd!

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Blackburn Museum
Arts Council England

Did you know you can buy vintage designer & sportswear at our Private Views? Our lovely Tom will be open as usual at Mas...
19/01/2024

Did you know you can buy vintage designer & sportswear at our Private Views?
Our lovely Tom will be open as usual at Masimba Hwati’s Private View on the 25th, 6-8pm. For his regular opening times, you can check out his instagram here 👉🏼 Metoatee

INVIGILATOR CALL OUT❗️We’re looking for people to invigilate Masimba Hwati’s upcoming solo show at Prism Contemporary.£1...
19/01/2024

INVIGILATOR CALL OUT❗️

We’re looking for people to invigilate Masimba Hwati’s upcoming solo show at Prism Contemporary.

£12 per hour

If you’re interested or require more information, please email [email protected] 📧

Opening dates and hours ⬇️

Fri 26th Jan - Sat 27 Jan 12-4pm
Fri 2nd Feb - Sat 3rd Feb 12-4pm

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Arts Council England

19/01/2024
ONE WEEK TO  GO:Our first exhibition of 2024, Masimba Hwati’s show Sokunge comes to Prism Contemporary from The Second A...
18/01/2024

ONE WEEK TO GO:

Our first exhibition of 2024, Masimba Hwati’s show Sokunge comes to Prism Contemporary from The Second Act in London

After the PV we will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 12-4pm until February 3rd!

Arts Council England
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

17/01/2024
Our first exhibition of 2024, Masimba Hwati’s show Sokunge comes to Prism Contemporary from The Second Act in London Aft...
16/01/2024

Our first exhibition of 2024, Masimba Hwati’s show Sokunge comes to Prism Contemporary from The Second Act in London

After the PV we will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 12-4pm until February 3rd!

We hope to see all of your lovely smiling faces there!

Arts Council England
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Prism Contemporary founder and studio artist Steven Baldwin also has a solo show coming up at Haworth Art Gallery with t...
15/01/2024

Prism Contemporary founder and studio artist Steven Baldwin also has a solo show coming up at Haworth Art Gallery with the opening taking place this Wednesday evening from 6-8pm. The exhibition will run until 25th February, we’ll be there on Wednesday and hope to see some of you there too!

Repost •

The exhibition is a series of portraits that highlight the positivity, understanding and pride that people within the communities of Hyndburn have in the towns they occupy. Exposing the diverse culture integrated within the towns, questioning

“What is a place without the people? Who are the people without the place?”

Our first exhibition of 2024, Masimba Hwati’s show Sokunge comes to Prism Contemporary from  in London After the PV we w...
14/01/2024

Our first exhibition of 2024, Masimba Hwati’s show Sokunge comes to Prism Contemporary from in London

After the PV we will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 12-4pm until February 3rd!

Masimba Hwati’s solo show ‘Sokunge’ from The Second Act gallery in London is coming to Prism Contemporary this January. ...
09/01/2024

Masimba Hwati’s solo show ‘Sokunge’ from The Second Act gallery in London is coming to Prism Contemporary this January. This touring exhibition will open with our first Private View of the year on the 25th of January, 18:00 - 20:00pm

Sokunge is a Shona word describing ‘something in transition, or in the ‘process of becoming.’ This long term project by artist Masimba Hwati from Zimbabwe celebrates small acts of resistance; the acts that ordinary people practice every day that populate the in-between, known as ‘kurembera’ in Ghetto Lingua.

Masimba’s sculptures are activated through performance, acting as devices for collaborative, sonic performances and remaining in stasis as traditional art objects.

Known for his unconventional mixed-media propositions, he examines cultural and political themes by re-appropriating archives and historical culturally-imbued found items repositioning them in a contemporary urban context.

His performative works have juxtaposed dances including The Detroit Jit and Zimbabwe Jiti, drawing parallels between social and cultural constructs that manifest in the rituals of popular culture, and become a resistance of the everyday, referencing diverse geographies and contexts. Masimba is completing a PHD in Art Practice at the Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Vienna; exploring the places where sculpture, sound and performance meet, using urban and traditional cultures from Zimbabwe as departure points.

The Second Act
Arts Council England

A brilliant opportunity in Blackburn for all artists! ⬇️Repost • Blackburn MuseumWe are pleased to announce we will be k...
06/12/2023

A brilliant opportunity in Blackburn for all artists! ⬇️

Repost • Blackburn Museum

We are pleased to announce we will be kicking off our 2024 exhibition programme with our second ever ART OPEN! 👏👏

📣 This is an open call to all artists, amateur and professional, to get ready to submit their work for what promises to be an exciting and diverse show.

📅 Entries to the Open can be submitted at the museum between Thursday 18th and Saturday 20th January 2024, 12-4pm. Please see the Entry Form for all relevant dates and full terms and conditions of entry.

The museum is currently closed due to building work however the Entry Form can be downloaded from our website.

🔗 http://blackburnmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/art-open-2024/

Or you can collect a hard copy from one of the following locations:

📍 Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall St, Blackburn, BB2 1AG
📍 The Making Rooms, 1 Exchange Street, Blackburn, BB1 7JN
📍 Blackburn Visitor Information Centre, Blackburn Market, Church Street, Blackburn, BB1 5AF

Please note, all submissions MUST be accompanied by a fully completed Entry Form.

For any questions or further information please ring the museum 01254 667130 or email [email protected].

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

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20 Lord Street West
Blackburn
BB21JX

Opening Hours

Friday 12pm - 4pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Telephone

+447751930656

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