Andrew Bracey: Animalation

Tuesday 27th October 2009

31 October 2009 – 28 February 2010
Manchester Art Gallery
Free entry

Animalation is a playful and intriguing exhibition of new and recent works by Manchester-based artist Andrew Bracey. Specially curated for Manchester Art Gallery, this solo exhibition features a selection of quirky animated artworks inspired by animals and influenced by flip-book techniques.

Bracey describes his work as “on the edge of painting, as it slips into installation, animation, sculpture and video”. Humboldt (2006-7), for example, is a projection made from hundreds of individual Indian ink drawings, showing Humboldt penguins swimming back and forth under the shifting, hypnotic line of the water’s surface.

Also inspired by animals’ natural behaviour, Work and Play (2007) initially appears to be a blank post-it note left carelessly on the gallery wall. We have to wait patiently, watching closely to catch the occasional glimpse of a spinner dolphin as it leaps into view.

Studio Monkey (2007) shows a wall in an artist’s studio, as if captured by CCTV. A clutter of images and studio ephemera fills the screen and on first glance nothing much seems to be happening. It’s only as you watch more carefully that one of the photos comes to life…

Other new animation works by Bracey will also be shown for the first time in this exhibition.

Born in Bristol, Bracey trained in Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University before studying for his MA at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is now based at Suite Studios, Salford and teaches Fine Art at The University of Lincoln.

Bracey has previously exhibited across the UK and internationally. He has participated in numerous group shows at galleries across Manchester, including Manchester Art Gallery’s 2003 exhibition Beyond the Endgame. Bracey will also be familiar to regular Manchester Art Gallery visitors for being a model in the 2008 exhibition of photo-collage sculptures by Korean artist Gwon Osang.

Bracey will be leading a number of events at Manchester Art Gallery alongside his exhibition: a free artist’s talk takes place on Saturday 6 February at 3pm (limited places, please book), he leads an animation-focused art weekend on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February, 11am – 4pm (£30 / £25 please book), and families will also have an opportunity to meet the artist and have their questions answered on Sunday 21 February. For more details visit

Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Amesbury said about the exhibition:
“Andrew Bracey is a great example of creative talent drawn to Manchester by our quality universities, and the city’s inspiring cultural scene. It’s fantastic to see an exhibition showcasing the work of a locally trained artist, who has since chosen to settle here and is successfully making a career for himself as an internationally exhibited artist.”

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