11 December 2015 – 24 January 2016
Artists: Claire Tindale and Niki Colclough
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) is proud to present Health Records – an exhibition of new work by artists Claire Tindale and Niki Colclough created in response to their experience delivering workshops on the Renal Unit at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. The project was delivered in collaboration with CFCCA and Kidneys for Life.
Claire’s installation, titled Filtering Through, presents extracts of the rich array of individual personalities and recognises the resilience of human nature that Tindale encountered while on the ward.
The piece considers the home as both a physical and psychological space and uses analogy to draw comparisons between domestic systems and functions of the body. She uses waste water pipes to represent the equipment that circulates blood between the dialysis machine and the patient.
Selected narrative extracts are depicted in miniature on the pipe structure platform. The exaggeration of scale is used to highlight how the patient’s daily life and familiar surroundings become subsumed by the medical treatment.
Claire Tindale is a contemporary visual artist, based in Manchester, who uses media and format most appropriate to the ideas and concepts being explored. She is also an educator with experience across academic, healthcare and community contexts.
Tindale utilises the miniature, 1/12th scale model as a mechanism to explore and visualise contraction in connection with mental, physical or psychological concerns. Recent projects and exhibitions include Going Nowhere, Bank Street Gallery, Sheffield; artist in residence at Bolton Hospital and Hankering for Classification, TOAST, Manchester.
Niki Colclough has a mixed-media practice that she uses to explore social interactions. Health Records presents past and present work on this theme. The film, Chongqing Aerobics was made in 2013 during a residency at the 501 Art Space. The film shows how connections can be made where there is no shared language, through shared experience.
More recently, the Artist has been delivering CFCCAs outreach work on the Renal Unit at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and has created painted artworks in response. Each painting represents a conversation between patient and Artist, hi-lighting the role of socially engaged work within artist practice.
The ceramics works are an Artist response to delivering arts and health work in challenging situations. They were created directly after delivery of workshops on the Renal Unit as a process of digesting meetings with patients. Working through ideas and whilst unpicking more challenging experiences, the artwork presented represents a therapeutic output of the Artist, whilst referencing encounters between patient and Artist.
Below the ceramics is a transcript of a recorded interview between the Artist and Art Writer, Rebecca Atkinson. The transcript explores in more detail, the processes of the Artist and motivations for this work.