Your contribution will mean we can make the exhibition look even better (better frames, more prints) If we meet our stretch target we can hire a band for the opening. Any extra funds raised will go towards helping Akinyemi to pay for a studio, where he will store the archive of work and give him space to work on his current practice. Ultimately helping him to make a living from his artwork.
About the Artist
Artist Akinyemi Oludele (Onashile Art) is a familiar figure on Manchester’s arts and music scene and if there is a gallery event, jazz concert or a poetry reading, you will most probably have seen him mingling in the crowd with sketchbook in hand, capturing the event in his own inimitable style. He is also a prolific sharer of work on social media; delivering political satire just as succinctly as capturing the atmosphere of a jazz concert.
We need your help
We’re asking you, his fans, to help us to raise some funds to host his first solo exhibition of his work spanning over a decade. Your contribution will help us to present his work in the best light. As a tiny charity, which is artist-led, we don’t have enough spare funds to hold the exhibition so this is where you come in. With your help we can;
- Produce art quality prints
- Get work framed
- Hire musicians to perform at the exhibition
- Build display units to present the work
We are so excited to have the chance to show Akinyemi’s collection of work and this is a rare chance for you to experience it too. Presented over three floors; encompassing his vibrant and expressive abstract paintings, drawings, and digital work, the exhibition will be a window into the movement and rhythm of Manchester. You will be led through abstract paintings, live dance and music drawings, and digital art posters to a soundtrack of the very music that inspired Oludele’s work.
“Drawing is about developing a relationship between myself and other people – connecting through the medium of art. I realized there was so much division, racial and other ways around the city and drawing helped to break down some of the barriers, helped me to relate more, and to feel safer. Later, drawing at live music performances, I began to use the rhythm of the music to guide the mark-making process, for me, art is about feelings, expression, and connection” Akinyemi Oludele
Oludele’s work will be for sale at the exhibition so this will also be a fantastic chance to purchase original work. See more of the work here http://www.onashileart.gallery/
Rhythm: the work of Akinyemi Oludele
Preview Wednesday 12th September 6-9pm
Exhibition Thurs 13th – Sat 23rd Sept
Open Thurs/Fri/Sat 2-6pm
The Horsfall, 87 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 5AG
Presented by Pool Arts
An artist-led organization that challenges the barriers that some artists face and aims to provide studio space, support, training, professional and personal development opportunities. Working to create a supportive framework and giving their members opportunities to produce, promote and sell their own artwork, as well as raising awareness of the positive role that art and culture can play in the wellbeing of the community.
In partnership with the Horsfall at 42nd Street, a Greater Manchester mental health charity committed to supporting young people aged 11-25 years with their emotional well-being and mental health, promoting choice and creativity. With an excellent 35 year reputation, our unique holistic service model combines therapeutic psychological interventions with advocacy and social care. We reach 2000 young people each year via individual therapeutic support, projects and activities, leadership, peer research, and a creative program. The Horsfall is 42nd Street’s creative venue and program dedicated to improving young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Projects, workshops, and events sees artists from across all artforms co-creating work with young people to interrogate their own stories and to imagine new futures.