EVENTS | Thumbs Up Events | Saturday 1 February 2020

Thumbs Up Events

Castlefield Gallery | Saturday 1 February 2020


On Saturday 1 February 2020, we will host two exclusive events to accompany Thumbs Up, our new exhibition with Castlefield Gallery. Castlefield Gallery will be reimagined by the artists as a place of research and learning, conversation and exchange. The exhibition considers how different modes of display in a contemporary art gallery condition and the way audiences interact with the work.


Artists: Michael Beard, Frances Disley, Harry Meadley and Leslie Thompson.




Artists tour and talk | 1-2pm at Castlefield Gallery

Please register your FREE place via eventbrite.


Join the featured artists of Thumbs Up in an exclusive tour and talk. This event will help you gain a unique insight into the process, production and collaboration behind our brand new exhibition.



Panel discussion | 2-4:30pm at Castlefield Gallery

Please register your FREE place via eventbrite


Join Frances Disley and Harry Meadley, who will lead a panel discussion with the academic and technical experts from the University of Salford who have advised and contributed to the development of the exhibition; Dr Catherine Thompson, Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, Michael Lomas, Lecturer in Environmental Psychology, and Professor Philip James, Professor of Ecology.


Dr Catherine Thompson

Catherine is a Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology. Catherine’s research focuses on visual cognition and her main areas of interest include how viewers focus their attention effectively and the factors that influence what captures their interest. More recently Catherine has been investigating “cognitive enhancement” and “cognitive restoration”; the concepts that it is possible to improve mental processing and performance using exercise and by engaging with natural environments.


Mike Lomas

Mike is interested in the individual experiences of attachment to place and mental health, in the context of neighbourhood regeneration. His current research seeks to develop a greater understanding of the relationships between people and place during periods of change, and the impact this may have on psychological well-being.


Michael is a lecturer in psychology at the University of Salford. He is also currently completing his PhD with Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit, where he has also contributed to several projects as a research assistant.


Professor Phillip James

Phillip has developed an expertise in ecosystem ecology and urban ecology. In addition to his teaching and research activities he leads the Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre within the School of Environment and Life Sciences, investigating how the processes of natural variability and man-made change work. The Centre’s research helps partners to deliver responsible environmental management for multiple benefits such as conserving wildlife, understanding the consequences of environment and climate change, and recognising the opportunities offered by urbanisation.


This discussion will offer a unique insight into the experimentation, research and process behind the new exhibition Thumbs Up, in consideration of the insight and expertise they have drawn on to influence the work they have produced and the methodologies and theories that have shaped the exhibition presentation.


The event will be relaxed, and seating will be provided.

Leslie Thompson and Michael Beard will capture the event through live drawing and mark making.

Thumbs Up, produced by Castlefield Gallery and Venture Arts, with the support of the University of Salford Art Collection.



Vinyasa yoga with Fran | Wednesday 5 & Saturday 22 February, 2020


To reflect the themes of the exhibition, which include making use of the gallery spaces in new and more flexible ways, we will also be offering two introductory Vinyasa yoga sessions led by yoga expert Francesca Giacomozzi, Flow with Fran. You can find out more about Fran’s yoga practice and her motives for becoming an instructor.


Lunchtime yoga
Wednesday 5 Feb
12:30-13:15 (45mins)
£7.06 per person


Lunchtime yoga
Saturday 22 Feb
12:30-13:30 (1hr)
£7.06 per person


Book a place on either course via Eventbrite.



Thumbs Up launches on Thursday 23 January at Castlefield Gallery and the exhibition continues Friday 24 January – Sunday 8 March 2020. Find out more here.


Both events are produced and curated in collaboration with Venture Arts and University of Salford Art Collection.