The Tetley

Stephen Iles: Between Space

21 June – 31 August 2014

The Between Space project is produced as part of A New Reality: Part 3.

Iles made frequent visits to photograph The Tetley during its conversion from an office block to a place for contemporary art. This exhibition of his new work further explores and questions sites in which art is shown or made, looking at transitional moments such as down-time between exhibitions, or phases of redevelopment. The works within Between Space are characterized by juxtapositions between apparently unconnected objects and their relationships with the spaces they inhabit.

Concentrating upon their transitional states of flux, Iles uses photography as a mirror to point back at the art-world like an endless reflection. Using each site as his laboratory or studio, Iles builds a surface tension questioning how we see and understand art and its spaces. Steeped in conversations surrounding the history of art and most notably the Arte Povera movement, Iles allows the specific location to become irrelevant, instead seeking to reactivate the space by searching for the moments in-between.


Stephen Iles lives and works in Manchester and London and has recently completed a number of residencies within art spaces around the country including the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2013 – present), and The Tetley (2013). Iles also works as a documentary photographer for the journal Corridor8 capturing the work of artists and galleries across the North of England.

Between Space is presented in partnership with Mark Devereux Projects, who support his practice. Sponsored by Farrow & Ball.


Accompanying Events

Please note: The Between Space panel discussion scheduled for 30 July 2014 has been postponed until autumn. Details to follow shortly.

Thursday 7 August, 6-7:30pm: In conversation with Stephen Iles in The Tetley’s Board Room: We extend a special invitation for a conversation with the artist, Mark Devereux, and The Tetley’s curatorial team in our Board Room.