David Bethell:
Fleeting Flights

Fleeting Flights | David Bethell | 2018-19 | exhibition installation view, HOME, Manchester | curated by Mark Devereux Projects & Bren O'Callaghan | image: Lee Baxter

HOME, Manchester: 26 January – 17 March 2019 | Preview: 25 January, 6-9pm

A man opens the front door of his shack in a woodland clearing. He puts his face to the opening and looks around. He closes the door. Littering the ground outside is a collection of contraptions made from timber. Poking through the top of the shack is a wooden balloon…

Fleeting Flights is a new solo exhibition by British artist David Bethell, following the story of a man’s struggle to escape from his own self-induced purgatory. Taking place in an isolated woodland, the story follows the protagonist’s futile attempts to escape his ramshackle shack via a wooden balloon.

The exhibition features David Bethell’s debut short film for the first time, co-commissioned by Mark Devereux Projects and HOME Artist Film. As part of this solo gallery presentation, Fleeting Flights includes the many elaborate wooden contraptions designed and built by the artist.

Fleeting Flights is the culmination of an eight-month project (Re-sight), in which the artist undertook intensive artist professional development mentoring with Mark Devereux Projects and external mentors. The final work marks Bethell’s first foray into incorporating short film within his sculptural and performative practice. Re-sight and Fleeting Flights has been supported by Arts Council England and HOME.

Curated by Mark Devereux and Bren O’Callaghan.

Accompanying events

David Bethell in conversation | Thursday 14 March, 6:30pm
Join artist David Bethell in conversation with curators Mark Devereux and Bren O’Callaghan in a seated conversation to discuss Fleeting Flights, his new HOME Artist Film commission and accompanying sculptural presentation of the film set and featured wooden contraptions in the main gallery.

Book your place at: homemcr.org/event/david-bethell-in-conversation

Further information

HOME | homemcr.org | 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN
HOME works with international and UK artists to produce extraordinary experiences, creating an exciting mix of thought-provoking drama, dance, film and contemporary visual art with a strong focus on international work, new commissions and talent development.


Opening Times
Mon: Closed, except for Bank Holidays
Tue – Sat: 12:00 – 20:00
Sun: 12:00 – 18:00

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Image: Fleeting Flights (film still) | David Bethell | 2018-19 | image: Glen Stoker