U-Hang artist Tracey Eastham with gallery assistant Daryl Pugh. Photo: Ruth Pringle

About U-Hang

Art Gene’s U-Hang Exhibition Programme ran from 2004 -2016, and was an opportunity for artists to experiment with new concepts, test theories or develop their practice in other new ways.

This was done by installing artworks in and about the public areas of the former Technical College building that Art Gene shares with the community council, and gave our broad local audience the opportunity to experience visual art in surprising places. U-Hang helped Art Gene to learn about and celebrate the remarkable historic building they once rescued from dereliction.

In 2014, Art Gene invited visual artist Ruth Pringle to take over curating U-Hang, changing how artists were selected – inviting artists based on the themes in their work, and how this fed into Art Gene’s wider research – as well as offering more advice and assistance for artists developing installations within what was in many ways a difficult space.

While U-Hang is no longer a part of Art Gene’s regular programme, it’s spirit has been carried forward through our residency programmes, where artists are encouraged to explore the town and surroundings, meet the community and ‘report back’ to the space. Its legacy can also been seen in Digital U, our online exhibitions programme that began in 2017.


Rebecca Key (and dog) installing Patronage

U-Hang Past Exhibitions

Sense of Place, Sharon Haward
Travelogue, Ally Wallace
Homunculus, Suzanne Smith
The Field, Adam Fowler
I live Where…, Furness College
Memories of Places Never Visited, Tracey Eastham

Sartorius Islands, Paul Vivian
Borders, Boundaries and Margins, Day Bowman
Patronage, Rebecca Key
Plain Sight, Bonnie Craig

Julie Lawrence
Julia Geere/ Schools Exhibition
Jono Burgess
Tides, Craig Camberlain
Lisa Mee
Dreadnought, Robert Moon

Manga, Kate Holden
Explosions of Colour, Bernadette Quinn
What it’s Like Round Here, Kate Davis

Invisible Anchors, Hannah Hull
Perspectives from a Gentleman’s Seat, Alison Hand
Strength in Numbers, Jason Taylor

Out of Place, Photo and Video Works by Artists from Xiamen China 

Wreckin’ Ball, John Deller
State of Flux, Martene Rouke
Noddy-Untitled Coin Operation Installation, Birbeck & Duffy
Pixel Talk, James Johnson-Perkins
The Luxury of the Private, Lizi Sanchez


Bus Bingo, Supermarket Grand Prix, Oxford Road Daily Chase, Mary Stark
Everything That  Begins Must Come To An End, Maddi Nicholson
Documenting new works for Hindpool Urban Park, Janette Ireland

Wishes, Lies and Dreams, Sarawut Chutiwongpeti
Transparent Radiation, Michael Mulvihill
Sightlines, John Hall
Sonic Solutions, Kilberg and Henry (Karin Kihlberg and Reuben Henry)
Documentation of Recent Work with Disability Groups, Prism Arts

Uncertainty, Anne Charnock
Dancers’ Pirouettes, Julie Brixey-Williams
Works by Six Recent Graduates, Signal:Video Artist Groups
Love Thy Neighbour, Paul MacFarlane & Jenny Wroe
Bits And Pieces, Clare Kenny

The Deaf of Feary (Remix), Michael Bowdidge


Bonnie Craig presenting her U-Hang installation to college students
(here she is talking about her research process as part of a pattern making workshop held in the space)

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