Archive | August, 2010

The Modern Lesbian Exhibition Launches

26 Aug

The Modern Lesbian Exhibition Launch

Huge thanks to everyone that joined us last Saturday for the exhibition launch at 52 Princess Street, but please remember that the exhibition is only one part of the project and we need your involvement to make the wider project a success.

Joey Hateley with Rachel's shot

This Saturday we open our live photo studio where we’re inviting gay and bisexual women in Manchester over the Pride weekend to add their image and voices to the project by being photographed by Rachel in our amazing events space next to the gallery.
The Modern Lesbian Launch

There’s no need to book (though you can if you want to get time in the diary before we open) and we’ll be having a string of special guests providing entertainment over the weekend. Best of all you don’t even need a Pride ticket because we’re outside the festival site.

52 Princess Street

Find us right at the end of the parade route opposite the LGF in the spectacular building that is 52.

Studio open from 12pm-5pm on the 28th, 29th and 30th August.

The Modern Lesbian Launch


7 Inch Cinema comes to Salford

26 Aug

Islington Mill Art Academy Top Floor Cinema

Producers of the Flatpack Festival in Birmingham 7 Inch Cinema are making a pitstop at Islington Mill tomorrow to present an evening of short films, archive oddities and music devoted to “high days and holidays”. Including this from Ian Gamester:

All thanks to the Art Academy’s top floor cinema. Doors open at 6pm with drinks and pie on offer.

Films begin at 8pm.

The Modern Lesbian: Mary Murphy – Politician and Activist

24 Aug

TML: Mary Murphy interview

A member of the Labour party since the age of 17 Mary Murphy has built up a reputation as fearsome political force, a reputation bolstered by her having served as councillor for Hulme since 1993.

Married and already with children before she discovered the women’s movement, and with it her own sexual identity, Mary moved to the city in 1966 with her three children in tow having left her then husband.  However, far from fleeing into an entirely new life she found solace in Manchester under the wing of her mother in law.

Soon after settling in to her new home city, Mary became heavily involved with the 1970s women’s liberation movement developing a passion for ensuring equality across the board of minority and oppressed groups.  Identifying herself as a Woman first, Irish second and a lesbian third, Mary’s admits that her political stance fighting all comers wherever she saw injustice and prejudice has occasionally led to her being criticised, by those with more narrow political targets, for not choosing her battles.

However, with over half a decade of politicking and direct action under her belt her associations fighting for causes that range from Greenham Common through to battling gun crime in Manchester today, reads like a history of the positive feminist influence on radical Britain and makes her stand out as an inspirational political figure whether considered within the realms of lesbian politics or politics in general.

Here’s the first part of Rachel’s interview with her where she talks about her move to Manchester, her path into activism and the dangers of in-fighting in women’s politics.

See all of the interviews here.

The Modern Lesbian Exhibition Opens

20 Aug

The Modern Lesbian logo

Today we’ve added the final touches to The Modern Lesbian exhibition at 52 Princess Street and we have opened to the public. Doors are open from 10am-5pm weekdays and 12pm-5pm weekends starting today until the 4th September.

We were talking with Rachel this morning about how long it has been since we first started the project and we’re looking at 18 months of hard work to get to this point, however, its looking superb.  52 Princess street is a superb venue for the exhibition and they’ve been hugely supportive of the project throughout. They’ve even let us  build a seriously exciting events space in one of their undeveloped offices that stands in stark contrast to the gallery space – it is a seriously cool space (you can catch a glimpse of it through the door on one of the shots below) so please head down on the 28th, 29th and 30th to join the fun.

The Modern Lesbian install begins

Massive thanks to the Pride Community Fund for been the first people to get behind the project and huge thanks to the National Lottery via Arts Council England for giving us much needed support at the final hurdle.   Also big thanks go out to the London Camera Exchange, Sweet Tooth Cupcakery, The Nip and Tipple and Creative Lynx for that amazing Logo.

Finally huge thanks to all of our participants without whom there wouldn’t be anything to make an exhibition about.

Focusing lights

The Modern Lesbian is open from Today until the 4th September
We’re still looking for women that want to participate in the live studio events over the Bank Holiday weekend.

To guarantee your 15 minute shoot with Rachel sign up now at

The Modern Lesbian

Modern Lesbian Sneak Preview on BBC Manchester

20 Aug

TML Online Gallery now live at BBC Manchester

The BBC have launched an online gallery of some of the shots that feature in The Modern Lesbian along with a few titbits of information from Curated Place and Rachel Adams about the thinking behind the project.

More details after the jump!

Quiet blog…but check out that website!

18 Aug

Formed Thought web and graphic design
Apologies for the quietness on the blog but installing an exhibition takes its toll. So in lieu of more TML interviews, which are coming imminently, let me take the opportunity to start an occasional feature to proffer HUGE thanks to some of the people that have got us to the point where the first Curated Place exhibition is almost ready to go.

Firstly massive thanks to Michael Stott at Formed Thought who worked tirelessly designing the Curated Place website, getting our online presence up to speed and who continues to work away quietly in the background making sure everything webwise is operating smoothly. Michael is a designer who made the development process a breeze and is a man who is always able to add to the brief without confusing the objectives or using tech for tech’s sake. We were also hugely impressed with the incredible spread of hours that Michael sends emails between. By our calculations he survives on around three hours of sleep a night.

If you need quality web design and an approach that marries practical and creative solutions seamlessly he comes highly recommended.

The Modern Lesbian install begins

16 Aug

Super tech Cara working on the photo studio installToday we started the installation of The Modern Lesbian at 52 Princess Street.   14 images made the final cut for the main exhibition. However, they’re going to take a couple of days to print so today we’ve been working on preparing the Photo Studio ready for the open studio event on the 28th, 29th and 30th.   Huge thanks to super-tech Cara for making things happen so smoothly.

Things are really beginning to take shape.  We’ve even got some coverage on the BBC today.

Stay posted to the blog to keep up to date with developments or sign up to participate and add your image to the project here:

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