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Show & Tell November 2011 | Cornerhouse

24 Nov

This Saturday head down to Cornerhouse from 4pm to 6pm to get  a taste of what’s happening in the minds of some of the city’s best leftfield innovators.

Bringing together Manchester’s visual arts community and the thriving digital design sector in a playful and informal setting Show and Tell invites ten artists and designers to make lightning-quick presentations about a current project, experiment or source of inspiration. The only rule – it mustn’t be something from the day job.

This time around our speakers are a mix of invited people, nominations from previous speakers and open spots that you can offer to fill.

The line-up includes:

Cherry Tenneson ‘Artist-informant-cartographer’ of redundant objects and information. Often seen documenting crumbs and plastic at an everyday desk top.

Michael Trainor founder of Pop Empires, Art makers and commissioners of art and events.

Richard Schofield from weareboy, 3D guys in Manchester serving the creative industries with still and animated 3D CGI, video, and all things ‘motionified’.

Mark Jermyn and Sally Gilford from one69a, a creative collective who specialise in screen printing, run educational workshops and run live screen printing sessions at events.

Mishka Henner Belgian born photographer whose recent work included No Man’s Land and recipient of the world’s smallest photography award! which seeks to emphasise the importance of coincidence, grace and humility in photography.

Amanda Bellantara from Kinokokophone, an artist collective that collects and composes sounds, stories and imagery from around the world.

Filmmaker, creator and compere extraordinaire Maria Ruban.

Plus more to be announced – including YOU!

The ideal way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Following the first event we’ve responded to your requests to include open spots and there will be two available at this event for anyone who wants to present a cool, interesting project they are working on if you’re a designer please remember to focus on personal projects rather than pitching company work.

A collaboration between Cornerhouse and FutureEverything

via Show & Tell November 2011 | Cornerhouse.


Manchester Young Creatives 2 – This Friday

9 Mar

Manchester Young Creatives meeting 2 at Band on the Wall
To all Manchester creatives – Want to meet people from music, visual art, theatre, film, photography, dance and general arty-ness? Fancy meeting up for a drink? Of course you do.

For its second outing Manchester Young Creatives wants to bring people who work in the arts in Manchester together to discuss, collaborate and create stunning cross-arts projects.

Manchester Young Creatives wants to be the place where an artist meets a musician and they decide to work together to create something new. (Or a filmmaker and an actor, or an architect and a graphic designer – you get the idea).

So, they’d love it if you’d help start this by bringing and image or recording of your work which can be showcased on the evening. Send submissions to

The second MYC will take place in the Picturehouse Cafe Bar of Band on the Wall on 11th March from 5pm-7pm.

Manchester Young Creatives Eventbrite.

Twitter @manccreatives.

Richard Wheater Neon Workshop: Exclusive discount for Curated Place readers

22 Feb

Richard William Wheater - Glass Blowing Workshop
Neon glass workshops have finally arrived in Manchester and, thanks to Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Curated Place can offer an exclusive £15 discount to a handful of readers.

Working with established British glass maker, Richard William Wheater, you’ll spend three days learning how to hand-make neon and sculptural glass, to form a unique artwork. The workshop leaders can offer as much or a little technical and/or conceptual help as is needed – you do not have to be a glassmaker to attend the course.

7th – 9th March 2011

Full price including all materials:
£325/£275 Students

To claim your discount just follow @curatedplace on twitter, message us and we’ll send you a discount code you can use when booking.  Or, leave a comment and your email below (promise not to make your email public). But be quick places are going fast!

To book or for more information call 0161 832 4274 or email

Richard William Wheater at MCAD

15 Feb

"I'm Electric, You're Electric" - Richard William Wheater interview

On saturday neon artist Richard William Wheater opened his new exhibition”I’m Electric You’re Electric” at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre.

Curated Place went along to speak to him about the exhibition, strip joints, visions of the future and what its like working with one of the most socially loaded materials an artist can choose to wrangle with.

Finishing Touches - Richard and MCAD curator Dena finish installing

If you like what you see at MCAD there’s more of Richard’s work on show as part of the Crafts Council show exploring British glass blowing – “Breathtaking“, currently exhibiting at the Bilston Gallery in the West Midlands and Curated Place will have details of some exclusive neon workshops Richard will be running in Manchester where you can make your own neon piece guided by one of Britain’s masters of the material.

Richard William Wheater interview.

I’m electric you’re electric is open until the 30th april 2011 and admission is free.

Manchester Craft and Design Centre
17 Oak Street
Northern Quarter
M4 5JD


NICE Festival – new website launched

12 Aug

NICE festival new website goes live

It’s easy to get tied up in your own projects just before they go live so after a hectic week or so of all things Pride we were keen to take a breath and pop our collective Curated Place heads above the parapet to have a look around some other parts of the North West cultural and creative scene.

So, it felt like great timing when today the NICE Festival announced the launch their new website for their 2010 festival today.  If you don’t already know the NICE festival is a celebration of all things Scandinavian that has been running for the last three years over in Liverpool under the directorship of Ingi Thor Jonsson.

‘City States’ – Soren Thilo Funder

Incredible at making inspiring things happen, Ingi and his team have made it their personal mission to bring the best in Scandinavian arts, crafts, design, performance, film and everything else from the Nordic lands to the North West to celebrate the ties of a rich shared history and to create new connections between creative people here and across Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.  The Faroes get a look in there occasionally too.

This year, for the first time, the festival is heading out of Liverpool and basing itself in Manchester (with supporting events in Liverpool and Chester) and bringing with it an amazing programme of events that showcase old masters’ work like that of Munch and Ibsen alongside the best contemporary creative output from the cold north.

The World of Moomins, Sophia Jansson comes to the Whitworth on October 26th

Although its taken me years to recover from the childhood trauma of seeing the old animations, a personal highlight has to be NICE arranging for author Tove Jansson’s niece, Sophia Jansson,to visit the Whitworth in October to read extracts from her aunt’s fabulously strange Moomin books and talk about growing up in the shadow of the Moomin Valley.

Original, ambitious and fun the NICE Scandinavian Arts Festival runs from 18th November – 2nd December with satellite events throughout the year.

Including wonderful Moomin weirdness at the Whitworth on Sunday the 24th October starting at 17:00.

Creative Industries Start-Up Toolkit

26 Jul

Whilst looking to put certain processes and procedures in place to ensure the success of our own corner of the creative landscape Curated Place stumbled across some interesting reading from the people at NESTA.

The Creative Enterprise Toolkit brings together the expertise developed by NESTA for their Scotland based Starter For Six programme that supports creative entrepreneurs North of the Border.  Designed to help creative people turn their good ideas into good business ideas the package is available free here and essential reading for anyone looking to make their creativity their living.

The Whitworth Gallery Adult Programme

2 Jul

Ed Watts talks to Curated Place about the new Adult Programme at The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester

Last Thursday night the Whitworth Art Gallery launched their new Adult Programme with an evening that brought together their in-house engagement team, Manchester Craft Mafia and  indiepop promoters Pull Yourself Together and For Folks Sake.

Under the watchful eye of Ed Watts the new programme promises to move away from traditional gallery outreach work to provide an experimental creative space with a more social agenda than simply individual contemplation of the gallery’s collection.

The programme makes for exciting reading for anyone interested in the cultural scene in Manchester, not least because instead of trying to deliver the whole thing from in-house the Whitworth is embracing partnerships left, right and centre.  By bringing on board people like the Craft Mafia and the fabulously sharp Mark Page (of they’re ensuring that the right people are in the driving seat to make sure the events don’t disappoint while simultaneously providing a space and platform for those groups to develop.

The Whitworth Gallery new adult programme

Earlier in the week I got to speak to Ed about the programme, what events they already have lined up and his philosophy about art galleries being creative places, not simply showcases for collections of work.  You can listen here.

To book onto any of the courses get in touch with Ed at or call on 0161 275 7450

…just don’t call it a learning programme.

Selected highlights below, there’s a lot more though – keep up to date by checking the Whitworth site.

1st Saturday of the month:

Serious About Art, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm, £5

3rd Saturday of the month:

Alternative Camera Club, 10.30am-1pm, £3
Crafternoon Tea, 2pm-4pm, £3

3rd Thursday of the Month

After Hours, 6.30pm onwards, Free

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