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Roses Advertising Awards

28 Mar

The Modern Lesbian LogoThe Roses Advertising Awards have announced their shortlist and we’re super happy that the great work done by Haider Muhdi at Creative Lynx means that The Modern Lesbian is nominated in the “Use of Typography” category.

Awards are dished out on the 5th May – wish us luck.


Salford University Graduate? Work for Curated Place!

3 Dec

Curated Place are extremely happy to announce, in a time of recession, we’re hiring!

Thanks to the Graduate Gateway programme at Salford University we’re looking to take on two Salford graduate placements to help us develop the Modern Lesbian project onto a national platform.

We have vacancies for a Creative Assistant and a Web Designer to work 20 hours a week for 12 weeks from the 3rd of January.  Both positions will be working closely with photographer Rachel Adams – if you don’t know her work you can still find the Modern Lesbian exhibition on the walls of 52 Princess Street.

You can find full details by following the links below:

Curated Place – Creative Assistant

Curated Place – Web Designer

However, sadly the opportunities aren’t open to all – you must be a graduate of Salford University.

Applications are open for the next 2 weeks only so if you want to work with us or know someone that does tell them to get their skates on!

UPDATE: After a few enquiries you don’t have to have graduated this year – you just have to have graduated from Salford to qualify – talk to the Salford Careers University Office for more details on their criteria – 0161 295 5088 /

The Modern Lesbian Live Studio Preview

3 Sep

Charlotte Varnam & Victoria Ramsdale

Huge thanks to everyone that took part in our live studio events over the weekend especially to everyone that generously donated to the project to help us take it forwards. With almost 100 people getting in front of the camera to add their portraits to the wider project we’ve got our work cut out over the next few weeks. We’re hoping to have The Modern Lesbian website redesigned and rebuilt to reflect the project developing by October.

In the mean time we’ll be posting more of the interviews that informed the exhibition here on the Curated Place blog and alongside resuming normal service keeping abreast of the arts and cultural scene in the North West and beyond.

Vicki Swinden & Cat Burgess

From here we’re looking to extend the project nationally and we’re looking for partners to help us make the next phase possible so if you know of anyone involved in or looking to get involved in LGBTQ arts please hook us up.

Jo Quinn & Claire Davies

Finally a massive thanks to everyone that got involved on both sides of the camera but especially the TML crew who volunteered their time to make the project happen.

The TML Crew

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!

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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