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Supercritical Mass – International Residencies and innovation in the arts

5 Aug

Following our own positive experiences of residencies at the end of 2011 we started experimenting with a view to developing a Curated Place residency programme for artists wanting to work in the UK. Developing relationships with both venue and creative partners in Manchester we sought to introduce international talents to the North of England to both contribute to and learn from the strong arts sector here.

The Supercritical Mass projects of Australian artists Luke Jaaniste and Julian Day was a real highlight. Developed over two residency periods we initially hosted SuperCritical Mass for a mini-residency in November 2011. Working closely with the music department at the University of Salford and with the artists communities in Islington Mill we delivered a masterclass and artists talk to students before devising and delivering two performances in the University and in the nearby Peel Park.

This short 5 day residency was inspired by innovation development models of quick hit, low cost, managed risk projects and intended as a proof of concept performance. We very deliberately developed the format to develop the profile of the project for participants and funders alike. It worked.

Creating high quality documentation of the pilot which we could distribute widely and being able to very clearly state how we would scale the project up we received significant funding from Sound and Music to develop the second phase of the residency programme – hosting the artists for two weeks as part of the FutureEverything festival 2012 to deliver one of the most ambitious Supercritical Mass projects to date – a vocal performance at Manchester Cathedral.

A huge success for artists, participants and audiences alike we were able to learn a lot about how high-quality residency programmes can be delivered in the UK and we’re now in a position to expand our own residency programme to become a more formal international artist exchange – but with a twist. Rather than simply inviting artists to work in a creative vacuum we’ll be insisting that visiting artists work in collaboration with local participants who will then make a reciprocal residency visit to our international partners to develop the projects on an international platform.

Tomorrow we’ll be formally launching the new Curated Place site which will outline the programme and how it will work. If you’re a mid-career artist, with experience of exhibitions and commissions in the UK and interested in participating sign up to our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest and for ways to apply when we launch.


Timber Wave by Amanda Levete

2 Oct



“Inaugurated some days ago to London, this fleeting structure of drinks and of metal decorates l’entrée principal of the Victoria & Albert Museum.”

Stunning new public artwork conceived by l’architecte Amanda Levete in collaboration with the engineers d’ARUP

via Timber Wave by Amanda Levete | Muuuz – Webzine Architecture & Design.

Secret City Zoetermeer Makes National Dutch news

20 Sep

nrcnext 20-09-2011 in beeldGreat news today as Secret City Zoetermeer, the latest project from Andrew Brooks and Curated Place hit the centre spread of quality Dutch broadsheet NRC Next.

The exhibition is now open at the Stadsmuseum Zoetermeer until February with the next Secret Cities project in the Netherlands already taking shape.


Why people should keep blogging…

12 Jul

It might seem a little old fashioned to actually read and write these days but here’s a good reason to keep blogging.

YOUrban — Immaterials: Light painting WiFi

9 Mar

via: YOUrban — Immaterials: Light painting WiFi.

Urbis Research Forum Podcast 4: Happy Birthday Mr Engels!

16 Feb

To mark the 190th Birthday of Freidrich Engels the Urbis Research Forum revisited the work of one of the 20th Century’s most influential thinkers to see how his writings reflected the city that inspired his most revolutionary work and how his insight and ideas remain relevant in 21st century Manchester.

The session was hosted by Dr. Andy Karvonen with panellists Steve Hanson (Hereford College of Arts) and Mark Rainey (University of Manchester).

Urbis Research Forum Podcast 4: Happy Birthday Mr Engels!

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FutureEverything volunteer programme accepting applications now

7 Feb

FutureEverything volunteer opportunities now open

FutureEverything’s 2011 volunteering programme is now accepting applications.

This year’s festival runs from 11th – 14th May when they’ll need people to help deliver the art, music and conference programme as well as helping out at the awards ceremony.

You can sign up as a volunteer covering just the festival events or get involved helping produce the festival right now.

To apply for an exciting volunteer role fill out the FutureEverything application form.

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