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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 manchesteryoungcreatives@gmail.com

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 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


Threadbare – Debbie Smyth

28 Jun

Debbie Smyth at MCAD audioboo interview

This morning I met with Debbie Smyth at Manchester Craft and Design Centre.  Having just arrived in Manchester for the week Debbie is busy installing her first solo show at the Centre following selection as best in show at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair last year.

Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between 2d and 3d artistry, literally lifting the drawn line off the page in a series of “pin and thread” drawings.   Beginning with hand sketched illustrations she projects her drawings onto the gallery walls in order to create a framework of anchor points that are then connected with varying thicknesses of black thread.  Rather than simply tracing outlines, however, Smyth deftly manages to incorporate the animated nature of her creative practice into the works she produces, almost leaving traces of her mental processes in capturing a subject. Sometimes extending the wandering lines between pieces, Smyth creates interruptions within the gallery space connecting her works, in doing so she manages to gently guide the viewer through the gallery giving a sense of theatre and presence that can’t be captured by images alone.

Energetic, intriguing, original and playful Smyth’s work is a refreshing approach to illustration that displays texture and scale that need to be seen in the flesh to be truly appreciated.  You can even talk to her while she installs the new commission, inspired by the characters and architecture that populate  the Northern Quarter around the venue,  all this week.

But if you can’t make it down you can listen to her talking to me about pin and thread drawing, the tensions between craft and art, studying in Wales, and tips on artistic success here.

Threadbare runs from July 3 to October 30, 2010
With Debbie Smyth working in the public gallery space from Monday June 28 to Friday, July 2 – 10.30am to 5.30pm

Masterclasses will take place on Saturday, September 4 and Saturday, October 9, 10-4pm

Launch Event Saturday, July 3 from 2-4pm

Manchester Craft and Design Centre, 17 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JD
More Info & Bookings: www.craftanddesign.com and http://debbiesmyth.blogspot.com

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