Tag Archives: Manchester

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.

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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 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.

Andrew Brooks interview – New Worlds

18 Feb

New Worlds Andrew Brooks interview
Last night, at the opening of the New Worlds exhibition, Curated Place spoke to Andrew Brooks about his work, photography and the changing relationship between galleries and artists.

Andrew Brooks Interview, New Worlds.

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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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
Manchester
M4 5JD
Map

 

Not One For Knocking On #2

13 Feb

Not one for Knocking On #2

Oliver East is curating another exhibition of comic art Not One For Knocking On #2.

The exhibition features artwork from Derik BadmanMalcy DuffJohn Porcellino and Frank Santoro with a book featuring all the artists being made available for FREE on the opening night.

Viewing is by appointment only via olivereast(at)hotmail(dot)com.

Launch night is Friday 18th February, 6pm-9pm.

Rogue Artists’ Studios & Project Space
66-72 Chapeltown Street
Piccadilly
Manchester
M1 2WH (map)

(via: manchestercomixcollective.com/@RustyMcgee)

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