Now in its sixth year, Northern Art Carbooty returned to Manchester for the August Bank Holiday Sunday 2018. This time the Carbooty brand partnered with NOMA and their annual Sadler’s Yard Summer Jam festival, forming part of a packed bank holiday weekend for the city centre, with Sadler’s Yard Summer Jam on Saturday 25th August and the Northern Art Carbooty on the Sunday.
Northern Art Carbooty 2018 saw the return of much loved favourite stall holders such as Stanley Chow, Nicola Dale, YAY Studio, Aimee Mac Illustration and Richard Shields, Hot Bed Press and Tasha Whittle to name but a few! Nicola Dale offered limited edition and password protected golden tickets – those lucky ticket holders becoming part of a new contemporary art work. It was fantastic to have winning designs from Stanley Chow, who sold limited edition prints of influential women of the 20th century to mark 2018 as the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage.
A series of live art and performance commissions were showcased to celebrate 2018’s year of women. Returning for her second Northern Art Carbooty performance, artist Nicola Smith presented a new work taking inspiration from feminist popular music culture from the 1970s-1990s. Smith transformed into a series of living sculptures, paying homage to the female music icons who shaped her own values and identity. In doing so she will created temporary living statues of women, re-balancing the female representation of women figure heads in the public realm.
We were also delighted to commission a new performance by artist Gemma Parker who will presented The Tattooed Lady. Parker offered gifts of free temporary tattoos of Manchester’s rebellious and inspiring women figure heads to the general public.
A massive thank you to all of our participating artists, designers, performers, food and drink stalls and our venue partners PLANT NOMA and Sadler’s Yard and look out for future Carbooty/ Northern Art Carbooty events for 2019-20.