Festive Atelier Carbooty, Sat 2nd December


As part of wewioraprojects we are delighted to be hosting our annual Winter Carbooty event, Festive Atelier Carbooty on Saturday 2nd December.

The Carbooty and Northern Art Carbooty programme has been running for over 6 years now and its one of our favourite projects for bringing artists and audiences together.

This festive carbooty we have taken an open approach with no curatorial limits – trying out new stall holders keen to test out their wares to the public as well as inviting our co-hort of regular carbooty artists back to the festive fold.

With artists and designers including Sally Gilford, Jenny Steele, Aimee Mac Illustration and new makers Flood Clothing and New Analog to name but a few we can’t wait to have everyone together in our new partner venue Artwork Atelier. We will also have a new performance by artist Richard Shields – from the conceptual to the outright witty and entertaining expect anything and everything from this artist to take place.

Artwork Atelier is a Salford based artist studios, event and fabrication space and as part of the Carbooty a selection of Artwork Atelier studio holders will be selling their work and/ or opening their studio doors to discover more about what goes on within their cultural hub.

So we hope you can join us on Saturday 2nd December, 12-5pm at Artwork Atelier, 95 Greengate (off Queen Street) just past Chapel Street, Salford.

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Image credit: festive atelier carbooty flyer design by our wonderful carbooty family member Tasha Whittle, 2017

Rewind to the Radio with Northern Art Carbooty


As part of the next stages of our Community engagement programme with Northern Art Carbooty and Northwards Housing’s Victoria Square residents (and associated group Nippy Knitters) we are looking forward to creating an internal radio station for and with the residents of this beautiful listed Victorian building. Northern Art Carbooty are talking to partners Unity Radio to start the Radio journey!

In honour of this we thought it only best to rewind to our very own live broadcast on the Northern Art Carbooty day, brought to us by Unity Radio’s PRP DJs complete with interviews of the stall holders and public on the day. And the first couple of minutes cover our very own local Ancoats’ Nippy Knitter’s member Charlie, reciting a poem about fellow knitter Jim!



Blackpool success & farewell memories of Pier to Pier


_DSC0279Blackpool Art Carbooty saw nearly 2000 members of the public enter the Derham Lounge doors of the Winter Gardens with a host of art, design, craft and performances on offer when they arrived.

_DSC0202With regular Northern Art Carbooty artists Makers Dozen, who invited the public to co-create and become a Maker in their own right, Stanley Chow’s specially designed Blackpool prints, and Open Music Archive selling the re-spliced tunes to new Blackpool new comers Richard Oughton and his beautiful images of Northern Soul, Karl Child’s photographic memories of Blackpool and up and coming talent on show from Blackpool and Fylde College students all on offer, we had a rich mix of arts and crafts on the day!

We managed to bring Manchester’s community group, Nippy Knitters along to share their Northern Art Carbooty commissioned wares and they finally got to meet Blackpool community peers Palatine Knitters, who a_DSC0283re regularly based at Blackpool Library.

Whilst Blackpool Boys and Girls Club from Mereside got to showcase their recent screen printed art works, selling T-Shirts and Zines created with workshop artist Squirrel and Tiffin.

It was also fantastic to work with regional talent, Bethany Cassidy and Paper Gallery, both of which brought interactive and performative elements to their stalls.

Our major commission which ran throughout the day, was the _DSC0130live art performance and installation by Richard Shields and Harry Clayton Wright, Pier to Pier (#BigThings) animated the space and brought the memories and stereotypes of Blackpool to life.

Check out the video element of the commission here 





Blackpool nearly upon us… expecting #BigThings


Animating and electrifying this weekend’s Blackpool Art Carbooty event will be the newly commissioned ‘Pier to Pier’ (#BigThings, Smaller than I remember); an immersive installation and live durational performance by Blackpool’s own Harry Clayton-Wright and Manchester based artist Richard Shields.

The performance will literally spill out into the streets around the Winter Gardens this Saturday!

The performance plays with the nostalgia felt by those who remember Blackpool as a child but now re-engage with the town as adults. Whether as a tourist such as Shields or a home town boy like Clayton-Wright, the imagery of things being ‘far smaller than they remember’ resonates as the tag line to this performance.

The performance will be packed with Blackpool social and visual reference with everything from British folklore to celebrity seaside glam and popular culture from now and then.

Since its development, both artists have spent time on-site both within the Winter Gardens and the town itself to further investigate their characters and place within this seaside town.

As a result of this, we are delighted to announce that the Pier to Pier performance will include an opening dance act with the locally based and internationally recognised Urban Dance Project (UDP). The organisation, who will be performing with their young UDP BREAKERZ CREW in response to and in collaboration with artists Richard Shields and Harry Clayton-Wright, will be bringing the best of young dancing talent into the foreground of Blackpool Art Carbooty, dressed and ready to perform between 12.15-12.30 on the Saturday 31st October.


Expect a new take on ‘perma-tan’, some undeniably impressive urban dance moves and an altogether surreal and contemporary take to Blackpool’s fantastic heritage and culture!

The Pier to Pier Commission is kindly supported by Leftcoast, Art, People and Places.

A little bit of Lemon goes a long long way in Ancoats


Micro-Micro-Revolution-e1435322533577This Thursday see’s the first of two Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art related workshops for the current Victoria Square over 60s residents – bringing the local art organisations current project #500LemonTrees, CFCCA’s Northern Art Carbooty stall and the residents of Ancoats together.

Five Hundred Lemon Trees is a project by artist Huang Po-chih, which called for 500 participants to each donate 500 Taiwanese Dollars to buy a wine label. The sale of each label funded the planting of a lemon tree in fallow farmland in north Taiwan that has been neglected for twenty years. Two years later participants received a bottle of Limoncello and were invited to stick the wine label on the bottle themselves. The project re-establishes both enterprise and art production as methodologies for sustainable social change, reigniting the relationship between farmers, their land and business practice.’

CFCCA is currently the home to an orchard of lemon trees where audiences are able to witness ongoing art-enterprise in action until the end of August.

As well as CFCCA showcasing this current project as part of their artist stall for Northern Art Carbooty, they will be working with a local chef and the Victoria Square over 60s to create lemonade to sell alongside the stall. This will be followed by gallery visit for the older residents to see the project and the centre first hand, bringing the art-enterprise of Ancoats and Taiwan that little bit closer. 

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Liz Wewiora as regional advocate for Glasgow’s push on #PayingArtists Campaign


unnamedGlasgow’s half of the Wewiora Projects duo, Liz Wewiora, is currently delivering some regional advocacy work for A-N’s current #PayingArtists Campaign, along with fellow Glasgow artist Janie Nicoll. Focusing on regional promotion and debate in Glasgow there will be a cultural hustings event hosted at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, The Whisky Bond Building (2 Dawson Road, Glasgow, G4 9SS) on Saturday 2nd May, 2-4pm.

The event will host individual speakers from each Political party as well as representatives from local art organisations, graduate artists and PHD researchers looking into the current conditions of how artists are actually making a living.

See https://www.facebook.com/events/550152201793547/ for more info!

From the planning stages of this event and conversations in general, new discussions have already started to emerge and here is what Liz has been discovering…

‘The Current A-N #PayingArtists Campaign is asking to focus specifically on the promotion and transparency around fair pay for exhibiting artists from publicly funded arts organisations in the UK.

This specific look into the publicly funded art sector and their approach, model and rates for exhibiting artists has already roused the interest and debate across Glasgow’s organisations to date. As organisations who are funded by essentially by the public and for the public it seemed like a sensible base to start the conversation but with public money across the arts sector as a whole in a period of cuts and restrictions the conversation around fair pay for artist has already raised a few responses of ‘what about fair pay for those in the art sector’. I think this is something which will pan out further as the campaign itself develops but something which will shift waves of healthy debate and wider fair pay for the cultural sector as a whole (which is no bad thing!).

A-N and Scottish Artist Union have already been able to implement guidelines for artists day rates around participatory / educational work and guidelines around residency programmes which have made a huge positive impact on rates of pay and safety of pay for artists working in these areas. From this however, it has become even more important for more clarity around artists exhibiting fees – both for support of the artists and art organisation alike.

There have been far too many cases of artists exhibiting for ‘expenses only’ or in some cases for nothing at all, and it seems that graduates along with ironically some of the most promising artists who have been offered exhibiting as part of a major festival or art prize are hit the hardest by all too well known argument of ‘well there isn’t an artist fee but this is a really good opportunity for you’. It is all too common that artists are lured into the offer of exhibiting your work in a gallery as a favour to the artist rather an a service, like any other in the public service, which the artist is providing for the gallery.

So it seems clear then that all artists should be paid for exhibiting, and this from the perspective of both artists and art organisations alike, in Glasgow at least, is something they all agree on.

What remains cloudy in terms of its clarity, however, is how you fairly ‘rate’ the work and fee to be paid for each artist. With exhibiting work there are a number of variables which makes it difficult to pin point a fixed wage. What if the show is a group show, what if is it the first solo of their career, what if the work has already been made, what if it is a new commission/ production, what if the work can be sold or toured to other galleries beyond the life of the initial exhibition, and so on! All of these factors can dramatically affect the argued ‘worth’ of the exhibiting work, the associated potential or lack of future finance from the work created (for both artist and art organisation alike). It seems then that any guidelines created will need to consider these variables carefully and with long-term and on-going support to both artist and art organisation to ensure that both individual and publicly funded gallery can ensure a fair approach and more over sustainable approach to paying artists.

It does have to be noted, particularly in the case of recent graduates, and I say this from first hand experience, that sometimes we are happy to showcase work for free. But why? Well – I know because I said yes to exhibiting work in a gallery (yes – it was a publicly funded one) for free, because it was a recent graduate opportunity and something which at the time seemed something of great benefit to me as an opportunity to publicly showcase my work to a new audience so quickly after graduating. A small contribution to materials and posting and packaging was however offered and from the exhibition I was able to sell two prints of my work – in fact creating some income off the back of the show after all. However let’s be clear here that this is not always going to be the case, sometimes no expense are even offered and there is never any guarantee that work will be sold after a public showcase so for artists we run a risky business in taking that chance.

As long as artists continue to say yes to exhibiting for nothing then the longer art organisations will see it as justifiable, especially for recent graduates.

Guidelines definitely need to be in place, and I for one am excited to see A-N and its supporting partners and art organisations across the UK work together to create these – for everyones benefit!

You can find out more and have your say for fair and transparent pay for artists by signing up to the campaign at  http://www.payingartists.org.uk/signup/

Or have your say via #payingartists and @AIR_artists

Open Music Archive’s 42nd street project re-broadcasts tomorrow night!






(image courtesy of 42nd Street)

OMA (Open Music Archive’s) 42nd Street project is being part re-broadcasted tomorrow night on Unity.

For anyone who missed A Different Spirit’s Open Music Archive Local Recall with 42nd Street (and curated by Helen Wewiora from Wewiora Projects), Graham Massey (808 State), RNCM, and Beating Wing at Halle St Peters, we are pleased to inform you that you can catch some of the evening tomorrow night, 12 March 2015, on Unity Radio 92.8fm.

If you can’t pick that up listen online at www.unityradio.fm  /  www.unityradio.co.uk. The piece will receive around 20minutes of air time from 8.40pm, and will be introduced by Unity Radio’s youth Show, NGY.

You can access the full recordings at http://www.openmusicarchive.org/localrecall

If you missed A Different Spirit  or want to learn more about the programme from a ‘behind the scenes’ perspective, please go to:www.adifferentspirit.org.uk

Click on films tab and you will find three films that tell some of the stories behind A Different Spirit. The films are produced by Belle Vue Productions and Professor Helen Rees Leahy from the University of Manchester. You can hear from 42nd Street staff, young people and the artists involved, including Alistair Hudson who was then at Grizedale Arts. They are great films, providing lots of insight, and I am sure you will enjoy them.