We have the privilege of working with idiojack, a highly skilled group of media pro’s!
Find out a little bit more about them below and check out the video filmed and edited by Adam Mcgrath of the Ask My Bull EP Launch.
Idiojack Studio is a collection of creative professionals, based across the Northwest, who specialise in Film, Graphics and Web. Professionalism and friendliness are high on our agenda. We aim to please and are always 100% committed to each and every single project that we do.
Idiojack’s film department is run by Adam McGrath, who’s film-making experience is wide ranging to say the least. From creating a range of website content for a summer camp in America to a promo for a brand new campaign for men’s mental health charity “Street Soccer Academy”, as well as creating a music video for New York Tourists, as they supported Status Quo in front of 9,000 people.
Adam and his team revel in the diverse projects that they undertake and are always excited to take on new projects.
Short&Sweet are running their first big night in Manchester and are looking for performers. The night is called FOOL and will be held on Friday 1st April at Victoria Baths, an ornate, victorian, empty swimming pool- a beautiful large space called the Gala Pool.
Short & Sweet runs as a continuous series of 3 minute performances all in response to one theme. This time the theme is ‘Fool’. Wise, tragic, naïve or reckless the fool has privilege to violate taboos. Art is foolish. Theatre fools and deceives. Short&Sweet is a evening that originated in Montreal, Quebec where it has been running for over 3 years and we look forward to bringing it over the seas to Manchester. Short&Sweet invites proposals from artists of any discipline for a three minute slot.
Feel free to respond to, rebel from and rework the starting point in any magical way that you wish. But you MUST stick to the three minute limit. We are open to a very varied mix of performance e.g. dance, comedy, theatre, live music, video, singing, circus are just some ideas but something different would be exciting too.
Each performer will get a rider and documentation of their work.
To apply, please email us with your name and an idea of what your performance could be. Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1678876949048986
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 12th March 2016 (midday)
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Sorcha and May
Everything you need to know about KINO Film Festival This Week
‘7 Days, 7 Venues, over 200 films!’ Kino – Big on Shorts!
Kinofilm, Manchester International Short Film & Animation Festival 2016 is all about creating an exciting platform to promote successful and emerging filmmakers through a broad variety of categories. The 13th edition of the festival takes place from February 22nd to 28th at alternative venues in central Manchester (70 Oxford Street, RNCM, Central Library, Anthony Burgess Foundation,Instituto Cervantes, Apotheca Bar and Gullivers), introducing the world of short film and its practitioners to new audiences and creatives that are like us, just fanatical about Short Film!
During the week-long festival Kino will showcase 230 shorts and animations from more than 50 countries. Taking the audience on a journey to meet Spanish romances between plastic and flesh, German Mockumentaries and dancing neurons from the USA, there’s absolutely something to please every eye, something for everyone, even the novice short film viewer will be entranced.Panel discussions, networking events and a special programme for children are also to be expected.
The festival is Manchester’s longest running Film Festival (founded in 1995) and is operated by Manchester International Film Festival® – not to be confused with Maniff. With Manchester Film Festival taking place the week after Kinofilm,it’s an exciting fortnight for Manchester film culture.
Despite the lack of funding, Kino continues to share its love, passion and knowledge of short film to the community of Manchester, and is the cheapest festival in town offering great value tickets from just £3. With a number of free screenings and education events at selected venues, Kino is the only festival to offer absolutely ‘Free’ Tickets to the unemployed (proof will be asked for). There will also be several competitions leading up to the festival with free tickets given away via Twitter so do follow our tweets @Kinofilm.
Quote from the Festival Director John Wojowski:
“ We’re absolutely delighted that we’re able to bring Kinoflim back for it’s 13th edition to offer the community of Manchester 7 exciting days of Short Film culture. Yes, it’s no doubt been a struggle to produce a festival without any form of public funding but once again, we’re back! With an absolutely exciting and eclectic selection of short films from all over the world,we hope the local community will join us on this remarkable journey into the world of short film”.
Quote from the Festival Manager Ann-Kathrine Kværnø:
“As a filmmaker myself, I’m really excited to be part of a platform that is truly dedicated to promote emerging filmmakers in alternative spaces.Our aim this year is to get closer to new audiences and local communities which is why we are screening the film in alternative quirky spaces”
M20 worked with these guys at our Live in the Village event in November 2014, and they produced an excellent short video on the event – so we know they can deliver professional results for projects with social and creative purposes!
Here’s a little bit about them from one of the team Will Plastow.
Gravel & Sugar Productions is a new independent film production company serving Manchester’s creative community. Bringing together an international team of award winning and festival-shortlisted filmmakers we aim to be distinctive, collaborative and creative in every project we take on.
To put it simply, we work closely and creatively with our clients to see their vision through from conception through to delivery – be that a live music film for a band in the Northern Quarter or a street performance with a cast of a hundred for a University research project in Uganda (actual examples).
(Above, holding boom mic: Will Plastow)
All members of our team have received filmmaking training to postgraduate level in addition to experience in professional videography and post-production. We’re passionate about making films both we and our clients can be proud to put their names to. Gravel & Sugar Productions specialise in live event and musical performance films, artistic music videos and documentary shorts.
Email or call us and we’ll talk about turning your ideas into reality.
Above the G&S Crew
Follow them on: www.facebook.com/gravelandsugar
Check out www.gravelandsugar.com
OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BBC3 and Latimer are looking for you creative lot to get involved with this exciting collaborative project. M20 collective love this idea and are supporting the project by giving our followers the news. The team at Lorimer got in touch so we could spread the word on how to get involved, its your last chance with 48 HOURS TO GO. So read below to find out more and show them what Manchester have to offer!
It’s time to have fun and #JoinThePlayground.
Are you eager to have your voice heard, ideas seen and the chance to get your content commissioned? Then you need to #JoinThePlayground. The Playground is BBC Three and Latimer’s pioneering creative network, set up to help young creatives, all sorts of talents included, develop their work and put it out for the world to see.
In the Playground you’ll be set weekly live briefs based on content broadcast on BBC Three, to which you should respond with complete creative freedom. Upon receipt of your content, you will get weekly feedback from BBC Three and Latimer.
So, whatever your talent may be, we’re looking for it:
and everything in between!
If your application is successful, you will gain unprecedented access to a national youth network of brilliant young minds, have the chance to be mentored by industry professionals, and get your voice heard, all whilst co-creating the future of content for BBC Three.
We welcome applications from young people from all social and economic backgrounds, regardless of your race, gender, sexual orientation or religion we want to hear from you. So if you think you can rise to the challenge, the gates are now open for YOU to share your ideas and get the feedback and creative mentorship you deserve.
To apply, please send an email with the following:
We also require a response to one simple but open-ended phrase:
“I am me because…”
You have creative control over how you respond to the statement above – we want to see videos, photos, print designs, the whole sha-bang. So think big, creative and surprise us!
Send applications to email@example.com
You must be between the ages of 16-25 and based in the UK.
Application deadline: 18th December 2015
If you are successful you will be required to attend an exclusive launch event at the BBC in London on Monday 11th January.
I managed to grab a few words from fantastic local painter Ray Martin on his journey with art and his inspirations.
(Above recent work by Ray)
Tell us a bit about your journey with art?
I believe art is inherent, although, until nurtured cannot become more than that. There are many forms of expression, from literature, to music production from which any person can choose to pursue, but personally, I am satisfied most by creating visually. That is not to say that I always knew I was going to end up creating the paintings I do now, and that is also not to say that I will be creating the paintings I do now in fifteen years time. Creativity, in my eyes, is very much a journey. An exciting and surprising one at that. I came to art school 5 years ago, fresh and also naive about the world. Art school is a brilliant place, because it has few rules. It gave me the time and confidence to experiment with my creativity, to learn more about the world outside of Chester (my hometown and shell), and to meet wonderful people. It was quite late on in my degree that I started to paint, and although I have always been drawn to, and created 2D images, I felt for a long time that it was less exciting than some of the other things going on around me. I began to work in sculpture, performance and installation in my first years but I wasn’t truly satisfied until I picked up a paint brush. It wasn’t an immediate fit though, there was a lot of frustration and a stack of terrible work but at some point it did click. I remember the breakthrough painting very well, I was sat at my space, surrounded by a huge (and horrific) mural painting I had created from one of my dreams and I was also working on a small board I had primed the wrong colour (a bright, thick orange) at the same time. I was lazy and didn’t cut the board down to the right proportions first, so just masked it off and started putting in a few loose landscape-y marks. I had a group crit. soon after and unsurprisingly the mural was ignored. There was something much more interesting in this small painting that I had approached, unintentionally, unconventionally. My eyes were opened a little bit wider from then. Since then I have been discovering more and more about the technique, the history of and my personal language within painting. Every new painting, or series is an education for myself and I can’t wait for the next time my eyes widen.
How would you describe your style of art?
My paintings place themselves in the middle of different area. They not entirely figurative, nor abstract. They depict the natural landscape but appear very unnatural in their use of hard-edges and overly-saturated colours. Some are the size of a post card, and others I have had problems removing from buildings. It is the meeting of different visual languages that I find most intriguing.
Can you name some things that inspire your art, pieces already finished or works in progress?
The landscape imagery I use is found online, in books or magazines I pick up in charity shops. I guess I am initially inspired by these images; the placement of the photo on the page.
Are there any characteristics of Manchester and its scene that inspire or influence your works?
That’s a funny one as my worked actually stemmed from a rejection of Manchester. I don’t deal with the grey weather too well, so my escape came in the form of my resource books. Don’t get me wrong, Manchester has a beautiful, subtle lighting but I’m not one for translating subtleties. It’s also quite hard to find a place to yourself here, it’s a vibrant city. Back in Chester I used to have a few places I’d go to and know that I could have time alone. On top of a 5 story car park, or a mile down the cycle path. At the time, I didn’t know Manchester so well, so felt claustrophobic. I guess that has something to do with why I moved away from painting people and urban spaces. Even though I rejected Manchester’s scenery you cannot help but take influence from small things that surround you. I get a great deal of my colour choices from shop fronts, peoples clothing or posters around the city. My feeling of Manchester have changed since. I’m intrigued to see how this changes my work.
Any artists (of any genre) right now that are catching your attention in the wider culture of arts? UK, Europe or the rest of the world?
I found a really exciting Parisian painter online recently, Matthieu Clainchard. He employs the palette and formal qualities of video test screens into large public and gallery installations. The work is interesting to me, as it highlights how images can manipulate our perceptions.
(above Matthieu Clainchard art)
Are there any movements, events or projects going on in manchester right now that you would recommend for local aspiring or working artists in the area?
Check out the ‘Real Painting’ exhibition at Castlefield Gallery, on until the 2nd August. I loved it!
“the exhibition emphasizes the essential grammar of painting, considering not necessarily what a painting means but what it ‘does’”…(Castlefield Gallery)
Do you have any particular or personal goals that you are aspiring to right now with your work?
Absolutely, I’ve used what time I’ve had since graduating to really evaluate what kind of artist I am. I’ve had to remind myself that although I may not be in the studio every spare minute, painting, it’s okay. At the end of the day, graduate life is difficult for a creative. Creating a way of working that is sustainable is very important, as I want to be doing this for a long time to come. I am currently researching ways I can be involved in arts education, whilst applying for funding to work on my own practice. In terms of my work I have realised I need to be more delicate with my surface prep, like I was in university as it makes an enormous difference to the quality of work I make. I also need to use more brown. I don’t use enough brown.
Are there any exhibitions coming up that will be showing your work at?
Yes, I have a show at Sugar Store Gallery at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal in November to coincide with the Kendal Mountain Festival.
Interview by Yemi Bolatiwa
Attention ARTISTS, PERFORMERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, FILM MAKERS, WRITERS, THINKERS, ILLUSTRATORS! M20 Collective and Rachel Ferguson have joined forces to curate an exhibition to take place this summer. AND WE NEED YOU!
The exhibition is titled Paradise Now. We are looking for creators who question/agree with the following statement:
Daily we live and abide by a set of rules. Rules of law, rules set in place by those who govern us. Rules set in place by each other and society. Rules that go unnoticed, sometimes un-governed and sometimes un-questioned. However what happens when we begin to truly break down these rules? Can we achieve our sense of being in today’s society?
Don’t eat on the bus
Say please and thank you
Don’t take off your clothes in public
Why isn’t that person allowed to stay here?
Are we living to achieve social acceptance? Has our basic mammal instinct for curiosity been flattened by being told not to touch the wet paint? Or hasn’t it?
In the 1960s radical theatre group ‘The Living Theatre’ ran a show called ‘Paradise Now’. During the performance they shouted a series of questions at the audience: ‘Why can’t I travel without my passport?’ ‘Why cant I smoke marijuana?’ ‘Why can’t I take off my clothes?’ The performances took place in Manhattan. The performance would always be shut down by the police at the point of removal of clothes. They threw simple questions at the audience, which aimed to set in motion in the ‘common man’ a thought process: ‘wait? Why am I doing this? This is my world. This is my reality’.
THIS IS AN OPEN CALL. We would like to curate an exhibition finding creators which deal, question, and are inspired by any of the above or further afield. All neo-liberal, political, social commentary and documentation, any and all art which poses a question, which makes us question how we exist. Which makes us ask how we create our own ‘paradise’ how we create our own reality. QUESTION EVERYTHING.
DEADLINE: 24TH JULY FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS
PLEASE INCLUDE: Tech Spec for your work in your submission.
NB: M20 Collective will be providing you with the space to exhibit, unfortunately we do not have public funding for this project and therefore no budget for artists, but will facilitate the sourcing of resources that we can get for free and support all collaborators as best as possible in the run up to the show including any hospitality for the vent itself and general planning support and liaison.
Natalie Proctor previews the nous magazine/As We Are Away festival, taking place around the city 20-30 November
How lucky we are here in Manchester to have so much creativity on our doorstep! No matter what the artistic genre, there is always something going on in this vibrant northern city. This diversity of talent is something that self-established Nous Magazine champions. The magazine is a relatively new enterprise, which has a unique focus on ‘contemporary mind culture’. In collaboration with As We Are Away, the magazine has created a mini-festival for all things arty. AWAA is an art project with a difference, focused on overcoming the cultural stigma around mental health. The festival hopes to inspire us to think differently about mental illness, and learn to become more open and understanding about something that affects thousands of people across the UK.
The event, which goes on until the 30th November, will host a variety of acts throughout the creative sphere. Each night focuses on a different collection of some of Manchester’s finest artists, poets, musicians and directors. Whatever you may have an interest in, the AWAA mini-Festival will surely have something to spark your creative interest.
What makes this event even greater is that it’s free! Although donations are extremely appreciated, and do go on to ensure that these kind of fantastic events may continue. You can even buy an 11- day ticket that gives you access to all the events running for just £5.50. That seems like a bargain to me! We here at M20 would also strongly encourage you to make this donation, as we fully believe it is vital to support the arts to the best of our ability. Without such contributions we would find it hard to maintain the wealth of opportunities on offer for Manchester creatives.
So what’s on? Well, if you’re interested in poetry, there is Tea Hour Poetry on 25th November, which is sure to offer a plethora of new and old talent; including established writers like David Hartley, who we interviewed in October. This will be taking place at the trendy Northern Quarter café The Koffee Pot. Certainly not one to miss!
There is also a lot to offer in terms of music. On Thursday the 27th, the night As We Are Here will host some of Manchester’s most exciting up and coming bands and artists. The live music will continue into the evening at the Eagle Inn, and there will be a variety of sounds from the likes of Second Shepherds, POST and Locean.
If you fancy a little slice of the Cannes Film Festival in Manchester, then why not head over to the concluding night of the festival, curated by Cultivate Film Art. This evening will present some critically acclaimed foreign films, which may perhaps may a nice change from the outlandish Hollywood blockbuster. The documentary film ‘Black Sun’ (2005) by Gary Tarn tells the dramatic story of French artist Hugues de Montalembert who finds himself blinded after a violent attack in New York. It is a moving piece of cinema that is sure to strike a nerve. Also showing is the 1970 film adaptation of the novel ‘Valerie and Her Week of Wonders’. This erotic horror is somewhat otherworldly, and definitely different to what’s out there in the box office!
The festival has plenty more to offer so check out the website for a full list of the events coming up. And remember, the festival ends on the 30th November so don’t miss out. Keep supporting the arts.
Ahead of the publication of REVOLUTION on Bonfire Night, we talked politics, pamphlets and people with Black & BLUE editor Beckie Stewart
It took just a few short years for Black & BLUE to establish itself as one of Manchester’s top contemporary literary exports. Founded in November 2011 by Dane Weatherman and Alex Marsh, both students of University of Manchester at the time, Black & BLUE has now grown to be a five-strong editorial team (plus designer). They host exhibitions and readings up and down the country and bring the works of artists and writers from around the world together in original, beautifully curated print publications/print journals and political pamphlets. Though the Black & BLUE founders are now based in London, there’s still a strong Manchester presence maintained through Beckie Stewart, one of the Black & BLUE editors, who has stayed in the city and continues to contribute to its creative scene.
Beckie describes the people behind Black & BLUE as “an odd handful of people, each with really diverse tastes, political views and backgrounds but with one aim: to provide a space for new writing as a counterpoint to what we view as the ‘traditional’ literary scene”. This patchwork of people and ideas is reflected in the genre-crossing nature and variety of the work they produce: annual journals of creative writing, images and art; political pamphlets; blogposts on art and words – there’s no one rule. They’re tackling as many art forms and inviting as many collaborations as possible in their attempt to re-imagine literature.
When I asked Stewart what Black & BLUE are looking for, she noted that they are “openly political…because everything is political”. Black & BLUE believe that “no one can speak from a position of neutrality anymore” so embracing the highly political nature of society through literature is what seems natural to this group of creatives. What this means for the submissions Black & BLUE want is that they are eager for “fresh writing that speaks to everyone; we want to make it accessible and break down the walls of what surrounds poetry and creative writing” – they want to challenge people’s assumptions about literature and the forms it can take in the modern day.
Talking about how Black & BLUE want to represent themselves, Stewart referred to co-founder Weatherman who saw representing younger writers as a main focus of the magazine. They wanted to “make a break from outdated literature promulgated by archaic university lecturers” which is something I’m sure a lot of students can relate to and appreciate at least some of the time (I know I certainly can!). This focus on newness and energy is in everything they create, every issue of the Black & BLUE journal aesthetically and thematically unique.
That being said, as you look at the Black & BLUE catalogue there is an underlying current that links it all. Beckie points out that the issue CITY ended on the lines “you have no idea what you are doing, that you are merely wandering the earth, no particular reason for being there, no particular place to go” (from a piece by Louis Jenkins). The Black & BLUE team felt that this could not be left on a cliffhanger – they had to pick it up in the next issue and “it was only natural the theme of REVOLUTION followed, considering pieces in CITY like Robert Montgomery’s billboards denouncing high capitalism, tweets encapsulating the rise of UKIP… it drew our attention to this shift, this un-settling.”
REVOLUTION is Black & BLUE’s boldest issue to date. To be published on 5th November, the edition features poetry, prose, art and thought that is in itself revolutionary, or is inspired by what is. A dedicated Twitter feed set up during the submissions process gave people a chance to share that exciting experience of reading what revolution means for different people around the world. Beckie talks excitedly about it as “a strong collection of writers” having received phenomenal submissions – the main problem she encountered in the process of making it was finding space in the magazine for it all! “It’s a shame we can’t feature more of it, there’s a huge pool of creative writing out there and it’s so exciting to provide a platform for some of that”.
Turning to the future of Black & BLUE I asked Stewart what we could expect from the publication.
“Much like M20Collective, we’re all for collaboration in all areas of arts – Black & BLUE work with the basis that the more people involved, the more inspired we can be and the more we can accomplish”.
This has already been a key focus for Black & BLUE in 2014: in June they put on a London-based exhibition, Illuminations, showcasing textual forms of art. The success of this project has spurred on hopes for more in the future with a pop-up gallery and other collaborative plans in the pipeline. We can also expect a follow-up to the brilliantly received political pamphlets Black & BLUE released last year and Beckie revealed that the group is “hoping to do a series of lectures”.
For anyone who wants to get involved with Black & BLUE, and we can’t push this opportunity enough, Beckie is eager to find new collaborators and submissions to the Black & BLUE body of work. After all, collaboration “is how the most progressive and beautiful things in life are formed”, she says. The contemporary, collective Black & BLUE way is certainly progressive and a great platform for future developments as yet undiscovered.
REVOLUTION is A NEW ANTHOLOGY OF REVOLUTIONARY CREATIVE LITERATURE IN SEVEN PARTS: FATHERS| CHILDREN|FUCKERS|WOLVES LIBERTINES MONSTERS|THE DEAD|NO PLACES|PLANTS & FLOWERS. Pre-order now to receive on bonfire night