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House Of Holland Man

My 2012 “roots” prediction about London-based fashion designer Henry Holland was accurate, if somewhat premature: in 2016 he collaborated with documentary photographer Martin Parr on the presentation of…


House of Cars

What do you get if you take the corner out of Cornerhouse? House? No, Home apparently… and now with more space, less character and a massive adjoining garage….


MDMA @ The Lowry

Manchester District Music Archive is an on-line collection of musical memorabilia. Anyone can submit an ‘artefact’, which might be a picture (or scan) of a poster, a ticket,…


One Day wonder[ment]

Hosted by Alexandra Arts, One Day Wonderment was an ambitious art and film event in Alexandra Park, on the borders of Whalley Range and Moss Side, on Sunday…

Film Workshops

Death Alley

There’s an entry (alley, ginnel) in Whalley Range, running between Milton Grove and Upper Chorlton Road, which emerges alongside the Territorial Army centre, opposite the 86 bus stop….

Table Painting

Dave Pearson (1937-2008)

Dave Pearson was one of my tutors on the Manchester Art Foundation Course in the mid-80s. He taught in the Grosvenor Building, All Saints, from the mid-60s until…

Drop Collective


BLANKSPACE is an art gallery at the dead end of Hulme Street, five minutes walk from Oxford Road: The old ‘Moonfish’ building stands in the lee of the…


Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint

John and Ste Pickford are local computer games developers and entrepreneurs. Their game app Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint has been nominated for a BAFTA GAME British Academy Video Games…

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Horse & Bamboo

In December 1984, while enrolled on Manchester Polytechnic’s Art Foundation Course, I spent a month working with Horse & Bamboo Theatre, along with half a dozen other students….

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Urban Explorer: Oldskool

Photographs by Manc Urban Explorer Oldskool. I stumbled across the work of Urban Explorers Critical Mass and Old Skool on Flickr when I was researching Hulme Hippodrome and…

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Urban Explorer: Critical Mass

Photographs of Manchester by Critical Mass. All photographs reproduced with the kind permission of Critical Mass.


Wearing Thin

Concerning Self Made, a film by Gillian Wearing OBE. Self Made was shown at Manchester Cornerhouse on Saturday September 3rd 2011 (and simultaneously in other cities across Britain.)…