Mutual Improvement Society

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National Trust: Quarry Bank, Cheshire

Private View: Friday 22 September, 1-3pm

Exhibition: 23 September – 19 November [admission information]

Sited across the gardens, Mutual Improvement Society, draws inspiration from the forms, materials and ideas behind the geological and astronomical interests of Quarry Bank’s founding family. The work will be joined by Changing Places, an exhibition of contemporary artists’ video curated by FVU: Film and Video Umbrella as part of Arts and Wonder Season at Quarry Bank.

Booking required, please RSVP by 15 September to Join the Facebook Event page here.



Trust New Art Residency at Quarry Bank


Really pleased to say that I’ve been appointed as artist in residence to the National Trust’s Quarry Bank estate this summer and will be producing new work for the gardens. I have been commissioned to respond to the hobbies and interests of the Gregs, the Mill’s founding family and am currently exploring the parallels between self-improvement, leisure and meaningful activity as documented in the archive at Quarry Bank with contemporary trends and theories of well-being.

The final outcome from the residency launches 22 September 2017, follow the residency as it unfolds on Twitter and Instagram, or join my mailing list here.


Paradise Works

Towards the end of 2016, friend and colleague, Hilary Jack decided to follow up a lead on a potential building on the edge of Manchester city centre. Drawing together a few other artists from other studio groups who were also under threat of eviction and equally keen to maintain a presence in the city centre, we walked over to visit a light industrial building besides the River Irwell.

Five months of hard work later we have a community of fantastic proactive artists across two floors and have been awarded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts for the build of 23 studios and to launch our public facing activities through a site responsive residency. We’re working to launch the space and our programme in October 2017 but until then, join my mailing list for news when we have it.

Paradise Works is a new artist-led initiative on the border of Salford and Manchester. Established in April 2017, Paradise Works provides studio space to to 26 contemporary artists working across the disciplines of sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, film, audio, performance, photography and curation.

Sited besides the River Irwell, our outlook is local, national and international. We aim to provide a place for making and sharing ambitious and critically engaged work from artists in the city and to create opportunities for emerging, established and international artists through a critically engaged programme of exhibitions, residencies, screenings and events launching in Autumn 2017.


Division of Labour

Images courtesy of Dave Barton.

Curated by Lucy Harvey.

Preview: Thursday 1st December 2016, 6-8pm

Open: Saturday 3 & 10 December, 12-5pm (or by appointment)

Division of Labour concludes Rogue Project Space’s 2016 artistic programme by drawing on Manchester’s relationship to industry. Spaces which have enabled artistic and industrial production are now being developed or demolished as the city expands. This redevelopment marks a monumental shift in the city’s identity as it begins to re-brand itself as a place for presentation and professional habitation. Newly commissioned works by Robin Megannity, Jenny Steele, Jenny Walker and Helen Wheeler explore the purpose and place of production in the city, and the commercial landscape which threatens to exclude it from its future.

Exhibition full text.

Excuse me while I am changing


images courtesy of John Lynch

Saturday 15 + Sunday 16 October, 12-5pm (or by appointment)

Preview: Friday 14th October, 6-9pm alongside Rogue Open Studios

Rogue Project Space presents Hannah Leighton-BoyceMichelle ShieldsMatthew Bamber, and Linda Hemmersbach in Excuse Me While I Am Changing. Curated by Lucy Harvey, new drawing, painting, making and photography respond to evidence of the city’s expansion in the liminal and shifting space which surrounds Rogue.

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Great Northern Graduates


Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, 6-9th October 2016


I am curating this year’s Great Northern Graduate selection at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. The interests, concerns and beliefs of twelve selected graduates have shaped and transformed non-precious materials into significant collections of work which are as thought-provoking as they are visually seductive. From the sprawling urban landscape to the virtual realm, space and place have preoccupied the selected makers. Our interaction with their work has also been carefully considered and each maker hopes to rouse your curiosity, to inspire new perceptions and prompt discussion.