Monday, 24 August 2015

It's started...Jam! Been collecting berries from an abundant spot in the warehouse yard since the start of my summer residency with the Art Academy to turn into Trading Estate Jam.
Soundtrack: Jean-Claude Vannier - L'Enfant Assasin des Mouches. About a child who kills flies, this track is where the child traps the king fly in a giant pot of jam.

Lisa Risbec

Sunday, 16 August 2015

‘Studio Group’ is a regular Art Academy activity, exploring new possibilities for how, when and where artwork is made, and questioning the traditional role of the artists studio in this process. Temporary group ‘studio’ sessions are sited in unorthodox settings, often in public space, and are followed by a discussion and sharing of the work that each person has made during the time.

Pomona is the edgeland between Manchester, Salford and Trafford. Once "a pleasure gardens with a palace, this land is now occupied by many different species of flora and fauna, and is one of the few open wild green spaces in the city centre." (description taken from

Owned by Peel Holdings, this space is soon to be developed on which is being contested widely by various groups, due to the existence of rare species and the lack of green space within the city centre. There is still time for alternative proposals to be put forward, ones which include affordable housing as well as development of the green space.

My Pomona - was set up to collect artistic responses to the place and the Art Academy will be taking a trip down there to add our responses.

This is going to be a fun session where we wander, explore and make, sharing ideas and tasks to help us to develop our practice.

Meet at Islington Mill at 1pm to walk down with us, or meet there and find us (we'll be there at about 1.30). The site can be accessed from Cornbrook Metrolink station (just walk down the stairs and head left - you can enter through a gap in the railings)

Bring any materials you usually work with, or just bring yourselves! Come prepared for the Manchester weather!

© Image copyright Derek Harper and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Warehouse Residency and July activities

We have hit the ground running on the Warehouse Residency! Week one we built our booths from a selection of abandoned wood and panels we found inthe building.

Then on week two we started to do our own thing, which for me (Claire Hignett) was to paint some symbols onto fine fabric for an installation in the Islington Mill Gallery at the end of the month. It was great to have so much space.

In week three we hosted an introduction to Art Academy Potluck, inviting a lot of new people to come along and see what we do.  This involved lots of interesting discussion, including about the value of an arts degree versus other experiences! Those of us on the residency took people on a tour of the warehouse and explained a little about what we are doing and then we went into the Gallery for a sneak preview of the Flat Pack Art exhibition, which  Michael Holland, talked us through.

Lisa Risbec organised a tour of the Peoples History Museum art archive to look at political art, which was really interesting.

And finally I set up my installation "Secret and Sacred" in the gallery at the Mill. All the Warehouse Residency artists came to my opening night, and then this Thursday we did a crit on it which I found really useful.

We were visited by Kerri Jefferis and Paul Haywood
who got involved in the crit and visited the warehouse, discussing alternative Art Schools and ways to involve and link artists.

All in all its been a pretty successful three weeks!