ARTISTS SUPPORTED TO DEVELOP ONLINE WORK ANNOUNCED

With the creative community seriously affected by the Covid-19 crisis, MIF has been looking at ways it can offer support to artists and other people from the sector who are based in Greater Manchester.

Following a recent call out, 35 artists and creative practitioners out of around 150 have been selected to develop a variety of projects during the lockdown. These will will be produced and presented online over the next few weeks and range from performance, music, dance, exhibitions, and workshops to residencies.

Several artists are presenting work as part of Festival in My House….and Yours, reimagining MIF’s popular commissioning programme, which has previously seen people presenting events to audiences invited into their own homes. These are being streamed as part of the MIF Live series of online events and talks, which have been curated for people to watch at home during the lockdown.

Festival in My House….and Yours has already featured Manchester-based playwright, poet and performance artist Chanje Kunda, DJ Collective RebeccaNeverBecky and poet Roma Havers.

 Next week, multi-disciplinary artist Chunky is presenting Pre ‘n’ Tea, when he will be bringing music and food with the help of his talented house mates, fashion designer and performance artist Meme Gold and bass music producer Biome (from MC collective Levelz), plus the creative chef Sunny Wray, who is getting involved from Barcelona. Viewers will be invited to join in, as Chunky and Sunny cook up a storm in their respective kitchens, accompanied by musical bangers from Meme Gold and Biome. Pre ‘n’ Tea is being streamed on MIF’s YouTube channel at 7:30pm on Wednesday 6 May.

Some artists are undertaking Remote Residencies, which sees them exploring ideas within their own homes, whilst others are making work more specifically designed to reach out to the wider public. These are due to be presented on artists’ own social media channels over the coming weeks.

Other artists presenting work include drag superstar Cheddar Gorgeous, performance artist David Hoyle, performance poet Ella Otomewo and actor Adam Ali.

John McGrath, Artistic Director & Chief Executive, Manchester International Festival says: “In these really worrying time for artists and freelancers, MIF has been very focused on supporting the creative community in Greater Manchester, providing advice, opportunities to share work, and now this thrilling range of local commissions. We’re looking forward to seeing the work the selected artists produce and we hope the results will provide inspiration and joy to a wide range of people.”

MIF’s online drop-in sessions for artists and freelancers also continue every Tuesday and Friday at 2pm, offering a space to get information, support and advice. Hosted by MIF’s Artistic Director John McGrath and MIF’s Creative Director Mark Ball, more information about the drop-ins can be found on the website, along with a list of resources.

The full list of Greater Manchester artists being supported are below:

Adam Ali, Crumpsall
Amy Vreeke
, Prestwich
Cathy Crabb
, Oldham
Chanje Kunda
, Hulme
Charlotte Barber
, Stockport
Cheddar Gorgeous
, Piccadilly
Christian Asare
, Piccadilly
Chunky
, Moston
Courtney Hayles
, Withington
David Hoyle
, Longsight
David McFarlane
, Hulme
Ella Otomewo
, Rusholme
Hafsah Bashir
, Oldham
House of Noir
, Whalley Range
Jack Sheen
, Piccadilly
Jennifer Gilbert
, Whalley Range
Jessica El Mal
, Oldham
Josh Wilkinson
, Moston
Juliet Davis
, Longsight
Katbrownsugar
, Trafford
Magdalen Bartlett
, Burnage
Mark Croasdale
, Stockport
Matthew Rawcliffe
, Wythenshawe
Michael Kelly
, Trafford
Naomi Sumner Chan
, Stockport
Nuria López de la Oliva
, Ancoats
Phil Denton
, Salford
RebeccaNeverBecky
, Salford
Ria Meera Munshi
, Stockport
Roma Havers
, Longsight
Tom Halls
, Ancoats
Tina Finch
, Bolton
Vicky Clarke
, Hulme
Yandass
, Stockport
Youcef Hadjazi
, Chorlton

 

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