Studio One is a socially inclusive visual art service based in Wythenshawe, Manchester. The project works with people to improve and maintain mental wellbeing through creative art practice as part of a recovery approach.
Many people experience an enduring mental health problem or emotional distress throughout their lifetime. Experiencing ill health in this way can cause loss of skills and confidence and people may find themselves isolated, making the distress and illness worse. Studies have shown that using our creativity can help build and protect well-being and speed up recovery from illness.
The activities available at the studio include; painting and drawing, digital photography, animation, textiles and sewing skills. Sessions are based around formal and informal tuition delivered by a team of practicing artists who are all skilled in working with people with mental health issues. Further support and guidance for participants is available from Occupational Therapists based within the Social Care and Inclusion Care Group, with particular emphasis for those people wishing to explore options away from the studio. People come to the studio with varying levels of artistic experience and interest and Studio One helps them to develop their creative potential and identify their own personal goals in relation to the arts, enabling them to develop new competences, regain confidence and move on. The studio also offers people the chance to study for nationally accredited qualifications through our partnership arrangements with Manchester Adult Education Service.
People access the studio through the Trust's formal referral process or via the socially inclusive classes run from the studio base. Regardless of how people access the studios the tutors from Studio One work with the participants to ensure their identified needs are met.
Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movementknown as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist.The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives. It is the largest museum in the United States of America dedicated to a single artist.
Warhol's art encompassed many forms of media, including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. He was also a pioneer in computer-generated art using Amiga computers that were introduced in 1985, two years before his death. He founded Interview Magazine and was the author of numerous books, including The Philosophy of Andy Warhol and Popism: The Warhol Sixties. He is also notable as a gay man who lived openly as such before the gay liberation movement. His studio, The Factory, was a famous gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons.
Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films. He coined the widely used expression "15 minutes of fame". Many of his creations are very collectible and highly valuable. The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is US$100 million for a 1963 canvas titled Eight Elvises. The private transaction was reported in a 2009 article in The Economist, which described Warhol as the "bellwether of the art market". Warhol's works include some of the most expensive paintings ever sold.
The Factory was the name of Andy Warhol's New York City studio, which had three different locations between 1962 and 1984. The original Factory was on the fifth floor at 231 East 47th Street, in Midtown Manhattan. The rent was "only about one hundred dollars a year". Warhol left in 1968 when the building was scheduled to be torn down to make way for an apartment building. The studio then relocated to the sixth floor of the Decker Building at 33 Union Square West near the corner of East 16th Street, where it remained until 1973, when it moved to 860 Broadway at the north end of Union Square. Although this space was much larger, not much filmmaking took place there, and in 1984 what remained of Warhol's various enterprises, no longer including filming actitivies, moved to 22 East 33rd Street, a conventional office building.
Little Ireland was a slum district of the township of Manchester in Lancashire in the early 19th century. It was inhabited for about 20 years from about 1827 to 1847 and was given its name from the presence of many poor Irish immigrants. It was south of Oxford Road railway station and enclosed by the railway line and the loop in the river.
Containing mainly poorly skilled Irish immigrants it became Manchester's oldest, smallest and most short lived Irish slum. In the 1820s the first immigrants moved there, however, by the mid 1840s they were moved on and the area was later demolished to make way for the industrious Victorian capitalists in their attempts to build the Manchester South Junction Railway line, which remains there to this day. In his book titled The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844 social scientist Friedrich Engels wrote unfavourably about his experience of Little Ireland in Manchester in his book, claiming it was a 'horrid little slum'. the worst of the slums of the township.Regardless of this, Little Ireland became world famous, and the term itself became a generic shorthand for Irish living in slum housing throughout the 19th century industrial world.
31 international artists who cut, sculpt and manipulate paper, transform this humble material into fantastical works of art for our stunning new exhibition.
Wonder at giant sculptures inspired by far away galaxies that spiral from the wall, explore a walk-through forest of paper trees and marvel at miniature worlds that explode from vintage staple boxes or emerge from the page of a book.
Flocks of birds and butterflies cut from maps appear alongside artworks that feature dark fairytale imagery. Guns and grenades fashioned from paper currency and sinister silhouettes comment on social, political and economic issues.
At the Gallery of Costume fragile paper dresses and shoes, as well as sculptural dresses fashioned out of maps and money respond to the historical costume displays and grandeur of the Georgian setting.
You can also buy highly desirable limited edition work from our exhibitionThe First Cut: Editions, on the ground floor of Manchester Art Gallery or buy online here.
We are running an exciting programme of events and activities linked to the exhibition. Please see the Events tab for more information.
Manchester Art Gallery Friends can enjoy an exclusive curator-led tour of the exhibition and see Rob Ryan in conversation on Friday 5 October, 1-3pm. More details of this Friends-only event and how to join the Friends are available here.
Andersen M Studio
Emma Van Leest
Buzzcocks manager Richard Boon and frontman Pete Shelley have both been credited with suggesting the band call themselves the Stiff Kittens, and they were billed under this name for their first public performance, but the band instead chose the name Warsaw shortly before the gig, in reference to the song "Warszawa" by David Bowie. Warsaw played their first gig on 29 May 1977, supporting the Buzzcocks, Penetration, and John Cooper Clarke at the Electric Circus. The band received national exposure due to reviews of the gig in the NME by Paul Morley and in Sounds by Ian Wood. Tony Tabac played drums that night after joining the band two days earlier. Mason was soon made the band's manager and Tabac was replaced on drums in June 1977 by Steve Brotherdale, who also played in the punk band Panik. During his tenure with Warsaw, Brotherdale tried to get Curtis to leave the band and join Panik and even got Curtis to audition for the band. In July 1977, Warsaw recorded a set of five demo tracks at Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham. Uneasy with Brotherdale's aggressive personality, the band fired him soon after the demo sessions. Driving home from the studio, they pulled over and asked Brotherdale to check on a flat tyre; when he got out of the car, they sped off.
In August 1977, the band placed an advertisement in a music shop window seeking a replacement drummer. Stephen Morris, who had attended the same school as Curtis, was the sole respondent. Deborah Curtis, Ian's wife, stated that Morris "fitted perfectly" with the other men, and that with his addition Warsaw became a "complete 'family'". In order to avoid confusion with the London punk band Warsaw Pakt, the band renamed themselves Joy Division in early 1978, borrowing their new name from the prostitution wing of a Nazi concentration camp mentioned in the 1955 novel The House of Dolls. In December, the group recorded what became their debut EP, An Ideal for Living at Pennine Sound Studio and played their final gig as Warsaw on New Year's Eve at The Swinging Apple in Liverpool. Billed as Warsaw to ensure an audience, the band played their first gig as Joy Division on 25 January 1978 at Pip's Disco in Manchester.
So this is where the story really starts, Pip's disco catered for many tastes, it had a soul bar, a Bowie room and a Roxy room so the links with David Bowie, Brian Eno, Warsaw and Joy Division are very strong. Joy Division were originally contracted to RCA but bought out their contract before moving to Tony Wilson and Factory Records. Which brings us back to Fac 51 - The Hacienda and it's DJ Dave Haslem. Now we have a story that is going to take significantly more than 300 words to tell.
So what first appeared to be an innocent little subject has led us to something significant in the art and culture of our city and that link is Linder Sterling, who was responsible for the artwork of a Buzzxcocks album, and Peter Saville who was responsible for the art work of Factory Records. Linder has remained a friend of David Haslam and has recently presented him with an example of her work for his birthday.
The exhibition at The Manchester Art Gallery titled Dreams without Frontiers has works of art presented by Keeley Walker and it is clear to see that Keeley has been influenced by Peter Saville. David has also contributed to this exhibition and is the driving force behind this narrative.
In addition to Warsaw, which was the subject matter of this piece, we have Berlin. Ian Curtis visited Berlin and it is said that he wrote a post card to his mother saying - it is just as he imagined it. My vision of Berlin is depicted by the film Goodbye Lenin which is an interesting little watch, I now have an impression of Warsaw from the work of David Bowie and I am somewhat saddened that it is not in my collection.
In a recent study of the discography of Brian Eno I found the piece Warszawa, on many of his albums, one version being over sixteen minutes long.