For three years I ran a music night called Garden City Social featuring local Manchester bands.
I worked with Andrew Simms, Ruth Potts and Corina Cordon of new economics foundation to curate artists interventions engaging with themes of taking action on climate change.
The key project Ration Me Up, was led by environmental performance artist Clare Patey working with nef climate scientist Victoria Johnson and designers Thomas Matthews. Ration Me Up consisted of a modern day carbon ration book featuring ‘carbon stamps’ that could be spent on a range of activities, up to a personal carbon ration ceiling for the month.
Launched at The Bigger Picture event on the South Bank in London with a 1940s-style performance, a follow up project website encouraged volunteers to try and live a month using the ration book. Their experiences were documented on the site.
I worked with nef to develop and seek funding for the project and I curated Ration Me Up.
Dr Carbon art installation for Collective Encounters at the Bluecoat, Liverpool. More information on the project here: http://www.encounters-arts.org.uk/index.php/four-corners-at-the-bluecoat-liverpool-july-2009
Wythenshawe Forever! was a DEFRA-funded climate change campaign carried out by UHC Collective, Radio Regen and MERCi in 2007. It featured a range of creative, participatory, community-based activities addressing issues of sustainability and climate change. The project culminated with a Party Without Pollution, an outdoor celebration ‘powered’ through carbon saved during the project. I developed the project and acted as a researcher, artist and project sponsor.
A 16 feet, oak table, designed and built in 2006 by UHC Collective, etched with a diagram, mapping power relations between key interests associated with the regeneration of Manchester. The work sought to reveal the links between multiple interests including private sector, public sector and educational organisations. I contributed the research that formed the map.
UHC Collective Works is a monograph documenting UHC’s OpenCity, anti-regeneration activist art work during 2005/6. The project critiqued the housing-led, neoliberal regeneration of Manchester, identifying increasing inequality and the transfer of public assets in to private hands. I worked as an artist and lead researcher on the project. This is me with a modified shopping trolley displaying anti-regeneration propaganda messages on LED signs.