This is the website for my personal work and projects and for my consultancy, lowwintersun, which specialises in co-operative and social enterprise new project development, project management, marketing and research. <Jan 2015 update> I am now employed 4 days/week for Carbon Co-op, though continue to pursue creative and freelance projects outside of that time. Jonathan Atkinson
The Grafton Centre, is an active ageing community hub located in Hyde, Tameside. After a number of years of local authority control, the users of the centre are now organising to take over management responsibilities via a new development trust. I have been working with the group for over three years to increase their organiastional capacity, oversee incorporation as a charitable organisation, assist with asset tranfer negotiations and help them develop a long term sustainable business plan.
A Greater Manchester-based, year long, participatory project involving community groups and activists in discussions around sustainability and local impact. The project featured a series of ‘journeys’ in which community activists travelled together, for example by canal boat, bus or train, visiting other voluntary organisations pioneering innovative sustainable projects. This culminated with ‘Communities for Change’ a celebratory, public event held at the Manchester Metropolitan campus in Didsbury, South Manchester. I acted as a project manager, facilitator and researcher.
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.
A UHC Collective, guided tour around the ‘Arc of Opportunity‘ a short-lived regeneration programme located in South Manchester – part of UHC’s OpenCity project.
A sadly unsuccessful campaign to preserve bio-diverse, green space within the Hulme area of South Manchester. The site was later developed by Manchester Metropolitan University.