This page is dedicated to people either from or working in Manchester whose work I love and want to shout about.
I would love to hear your opinions on the people or business listed here. If you know someone who deserves a mention let me know.
The first person I want to highlight is Andrew Brooks, a photographer, a digital artist and film maker living in Manchester.
I discovered his work for the first time when I attended his Reality Hack: Hidden Manchester exhibition in the Urbis in 2009 and I’ve been championing his work ever since. If you didn’t see the exhibition check out his online gallery.
His work for MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) looking at their early computers, steam engines, vintage airplanes etc is simply stunning!
Andrew Brooks photography makes you look at Manchester in a new way and makes you want to explore its secrets for yourself. You can purchase prints from the website, or if you’re into photography, why not attend one of his workshops at MOSI.
You’ll notice that the banner at the top of this site is also by Andrew Brooks. (A big thank you to Andrew for sending me the above two shots).
Check out his website and fascinating gallery here: http://www.andrewbrooksphotography.com/
The second person I want to highlight is Mike Garry, a poet whose work focuses upon “the beautiful ugliness of the city and its people. His heroes are the underdogs, the outsiders, the people the glossies airbrush out.”
I stumbled upon Mike Garry’s work for the first time only recently, at the “The Hacienda Now” Exhibition opening at the Richard Goodall Gallery.
He performed two poems, ‘Saint Anthony’ and ‘God is a Manc’, one poem from each of his books to date. We were enthralled. I should have bought his second book ‘God is a Manc’ there and then (and got it signed) but I stupidly helped myself to another free glass of wine instead. My priorities were clearly wrong on the night.
I’ll be looking out for his work (or appearances) in future. And yes, I will be buying his books.