Alison is a puppet and mask maker and director based in West Yorkshire. She worked for many years with Horse + Bamboo theatre as joint artistic director, and now is making puppets for TV, creating little collage puppet shows for people’s living rooms and giant pigeons for parades. She doesn’t have a website, yet!
Amy is an artist based in Dublin, who has always had a passion for street theatre. She has a degree in costume design from IADT, and has experience in costume for film and theatre, puppetry and parades. She owes many of her skills and interests to the artists she’s met through Walk the Plank in the past few years. This is her fourth year working on Manchester Day.
Andy Benfield is an outdoor artist, maker and producer who creates work that make people smile, wonder and marvel. His wide variety of previous experience includes the design of light sculptures and interactive artwork, producing community festivals, documentary making and stiltwalking! For Manchester Day 2017, his feet will be firmly on the ground as an assistant to the Parade’s Creative Director, a role that excites and inspires him. Andy is looking forward to helping community groups to make spellbinding and enchanting works for Abracadabra, whilst learning from the best in the business about how to make the marvel that is Manchester Day. You can see more of Andy’s work at www.travellinglightcircus.com
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I have worked as a freelance Community Artist for the last 9 years. This has involved facilitating arts and crafts workshops with children, young people and adults in a plethora of settings. I have developed and delivered numerous projects in a wide variety of art and craft areas. I began my journey into Community Arts after attaining a first class degree in fine art, and discovering a deep passion for working with all sectors of society, particularly children. I have a passion for working with recycled materials – items that would otherwise be headed for landfill – as well as other sustainable materials. This can be seen reflected in much of my work.
Brian D Hanlon
Brian is a Performance Designer and has worked in a range of settings, from local community arts to international theatre festivals. His work includes design and production for spectacular processions of dance, rhythm and music through the streets, incorporating colourful parades, stilt walkers, performance promenade and site-specific sculpture. This is his 8th year running on Manchester Day, where he’s now worked with 40 difference community groups, helping them bring their ideas to life.
Bryan Tweddle has worked professionally as an Artist for most of his life and is engaged developing, designing and creating a wide range of concepts and outcomes in the UK and internationally. In Sowerby Bridge, as a co-instigator of Winterlight, he has been involved as Artistic Director of the festival for the past six years. He is currently working as Artistic Consultant for Nuit des Lampion festival in Luxembourg, which he designed and established in 2007, initially to celebrate the cross border horticultural element in Luxembourg’s year as European Capital of Culture.
No Eyed Theatre
Chris Anderson is a digital media, theatrical and carnival artist who creates large scale puppets, costumes, props and set pieces through his company No Eyed Theatre. Chris has taken part in many high-profile and community events which have enabled him to learn and develop new techniques in the field of street theatre, carnival and outdoor performance. To learn more about his work please visit www.noeyedtheatre.com
Carmen Arquelladas is an international artist and performer with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Granada Spain, and a year of focused study in fashion in Florence. As well as having studied with renown clown and bouffon teacher, Philippe Gaulier in France, Carmen is full of creative knowledge and an extremely versatile designer. For over 10 years she has been working in the theatre world, developing a unique and precise eye for imagery on the stage. Currently based in the UK, she works in collaborating with international artists on art projects ranging from theatre, youth projects, cabaret and outdoor events. Starting out with El Laborotorio (SP) she designed set, props, costumes and makeup as well as played a key role in devising and performing in a variety of their shows. Since then, Carmen has worked on a number of projects, including making costumes for the West End “Potted Panto”, designing costumes and props for The ship of fools project in London with Inca UK, Farucchio Peru is Extrodinaire, Viva!!! and Viset with The Lemon Collective. She is the co-founder and designer of Teatro Pomodoro which has created Cabaret from the Shadows, among others. For more info www.carmenarquelladas.com
Claire is a Visual Artist, with a background in Drawing & Painting. Her work is varied, and includes going to conferences and taking Visual Minutes: a live illustration capturing what is being discussed. For this she works as part of a team, who also work together to make animations. Much of her work is 3D and she enjoys playing with different styles and making large-scale carnival pieces. Responding to each work creatively fusing different materials and techniques, always with colour at the heart of it. www.clairestringer.com/
David Mason is an artist and theatre professional. Trained and experienced in both visual and performing arts, David has been involved in many different outdoor theatre and carnival productions. David’s main art forms are puppetry, mask making and processional images also costume, prop and set design. He has worked on all Manchester Days representing Manchester School of Samba. In 2017 he is working with Carl Gabriel as part of the ELEVATE project. www.sambaman.org.uk
I have been working with fabric for over 20 years making clothing, costume and all manner of stuff! – ranging from costumes for performers, wedding dresses, large scale objects such as inflatables, drapery etc. I have been working with Jo Foley and Fiona Smith on Manchester Day since the beginning. I also collaborate with many other artists including Pif Paf Theatre, Space Cadets and have worked on Clore Gallery exhibitions at Manchester City Art Gallery for several years….if it can be made in fabric I’m your woman.
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Enya Koster is a Freelance Artist based in Warrington. She is a regular to Manchester Day and will be working with the Manchester Edo Community this year, creating a vibrant performance piece. As a multi-media artist, Enya works with various materials in many different ways. She is an illustrator, puppet maker, costume maker, performer and painter. Currently she is part of Sisters Strange, a travelling theatre show consisting of herself and her colleague Rosa Vaughan. They are the queens of masking tape and paper mache makers, working with found materials and original concepts, breathing life into the surreal.
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Handmade Parade is a collection of artists and event organisers based in and around Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Through their annual events, the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade (25 June 2017) and Todmorden Lamplighter Festival (25 November 2017) and bespoke events throughout the north of England and beyond, Handmade Parade brings artists into communities to create parades, festivals and stunning celebrations. This year’s Handmade Parade artists will be Jonny Quick on structure and Rebecca Cartwright on costumes. www.handmadeparade.co.uk
Encouraging participation and inspiring creativity. Creating work with people is what I’m passionate about. From carnival costumes and parade objects to large scale painting, pavement chalking and more. Engaging people in participation and creativity through arts workshop sessions and projects. Stimulating thinking, learning and sharing of skills and experiences to bring out our inner creativity.
Hannah grew up in South Germany with the annual rite of carnival parades and costume making. As a Social Anthropologist and Artist, Hannah has extensive experience in collaborating with communities and helping them to explore their cultural identities. She has lived, researched, and created in Poland, France, Italy, and the UK. Her work for the parade focuses on bringing different Central and Eastern Europeans in Manchester together and fostering a sense of belonging, community, and pride. This means getting people involved and using materials of cultural significance. It implies listening to people and tapping into regional traditions, popular culture, and national discourses. Her artistic work includes collaborative pieces of community art, community drama, paper cutting, poetry and photography. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester, where she has also taught the subject.
Hannelora is a sculptor, blacksmith and outdoor events artist working in metal. Her inspirations come primarily from nature, organic forms, and the beauty and character of the materials often illustrated through fire. Learning welding in 2002 by constructing sculptures from scrap metal, led her to study at Hereford College receiving a distinction in Blacksmithing and metal work. She designs and creates sculptural forms using repoussé extensively. In 2008 she started freelancing for Salford based outdoor art events company Walk the Plank, and has enjoyed being involved in their many projects both at home and internationally.
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Ian is a Sculptural Engineer based in North Yorkshire. He specialises in making kinetic structures for Street Theatre, Carnival and Festivals. Last year he made a stylised Orrery with designer Naomi Parker. Their collaboration continues this year on a magical moving image for the front of the parade.
Jeanefer Jean-Charles is a Mass Movement Director, Choreographer and Creative Consultant with over 20 years’ experience of devising, creating, facilitating and directing dance and movement for performance. Jeanefer’s work is celebratory, powerful and exciting to watch. Her unique creative process and approach to large scale performance draws together and brings to life the talents, strengths and shared stories of local communities, young people and artists in inspiring and unforgettable ways. As a Creative Consultant with a passion for nurturing and developing talent, Jeanefer has led training and mentoring for artists and producers across the UK and supported arts organisations with strategic planning to develop work in schools and with local communities.
Jo Foley and Fiona Smith
Jo Foley and Fiona Smith have worked with Walk the Plank on all the Manchester Day celebrations. They have over 15 years’ experience of devising and delivering art based projects in schools and community workshops throughout Manchester and the UK. Working with diverse client groups and age ranges, in both educational and community settings they create beautiful shows, events, and parades, site specific artwork and installations. This year they will be working with Debbie Cunliffe, Venture Arts and Oswald Road School to create beautiful costumes based on the Japanese myth of the Kitsune a magical fox and its control of the elements.
John has a wide range of theatre successes to his name including his nine years at Alton Towers as show designer, creating parades, magic shows and ice shows, including Peter Rabbit on Ice. John has a wide range of theatre successes to his name including his nine years at Alton Towers as show designer, creating parades, magic shows and ice shows, including Peter Rabbit on Ice.John a has a wide portfolio of productions to his credit, the most recent being for the Lichfield Garrick Studio where he has designed Ladies Day, The Entertainer , The Blue Room and Haunting Julia, Educating Rita and September in the Rain. Haunting Julia subsequently transferred to the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith and a national tour. John has designed costume and set for Lichfield Garricks acclaimed productions of A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Magic Mirror and Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre. He is now designing for Wolverthampton’s Grand Theatre. John has exhibited at the V&A as part of the British Theatre Designer Associations exhibit www.johnbrooking.co.uk
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