Jessica is a sculptor, a director, a maker and a performance artist. She works mainly in metal and mixed media -welding, carving, assemblages and textiles- creating installation, sculpture, public art, unique costumes, large puppets, extraordinary art bikes and processional structures. She’s also a freelance producer and director: devising and directing for street theatre, outdoor spectacles, happenings, and events; often working in collaboration with other artists and organisations. Jessica was the Artistic Director and lead maker at Festive Road CIC, 2008-2018, where she created some amazing costumes, sculpture, street theatre and large scale puppetry. http://www.jessicarost.co.uk/
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
Word Up! Jonny trained in Theatre Design and works as an artist, maker, performer and puppeteer. He enjoys taking on diverse and varied projects in street, theatre and community arts. Jonny is very excited to collaborate with the Malayalee community this year to bring their vision and energy to the streets of Manchester.
I have been an artist, sculptor and designer for over 30 years, working mainly in Liverpool and the North West. I use a variety of materials, with a focus on metal and wood (from a sustainable and local source), and take pride in completing projects on time, on budget and to the brief.I work with clients from both the public and private sector and also offer full-build services for other artist’s designs. I have completed projects of all sizes, from commissions for interior decoration to the manufacture of the internationally renowned Superlambanana. Liverpool city council and the Hillsborough families Support for the Band of Light. My work is expressive and visually appealing whilst I take pride in being a craftsman who demands the highest possible standards of materials and manufacture. Previous clients include Liverpool’s Bluecoat Chambers, Tate Liverpool, GQ Magazine, the National Wildlife Centre, the Unity Theatre and rock group The Zutons. http://www.artistjuliantaylor.com
Laura Lomax is an award-winning production designer for theatre, film and events. Based in the UK, Laura’s portfolio of work also encompasses AV design, visual art, directing & producing. Laura trained at LIPA, and has collaborated with numerous companies such as Punch Drunk, Liverpool Biennial, Hope Street Ltd and Sell A Door. Her set designs & installations have been seen in the Everyman, Unity Theatre and the Bluecoat, and her AV design clients include the Kaiser Chiefs, Riverside Studios and Arts Depot in London. Laura has production design credits for music videos with LMA-winner Natalie McCool, and has been featured in Art in Liverpool for her interactive art installation ‘The Lissajous Machine’. Laura’s directing credits range from “Mixed Media”, screened at FACT as one of the top 10 independent films of 2012, to films showcased at festivals including Prime Cuts and Threshold, as well as music videos premiered on Get Into This and on TV internationally. Her work as a producer includes “Lamb”, gold award winner of the “It’s Liverpool on Film” competition and the shortlisted Film Four Scene Stealers entry “This Is England?’ www.lauralomaxdesign.com
Lauren specialises in costumes and puppets with a focus on community engagement. She grew up attending festivals such as Streets Ahead where she developed a love for outdoor arts and street theatre. She became involved in carnival during her Jewellery and Textiles Design degree after being invited to a samba dance class by her friend. After graduation she began making costumes for Manchester School of Samba, where she is an established dancer, and jumped head first into the world of large-scale illuminated puppetry after she became a lead artist for Global Grooves’ ‘Creating Carnival Illuminated’ programme. Her focus is to make visually stunning work that fosters an emotional connection with the wearer and audience. Lauren has lead local and international workshops in carnival making techniques. She is passionate in her love of carnival and the empowerment it brings to communities. She strongly believes that creativity has the power to transform lives and endeavours to inspire people to develop their own creative practice. www.laurenmoorearts.com
Visual Artist/Designer. My practice ranges from the painting of watercolour landscapes ‘en plein air’ and life drawing to graphic design and designer-making for arts projects and outdoor theatre. I have created a catalogue of commissions and exhibitions since graduating in the 1980’s. Working collaboratively for Manchester Day Parade offers an exciting exchange and a rewarding challenge. Twitter.com/mywatercolours
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Molly Hawkins is a UK based visual artist, specialising in murals, puppetry & theatre design. Her work features world wide, across India, Europe & Mexico. She studied Theatre and Performance Design at LIPA. Molly’s work uses bright colours and a range of cultural references to create characters, scenes and narrative. Molly has created Puppets for Carnivals in India, Toulouse and various UK festivals, including Glastonbury. www.mollyhawkins.weebly.com
Naomi Parker is a Costume Designer and Maker based in Leeds. She has been involved in every Manchester Day Parade so far.This year she is collaborating with Artist Kevin Carroll on a lead image for the parade, costumes for Jelly Dance and mobile structures with Simply Cycling all based on an Antarctic theme. Examples of her work can be found via the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/39417128@N04/albums
Owen Gaynor is one of the co-directors at The Circus House CIC and a performer in his own right with Circus Diaspora. With a wealth of experience creating circus performances with community groups, professionals and all in between he is always ready to bring his unique understanding of his art form the Manchester Day celebrations. https://www.thecircushouse.co.uk/
My interest lies in the relationship between materials and the space in which they were used. The design of small functioning objects is at the core of my works along with the re-appropriation of space in cities; how a building or object can be altered to host a new narrative. Often in my work, I expose the functional past by locating essential, sometimes overlooked structures within the architecture and emphasising the object or mechanism on a much larger scale. Using relative materials to form the ‘rough and ready’ aesthetic of these pieces allows the stages of construction to be noted.
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Rose Miller is a visual artist. Working predominantly in the medium of free hand machine embroidery, her work draws from the natural world from inspiration.Originally from Brighton, she now lives in Manchester and is currently working freelance in prop making, puppetry, carnival and community arts. rosemillermakes.com
Ruta graduated from Theatre and Performance Design (BA) course at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in 2011 with an award for Creative and Technical Excellence. During her studies she fell in love with puppetry as well as stage design. Since graduating she has worked on numerous projects with Lantern Company making and performing illuminated giant puppets; taking some of them to as far as Hong Kong. Ruta has also worked as an artist/ maker on Manchester Day with Walk the Plank, and has made puppets and props for Just So, Festival No.6 and Fire in the Mountain festivals; as well as theatre shows and short films. She had her puppets exhibited in Vilnius Puppet Theatre, Lithuania. Her work as set and costume designer includes “Blue Stockings”, “Arabian Nights”, “Mater and Margarita”, “Inspector Norse” and “Romeo and Juliet”.
Ruth Jones trained at Laban/Trinity, Temple University MA Dance Dept, Philadelphia, and The Cunningham Dance Studios, New York. Ruth is first and foremost a contemporary dance artist. She specialises in Outdoor, Sited and Site-Specific dance, Parade, Mass Movement and community dance. She has choreographed for every Manchester Day, since inception and in latter years has taken the role as a lead artist (including choreographing the Mass Movement, Eureka Moment in 2016). Additionally, working with Walk The Plank, Ruth has choreographed Pride Parade 2016 and 2017, Sma Shot Parade in Paisley in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Halloween Festival 2015, 2016 and 2017. She has also delivered Elevate and other Masterclasses, in parade work. Ruth, as well as choreographing her own outdoor Axial Dance shows, such as Tea Club and Trixie Go Cycling, works for other companies such as Avanti Display (choreographing many versions of Hydromania over the years) and Invisible Dust ( Kasia Molga’s Human Sensor and Coral Love Story) https://twitter.com/choreoruth
In addition to the above, I am engaged in dance and arts project management.
Samantha Airey is a freelance costume and performance designer based in Liverpool. Graduating from Edge Hill University with First class Honours in Theatre Design, with prominence with Immersive theatre and costume design for character. Samantha’s portfolio touches on various performance and artistic types, such as site specific performance, immersive theatre, digital imagery and costume for film. Samantha discovered specialist training when studying abroad on exchange to Aalto University of Arts in Finland, where she premiered a short Swedish film with role of costume designer. Samantha partook in Hope Street Ltd’s Emerging Artists programme with the role of Designer and Maker. Undergoing several large scale productions in up to 20 different locations indoors and outdoors as well as the studio based. Samantha is keen to continue to work with multi-disciplinary spaces such as these to convey her distinct style with set whilst continuing to experiment with theatrical artistic practices. Samantha has a growing style with flare for learning new methods and creating original work exploring taboo topics and meaningful self exploration such as FGM, Mental health and historic events which in course have changed our presnt day outlook. She is a keen artist whos work reflects more than visual.
Sandra McCracken is a freelance artist based in West Yorkshire. She has been working with the public in galleries, schools and communities for 20 years, including as a teacher of Art and Design/Head of Department and as a gallery educator at Manchester Art Gallery. Her work involves running collaborative art workshops for schools and communities, project management and curriculum development. In the last few years, Sandra has been exploring the world of outdoor arts, working predominantly with Handmade Parade and Plunge Boom. She enjoys making art works to commission and has been recently getting a bit over-excited about puppets and giant lanterns.
Sarah Dicks is a versatile Set and Costume Designer for Theatre. She also likes to dabble in Puppetry, Education and visiting all the piers the UK coastline has to offer. She graduated with Distinction from her Master of Arts in Costume for which she designed award-winning costumes for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Events in Weymouth. She has designed for productions nationwide and specialises in Circus, Physical Theatre, Outdoor Events, Children’s Theatre, Dance and Devised Theatre. www.sarahdicks.com
Sarah has been a designer, scenic artist and prop maker for 15 years, creating sets, costumes and all manner of weird and wonderful things for theatre, television and film. Sarah has designed many youth and community productions and her work has taken her all over the country. This is Sarah’s fifth Manchester Day and she’s very excited and ready and raring to go! www.sarahoxley.com
I am Sophie Tyrrell, and for my design and performance work I now work under the name ‘The Strange Train Company’. Sophie Tyrrell’s expertise in theatre design, prop building, scenic painting, costume designing, story telling, clowning, and a stint as early years dinosaur expert at Manchester Museum more than explains why she now chooses to parade loudly beneath fantastic giant structures in public places. As the driver of The Strange Train Company she has engineered many successful outside art events in collaboration with other talented Manchester based creatives, including, for Manchester Day, The Circus House CIC. https://www.strangetraincompany.com
Thea Luckcock is a visual artist/designer interested in the process of collaboration, play, and people. She has created interactive games for members of the public at festivals, on farms, museums and nightclubs, and enjoys creating playful spaces with visuals that extend out of the ordinary. www.theal5.wixsite.com/thealuckcock
Through their work providing an up to 45 piece troupe for the Manchester Day Parade each year, from it’s inception in 2010 to last year, we Manchester School of Samba (MSS) have demonstrated our high production values in our interpretation of the themes using percussion and brass arrangements (Tony Watt), costume design and construction (in collaboration with Bold Art, Lauren Moore, but primarily David Mason, and his son Charlie Cragg , David being the Principle Maker and deviser of the construction method). We also gather ideas from the membership, which are amalgamated into the final designs. We then use the results of this work to perform for a variety of client commissions from local carnivals to product launches, school and corporate workshops to weddings, birthdays and club gigs
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I’ve graduated from a Performing Arts degree at Edge Hill university this year. As an emerging artist on the ELEVATE scheme for the second year I’ll be working with several established artists, some of which I’ve already worked with last year. Hopefully I’ll be able to build on what I’ve learned so far and explore the creative side of carnival performance. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B271O_vEBNvieVpTMEJCcndOQk0?usp=sharing
Wendy Meadley is a Cheshire-based freelance designer/maker for all theatrical occasions. One of her areas of expertise is flags and banners. Wendy has been using flags and banners to effect temporary space transformations for nearly 30 years and has been lead artist on projects making flags with a wide range of people. She has also created several large scale flag installations. Wendy is responsible for the site decor in the four squares for Manchester Day. www.flickr.com/workingwiththewind