Each year Manchester Day Producers Walk the Plank pair artists with successful applicant groups and individuals to help realise participants’ ambitious creative ideas. 

Find out more about the artists we worked with in 2016:


Manchester Day 2016 Artists

Amanda Sutton

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Amy Hegarty

resized-amy-hegartyI am an artist based in Dublin and I have just finished my degree in costume design for stage and screen in IADT. I’ve loved parades and outdoor performance since I was a child, and this has grown lots more in the past few years. This is my third time with Manchester Day, having falling in love with the city two years ago. From working with Walk the Plank, my interest in puppetry, textiles and prop making has grown a lot, and I hope to work in these areas more in the future. I love anything weird and magic, and try to incorporate these things into my work

Becky Bryson

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.

Ben Cook

Ben Cook has worked as a propmaker in Manchester for 20 years. He has been taking part in the Manchester Day parade since 2010.

Bettina Carpi

resized-bettina-carpiBettina is a freelance dance artist based in the UK. She has worked for various choreographers and companies and was a member of CandoCo Dance Company for 8 years. More recently Bettina has been working closely with Marc Brew, Annie Lok and Arthur Pita in a number of their productions, and was part of Arthur’s award-winning dance theatre production ‘Metamorphosis’ and ‘The World’s Greatest Show’. Bettina  has completed her MA in Dance at the University of Chester with the generous support of the Dancer’s Career Development Fund. She is currently a visiting lecturer at various Universities in the North West and choreographs her own work, in collaboration with the composer Gary Lloyd.

Bolton artists

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Brian D Hanlon

Brian D HanlonBrian is an arts practitioner with specialist skills in design. He has worked in a range of settings from Community Arts to the West End. His work includes design and production for the spectacular processions of dance, rhythm and music through the streets, incorporating colourful parades, site-specific performances, stilt walkers, and performance promenade and site-specific sculptures. This will be his fifth year of working on the Manchester Day parade with Walk the Plank. 

Can Do and Venture Arts

resized-can-do-and-venture-artsCan Do is a volunteering programme for disabled people aged 16-35, offering support, information and training.
Since 2008, we have supported thousands of young people across the UK to contribute to their local communities through volunteering opportunities. By encouraging young disabled people to volunteer, we aim to grow their confidence and independence, in the hope to improve their education and employment opportunities. Venture Arts specialises in visual arts, running hundreds of inclusive arts workshops every year which support people who have a learning disability to play a valued role within the contemporary arts world. Our professional arts studio in Manchester provides a bright, lively and welcoming environment for people to produce quality artwork. http://www.venturearts.org/

Candida Boyes

I am a designer with experience in a broad range of disciplines. I wasn’t allowed to play with water as a child, so have been making a mess ever since. This has fuelled an insatiable curiosity to try new mediums and confirmed my belief that good design values are wonderful transferable skills across all art forms. Originally trained as a theatre designer, I have created sets and costumes for performance in theatres and site-specific spaces all over the UK. Since 2006, I have been an artist working across public and community arts, both as a practitioner and more often a curator and project manager. I joined Walk the Plank in 2010 as the Design Coordinator for the first Manchester Day Parade and am now the Creative Producer. 

Carl & Lynette Gabriel

 Carl GabrielRenowned artists and specialists in 3D wire-formed structures that are presented at not only in carnivals across Britain, but widely in other festivals and street events, as well as in galleries and museums such as the V&A, Science museum in London, and also The Urban Art space in Columbus Ohio, USA. They share their expertise and special skill in workshops with participants at all levels in Schools, colleges and Universities. Carl and Lynette Gabriel are committed to maintaining the cultural integrity in Carnival, whilst promoting artistic excellence through their work and support of developing artists and community projects.

Catherine Buckle

Catherine Buckle is a recent Textiles graduate with an interest in costume. Her latest artwork, a costume based on folklore, focused on reusing waste materials and transforming them into something beautiful. www.catherinebuckle.com

Chris Anderson

Chris AndersonChris Anderson is a digital media and theatrical artist who creates media content for film and theatre, alongside costume, set and prop design and fabrication with his company No Eyed Theatre. Through his company, Chris has taken part in many high-profile and community events which have enabled him to learn new techniques in the field of street theatre, carnival and outdoor performance. To learn more about his work please visit www.noeyedtheatre.com

Claire Morris

Layout 1Claire has been a dance artist for 20 years. She trained at London Contemporary Dance School and at WAAPA in Western Australia. She has experience of working with a wide range of people and communities, she has worked for Ludus, Swindon Dance, Rambert Dance Company as animateur and facilitator and since 2000 she has led and developed her own projects with communities through Co3 Dance www.co3dance.co.uk and now with her husband Paul Bayes Kitcher with Fallen Angels Dance Theatre: www.fallenangelsdancetheatre.co.uk. Fun and creativity is at the heart of Claire’s practice, she hopes she is able to support and facilitate groups to animate and bring the parade to life.

Claire Stringer

 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/

Cordi Ashwell

resized-cordi-ashwellCordi has been working as a Theatre and Live Events designer for 9 years. Since graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama she has worked as a designer, prop maker and scenic artist for companies such as National Theatre Wales, Theatre Genedlaethol, Arad Goch and Regents Park Open Air Theatre. She also heads up the creative team on Kendal Calling, Parklife, Festival No 6, Snowbombing, Geronimo Festival,Transition Snow and BlueDot for 2016. She is over the moon to be involved with Manchester Day.

David Mason

David MasonDavid 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 the Manchester Day Parades representing Manchester School of Samba. In 2015 he is working with Carl Gabriel as part of the ELEVATE project. www.sambaman.org.uk

Eilidh Bryan

Eilidh BryanEilidh Bryan is a Puppet Maker, Puppeteer and Theatre Designer specialising in outdoor events and parades. Over the last 13 years, she has created many large-scale puppets, lanterns and processional images for companies including Walk the Plank, Liverpool’s Lantern Company, Brouhaha International and Stockton Borough Council.
Eilidh has also worked as a puppeteer, puppetry director, student mentor and workshop leader at a variety of events around the UK and has run international workshops with both Lantern Company and Brouhaha international. She is a founder member of Headstrung, a puppet company specialising in interactive puppet performances for children and adults.

Emma Martin

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Enya Kosta

Enya KostaEnya 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.

Fi Smith

Jo Foley and Fiona Smith have over 15 years experience of devising and delivering art based projects throughout the UK. Working with diverse client groups and age ranges, in both educational and community settings creating beautiful shows and parades, site specific art work and installations. Encouraging awareness and developing skills, their work is culturally diverse, eco aware, historical, flamboyant, scientific, decorative and imaginative.This year Jo and Fiona will be working with Oswald Rd Primary School in Chorlton and Venture Arts in Hulme. www.fismitharts.com

Gil Burns

Gill BurnsGil Burns is a Community Dance Artist and Choreographer based in West Yorkshire. She has worked extensively within Community Dance, engaging with diverse groups since 2002. She is currently specialising in dance for older people, those with Parkinson’s and Dementia, children, young people and families. www.gilburnsdance.moonfruit.com

Handmade Parade

resized-handmade-paradeHandmade Parade is a celebratory arts company, based in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. We connect professional carnival artists, giant puppet makers, street bands and performers with communities to create community-focused parades and events.. The lead artist for Manchester day 2016 will be Kerith Ogden. Kerith is a freelance visual artist with a background in participatory arts and creative education, and has been a a lead artist for Handmade Parade since its inception in 2008. She specialises in making large-scale puppets and structures, sculptural lanterns and costume for parades, events, and community theatre. www.handmadeparade.co.uk

Hannah Bold

resized-hannah-boldEncouraging 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 Claudine Wadle

resized-hannah-wadleHannah 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 Johanson

Hannelora JohanssonHannelora 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 have enjoyed being involved in their many projects both at home and internationally.

Harry Harris

Harry creates bespoke furniture and artwork. He often uses found and recycled materials, turning old and unwanted bits of furniture and wood into new and innovative one-off pieces of furniture. Harry also enjoys working within local community groups and has produced artwork for many national art projects including GoSuperLambBananas and the London 2012 Olympics. www.seeharryswork.com

Ian Broscombe

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Jo Foley

resized-jo-foley-and-fiona-smithJo Foley and Fiona Smith have over 15 years experience of devising and delivering art based projects throughout the UK. Working with diverse client groups and age ranges, in both educational and community settings creating beautiful shows and parades, site specific art work and installations. Encouraging awareness and developing skills, their work is culturally diverse, eco aware, historical, flamboyant, scientific, decorative and imaginative.This year Jo and Fiona will be working with Oswald Rd Primary School in Chorlton and Venture Arts in Hulme. www.jofoleyarts.com


Julian Taylor

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Julie Broadbent

Julie BroadbentJulie is an experienced dance and drama artist, having run performances and community workshops for various ages and levels of ability in schools and the community. Julie has performed in the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 and supported groups to participate in the Cultural Olympiad celebrations in 2012. She has also worked with local youth groups who performed pieces about Remembrance Day and The Olympics at The Lowry Theatre, Manchester. Her specialism outside of musical theatre is around working with disability groups to develop their inclusion in the arts.

Kat Preston

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Lynne Duric

Lynne DuricArtist/Designer is pleased to be working with community groups on Manchester Day for the sixth year. I enjoy the creative and collaborative process that brings the day’s events to life. Trained as a textile designer and artist, my career covers arts projects, exhibitions and includes commissions for multi-media,illustration, stained-glass, costume and textiles. www.redmaple.site88.net

Malachi Simmons

Malachi SimmonsMalachi Simmons is a freelance dance artist, affluent in Contemporary and Streetdance. Malachi has been a member of 12 degrees north Graduate dance company and EdgeFWD Undergraduate Dance Company. He has also worked in projects with Boy Blue Entertainment and Dance Touring Partnerships. In addition to Manchester Day, Malachi is currently working with The ASH Company (Teaching Streetdance),Window on Warrington (with Warrington Wolves) and is touring a duet of his own choreography ‘Tomorrow’s Yesterday’ (Performed at Turn, in Manchester, and Burst, in Leeds)

Naomi Parker

Manchester Day Parade 2014Naomi Parker is a Costume Designer and Maker based in Leeds. This year she is making costume for Jelly Dance and collaborating again with artist Ian Broscomb on a giant mobile image for the front of the parade. She is also involved with the Elevate project- collaborating with artist Vicky Richards on costumes for the WoW crowd. 

Oldham Artists

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Owen Gaynor

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Pareesha Webster

Pareesha is a freelance costume designer and recently began her own project, Artistic Achievers, which is the beginning of her dream to share skills and talent with other young people in the community. Over the time she has been active, she’s created four big costumes on various themes, two of which are award-winning carnival costumes for Leeds West Indian Carnival. She is only just starting her journey but, from recently working alongside some of the most inspirational carnival artists, will bloom into something amazing!

Pif-Paf Theatre

resized-pif-pafPif-Paf create high quality theatre with a big heart and take it to the places it doesn’t normally go. Based in sheffield we tour nationally with a blend of intimate and spectacular visual theatre. Trademark mix of humour, pathos, science and renowned design. www.pif-paf.co.uk/

Rory Lynch

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Rose Miller

resized-rose-millerRose 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. 

Ruta Staseviciute

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Ruth Jones

I am first and foremost a contemporary dance artist. I specialise in Outdoor, Sited and Site-Specific dance work – this work is created, and tours, under the project company name of Axial Dance. Axial Dance outdoor work has been booked and performed at many of the major festivals including Greenwich and Docklands, Mintfest, Isle Of Wight Festival and Festival No 6. Former Axial Dance commissions have come from Lakes Alive, Waiblingen Festival of Light, Germany and Urban Moves International Festival.
I have created a wealth of outdoor and parade choreographic work (often including delivery of Master classes) eg working on Manchester Day Parade and choreographing several sections each year since inception.
I choreograph for theatre and deliver movement for actors. I have choreographed over 50 professional theatre productions at theatres such as York Theatre Royal and Sheffield Crucible.
I teach and facilitate dance and movement in educational settings- eg currently at University of Manchester Theatre Department and delivering on an MA in Music Therapy at The Royal Northern College Of Music.
I teach and facilitate dance and movement in community settings – eg currently running Ad Hoc Dance ( an adult community dance company I set up 23 years ago, now resident at Manchester Art Gallery) and working for Parkinson’s UK.
I also teach private dance/movement/Laban lessons in my home dance studio: The Loft Dance Studio
I have returned to performing after a 6 year break. I am presently touring in Tea Club and Trixie and Tilly Go Cycling ( outdoor Axial Dance projects) I bring a new level of experience, maturity and new found enjoyment to my role as a dancer. https://twitter.com/choreoruth
In addition to the above, I am engaged in dance and arts project management.

Sarah Dicks

resized-sarah-dicksSarah 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 regularly designs for Cirque Bijou, Angel Exit Theatre, Tessa Bide Productions and specialises in Circus, Physical Theatre, Outdoor Events, Children’s Theatre, Dance and Devised Theatre. Sarah also loves to share her passion for creation by running workshops in a variety of art and craft activities in a wide range of settings including schools, youth groups, charity events and hen parties.Sarah worked with Walk the Plank last year designing processional costumes for Ar Waith Ar Daith, the 10th anniversary celebrations for the Wales Millennium Centre and is very excited to be involved with Manchester Day 2016. www.sarahdicks.com

Sarah Harris

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Sarah Oxley

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 parade and she’s very excited and ready and raring to go! www.sarahoxley.com

Simon Williams

Simon WilliamsSimon Williams studied visual arts at DeMontfort University, focusing on a mixed media approach to the artistic process, collage, assemblage, and film/VHS video collage. He later spent 18 months travelling, on return, dispelling his technophobia ventured into digital arts, making film and animation, digital graphics, interactive media and magazine creation. Becoming a self-employed artist in 2010, he also began freelancing with Walk the Plank. In 2013 with fellow artist Hannelora Johansson he won a commission to build an interactive kinetic light and shadow installation they called Shadowplay which continues to be performed at winter light nights and festivals.

Sofie Layton

Sofie Layton is an Artist/Designer who creates and devises, theatre, installation and large-scale site-specific performance. Projects include For the Best which won the TMA award for best Children’s Theatre – Unicorn Theatre 2009 Liverpool Everyman 2010, Lick – Birmingham Rep 2008, Dainty Dish – Tower of London, 2004 Charabanc – event of the week in Time Out and The Independent June 2002.  Sofie has devised and designed installations and exhibitions at Royal Festival Hall, Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, and National Portrait Gallery such as “Ironman”, “Against the Tide” and “The Garden”– Graeae Theatre / Strange Fruit 2009 – 2011 National Theatre & Greenwich and Docklands Festivals (GDIF), Run – (GDIF) Kevin Finnan/ Motionhouse 2008, Mirage – (GDIF) with Oposito 2007. Costumes /puppets for The Olympic Torch Relay South Bank Centre 2008, Notting Hill Carnival and St Patrick’s Day Parade Dublin, Factory of Dreams and Un Peu Plus with Christophe Berthonneau/Groupe F as part of London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT). www.sofielayton.co.uk 

Sophie Tyrell

The Sophie Tyrrell Studio operates out of Artwork Atelier, a growing hub of creative professionals in Manchester city centre. Our studio leverages and builds upon the techniques of the costume and theatre designers who came before us to create spectacular outfits, moving structures and creatures. www.sophietyrrell.com

Tanya Raabe

resized-tanya-r-wTanya Raabe-Webber is an acclaimed disabled artist challenging the notion of identity within contemporary portraiture, often creating portraits of high profile disabled people during live sittings in high profile public art galleries and venues.
The winner of Ability Media International Award, Visual Arts in 2010 and DaDa International Festival, Visual Arts Award 2008, Tanya has also appeared on the BBC programme The Culture Show, undertaking a live televised portrait of the actor, musician and performance artist Mat Fraser and was recently shortlisted for The National Diversity Awards Lifetime Achievement.
Her recent collection Revealing Culture : HeadOn – Portraits of the Untold was delivered through a partnership between Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, where live portrait sittings took place during a series of residencies in these venues, sitters including Tom Shakespeare Sociologist – Bioethicist, Baroness Jane Campbell of Surbiton, D.B.E, Active Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords and Sir Bert Massie CBE Former Chair of the Disability Rights Commission.
She has worked on many commissions including Architects Inside Out: Tate Modern and Art Matters: Tate Britain and most recently co-presented her collaborative research with Project Ability at the Contemporary Outsider Art: the global context conference in Melbourne Australia.

Thingumajig Theatre

resized-thingymujig-theatreThingumajig Theatre is visual theatre company based in West Yorkshire which specialises in innovative puppet plays and interactive giant puppets. The artists who have designed and constructed the giant puppet for Manchester Fire and Rescue are Kathy and Andrew Kim. Thingumajig.info

Trixi Bold

Trixi BoldTrixi is based in Manchester and works as a performer and choreographer in various Dance styles including Contemporary, African, Bollywood, Latin and Street. She gained a BA Hons in Dance and Music Technology and then went on to study a PGCE in Dance. Trixi has been Teacher in Charge of Dance in a secondary school for 9 years and has a passion for working with young people. Whilst teaching she developed a keen interest for Boys Dance and created a boys only Dance group called Company Flex, this became Trixi’s focus for her MA in Creative Education where she was awarded a distinction. 

Tsubi Du

Tsubi is an Australian artist now living in the UK. Her previous work includes Designer for the Adelaide Fringe opening night parade and Head Lantern Maker for the Ozasia Moon Lantern Parade. Previous incarnations have also seen her perform as a freelance circus performer. This will be her third time working on the Manchester Day parade.

Vicky Richards

Having graduated last year from the Costume with Textiles degree at the University of Huddersfield, Vicky has been working as a freelance costume maker, designer and embroiderer ever since. She is also part of Global Grooves Future Leaders programme, which is helping her to focus her skills into the exciting world of carnival arts. This is her fourth year working on the parade, and the first time she’s been able to work on a section from start to finish. 

Wendy Meadley

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

Will Lenton

resized-will-lentonNew Orleans meets 90s club classics…a rave funeral without the body. In New Orleans, funerals are celebrated in style, with noisy brass bands processing through the streets. The main section of the parade is known as First Line, but the real fun starts with the Second Line, those who follow the band to enjoy the music, marching with the musicians and twirling parasols or waving handkerchiefs. Welcome to Second Lining. A rabble of mischievous northerners, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners form a traditional New Orleans Second Line. However, this is no sombre occasion: Mr Wilson’s expend their collective musical talent paying homage to the diehard days of the Hacienda, 90s club culture and its greatest hero, Mr Tony Wilson. These revolutionary genre bashers knock the First Line sideways, opting for upbeat dance tracks over traditional slow hymns. Proudly stepping out in uniformed style, they channel the spirit of the 24 hour party people and get audiences dancing wherever they play.The vision is an anarchic, street extravaganza, bursting with colour and sound, rallying impromptu raves on street corners and rousing audiences young and old into a joyful frenzy. www.mrwilsons.org.uk