Alexis K Johnson
Alexis is a creative producer and practicing artist working in combined arts, and an Associate Lecturer at Edge Hill University. She was Learning Director at Walk the Plank for 5 years until end 2018. Prior to this she was at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and was an associate at London South Bank University and Birkbeck University of London.
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.
Amy is an Irish artist based in Manchester. She has a degree in Costume Design, and extensive experience in working for film, theatre and parades. She was head of costume and soft construction in Lambert’s Puppet Theatre Dublin before moving to Manchester.
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 stilt walking.
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Becky Bryson has enjoyed working as a community artist for the last 15 years. She works with several different companies across the UK, mostly concerned with outdoor parades and spectacle. She has worked on Manchester day parade since it began working with different community groups and schools.
Brian D Hanlon
Brian has worked in a range of settings, from local community arts to international theatre festivals. His work includes design and production for processions, performance, parades, and site-specific sculpture. He has participated in the Manchester Day from the start and has worked with over 50 different community groups.
Bryan Tweddle is a Sculptor designing and making for Theatre, Opera, Ballet, Street Performance, Film, Animation, Educational Projects, Exhibitions and Carnival Parades. Bryan has also worked as an Artistic Director for several events inter/nationally in Germany, Luxembourg, Holland and Yorkshire.
Catherine Buckle is a textiles graduate who has been working in outdoor arts for the past 6 years. Over this time she has gained a wealth of varied experience across parade makes, costume, puppets and props, alongside her work as a pyrotechnician and event crew.”
Cherry is a basket maker and willow sculptor. Based in Manchester, over the past 20 years she has undertaken weaving projects across the Northwest and worked with a range of groups and organisations, delivering commissions into schools and for local authority, working with community groups and teaching in different settings.
Chris Anderson is a digital media, theatrical and carnival artist who creates large scale puppets, costumes, props and sets through his company No Eyed Theatre. Chris has taken part in many high-profile and community events which have enabled him to develop techniques for street theatre, carnival and outdoor performance.
Claire is a freelance artist who studied painting at Glasgow School of Art which cultivated a continued passion for colour, feeding into all her work. Manchester Day has been a journey of learning, developing, being influenced by the culture & ideas of different community groups she has been paired with.
David Mason is an artist and theatre professional. Trained and experienced in both visual and performing arts. 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.
Emily Lansley is a Liverpool based artist. One third of art pop group Stealing Sheep, a multi-faceted creative specialising in illustration & 3D construction leading to commissions in painting murals, designing posters/flyers & online content; creating logo & brand designs, designing & making costumes, sets, props & characters.
Emily Wood is Artistic Director and CEO of Manchester based Carnival arts organisation Cabasa Carnival Arts CIC which she set up in 2009. Her large, spectacular outdoor work, which has always been informed, inspired, and deeply rooted in traditional and folkloric styles of Carnival, has been showcased across the UK and internationally.
A North West based artist working with different mediums to create alternate reality Puppet Theatre and working with community to give a platform for people to explore their creativity. I have cultivated my skills in large sculpture and puppet making throughout the last 5 years with Manchester Day.
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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.
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.
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Harnessing over 20 years’ experience, Jeanefer Jean-Charles is a globally respected Creative Artist and Public Engagement Expert, who has worked in over 21 countries, and whose accomplishments appear in the Guinness Book of World Records.
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Jessica works as a producer, a curator, facilitator, writer, and artist in her quest to discover answers, a quest which has lead to roles at organisations such as Manchester Jazz Festival, Journey’s Festival International, MIF, Signal Film and Media and now Manchester Day, alongside running her own projects independently.
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. He’s very excited to collaborate with the Malayalee community this year to bring their vision and energy to the streets of Manchester.
Julian Taylor has been an artist, sculptor and designer for over 30 years, working mainly in Liverpool and the North West, using a variety of sustainably sourced materials. His work is expressive and visually appealing, covering all sizes of commissions, including the manufacture of the internationally renowned Superlambanana installations across Liverpool.
Junior Perim Circo Crescer
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Kerith is an all-round maker, illustrator and project manager, with 25 years’ experience working on parades, large-scale, outdoor community theatre, and as a participatory artist. She specialises in making lightweight and interactive giant puppets, lanterns and structures and makes a conscious effort to work with accessible, affordable, low-impact materials.
Lauren makes costumes and puppets with a focus on community engagement. She grew up attending festivals such as Streets Ahead and started her carnival career making costumes for Manchester School of Samba and jumped headfirst into the world of large-scale illuminated puppetry after she became a lead artist for Global Grooves.