‘A Mile Of Black Paper’ (2016) by Greg Thorpe

On Friday 2nd June 2017, Instigate Arts will proudly steward/curate “A mile of black paper’ by Greg Thorpe at the  ACT UP York Conference.   (Fax machine, black spray paint, black fabric, white A4 paper, black marker pens)   “When The New York Times bought its first fax machine, ACT UP faxed them a mile of black paper to protest their silence on AIDS, effectively shutting down the machine.” – Greenwich Village History   “There are two kinds of AIDS: AIDS of the past, and AIDS today. Neither one is over.” – Sarah Schulman   This collaborative artwork entitled ‘A mile…

Rebel Dykes, screening of the film in progress shown at HOME, Manchester, 12 March 2017. Sell Out!!

Rebel Dykes, screening of the film in progress was shown at HOME, Manchester, 12 March 2017. This queer-punk documentary is in post-production, and HOME screened the work-in-progress cut which sold-out at BFI Flare in March 2016 and we’re very pleased that it sold out Home’s biggest cinema screen too! Created by a Manchester-based queer film crew, Rebel Dykes tells the story of a bunch of kick-ass women from London in the post-punk 1980s. The Rebel Dykes challenged norms ahead of the international riot grrrl movement, and the film features women’s punk music, animation, archive material and recreated footage. The film will be followed…

Making The Strange Familiar – Film – Launching Wonder Women Festival 2017 at Manchester Art Gallery

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Instigate Arts would like to share this video of our Wonder Women launch last week at Manchester Art Gallery. We feel strongly that not only is it unbelievably important to celebrate the successes, achievements and wonderful things that women around the world do every minute of every day, but also to highlight how much more we all need to do to bring about gender equality in our time. To quote Leymah Gbowee “It’s time for women to stop being politely angry”, and there was nothing polite about any of the artists involved with our launch last week. Their…

Stand-Up Poet Kate Fox performs at Dolly Mixtures by Instigate Arts at The Royal Exchange Theatre as part of Wonder Women. Guest blogger Helen Gordon Smith interviews

  Kate Fox is a stand-up poet who has been Poet in Residence for Radio 4’s Saturday Live, the Great North Run and the Glastonbury Festival. She recently declared “Lass War” on the Northern Powerhouse with a protest outside the man-heavy Northern Powerhouse conference. Tonight she’ll perform new work from her residency at Quarry Bank Mill, looking at modern women’s working conditions. See Kate performing at Dolly Mixtures, a variety show of feminist theatre curated by Instigate Arts at The Royal Exchange Theatre.     Dolly Mixtures at Royal Exchange Theatre, City Centre, 3 March 2017,  7.30pm to 10pm -FREE EVENT – BOOK HERE A…

Rosie Garland – ‘If I Had A Hammer’ at Dolly Mixtures by Instigate Arts at The Royal Exchange Theatre as part of Wonder Women. Guest blogger Helen Gordon Smith interviews

Rosie Garland Rosie Garland is a novelist, singer and spoken word artist based in Manchester. Catch her singing with The March Violets or performing at Dolly Mixtures, a variety show of feminist theatre curated by Instigate Arts at The Royal Exchange Theatre. So tell me about your performance – what’s inspired it? It’s a spoken word piece I’ve done just for the festival, inspired by Manchester Suffragettes. I feel like the Suffragettes have been rewritten lately as nice ladies in hats, but they were radicals – they believed in direct action. My piece is about one incident in April 1913,…

Stefanie Elrick to perform at ‘Making The Strange Familiar’ by Instigate Arts to launch the Wonder Women Festival 2017 on March 2nd at Manchester Art Gallery

Making The Strange Familiar, curated by Instigate Arts as part of the Wonder Women festival launch at Manchester Art Gallery on Thursday 2nd March will see Stefanie Elrick bring her unique and dramatic performance art to the Thursday audience.   Stefanie Elrick is an artist, dancer and word weaver from Manchester, UK. She has toured the world producing psychedelic stage shows for the likes of Hawkwind, The Levellers and Peaches Christ and performed endurance-testing pieces such as ‘Written in Skin’ and ‘KAIROS’ (www.writteninskin.com & http://www.kairosophy.com). Her practice is immersed in magic, ritual and embodiment. She writes fantasy horror and has lectured on performance art and…

Aja to perform at ‘Making The Strange Familiar’ by Instigate Arts to launch the Wonder Women Festival 2017 on March 2nd at Manchester Art Gallery

Making The Strange Familiar, curated by Instigate Arts as part of the Wonder Women festival launch at Manchester Art Gallery on Thursday 2nd March will see Aja creating sonic beauty and mayhem to the audience in the gallery’s glass walled atrium.   Listen to aja on Soundcloud Watch Aja on Youtube     Launching the 2017 festival, Instigate Arts takes over Manchester Art Gallery for a special one-night-only event called Making The Strange Familiar inspired by the exhibition Strange and Familiar, a portrait of modern Britain as seen through the lens of international photographers and curated by the documentary photographer Martin Parr. This is a one-of-a-kind evening,…