Guest blogger Helen Gordon Smith interviews Siobahn Fahey ahead of screening of the work-in-progress ‘Rebel Dykes’ at Home Mcr on 12/03/17.

  Rebel Dykes This week’s Wonder Women is Siobhan Fahey, producer of the film Rebel Dykes. So tell me about Rebel Dykes We’re very excited about the film; it’s about women in the 1980s who lived an outlaw life – squats, bands, sex work. We were disliked by ‘mainstream’ lesbians, I suppose you could say we were giving the gay rights movement a bad name. The general public didn’t like us either! But it all feels forgotten; people talk about Riot Grrl but there was a lot going on before that. We were artists, queers – it’s a story that…

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…

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,…

Daniel Cockburn – ‘Identity’ – Artist Q&A

On Saturday 8th October 2016, 6-9pm, Instigate Arts take over the main gallery space at HOME in Manchester to host our ‘Identity’ pop-up exhibition. In this series of Q&A’s we get a little more insight into what makes some some of the participating artists tick. Here we speak with artist Daniel Cockburn   Can you tell us about your practice? I make moving images wrapped around a linguistic spine. I often perform in the work, in a mode that I started calling “somewhere between fictional character and autobiography” when people started saying, “that’s not actually the way you think, is it?”. If…

Greg Thorpe – ‘Ambition’ – Artist Q&A

On Saturday 9th July 2016, 6-9pm, Instigate Arts take over the main gallery space at HOME in Manchester to host our ‘Ambition’ pop-up exhibition. In this series of Q&A’s we get a little more insight into what makes some some of the participating artists tick. Here we speak with creative polymath Greg Thorpe: Can you tell us about your practice? No. Only because I don’t use words like ‘practice’ or ‘artist’ to talk about myself. In the piece I’m doing for ‘Ambition’ I refer to a long-term plan to turn myself into a sort of creative polymath to see what that feels like…

Maria Orengo – ‘Ambition’ – Artist Q&A

On Saturday 9th July 2016, 6-9pm, Instigate Arts take over the main gallery space at HOME in Manchester to host our ‘Ambition’ pop-up exhibition. In this series of Q&A’s we get a little more insight into what makes some some of the participating artists tick. Here we speak with multi-disciplinary performance and visual artist Maria Orengo Can you tell us about your practice? My practice is multi-disciplinary, based in performance and the visual arts. Work often explores themes of dirt, delight, intimacy and identity in modern society. I am interested in exploring the boundaries of our social realities and questioning structures of…

Richard Hughes – ‘Ambition’ – Artist Q&A

On Saturday 9th July 2016, 6-9pm, Instigate Arts take over the main gallery space at HOME in Manchester to host our ‘Ambition’ pop-up exhibition. In this series of Q&A’s we get a little more insight into what makes some some of the participating artists tick. Today we look at artist Richard Hughes Can you tell us about your practice? I consider myself a diverse artist that uses a vast array of materials. I use a strong sense of irony and dark humor within my work to produce sculpture and installation that explores ideas such as anti-romanticism, hope and death. How does your…