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…

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,…

Michelle Hannah – ‘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 Michelle Hannah   Can you tell us about your practice? There is a strong sense of subverted romanticism in my work. Namely in the roles which image, sound and performance can be used as an outlet, to understand – in my own finite way- emerging technologies, cosmic pessimism and new ontologies of identity in a…