Wednesday, 28 January 2015

CALL FOR ARTISTS In Emergency: Break Glass! - NoMorePage3 takes over Manchester Art Gallery

No More Page3 Manchester is calling for North West based artists, working in any medium, to respond to the issue of the representation of women, for the Thursday Lates to launch Wonder Women Manchester's month of events for International Women’s Day 2015. ‘In Emergency Break Glass’ brings together the North West’s best emerging women creatives to challenge the male-dominated artistic canon, respond to the gallery’s artworks and inspire attendees. This is an emergency. Join us in smashing patriarchy with art!
We are prioritising self-identified women in this call out as we aim to address the lack of representation of women as art creators, in Manchester Art Gallery and in wider society.
We are looking for spoken word, sonic, performance-based and visual pieces -any format is encouraged. The artwork must have an element of responding to the issues we aim to address. For those also interested in responding to specific pieces in Manchester Art Gallery please specify the piece.
The event will run from 5pm-9pm in Manchester Art Gallery as part of the exciting Thursday Lates series of events on Thursday 5 March. Artists will be encouraged to be present throughout the whole of the evening and there will be installation time also to consider.
The requirements are that the piece of work is self-contained and that materials used are appropriate to the art gallery. Material costs are the responsibility of the artist, but there is a small fund to cover expenses.
To apply please send;
Contact Information
Address including Postcode
Information about your practice
Three examples of previous work (Website, jpeg, word, pdf).
Details of your proposal for this event (the work cannot interfere with the current exhibiting collection, must be freestanding and cannot attach to any of the gallery walls etc). Please provide as much detail as possible here, the format of the work (visual, installation, performative etc). Are you available on the Thursday 5 March to install your work?
Which of the issues we are addressing does your piece respond to? or which Manchester Art Gallery piece are you responding to if any? 
For those interested in responding to specific pieces in Manchester Art Gallery, this is a list of potential sources of inspiration, however you are free to choose any piece, or respond to the issues we are addressing in any way. Possible works to respond to: 

The Sirens by William Etty

The Storm by William Etty

Dressin Gallery 6 (A Highland Romance)

Jane Hamilton,Countess Cathcart with her daughter Janeby by Sir Joshua Reynolds

The Mirror by Walter Sickert

Or visit to see the collection

Closes Sunday 15 February 2015 
If you have questions or are interested in submitting send your information to:

This has also been posted on Arts Council England Arts Jobs

Tuesday, 20 January 2015


To help mark International Women’s Day 2015, we want to collect photographs of women across Manchester telling us about their achievements and why they ride their bikes.

This is an interactive friendly competition open to all women across Greater Manchester –

We want photographs of everyone – so whether you have just learnt to ride; you enjoy occasional riding with family or friends in parks and green places; your bike is your transport; you like to explore the world from the saddle; you enjoy speeding on steaming tarmac; or love bumping about on dirt tracks in the wild forest – we would like your photograph!

No creative photographic experience necessary – it’s the statement and location that’s going to potentially win you some great prizes.

Have a look at the website for plenty more information about how to submit & get started.

Please s p r e a d the word to any networks or individuals you might know who would be interested in getting involved.

Final exhibition, bike party & prize giving to be held after Critical Mass on March 27th at Popup Bikes, Manchester. 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Still We Rise sharing event, Manchester, Tues 16 Dec 2014

Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) and Manchester Migrant Solidarity ( MISOL)  invites you to a sharing of:

     "Still We Rise"

 on Tuesday 16th December 2014
 a Sharing 
from 6pm 
at Methodist Central Hall,
 Oldham Street, 
Manchester, M1 1JQ.

  (approximately last 1hr.)

Still We Rise is a disturbing, eye opening and frank account of untold stories from women asylum seekers, some of whom have firsthand experience of being held in Yarl’s Wood, using multiple voices to emphasise the causes of how they end up there.

Still We Rise created by members of WAST in their own words to highlight the issues they face as part of their struggle for freedom in the asylum system.

Still We Rise consists of poetry, song and dance and drama through their journey as they fight back with dignity.

Funded by. Tudor Trust, & Individual donations from supporters and is  Supported by Safety4Sisters 
                                                                                 DONATIONS WELCOME

No booking necessary but it would help us to know if you would like to come please email;  or   

Thursday, 4 December 2014

10th December 2014 Manchester - Demonstration Stop the cuts to specialist “Violence Against Women” services

10th December 2014 marks Human Rights Day.

It is also the end of the 16 days of action associated with UN International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women. As Manchester City Council announces a further round of cuts to the tune of £60 million, Safety4Sister calls all women and men to join our demo and send out a united message to the Coalition Government


Wednesday 10th December 2014 - 12-2pm

St Peters Square, next to Cenotaph, Manchester City Centre

Bring banners, placards, whistles, pots/pans, spoons and drums.

The Coalition Government has slashed funding to vital frontline services for women and children escaping gender based violence and Manchester City Council has just announced that it has to find a further £60 million in saving. This is devastating. Some of the most vulnerable women and children are facing an uncertain future as specialist services, such as Women’s Aid refuges and Rape Crisis centres, struggle to survive. These, and many other specialist Violence Against Women services in Greater Manchester and around the UK, literally save women and children’s lives and provide excellent value for money. Services such as refuge accommodation, advocacy, advice, outreach work and emotional and group support to those experiencing domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, honour based violence and other forms of gender based violence.

Further cuts to this sector will mean that women will have to rely on higher cost services such as A&E, critical homelessness and emergency services. This will end up costing the government more.

These cuts are located within the wider politically driven ‘austerity measures’ which have resulted in extensive reductions in funding to legal aid, NHS, education, welfare services and other vital public sector services. Women’s rights and safety are at risk. Women are finding it harder to get access to justice; to a safe and secure specialist refuge; to protection for their children and to essential support services. The most marginalised women are bearing the brunt of the impact as poverty and inequality intensifies. As services are being starved of resource’s, the first to be affected are those facing extra barriers in accessing support such as women from black and minority ethnic communities, women with immigration status problems and women with disabilities. The Coalition has already undermined the services and spaces hard fought for. Given that on average, 2 women per week are killed by partners or ex-partners, these resources are the safety net upon which thousands of women and children rely on.

Did you know that -

• 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence over their lifetimes

• 1 in 5 women (aged 16-69) have experienced some form of sexual assault since aged 16 years

• Between 2010 and July 2014 the number of specialist refuge services decreased by 17%

• In one day in 2013, 155 women and their 103 children were turned away from refuges because they could not be accommodated

• 48% of 167 domestic violence services in England said that they were running services without funding. Six refuge services were being run without dedicated funding and using up their reserves to keep their services going

• Approximately 85,000 women are raped in England and Wales every year

(Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis



Organised by Safety4Sisters – a campaigning group which aims to highlight issues affecting undocumented women experiencing gender based violence, challenge the injustices they experience and work towards improving services

For more information contact – Sandhya Sharma or Vicky Marsh @safety4sisters Safety4Sisters (Northwest)

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Alexandra Arts presents Pankhurst in the Park 28 November, 7-10pm

Alexandra Arts presents
Pankhurst in the Park
28 November, 7-10pm
Alexandra Park, Pavilion
18+ Free*

8-8.30pm Artist Talk and Film Screening: Nataly Lebouleux
A screening of the stop-motion animation film Illuminate will be taking place with an introduction by Nataly Lebouleux - and her props.

9-9.30pm Artist In Residence Performance; Go! Push Pops (& guests)
All the way from Brooklyn, New York, join our artist in residence for a specially commissioned performance at Alexandra Park.

Installation By Julie Fitzpatrick
In collaboration with students from Manchester University's School of Architecture, Architect Julie Fitzpatrick will be exhibiting her new installation at the pavilion.

All night Music – Dj set by the Mighty Quinn

*As we have a bar on site, this event is 18+. It FREE but booking is necessary, either by e-mail: or through Eventbrite-

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

16 Days of street art action - call for artists

Image courtesy of Jenny White
The 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women campaign is fast approaching and we're really excited to announce that 16 Days of Street Art Action (Take 2) will be hitting the streets again this year!

There are two parts to the project this year

Part 1:
We are still keen to promote women artists in the Northwest so like last year we are looking for 16 female artists to create 16 pieces of street art, which will be displayed in Central Manchester on one of the 16 days. Our organisational role will be scaled back this year, so that means more freedom for you, the artists. The location of your artwork is down to you and you can choose whether to get permission or not! If you want your work to be one of the 'official' pieces for the campaign, you live in the Northwest and are available to create your work during the campaign period in Manchester (25th November to 10th December), all you need to do is send your idea to us before 1st November.

Part 2:
After last year's roaring success, lots of women contacted us and asked to get involved in the project, so this year we have decided to make it as inclusive as possible and are asking women from anywhere to create a piece of art (visual or performance based) on the theme described below, display it/perform it (preferably on the street) on one of the 16 days, take a photo/film it and send it to us. We will then post your art on the 16days of street art action facebook page. You can also tweet about it to your heart's content and encourage others to do the same using the hashtag #16daysofstreetartaction. Let's make the campaign go viral!

The Theme
This year's theme focuses more broadly on women's human rights and the importance of taking action to defend them. As feminist activism continues to rise across the UK, we want to use this campaign to draw attention to the many different ways in which women can and do take action to defend their rights and to strive for gender equality, whether that's by lobbying MP's or standing up for equality in their relationships.

Your mission is to create a piece of art which responds to the statement “ It's time...” and which reflects one of the ways in which we can work to achieve gender equality and women's human rights. For example:

“It's educate young people about consensual sex in schools”

“It's properly fund women's centres”

“It's value motherhood”

“it's be a feminist!”

We think that all your creative responses to 'It's time' will encapsulate the diversity of feminist action and perspectives on how to create change. We would like all of the artists to include the words 'it's time' within their piece. However your response to the phrase is entirely up to you, if your image speaks for itself…. further words may not be necessary.

We're really excited about this year's action and we hope you are too. Start thinking about it, start creating, tell your friends about it and get in touch. Deadline for proposals for ‘official’ pieces by Northwest Artists is 1st November. Send all proposals and questions to: 16daysofstreetartaction@gmail. com

In solidarity,

Jo and Hils


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Pankhurst in The Park, Manchester Autumn 2014

This Autumn, Alexandra Arts will be curating Pankhurst in The Park; a programme of free events and activities celebrating Alexandra Park’s rich historical connection to the iconic suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. 

Pankhurst in the Park takes inspiration from the Park's rich heritage connected to the leader of the Suffragette Movement, Emmeline Pankhurst, who was born and bred only yards from the Park in the neighbouring Moss Side estate.

The local community of Moss Side has hosted its fair share of radical history but Emmeline’s achievements, while volatile and controversial, helped to change the course of women's history, and Alexandra Arts believes this legacy is something to celebrate!

To highlight this historical socio-political heritage, which has until now has left no trace locally, Pankhurst in The Park is taking the opportunity to promote the wealth of talented female artists around the world and to provide a platform for art created by women.

The programme will include the Park’s first International Artist Residency, Go! Push Pops from Brooklyn, New York, combined with a free public programme of artist talks and installations situated in and around the stunning Grade 2-listed Alexandra Park and Pavilion.

The programme is open to all and provides the perfect excuse to nose around the newly renovated park and pavilion*. So, come and join us with friends and family for one or more of our fabulous free events.

4 October, 1-4pm
Big Life Draw[ing]: Katarzyna Jablonska
Join artist Katarzyna Jablonska in the newly opened pavilion for an exclusive viewing and talk about her recent commission for Pankhurst In The Park, followed by a tutored life drawing class.
Acoustic Set: Ríoghnach Connolly & Associates
Singer and flutist Ríoghnach Connolly, while strongly rooted in her trad Sean-nós background, also stirs elements of Appalachia, blues and jazz into the folk archive.
Big Draw Mayhem: Naomi Kashiwagi
Families are invited to join artist Naomi Kashiwagi in our exciting Big Draw activity at the park. The Big Draw is an international drawing festival taking place in over twenty countries throughout October

15 October, 5.30-8.30pm
In Conversation With Dr. Helen Pankhurst
Join us in conversation with Dr. Helen Pankhurst as we discuss our new Pankhurst in The Park programme. Inspired by Helen’s great grandmother Emmeline Pankhurst, the programme celebrates Alexandra Park’s connection to the British suffragette movement and its leader, who was born in Moss Side in 1858. Our conversation will be followed by a question and answer session, so get your questions ready!
Meet Our Artist In Residence: Go! Push Pops
Our first ever, international artist in residence will be flying over from Brooklyn, New York, to talk about their practice and their involvement in our programme.
Talk By Hysteria Magazine
London-based HYSTERIA is a periodical and a platform for feminist activism. With a printed publication and happenings all over the world, this is one story not to be missed.

1 November, 12-5pm
Woodland Exhibition Tour: Sarah Hardacre
Artist Sarah Hardacre will reveal the results of her recent commission for Pankhurst In The Park, with a walk and tour through the park's preserved woodland.
Artist Talk: Lynn Setterington
Join Lynn Setterington for a talk about her collaborative signature cloth, which marks the centenary of the death of Emily Wilding Davison at the Epsom Derby in June 1913.
Zine Mania: The Chapness & Queen of the Track
Feminist zine making workshop with Manchester based The Chapess and Liverpool's very own Queen of the Track.

29 November, 7-10pm
Artist Talk and Film Screening: Nataly Lebouleux
A screening of the stop-motion animation film Illuminate will be taking place with an introduction by Nataly Lebouleux - and her props.
Artist In Residence Performance; Go! Push Pops
All the way from Brooklyn, New York, join our artist in residence for a specially commissioned performance at Alexandra Park.
Installation By Julie Fitzpatrick
In collaboration with students from Manchester University's School of Architecture, Architect Julie Fitzpatrick will be exhibiting her new installation at the pavilion.
Music – Dj set by the Mighty Quinn

Alexandra Park
Alexandra Park has been serving the communities of Whalley Range and Moss Side for 144 years. Covering an area of 60 acres, it is one of the earliest and most complete of Manchester’s Victorian parks. Alexandra Park is regarded as of national importance and is a Grade 2-listed landscape on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens. It has recently reopened following a restoration project funded by Manchester City Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, English Cricket Board, the Lawn Tennis Association and Sport England. Facilities include floodlit tennis courts, a cricket square, lacrosse pitches and buildings with community meeting spaces, toilets and changing facilities. The Serpentine Lake has been restored, alongside new hard and soft landscaping, whilst the raised walk has become a formal zone. It’s beautiful but, don’t trust us, come along and see it for yourself!
Alexandra Arts

Alexandra Arts is an artist-led collective based in Manchester's Alexandra Park and founded in 2010. Alexandra Arts is curating the Pankhurst In The Park programme, which has received funding from the Arts Council of England and Norwegian Embassy in London as well as investment from St Mary's Primary School in Moss Side. Visit the links below to keep up to date with a growing calendar of events and installations.

For further details:
Follow: @AlexArtsMCR

*A café service will be available during events taking place in the Pavilion. 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

WOMEN OF THE NORTH 02 September 14 - 18 October 14 at The Royal Exchange, Manchester

(Photo: Anne Reid) Photography by Paul Wolfgang Webster

02 September 14 - 18 October 14

Part of Paul Wolfgang Webster's major project MADE IN THE NORTH

Paul Wolfgang Webster is a Manchester based photographer working on an ongoing major project MADE IN THE NORTH. This project is based on prominent Northern people who have made a contribution to life in the North.

The idea started many years ago when Paul was working towards his photographic degree. His work was received so well that he decided to carry on with the project after successfully completing his degree.

Four of Paul's MADE IN THE NORTH portraits are included in The National Portrait Gallery permanent collection in London. His work has been exhibited in The Circle Gallery, New York, Richard Goodall Gallery, Manchester and throughout the UK. The photographs have been commissioned and collected by individuals and businesses in the Northwest and Paul is also proud to say that he works closely with the Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Charity and the Diane Modahl Sports foundation.

The images exhibited here in the Royal Exchange Theatre relate to women of the North. Some of them you will recognize, others you may not, however all have made a contribution to life in the North and they all form part of the main MADE IN THE NORTH collections. Paul is so very thankful to them all for allowing him to capture their images. We hope you enjoy looking at his work.

Find out more here

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Wollstonecraftivism at People's History Museum, Sat 13 Sept, 12.00pm - 3.00pm

Wollstonecraftivism at People's History Museum, Sat 13 Sept, 12.00pm - 3.00pm

Join No More Page 3 for #Wollstonecraftivisim, a craftivist workshop highlighting issues of representation, feminism and gender expectations. The activists will lead a discussion tour of the main galleries, from Mary Wollstonecraft to the Rose Queen display. Then relax and explore these ideas through collaborative craftivism.

How have women and their bodies been seen and are seen in our world? What does this say about women? And why does representation matter? Using the idea of ‘News in Briefs’ (the comment given by the day’s Page 3 girl on current affairs) we will sew our thoughts and ideas about these issues and affairs onto a Rose Queen dress, bringing together historic and present day representations and ideas of women through collective craftivism.

Suitable for adults and young people

Part of the PHM Work in Progress workshop programme

Booking Requirements: Booking required via Eventbrite click here for link