APRIL 2016 ONWARDS
‘From Trinity To The Crescent’ is the second Not Quite Light Project. It will explore the area around the River Irwell, which is used as the physical border between the cities of Manchester and Salford. This will take me from just below Strangeways along Chapel Street and Deansgate, and as far as the Crescent, as the A6 heads away from the city centre.
The history between Salford and Manchester is fascinating, and illustrates my view that perhaps Manchester’s biggest talent is appropriation. It’s certainly always been the more strident bullying force, often overwhelming a Salford oddly too meek to stand up for itself when yet there was so much to be proud of.
As the BBC has firmly established itself in Salford, so the ambition of the council seems, to the naked eye, to be re-awakening with vast developments planned down Chapel Street and as far as Salford Quays and Media City. As to what that means for its future, and how this will sit with its stroppy, younger sibling across the water, it is, to misquote Zhou Enlai, too soon to tell.
Over the next year I’ll be exploring again the themes of heritage and regeneration in this part of our cities. Might we, at some time in a future, be able to say there was success, or simply an escape from failure?
DEC 2015 – DEC 2016
I’ve been commissioned by 5 Plus architects to produce a body of work, which I’ve entitled “You Live With Us, We Live With You”. The project will explore 11 buildings ( 7 in Manchester, 4 in London ) and examine the relationships we have with the buildings that affect our daily environment, and also look at our impact on those buildings as we evolve the streets in which they exist.
FEB 2015 – MARCH 2016
This was the first Not Quite Light project and established exploring the themes of regeneration and heritage as Manchester undergoes the most significant redevelopment in recent times. Using dawn as a metaphor for transition, the pictures were taken in an area covering the north and eastern edge of the city centre. The work was recently exhibited as part of the Not Quite Light Weekend and the Manchester Histories Festival.