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Comment by Samantha Mills on January 24, 2012 at 11:50

Manchester Jewellers Network currently have a selling exhibition for valentine day within the Royal Exchange and also within Germany with Adornments for Justice.  We will be meeting at Mad Lab in Manchester on the 13th February to discuss good practice and paperwork for exhibitions and professional practice.  See mad lab events board for further information on meetings.

Comment by Petra van den Houten on January 24, 2012 at 10:57


Redeye, the Photography Network is thrilled to launch an annual bursary with leading professional photographic printer Rob Sara.

Rob Sara has worked with some of Britain’s most inspiring photographers, including Hannah Starkey, Trish Morrissey, David Moore, Ewen Spencer and Nick Meek to name a few. He previously ran the printing services at Rapid Eye in Shoreditch before setting up a studio in Cumbria in 2007. He is dedicated to analogue work and continues to print the work of Stephen Gill and recent clients have included Simon Roberts and Bertien Van Manen.

The bursary will involve two days of directed hand printing to produce a series of images for a photographer’s portfolio to the value of up to £750 with an overnight stay, sponsored by Redeye. The bursary is purely for work shot on colour negative. Whilst work can be from your negative archive, the bursary is aimed at encouraging new work and is expected to be images that have never been shown before.

The judges will be Rob Sara, photographer David Moore, book publisher Dewi Lewis and Petra van den Houten from Redeye.

Entry to this bursary is only open to paid members of Redeye. If you would like to join as a member, please visit www.redeye.org.uk/join.

Comment by Petra van den Houten on September 13, 2011 at 23:15

You may have seen the flyer for Craft Cafe 11 on 25 September as part of the opening weekend of the Didsbury Arts Festival, if not there is one attached.

Craft Cafe returns to the Northern Tennis Club in Didsbury for the third 


As always this is going to be a fun day with lots of stalls, great food from the Northern Kitchen & Bar and plenty of activities.


To mention a few activities: Juliette Hamilton will be doing willow decorations and everyone can join in. Beetlefelt will be doing felt making sessions and Annette Naor will have a printing stall. There will be a number of craft demonstrations as well.  Kate Frain will provide vintage looks, you can have hair and make up done and try on vintage clothes. We will take bookings in advance so if you are interested please send us an email (see below). Also there will be some updates on our Craft Cafe 11 Facebook page, please ‘Like’ if you wish to be updated.


We hope you will be able to come along and pass the information to your networks.


Also to let you know there will be a Christmas Craft Cafe at the Northern on the 27 November. If you are interested please get in touch before 1 October atcraftcafe@hotmail.co.uk. Places for this one are even more limited than the forthcoming one as we will not have any space outdoors.

Comment by Samantha Mills on September 2, 2011 at 12:58
Manchester Jewellers are proud to anounce that we will be exhibiting and selling at Manchester Art Gallery through the christmas period,  and also have a Valentine's exhibition at the Royal Exchange launching in Jan 2012.  For further information on joining the Manchester Jewellers Network please see the websiteManchester Jewellers Network
Comment by Karen Wood on July 21, 2011 at 9:19

The next TRP ManchesterTAP JAM is on


Monday 25th July

at Band on the Wall


Join us as we go back to the roots of tap dancing– improvised dance with live jazz from the amazing Michael Cretu Trio and special guest dancers. Dancers from beginners to pro take the stage hosted by dancer/choreographer and Tap Rhythm Project founder Jess Murray. Whether you want to dance or simply enjoy seeing tap danced with great local jazz musicians, this is an event that everyone will enjoy.

If you fancy a tap try-out we ...have shoes that you can use on the free 'Renegade Stage' taster workshop at 7pm in the Picturehouse with course tutor Karen Wood. No experience necessary. Tap shoes provided.

There will be an open workshop with special guest Junior Laniyan (London Tap Jam, Riverdance) before the main event kicks off on the main stage for intermediate and advanced tappers in Education Room 1 from 6.30-7.30pm. Price £12 payable at the Box Office as you arrive. NB Please enter through the Red Door for this workshop. Check it out here:

Discount for booking the workshop and tap jam together - £15.

Children under 16 are welcome to this evening as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

http://bandonthewall.org/e ​vents/3197/

http://www.tapproject.com/ ​2011/07/manchester-trp-jam ​-25th-july/
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PLUS!  New tap course starts on Monday 19th September for 9 weeks!  Come and join us! Look out for the info on www.bandonthewall.org
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Comment by Frank Collins on June 30, 2011 at 16:36

If you are a designer, and wish to exhibit alongside these top names, applications are still open through to 15th July 2011. Details are available from our website www.liverpooldesignfestival.com/design-show

The annual celebration of contemporary design and catwalk fashion returns for its third year.

Following last year’s great success with visitors and exhibitors alike the Design Show has been extended to 3 days this year in the stunning neo-classical surroundings of the Grade 1 listed St Georges Hall. Around 100 independent designer makers of furniture, ceramics, lighting, jewellery and fashion will be showing their work, discussing their skills and selling their creations to an expected 5000 visitors. (Ticket info www.liverpooldesignfestival.com)

The Key Exhibitors this year are;

Tatty Devine –Handmade in England, Tatty Devine is famous for its inventive and creative jewellery. They have been commissioned to create catwalk pieces as well as high street collections and enjoy cult status in Japan, America and Australia as well as Europe. Listed by Dazed and Confused as one of the top 50 coolest brands worldwide this is their first visit to Liverpool. Design Show visitors can have fun creating their own accessories in Tatty Devine’s weekend workshops.

Curiousa and Curiousa – Esther Patterson produces elegant lamps and lighting from hand blown glass and bone china. Drawing on her background in graphic design Esther also creates surface patterns for fabric and these were recently featured on BBC2’s ‘Britain’s Next Big Thing’.

Kirsty Hull – one of the big successes at last year’s Design Show, Kirsty is an up and coming Cheshire based furniture designer and upholsterer who breathes new life into traditional designs with her unique hand embroidered fabrics. Whether rescuing old furniture or working with new solid mahogany frames all Kirsty’s pieces are handmade using traditional methods.

Thorsten Van Elten – Theo is the new eclectic and inspirational online shop brought to you by Thorsten van Elten who has been producing icon design-led objects such as the Pigeon Light, Antlers and Plant Cup since 2002.Theo launched in July 2010 and sells mainly British and Central European products which have a long lasting quality and aesthetic. Their motto is: Buy less…but buy better!

Lazerian – Manchester based artist Liam Hopkins creates breathtaking furniture and lamps precision cut from cardboard and plywood with a wood router . These beautiful sculptural pieces draw crowds to wonder at how they defy the limitations of such prosaic materials.

There will also be the premiere of the A/W 2011 collection from Claudette Joseph on the catwalk. Claudette can count Helen Mirren and Julie Christie as customers, and her latest collection combines influences and inspirations from the 1940′s featuring strong lines with a colour palette of white, chartreuse, navy and soft rose. The Design Show gives visitors an exclusive opportunity to meet Claudette and order or buy directly from her as her clothes are not available in shops or boutiques in the North West. www.claudettejoseph.co.uk

Explaining the ethos at the heart of the Liverpool Design Festival, Director Tara Badami, said;

“We want to inspire and excite designers and public alike by providing a platform and a focus on the very best in contemporary design.”

During the four day festival there will be a Design Trail for the intrepid and not-so-intrepid design consumer to follow across the city, offering opportunities to view exhibitions and installations of high quality work from textiles in the suburbs of Crosby and Kirkby, to photography, furniture and fashion in city centre stores. Partnering again with other Liverpool venues committed to contemporary design, the Design Trail will also highlight exhibits at the Bluecoat, the Tate and FACT.

During the Design Show there will be an exhibition of work by winners and runners up in Design Stars – a competition for school pupils which aims to encourage the designers of the future by participating in workshops with professionals. Last year’s categories were product, surface pattern and video game design.

The Design Festival and show are run by Design Initiative which is an industry body and charity based in Liverpool and Manchester. It works to support independent designers, helping them to promote their work and provide professional development through talks, seminars and conferences. The Design Festival and Show are made possible with the financial support of the City of Liverpool and Arts Council England.

Comment by Frank Collins on April 15, 2011 at 12:27

About The Festival

6th – 15th October 2011
The Liverpool Design Festival was launched in November 2009 as a new annual design and contemporary craft festival in Liverpool. It is major project managed by Design Initiative with support from Liverpool City Council and Arts Council, England.

About The Design Show

7th - 9th October 2011
The Design Show will be the signature event of the Festival and aims to showcase the best in contemporary design from the North West and the rest of the UK. It will present a selection of exciting and inspiring interior products, glass, ceramics, furniture, lighting, jewellery, textiles and designer fashion and fashion accessories.

Call For Entries
The Call For Entries application pack can be downloaded here. Alternatively, if you want a pack emailing to you please email Frank Collins with your contact details and the pack will be emailed or posted to you.

We now have two standard exhibition shell schemes, complete with power, lighting and name board. Stands at 2m x 1m and 3m x 1m, will be available and you’ll be able to purchase additional square metres to create bigger stands. We can also offer you a space only option allowing you to create and install your own stand.

We now have a choice of stand types; fabric covered walls, slatted walls and MDF walls.

The deadlines for applications and price points:

Apply before May 31st and if you’re selected you’ll qualify for the Early Bird Offer of a standard shell scheme of 2m x 1m at £250 and 2m x 1m at £290.

Prices will revert to the standard charge of £300 per 2m x 1m shell scheme and £360 for a 3m x 1m shell scheme, if you successfully apply after May 31st

A standard fee of £60 per additional square metre is chargeable for stands over 3m x 1m.

We welcome applications from group exhibitors and stand sharers conditional on all exhibitors on the stand being successfully selected by the panel.

For more information: www.liverpooldesignfestival.com

The Design Show is part of Liverpool Design Festival which will run from 6 - 15 October. If you would like to hold an event as part of the Festival, please contact Julie Colligan julie@designinit.org.uk
Comment by Martin Harris on October 13, 2010 at 17:18
Rocket Theatre presents...
Oscar Wilde's 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime'

A hilarious retelling of the Oscar Wilde classic story adapted by
Martin Harris.
A wicked black comedy that positively fizzes with fun. You are invited
to join Lord and Lady Arthur Savile in their new home for an evening
of ludicrous indulgence:

LAUGH as Lord Arthur regales you with his astounding anecdotes!
MARVEL at the versatility of his man-servant!
GASP as his Lordship reveals dark secrets that will have you squirming
in your seat!

Do you have the stomach for dinner with Lord Arthur Savile?

Thurs 28 & Fri 29 October @ 8pm
Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF
Tickets: £10 / £8 from the box office - 0161 912 5616
Online bookings - www.watersideartscentre.co.uk

Please note: This 2 man production is also available for private and
public bookings. For more information go to www.rockettheatre.co.uk
Comment by Les Selby on August 19, 2010 at 13:46
Call for Collaboration (August 2010 No 1): (Freelance Web Developer)

Alba Associates has been approached by a Manchester based businesses that provides specialist delivery of online support and advice services based platforms. The Client is looking for a freelance Web Designer / Developer to contribute in the following ways.

The client wishes to work with a partner (freelancer) who can contribute towards the team with their ability to turn ideas into specs for coding (mock ups, process maps / notes as well as help out with testing. The person is needed to contribute as a team member to current projects.

The client would like to partner with someone who has design and usability skills (Photoshop and CSS) as well as helping with graphics to make interface for users pleasant, usable and accessible. Would also be able assist with coding requirements (php / sql / ajax) would be most attractive.

The client would like the opportunity to meet in an informal manner at the next Wired City Reconnected event (Manchester 23rd September). By meeting at the event, will allow the client to meet and review a possible partner without have to hear any sales pitch or receive any unnecessary cold calls? Once they have received the business profile materials and met the potential business they would like to select the right partner with the most suitable solution.

The client is looking for a regional based business partner North East rather than overseas agency. Their preference is to partner with freelance business that is willing to work under their label on projects.

Alba Associates hold no additional information on the client or business. We would ask you to contact us to obtain a template business profile document ...which we will forward then forward to our client to explore possible introductions. (In this business profile you could include links to websites / evidence of work...as well as rates. The profile should be greater than 150 words. Please do not send us pdf of your work / profile).

Please note that there are no fees attached to arrangements for any introductions to meet the business.

To respond simply email me les.selby@albaassoc.com for a business profile, and once completed will be sent directed to the business concerned.
Comment by Lisa Duddington on June 8, 2010 at 16:21
"50% of potential sales are lost from a site as users can't find data and 40% of users do not return to a site when their first visit is a negative experience" I basically specialise in designing so that this doesn't happen to your site!

my site: www.keepitusable.com

web design - we design sites that your customers will find easy to use and persuasive.This means we use design methods to get your customers to look at and click on the things you want them to click on, which in turn increases your sales/roi.

usability - if you already have a website, then we can perform a usability review or user testing (research with real users) whereby we can identify the weaknesses in your site where you may be losing customers / visitors. We will then suggest design changes you can make immediately to not only stop this from happening but to actively persuade visitors to your site to perform certain actions. For example if you want visitors to primarily check out your latest offer, we can use persuasive design to increase the click through rate to this page. In turn this increases your conversion, sales and roi.

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