GM ARTIST HUB AWARDED £60,000 BY THE ESMÉE FAIRBAIRN FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT ARTISTS IN GREATER MCR
A project spearheaded by thirteen leading performing arts organisations across Greater Manchester has been awarded £60,000 by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to support independent artists and creative freelancers in the area.
GM Artist Hub was formed in April 2020 to help independent artists access support, advice and opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis.
The project has now offered nearly 300 private advice sessions to local artists and a number of larger opportunities for artists to learn about specific funding streams and connect with chief executives and artistic directors across the city region.
Participating venues and arts organisations are: Community Arts North West, Contact, HOME, The Lowry, Manchester International Festival, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, SICK! Festival, STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North), Waterside Arts and Creative Industries Trafford, hÅb/Word of Warning and Z-arts.
This funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation will allow the project to offer a range of new opportunities to local artists including creative care and wellbeing support, opportunities to develop new skills and co-commissions offered across a range of local partners.
Claire Symonds, senior producer: artist development at The Lowry, says:
“Through GM Artist Hub, we wanted to demonstrate our collective support for the passionate and vibrant freelance community that sits at the heart of Greater Manchester’s creative scene. Artists are the lifeblood of our industry. What’s more, their creativity and ability to adapt will be absolutely critical as we all look for new ways of reaching out to audiences while social distancing is in place.
“Over the last six months we have been listening to artists as they make sense of things and begin to work out what their new needs and priorities are. This award from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation means we can start offering opportunities that are relevant to our local community right now.”
Details about the new programmes on offer will be announced in mid-September.
For more information about GM Artist Hub, visit www.gm-artisthub.co.uk
THE SHOW GOES ON THIS CHRISTMAS AT THE LOWRY WITH NOT ONE BUT TWO SOCIALLY DISTANCED SHOWS AT THE QUAYS VENUE THIS NOV/DECBy KARL
The Lowry in Salford has today confirmed plans to go-ahead with not one, but two Christmas shows this November and December.
The arts centre on Salford Quays will offer theatregoers the choice of the international smash hit musical SIX (27 November 2020– 10 January 2021) and family favourite The Gruffalo (12 December 2020 – 10 January 2021).
Both shows were originally set to take place in the venue’s 450-seat Quays Theatre- but have now moved into the much larger 1,700-seat Lyric Theatre which can allow for 1m+ social distancing between each booking.
All existing ticket holders for SIX and The Gruffalo are being contacted about the new arrangements.
The new seating configuration allows for COVID-secure deep-cleaning of the auditorium between each performance and ensures zero crossover of incoming and outgoing audiences. Temperature checks will be taken of all audience members entering the building and face covering policy will be in place together with sanitising stations throughout the venue and staggered entry times to reduce queues.
Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said:
SIX is returning to The Lowry after a sell-out run last Christmas. The show has become a global phenomenon since its early days as a student production at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has been nominated for five Olivier Awards.
SIX producers Kenny Wax, Wendy & Andy Barnes and George Stiles say, ‘We have the opportunity to give work to 50 or so actors, musicians, technicians, stage managers, production managers, costume makers, marketing, press, ticketing and office staff.
The touring cast for SIX includes: Lauren Drew (Catherine of Aragon), Maddison Bulleyment (Anne Boleyn), Lauren Byrne (Jane Seymour), Shekinah McFarlane (Anna of Cleves), Jodie Steele (Katherine Howard) and Athena Collins (Catherine Parr), with Alternates Jennifer Caldwell, Cassandra Lee and Harriet Watson. Accompanying the Queens are the show’s all female band The Ladies in Waiting.
New bookings for SIX in the Lyric Theatre go on-sale at 10am on Wednesday 16 September. New bookings for The Gruffalo in the Lyric Theatre go on-sale on Friday 25 September.
All tickets will be available at: www.thelowry.com
A taxi driver has died following a road traffic collision in Salford last week (Thursday 10th September)
Police are appealing to the public for information after a 46-year-old taxi driver died two days after a serious road traffic collision in Salford.
At around 9am on Thursday 10 September 2020, a grey Renault Megane taxi was travelling northbound on Trafford Road before turning right onto Phoebe Street.
The taxi collided with a brown Audi A3 which was travelling southbound on Trafford Road.
The driver of the taxi – a 46-year-old man – suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital, where he sadly died on Saturday 12 September.
The driver of the Audi A3 – a 22-year-old man – suffered minor injuries and is assisting police with their enquiries.
A third vehicle – a black Audi A5 – was also travelling southbound on Trafford Road when the incident occurred but failed to remain at the scene.
The driver – a 27-year-old man – was later arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and has been released under investigation.
Officers are appealing to anyone with dash cam footage or who witnessed the collision to contact them as part of their ongoing enquiries.
Sergeant Andrew Page, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:
Anyone with any information or dash cam footage should contact police on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 680 of 10/09/2020. Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
NO RISK! AFTER REPORTS OF SUSPECT PACKAGES FOUND ON BUSES AT PICCADILLY AND SALFORD QUAYS TURN OUT TO BE FALSE ALARMSBy KARL
Police responded to double incidents at both Manchester Piccadilly and Salford Quays earlier today after two suspicious packages were reported being found on two separate buses.
At around 1.15pm today (Saturday 5 September 2020), police were called to reports that a suspicious item had been found on a bus at Manchester Piccadilly bus station, not long after at around 2:25 police were called with a report of another incident of a similar nature at Salford Quays.
Police acted swiftly to evacuate and secure both scenes but after checks were made, both packages were deemed to be safe and there was no risk to the public.
Roads around both areas were temporarily closed but have now reopened.
During the incidents the police force deployed is aerial assets to monitor from above.
The speed of the response shows clearly that Greater Manchester Police has an extremely well rehearsed and co-ordinated action plan in place following the attack on Manchester Arena.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1452 of 05/09/2020, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.