Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Art Not Oil has included two pieces of ours in their diary for 2010, and with 33% of the profits going towards the Art Not Oil campaign, and 67% going to communities resisting oil and gas extraction in the global south, we are proud to support the project.
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Ultimate Holding Company artist Joe Richardson gets a mention in Sunday's Observer from comedian Mark Thomas, for an artwork featuring Princess Diana. The work, shown above in the bottom right-hand corner, is cited by Thomas as one of his most treasured possessions in a tour of his study for the 'My Space' column of the lifestyle magazine:
"Diana Spencer print: I'm friends with a Manchester-based art collective called UHC. A few years ago they were showing me round their studio when I saw this and thought it was brilliant. I've forgotten how much they sold it to me for, £40 or something"
Click here for the full article.
NB. The work is not a print, but a unique mixed media art work.
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Artist-activist group PLATFORM and their collaborators propose C Words, a two-month investigation into carbon, climate, capital and culture. Based on PLATFORM's 25 years of research, art and action, C Words cross-examines the present and looks to the next two decades. How did we get here? Where are we going? Who's deciding? Who's made invisible? Whose future matters? PLATFORM members will be in residence at Arnolfini throughout the project.
Over 25 events, installations, performances, actions, walks, courses, discussions and skills-sharing will build towards the moment of public departure to the protests at the contested COP 15 in Copenhagen. This isn't art which merely describes the problems of climate justice. C Words investigates how everything from carbon offsets and transport, to racism and bank accounts play their part in the carbon web. How will culture be produced in a low energy future? Can we imagine our way from here to there?
The Carbon Map will form part of the exhibition entitled - C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture, How did you get here and where are we going? The show will open on Saturday 3rd October 2009 through to Sunday 29th November.
Monday, 6 July 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
We are happy to see this campaign featured in the London Evening Standard newspaper and hope that through generating awareness for this issue people will realise that serving endangered species in restaurants such as Nobu is not cool!
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
100 tattoos for conservation
"EXT INKED aims to show that our generation cares about the future of all species and is prepared to prove it in blood, sweat and tears", explain the organisers.
The project is launched today, on Darwin's birthday. "We really feel that Darwin would appreciate our desire to creatively celebrate evolution, the sheer beauty of these species and the human effort needed to save them," a participating artist writes.
EXT INKED is a new art project from Ultimate Holding Company, in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society and Buglife (The Invertebrate Conservation Trust). Ultimate Holding Company is an award-winning, radical art and design collective operating in the heart of Manchester since 2002.
Volunteers will be permanently tattooed with the image of their chosen mammal, invertebrate, bird, reptile, fish or plant.
To keep EXT INKED free and avoid sponsorship, they are aiming to raise £5,000 from the public. They want the event to be free to attend and hope that it will attract a new wave of interest in conservationism.
With every successful free tattoo the project will create a new ambassador for another threatened species - a living exhibition of Charlie’s other angels!
If you think EXT INKED is a good idea and would like to help then sign up to the newsletter on their website linked below.
"It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, are dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us...” -Charles Darwin 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection'
Monday, 5 January 2009
UHC water table recieves futher acclaim in the August issue of Arts Council 'News'. The article highlights the success of The Water Table grabbing bronze prize in the prestigious Show Garden Catagory, adding to its 'already impressive tally of horticultural awards'. Being described as innovative and beautiful, the project recieved a glowing report from the executive Director of Arts Council England,
"Congratulations to all those who have brought this innovative project together. The Arts Council is delighted to support ventures which have such a creative reach into the commnutiy. We feel sure Metal's partnership with southend will grow from strength top strength."