Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Art Not Oil Diary

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.

Arnolfini Exhibition: C Words

The well-travelled Carbon Map, commissioned by Platform, has been included in another show at Arnolfini running from 3 October to 29 November. The image of the map (below) was used to promote the 50 day investigation of the C Words: carbon, climate, capital and culture by 60 artists, activists, campaigners and educators.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Joe Richardson in the Observer

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

Filter Magazine

Filter Magazine, a publication by the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), recently went online and amongst some of the other great work on their website they also showcase some of our older projects (including a couple of projects we don't have on our website); the Spring Shrouds, H.O.B.O and the Parking Meter Mourning Hood.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

EXT INKED hit the radio waves!

106.1 Rock Radio Manchester invited Jai Redman and Timo Ten Feld to join Steve Berry on the breakfast show to talk about EXT INKED the forth coming UHC project celebrating Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday.

To download and listen again to this interview please see the EXT INKED profile page.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

The Carbon Map

The Carbon Map created by UHC in 2007 as a commission for Platform for the Transport Planning Society will soon be on show at Arnolfini, a centre for contemporary arts in Bristol.

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

Dyeing Breeds

Ext Inked has received further acclaim in the August 09 issue of Bizarre Magazine (UK). The article features information about UHC's latest and most controversial new art venture which invites 100 volunteers to become 'ambassadors' for a threatened species of insect, animal or plant and have a picture of it tattooed on their skin. Bizarre have also been given an exclusive peek at several of the designs including the Great Yellow Bumble Bee and the Erratic Ant created by UHC's co-founder Jai Redmen.

To find out more about Ext Inked or to register your interest in becoming an ambassador please visit the UHC website.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

One and All

Our very own Joe Richardson was one of eight artists invited to take part in the 'I Don't Know About Community Networks But I Know What I Like' project organised by Alison Kershaw. The works were featured in the One and All exhibition at the Castlefield Galley, which ran from 3 April to 17 May 2009. 

 A review of this exhibition featured in the June issue of A-N Magazine.

Limited Edition Sushi

UHC has had the pleasure of working with Greenpeace for the Limited Edition Sushi Campaign, the aim of which is to stop trendy restaurant Nobu selling endangered species on their menu.

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!  

To find out more about this campaign please visit and watch

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

Arts Council News

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."