East Manchester was once part of the industrial heartland of the UK, but sadly the area fell into decline from the late 1970s onward, which lead to factory closures from and people moving away from the area.
The catalyst that brought on the rebirth of a post industrial landscape in an area that once thrived on cotton, coal, steel and engineering, was the legacy from the 202 Commonwealth Games which was hosted at the City of Manchester Stadium that was built on a site that once occupied the Bradford Colliery.
A promise was made to create 6000 new jobs, build 1000 new homes and to improve transport links and education facilities. However, the great economic recession of 2008, caused many of the proposed housing developments being put hold or abandoned.
However, on a positive note, the Abu Dhabi United Group AUG purchased Manchester City Football Club 2008 which led to a £1b investment at the Etihad stadium and the surrounding districts.
This a selection of images from my project that I started in 2007
The BBC’s DIY SOS Big Build team working in collaboration with Manchester City Council, Walking With The Wounded and Haig Housing – set out a project to refurbish 25 empty homes on Canada Street and New Street, East Manchester into a community village for war veterans, incorporating three specially adapted homes for veterans and a walk in support centre.
An appeal was sent out for construction firms to contribute to the project; Kier Group, ISG, Wates Living Space and Rowlinsons are among the many that supported the DIY SOS BIG build Manchester project. Also a media call was sent out through TV, Radio and Newspapers for Bricklayers, Plumbers, Electricians and Roofers to volunteer their services for free. On average 150-200 construction workers and ex servicemen a day signed in to help support the DIY SOS big build project, with many travelling from all parts of the UK.
I have been documenting the regeneration of east Manchester since 2007 and as I live only 3 miles away from Canada St, I felt that I should be documenting this massive project along with the hard work, dedication and community spirit that always prevailed to support this really good cause to help the war veterans who have put their lives on the line for our country.
Artist’s Statement: Nigel Patrick Mottram In process and content my paintings explore interrelationship between creation and destruction, chaos and order. These themes play out in layers of physical, psychological and social references in the final work: I am fascinated by the human traces referenced in urban waste ground and industrial dereliction. • The first layer draws upon memories of Liverpool in the aftermath of the Second World War. I searched through layers of rubble, shards of rusty metal and shattered bricks on bombsites to discover what lay beneath. Memories of this are evoked in the sense of discovery/uncovery, which continues in my artistic process as imagery emerges in the process of painting, • The second layer addresses themes of physical isolation and emotional alienation. • The third layer references symbols of scapegoats and hero figures who survive destructive processes. • The fourth layer articulates a search for self-expression and exploration of the complexities of masculinity identity in 21st Century.
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I was commissioned to do a Life (male) Model shoot by Artist Nigel Patrick Mottram at his studio in Hope Mill, Ancoats Manchester.
Figurative artist Nigel requested a set of images that would depict an “Angel Rising from the Ashes of a Post Apocalyptic Landscape” of which most of Nigel’s work is centred on .
Firstly I asked life model Ewan Booth to go through his usual set of poses – which he does for life drawing classes at colleges and universities and then afterwards he did the “angel rising” poses – the session took about two hours to shoot; I have photographed and cataloged most of Nigel’s artwork over the years , so I have a good understanding of Nigel’s aspirations.
Dr Michael Whitfield author of The Dispensaries gave a talk at the Friends Meeting House in Manchester on 18th April 2017; Dr Michael talked about his book and the role of the dispensaries played in the provision of healthcare for the poor in the nineteenth century. The event was organised by the Victorian Society and the Ancoats Dispensary Trust.
In the wake of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the President of the United States of America; thousands of people held rallies and protest in most of the major cities around the world, in a show of solidarity against Trump’s Muslim travel ban, Sexist comments and his planned state visit to the UK.
In Manchester a number of anti Trump protests were held in Albert square, together with marches around the city centre; I had the chance to witness and to photograph these events – starting with the International Women’s rally 21/01/17, #NoMuslimBan 30/01/17 and the #StandUpToTrump 04/02/17
The so called Bedroom Tax came into force in April 2013; officially known as the Spare Room Subsidy; it was instigated by the Secretary of State for Works and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith as part of the Welfare Reform Act. This brutal policy was deemed by many as a tax on the poor and disabled; it was derived as a move to free up the waiting list for social housing and encourage people to downsize, typically, council or housing association tenants would see their benefits cut by 14% and if they have two or more spare rooms, the cut will be 25%.
Anti Bedroom tax demo Manchester. 16/03/2013
In reality this draconian policy was badly timed, the great world recession of 2008 was at its peak, there were two and a half million people unemployed and Britain’s building industry was at a standstill in 2013; in some areas there was a shortage of one bedroom accommodation, leaving many vulnerable and disabled people to move away from the support of their families and friends to find suitable property.
Furthermore, the UK government spent £1.5 trillion of tax payer’s money bailing out RBS, Lloyd TSB and HSBC during the recession, whilst a majority of the bedroom tax victims including single parent families are struggling to make ends meet, and in some cases bedroom tax victims had to resort to Credit Unions and Payday loans as some tenants can lose up to £30 a week in benefit.
A National demonstration took place on Saturday 25th February 2017; around 2000 protesters travelled from various parts of the UK for a day of anti-fracking action in solidarity with Frack Free Lancashire, a rally was held at Maple farm together with a march to energy firm Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking site.