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DIY SOS Homes for veterans project

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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 traveling 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.

Update: DIY SOS Big Build return to Manchester
In November 2016 the DIY SOS Big build team returned to Newton Heath, Manchester to finish off the refurbishment of the final house of the Homes for Veterans project in Canada Street.
I was lucky enough to capture this important part of the project and have selected a number of my images in this gallery here. 


As it should be the BBC’s DIY SOS homes for veterans programme was focused on the veterans and their stories; But I feel that the men and women who turned up each day to work on this project unpaid deserve some recognition and also the companies and suppliers who helped keep this project alive. After the programme had finished, a number of ex servicemen and construction workers who worked on the Homes for Veterans project, were inspired to setup charities and support groups, such as Hull 4 Heroes and the Band of Builders.

 

 

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Anti Trump Protests Manchester

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

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The Beating Heart of Ancoats Banner Project

The ‘Beating Heart of Ancoats’ Banner represents the collaborative work of renowned banner maker Ed Hall; community arts group Upper Space and the Ancoats Dispensary Trust.
This is a community led project of which some residents of Ancoats made a contribution for each individual window of the banner expressing what Ancoats means to them and their hopes for the future.

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Nigel Patrick Mottram Artist

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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.


Nigel Mottram can be contacted on 07794489994

The Works of Nigel Patrick Mottram 

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