Northern Art Carbooty

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“Seek and yee shall find wonderful things to open your mind”

Having grown from the success of artist Tasha Whittle’s Islington Mill born Carbooty, we are pleased to announce the inaugural Northern Art Carbooty will be taking place in Ancoats, Manchester, on Bank Holiday Sunday 25 August 2013. The event, like Carbooty, will build upon Whittle’s interrogation of her own and others’ hoarding activities whilst in residency at Islington Mill.

In Ancoats in the 1800s textile production and trade was king and something that has led to Ancoats being a place of significance in Manchester’s industrial heritage. At the height of this period in Ancoats’ history, the area was heavily populated by Italian migrants whom actively traded, performed and socialised on the streets of what is commonly understood as one of the UK’s first industrial suburbs.

Northern Art Carbooty therefore couldn’t think of a more fitting place to invite both the public and a host of artists to bring their wares and brains that through trade, exchange and gifting, might consider, explore and celebrate the social aspects, hidden worlds and stories behind car boots and table top sales.

A car boot with a twist, Northern Art Carbooty artists, some represented, will be challenged to make available their work through an easily recognisable platform and allow the public to acquire items and access services at rock bottom prices, perhaps even for free. The idea of the ‘arts market’ as well as how value is attributed and commodity defined, will be turned on its head, especially as visitors will also be encouraged to take part and dabble in playing, making and tasting.

By way of a taster, ‘Stall take overs’ will include the likes of Richard Shields, Jenny Core, Ultimate Holding Company, Sketch City Collective and Coniston Honest Shop ’. Visitors are also being urged to bring along their tired and pre-loved belongings for Sketch City to transform on their ‘Pimp my Booty’ stall where they will be busy up-cycling just about anything you can think of!

Northern Art Carbooty are also commissioning new work from Ultimate Holding Company who will be creating a new ‘art object’ to be installed on the roof of their ‘getaway van’ upon which they created a model glider for Tatton Biennial 2012. Meanwhile artist Nicola Smith will create an alternative tour of the local area to be led by tour guide Miss Evente, a character showcased at Liverpool Biennial in 2010. Furthermore throughout the event Sketch City will be working against the clock to ‘pimp’ a real life vehicle to be donated by the public.

Finally there will be lots to take part in as well as take away for free, everything from screen-printing workshops with One69a, sustainable food and produce from Common Ground and even abstract nail art devised by artist Alison Kershaw. The notions of trade and exchange will permeate and visitors should be ready to haggle.

Entertainment will be on hand so those attending can also sit back and just enjoy a drink whilst they take it all in or even take part in Unity Radio’s live broadcast of the event from 12noon-2pm.

Northern Art Carbooty hosted b Bassment, curated and produced by Tasha Whittle, Elizabeth Wewiora and Helen Wewiora