Maria Walker Textile Artist at Purple

The second artist we are announcing for our Purple night is textile artist Maria Walker. Maria is currently studying for her MA at Chester University, she will be creating an installation which comments on the subversion of the use of the colour purple and mass consumption in the fashion industry generally. To get a feel for what Maria’s work entails please take a look at her website, blog and Facebook presence.

Recently Maria has been collaborating with the poet Angela Topping. The result of the collaboration, which is a combination of poetry and textile based art, was exhibited at the Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn, in 2011 and us currently being exhibited at the VAC Gallery in Northwich (until 15th March). It will then move to Sale Waterside Arts Centre in May until September.

It will be superb to see what Maria brings to our night, we haven’t engaged with a textile artist like Maria before so we don’t know quite what to expect!!!

maria walker

Sandra Bouguerch to perform ‘Collision’ at Purple

Performance title:- COLLISION

Live performance duration is instinctive.

Sandra Bouguerch is an interdisciplinary artist exploring her ongoing enquiry into the Notion of Self. Her practice incorporates an array of media such as installation, photography, sound, performance, video and text through which she creates atmospheres containing vulnerability and uncertainty.


The basis of my practice is my individual experience of life, and, as such, I am often the central subject. This has been recently amplified through performance highlighting the many commonalities, both physical and psychological that inform the human condition. Her aim is to suggest a state of affairs that carries the body to another form of conscience, reflecting an unstable realism that is often uncontainable, encompassing unpredictable circumstances.

Purple packed night on 27th Feb, 8-11pm.

We are now in the process of announcing our next event, Purple.

Not only do we have ourselves and our guest artists this night, but pre our night from 6 until 8 we have as part of the Islington Mill ‘Intervention’ talk series, have the invited artist and graphic designer Michel Bouvet.

Graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Michel Bouvet is a poster artist and graphic designer. Living and working in Paris he has designed hundreds of posters for theatre, opera, music, dance, art, festivals and public institutions in France and abroad. He has had more than 70 personal exhibitions in 35 countries around the world. His studio works for theatres, public institutions, museums, festivals and publishers. Michel Bouvet is a curator of graphic design exhibitions and professor at the ESAG Penninghen in Paris Michel Bouvet is a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale).

You can keep up to date about this event through Facebook

We can also announce the first of our featured guest artists Sandra Bouguerch.

Sandra performed at White; a particularly emotive piece ‘Eyes Wide Shut‘, which you can see documented through both her own Vimeo film channel and our documentation of the night. You can also catch some more of her recent work featuring her father which address’s areas of vulnerability in regard to the onset of old age. Vimeo channel. (

Thank You White

A big thank you to all those that came to and appeared in White.

Pictures are starting to appear on our Facebook page, and I’m posting a few here I managed to take in between performing. We will put together a full documentation of the night in the very near future.

We had a particularly interesting and varied night of art, the range of work not done justice by these few photos here.

Estelle Woolley - ‘Ghost  Of The Summer’ Willow - ‘Unititled’ Benny McCrystal Plimmer - ‘Toilettenpapier Mauer’ Willow - ‘Unititled’ Willow - ‘Unititled’ Willow - ‘Unititled’ Estelle Woolley - ‘Ghost  Of The Summer’ Gabrielle Anderson & Robert James Maclese - ‘Chaste’

Benny McCrystal Plimmer - ‘Toilettenpapier Mauer’

Benny McCrystal Plimmer – ‘Toilettenpapier Mauer’

Gabrielle Anderson & Robert James Maclese - ‘Chaste’

Rafael Perez to guest at White Night

Rafael Perez is an artist who has been doing sculpture for the past 4 years in the city of Manchester.

Rafael has recently exhibited at the Manchester Free for Arts Festival, and currently exhibiting a collection of three dimensional paintings at the Eighth Day Cafe on Oxford Road:

Rafael – “I see the sculpture as the ultimate explorative vehicle in which to communicate thoughts and ideas, perceptions and feelings about ourselves and our contemporary situation; in order to therefore, establish a critical interest in the true human condition. In very few other ways can the viewer feel identified and connected to the work of art, than with sculpture, particularly, figurative representations of the human body”.

We can be sure of something especially thought provoking from Rafael during our night, you can see more of his current work on his website!

Rosanne Robertson to guest at white night

We are announcing yet another superb guest artist to White:Rosanne Robertson.

Rosanne Robertson is an artist often using action and sound.

Robertson was recently selected as an emerging live artist and provocateur of Manchester by Doodlebug for Dazed and Confused.

“For me Rosanne’s very much a ‘doodlebug’, that is to say, a provocateur who tirelessly works across all platforms, creating work by any medium necessary and who works beneath the skin,” – Michael Anthony Barnes-Wynters (aka Doodlebug).

You can find out more about Rosanne through her website, and her latest project, The Penthouse, A new artist’s space in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. A place for making, doing, sharing and showing.

Guest Artist Sandra Bouguerch Performing at White

Sandra Bouguerch is an interdisciplinary artist exploring her ongoing enquiry into the Notion of Self. Her practice incorporates an array of media such as installation, photography, sound, performance, video and text through which she creates atmospheres for the viewers to experience.

After gaining a first class degree in Fine Art in 2012 Sandra was chosen to be included in three open submission exhibitions, which were the Neo:artprize, Neo:printprize and 53 Degrees North. Sandra has been selected by Hive in their forthcoming 2012 Graduates’ show entitled ‘3 Degrees North’. She was also part of the Fringe and a member of ‘Noimageavailable’ group at the Liverpool Biennial 2012 and is a member of the Northwest art collective NEO:ARTISTS.

The basis of my practice is my individual experience of life, and, as such, I am often the central subject. This has been recently amplified through my life model role to highlight the many sharing commonalities, both physical and psychological that inform the human condition. In the life drawing environment I developed a heightened sense of surroundings, others, my body and myself and I utilise the feelings of tension and awareness in relation to the notion of self, expressing them using multi media and Installation.

The life-drawing environment reflects life in general and the many temporal experiences of tension and awareness within one’s own life; some being ephemeral whilst others are of a longer duration.

Whilst modelling I feel a transfer of force and energy between myself the perceived passive model, and the active observing artist. I record and communicate this performance aspect in numerous ways to create tension or awareness. Through my own experiences of life modelling I aim to elicit memories of physical pain, exposure and perceived vulnerability reflecting back to the spectator.

<p><a href=”″>’I am Becoming’ 2 split screen</a> from <a href=””>Sandra Bouguerch (MUSE)</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

White night to include Mike Chevez-Dawson

The second guest artist to confirm for our White night is Mike Chevez-Dawson. He will undertake ‘Reworked Part 3’; this refers to the performance he did at The Contemporary Six gallery, for the ‘Paraphrase’ exhibition. The performance took place on Thursday 31st May 2012.

“Reworked was a responsive performance for ‘Paraphrase’ a show I devised and undertook in collaboration with fellow artist Richard Shields.

Taking the surrealist method ‘Frottage’ founded by Max Ernst in 1925, we provided variable pencil rubbings of the laser drawing ‘Details… (Portrait of Richard Shields, Inverted 09042012)’, we both reworked sections for 20minutes at a time, the performance took place on Thursday 31st May from 2.30pm until 5.30pm all drawings were available for £20 for the duration of the performance (all were purchased), afterwards the drawings escalated to £100 each (nfs).

During the performance two guest commentators made an appearance, 3pm – 4pm; Ryan Sewell twin brother of Brian an esteemed cultural critic in his own right, and from 4pm – 5pm Tim Rota associate director and curator of modern & contemporary collections. They kept a beady eye on on our activity – whilst making the odd comment and relevant quote to accompany the performance.

‘Reworked’ furthers both artists interest in value systems, labour and the participatory – alongside key issues and themes predominate in the overall ‘Paraphrase’ show.


Paper, Pencil, Laser drawing, Biro, Laptop, Furniture, Actors”

Mike recently featured within the ‘Ask A Curator’ event at the Cornerhouse, other recent projects have included; ‘The Bear Pit’, London. ‘Untitled Gallery’, PSL, Leeds. ‘Memory Flash’, Carter Presents, London. ‘Magda Archer: Crazy Mad’ Cornerhouse, Manchester. ‘Re-Covering’, Untitled Gallery, Manchester. Amongst many others.

ur:new colour white

We are putting together a new night of colour in our series of ‘art’ nights which embrace our philosophy of the experimental avant guard. The new colour in our series is White, and all that White evokes  Some of what our group and guests deliver will be literal, some not so. If you have been to previous nights then you will know just how ‘left of field’ things can be.

The first guest artist we can tell you about is Estelle Woolley. Estelle has appeared before at an ur:night, ‘Moon‘. Estelle recently won the public vote for ‘The People’s Prize’ in the annual open exhibition ‘Life, The Universe and Everything’ at The Aardvark Gallery, Chester. Other recent exhibitions have included ‘In The Woods Today“, ‘The Free For All‘ & ‘Panoply‘ amongst others. For more details about her and her work then have a look at her website or profile on Axis.

You can sign up to our Facebook group and event here, and invite anyone you want.

ur:performance claims full moon

Tell Everyone You Know………………



from 7 – 12PM on  June the 4th 2012

No nation currently claims ownership of any part of the Moon’s surface.

The Outer Space Treaty, formally the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, is a treaty that forms the basis of international space law.  The treaty explicitly forbids any government from claiming a celestial resource such as the Moon  The Outer Space Treaty defines the Moon and all outer space as the “province of all mankind”.

The Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, better known as the Moon Treaty or Moon Agreement, is an international treaty that turns jurisdiction of all celestial bodies (including the orbits around such bodies) over to the international community. The 1979 Moon Agreement was created to restrict the exploitation of the Moon’s resources by any single nation. Thus, all activities must conform to international law (notably this includes the UN Charter).

All this will be different from 7PM to 12PM on June the 4th 2012 when the Salford based UR performance group will claim single ownership and excessive artistic exploitation of the FULL MOON.

The Group will set up temporary base at 

Islington Mill

James Street

Salford M3 5HW

Ground control of the experienced team will surrender to fullness, sanity and long distance travel.

At midnight the moon will be handed back to humankind. 

No tickets needed

BEWARE: The Moon has a long association with insanity and irrationality; the words lunacy and lunatic (popular shortening loony) are derived from the Latin name for the Moon, Luna. Philosophers such as Aristotle and Pliny the Elder argued that the full Moon induced insanity in susceptible individuals, believing that the brain, which is mostly water, must be affected by the Moon and its power over the tides, but the Moon’s gravity is too slight to affect any single person. Even today, people insist that admissions to psychiatric hospitals, traffic accidents, homicides or suicides increase during a full Moon, although there is no scientific evidence to support such claims.

ur-performance CLAIMS FULL MOON