John Lynch at ‘Purple’

Our next artist to be named for Wednesday night, presenting his work ‘Purple in a Frame‘…….John has had a lengthy career in the IT industry as a systems analyst, designer and engineer as well as a trainer, presenting courses and seminars throughout the world. He has always had a keen interest in the creative world, but has only recently changed from a keen follower to a practitioner. Undertaking the Interactive Arts program at MMU John is an ideas led artist that uses any appropriate medium to realise his work. As well as producing work John has curated and presented exhibitions, most recently at Didsbury Parsonage, working as part of a small team to present “Div\sion of Power”. Though much of his work has serious intent, “Purple in a Frame” is meant to be simple, absent of meaning, and hopefully, simply nice to look at.

The below photograph is of a work produced for Didsbury Parsonage. It is a Victorian photograph transferred to glass. In this example you can look at Didsbury Parsonage library as it is today, through the image of how it existed over one hundred years ago. The view can align the image and the scene almost exactly. The artist is not aware of any work of this type being produced before.

Estelle Woolley at Purple


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Estelle has contributed several times before to our ur:nights. The last time at ‘White‘ she showed two pieces; ‘Glitter Line’ and ‘Ghost of the Summer’, the latter saw her building soap castles on the floor of Islington Mill. If you … Continue reading

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).

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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. (

Documentation of ‘White’: Film, Sound, Music & Stills.


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Firstly: Thank you to all those that supplied documentation of ‘White’, it is much appreciated as of course it is difficult to capture everything as it happens whilst also completing your own work. A special thank you should go to … Continue reading

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!

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: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

Where The Streets Are Paved With Gold

ur:recently stepped out of its usual confines and into the streets of Salford for ‘Sounds From The Other City‘, (

ur:performance were asked to come up with some new and interesting engagements for this event. An event designed to cast light onto Salford, the much ignored city next door to its much bigger brother Manchester. Salford too often is associated with social deprivation, an industrial city in the north of England with a proud heritage and people. With far more to offer than is generally recognised.

One of these engagements was to turn the usual adage of “Go to London, where the streets are paved with gold” on its head. Now; Come to Salford, where the streets are literally paved with gold.

Here are some photographs showing our work in production……….

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We should thank those who stopped, borrowed our guitar and broke out into spontaneous song. It was much appreciated. As were the many voices of encouragement throughout the day.