March 30, 2014

We are delighted to announce the artists for our 2014 commissions in association with our partners Manchester Museum and Lunsford Primary School. We received over 100 proposals to explore wonder and role models, the stimuli for this year’s programme, and the standard of applications was exceptionally high – we’d like to thank everyone who applied as we know how much time and effort goes into submitting applications.

Our commissions programme aims to illuminate ‘bigger than self’ ideas and to support artists to develop their own practice. The development of artists’ practice is central.

We are thrilled to be working with the artists and partners in 2014 on what we will be an imaginative, collaborative and exciting programme of work starting in April with work culminating in November. They are:

Wonder in association with Manchester Museum: Daniel Bye with Sarah Punshon & Boff Whalley

Daniel, a writer, director and performer best known for his acclaimed show The Price of Everything and award-winning How to Occupy an Oil Rig will lead this commission to create a durational, collaborative community performance in Manchester Museum inspired by the Museum’s extraordinary collections. The performance will be developed with curator/director Sarah Punshon, and Boff Whalley (of Chumbawamba), published writer, playwright, songwriter and musician, and made in collaboration with Museum staff, visitors and community groups.

We’re delighted to be working with People United on the Wonder commission. Visitors often tell us that Manchester Museum is a space where they encounter the unexpected – the opportunity to work with Dan, Sarah and Boff enables us to explore this in new ambitious ways, drawing on our extraordinary collections and rooted in our vision to work towards a sustainable world.

Nick Merriman, Director of Manchester Museum

Role Models in association with Lunsford Primary School: Bob Karper

Bob is an American-born multidisciplinary artist whose work features true stories performed live, with documentary film, song, projected images and a variety of musical instruments. He will lead this commission to connect Lunsford Primary School with residents from care homes in their immediate community, exploring role models. Through poetry, projection, song, photography and performance, the commission will aim to illuminate our research in how role models might play a part in strengthening pro-social behaviour. Bob will also bring on board other fantastic artists to work on the project, including John Hegley, Shula Hawes and Gitika Partington.

I’m absolutely delighted to be working with People United and Lunsford Primary School on the Role Model initiative: recording and reimagining guided interactions with local care home residents, exploring our valued treasures, our treasured values and the people who have mattered to us throughout our lives. It’s a beautiful project.

Bob Karper

We are grateful to our funders, Arts Council and Artswork whose support enables this work to happen.

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