The Anxious Photographer’s Handbook

Simon Jones is a Manchester based photography and moving image artist who has received a number of national and international awards and prizes. Simon’s practice also involves regular commissions for socially engaged projects with communities across the country. Read on to find out more about his Manchester Independents commission, The Anxious Photographer’s Handbook. The Anxious […]

Ward 76: There’s a Story Behind Every Hospital Visit

Sam and Shirley Jamil are a mother and son team, bringing to life the scenes behind Sam’s regular visits to Manchester Children’s Hospital. This is an article by Shirley, who explains the team’s journey of transforming their experience into art. Read on to find out how their Manchester Independents theatre show, Ward 76, came to […]

The Ruins of Earth: Notes from A Human Assistant to AI

Are you ready to step into the future and explore the ruins of the past? Join X2-729 on a walking tour through a long-lost civilisation that had the audacity to think it was the centre of the universe. The Ruins of Earth is a new theatrical experience commissioned by Manchester Independents, written by AI, curated […]

2023 Commissions: What’s to Come This Summer and Beyond

2023 Commissions: What’s to Come This Summer and Beyond From performances to workshops and photography to music, we’re thrilled to present the 12 new Manchester Independents commissions of 2023! Here’s a taste of what’s to come this summer and onwards. Chris Alton Ways to Speak Absence  Visual Art / Video Chris is an artist whose […]

How were Commissions Selected for Manchester Independents 2023?

How were Commissions Selected for Manchester Independents 2023?   We’ve received an overwhelming 184 submissions for 2023, to the total financial ask of £1,128,701.79, and with a commissioning pot of £50,000 we had to make some hard decisions on what have been really exciting proposals for new work in Greater Manchester. It was incredible to […]

Meet Our Artist Advisors

Meet our Artist Advisors Manchester Independents was born in 2020 from a joint commitment amongst cultural organisations and venues in Greater Manchester, to support the creative talent across the region during the pandemic, and to ensure that our independent artist sector could continue to thrive.  Two years later, Manchester Independents is back with a 2023 […]