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Creative projects by Abigail Ward

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The Lapsed Clubber Podcast: Recording the memories of Manchester’s original rave community

The Lapsed Clubber Audio Map is an online platform that allows members of Manchester’s original acid house community to share their spoken word memories of clubbing and its culture during the ‘first decade’ of rave, 1985-1995.

This podcast is a conversation between the project leaders Beate Peter and Abigail Ward, interspersed with memories from anonymous clubbers and tunes from the era. Beate and Abigail also discuss their own (occasionally tragic) early clubbing experiences in Berlin and Preston, Lancs, respectively.

The Lapsed Clubber Audio Map is a crowd-sourced digital heritage project led by Manchester Digital Music Archive and Manchester Metropolitan University, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Peterloo: Artivist GM commission

Still from Mike Leigh’s film, Peterloo

I’m excited to announce that I have been commissioned by Manchester Histories to create a piece of audio art that draws inspiration from the 200 year anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre and its accompanying themes of protest, democracy, freedom of speech.

I am one of ten artists chosen as part of the ArtivistGM project, which pairs creative practitioners with Greater Manchester archives. I will be working with the Working Class Movement Library, responding to their collection of minutes from the Manchester and Salford Women’s Trades Union Council 1895-1919.

ArtivistGM enables archivists and artists to collaborate in bringing a heritage collection to life, whilst creating new ways for the public to engage with the heritage of their local area.

The audio piece will be released in September.

Manchester and Salford Women’s Trades Union minutes.
Source: http://www.mswtuc.co.uk/

Not Going Shopping: audio documentary

This audio documentary was created to mark the 30th anniversary of Manchester’s anti-Clause 28 march, 1988. Attended by 20,000 people, the protest was a seminal moment in UK LGBT+ history. The piece seeks to evoke the sounds and emotions experienced on that day through interviews with marchers, fragments of archival material and music.

It was also conceived as a tribute to the LGBT+ activists who organised and took part in the demonstration.

The title comes from the chant, “we’re here, we’re queer and we’re not going shopping”.

Section 28 or Clause 28 formed part of the Local Government Act 1988.

Section 28 of that act stated:

(1) A local authority shall not:

a) intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality

b) promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship

Contributors:

Angela Cooper
David Hoyle
Kath McDermott
Louise Wallwein MBE
Luchia Fitzgerald
Paul Fairweather

This piece was commissioned by Manchester Pride and Superbia.  Special thanks to Greg Thorpe and all who contributed.

It forms part of the Queer Noise exhibition for MDMArchive:

Produced by Abigail Ward.

Abigail Ward is a curator, musician and DJ. Her work explores the place at which music, politics and protest meet. For 10 years she has been documenting the history of LGBT+ music and club life in Greater Manchester through her digital heritage project, Queer Noise. She is a co-founder of Manchester Digital Music Archive.

Spirited at The Portico Library

Votes for Women – WSPU – rosette. Photo: Lee Baxter

Spirited is a new exhibition at The Portico that tells the stories of some of the young women and girls who fought for the vote 100 years ago, centring on Manchester as the birthplace of the suffrage movement. It brings to life their incredible acts of courage, creativity and cunning in order to inspire today’s young people into taking their own first steps into social action.

It’s curated by Catherine Riley of Spirit of 2012, and runs until November 24th 2018.

For the last few months I have been working on a digital version of the physical display.  It features all the artefacts from the physical show, plus a timeline and some downloadable key stage 3 teaching resources written by archivist Heather Roberts.

http://www.spirited.org.uk/

Spirited is funded by Spirit of 2012, established by the Big Lottery Fund with a £47m endowment from the National Lottery. One of Spirit’s goals for 2018 is to empower, inspire and engage young women and girls – it is funding a range of projects that provide opportunities for making change through social activism.

Spirited features items from the collections of the BBC archives, the BFI, Bishopsgate Institute, British Library, Museum of London and the Women’s Library at LSE, which together offer an exciting new perspective on the suffrage story in a positive, youth-focused celebration of gender equality.

Hayling Island – stories at sea level

Hayling Island banner

Refugees, tourists, circus acts, smugglers, a destitute Russian princess and escapees from the industrial mainland: Hayling Island’s many sea-level lives exposed through a digital story map and a series of spoken word events

  • Acclaimed artists will collaborate with a literary geographer to explore the hidden histories of Hayling Island’s working class community using short stories, spoken word, audio soundscapes, visual art and an evolving online map of the island.
  • Work in progress versions of short stories and audio will be shared at three literary events across October 2017 held in Hayling, Manchester and Durham.
  • The short story collection will explore themes including climate change, human migration, economic shift, disability, and LGBT+ issues

A true island completely surrounded by sea, Hayling is off the south coast of England in Hampshire, near Portsmouth. It is home to a working class community and is rich in overlooked histories, from the arcades and smugglers’ tunnels to the nearby military base. It is a place of resilience and contrasts, and as the water rises, there are no climate change deniers to be found.

Using remembered histories of local people and the geography of the island itself as inspiration, four Manchester-based artists, led by writer and spoken word artist Michelle Green will create an interactive digital map housing a short story collection and accompanying audio.

The stories and soundscapes will be shared as work-in-progress at the following events:

Durham Book Festival event Sat 7th October 2017
Book tickets here, priced £6/£4

Hayling Island Library event Sat 21st October 2017
Book free tickets here.

International Anthony Burgess Centre event Thursday 26th October 2017
Book free tickets here.

All events are supported by Arts Council England and New Writing North.

Michelle Green is an acclaimed writer and spoken word artist born on Hayling, now based in Manchester. She was two when her parents left the island, and so her ‘memories’ take the form of many stories from her extended family, centred on the arcades, bingos, cafes and clubs they ran in the 70s along one of the tourist strips, just as the arrival of package holidays was beginning to take its toll on the local economy. Hayling has always been a tenacious place, and it is from this that interesting stories grow. Michelle is particularly interested in the lives that are pushed to the margins – working class, disabled, disenfranchised – and those living at the water’s edge as the sea rises.

Ahead of the events, lead artist Michelle Green says: “This map has been growing inside me for years. My family moved around a lot, and so I carry a map of other people’s stories and landscapes as a way of connecting to the places that have shaped our lives. As mainstream discussions of class and economics become a binary caricature with talk of ‘strivers and shirkers’, good and bad, I want to push back with the complexities and resilience that I know lives within every ignored or abandoned working class community. I want to push back against the idea that art and culture is inherently middle class. People who live on a low lying island know just how near the edge is, and I want to invite the audience to walk along those edges and listen, a short story at the tip of each finger.”

The Hayling Island digital story map will be designed by Maya Chowdhry, an interactive artist, writer and poet. It will comprise collage of historical documents, hand-drawn elements and audio hotspots where audiences can listen to or read the stories. The map will also link to local tidal reports and will change according to the real-time tide on the island.

The audio elements of the map, overseen by facilitator in sound and ‘sonic enchantress’ Caro C, will take a sensitive radio-quality approach, adding depth to the world of each story and providing access to audiences who struggle with text. Caro will also create a unique piece of music that responds to the sonic environment of the island.

Creative non-fiction co-author and literary geographies consultant Dr David Cooper is a senior lecturer in the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University. He will co-author pieces of creative non-fiction with Michelle Green, as a geographic exploration of the island that takes subjective experience of the place as the starting point.

For further information, images and interviews please contact:

Abigail Ward – Production Manager
Haying Island – stories at sea level
terminaljive@gmail.com

 

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