New work presented in short bursts, described in brief by the people who produced it. Take a look at the latest work of a range of artists and designers and read first hand accounts from them about the processes, the results and the reaction.
Throbbing Gristle is a toy Chihuahua, bought in a thrift shop in LA, attached to the wall by its head. We knew immediately we had to buy it.
The guy in the charity shop gave me the necklace for free. However, the 21 individual shapes that the necklace comprises of are really perfectly made. They have a certain sophistication.
I had to ask permission from the supermarket where I made the work, explaining I was an artist seemed to give me license to do what I wanted in the name of art.
Bubbles is another symbol of the American dream gone wrong: an animal in the 80s dressed up and turned into something it could never be forever, a bit like Michael Jackson himself.
I like it when my paintings look like they could fall apart at any moment and there’s a tension in this one, it’s not quite balanced.
Among other things I’m interested in the digital, in the immateriality of screen-based images or those small, soft touch-screen gestures for example.
My work is based on anonymous, discarded snapshots of strangers and this painting is from an on-going series of graveside paintings I began earlier this year.
The painting depicts a figure looming out of a dark background, wearing a mask and cloak. The eyes of the figure are the focal point.
I wanted something striking and also quite fierce and I wanted the bird to look confident and defiant, like it was railing against the situation.
I was shocked at what I was seeing when the planes crashed into the World Trade Centre, but I can also understand how there's always two sides to every story.
They began to appear in various locations. The following morning, the commissioners received an email from Mendip District Council complaining about disruptive calls to their planning department.
This is an art work in the form of a very odd combination of advertisements and announcements as a page in the Frome Times.
This painting is part of a series called 1968 and other myths that began as the 40th anniversary of May 1968 approached.
Most of all, I want to celebrate the creative process itself and creative practitioners with this project, because we DO do something useful.
Constellation of Signs is a composition of 117 specially-designed signs installed onto the canal bridge at Linacre Lane in Bootle.
This work took a while to be contained as I became embedded in research waiting for the outlet to emerge.
My dad was always in there after he left us and never used to give our mom the money he was supposed to. She kept going down there looking for him.
The challenge with re working a small part of a bigger story is to fit all of the things I want to say in one image, but at the same time make the painting open and inviting.
Printing the image was a challenge. It is a nine layer screen print all hand pulled, done over a three week period.
This is an image I've been trying to compose for a while, using line-work concentrating on form and shape.
Womb is a mixture of both fiction and non-fiction. After my own experiences of warehouse living and taking trips to a few squats and raves in London.
I decided to put the letter and the photograph (taken with my phone camera on the night of filming) into the final exhibition really near the end of the project, but to me they are at the heart of it.
This drawing of a bricked up doorway took a couple of months to make. It is the largest piece using this process that I have made.
White 12 (L'Atalante) is from an ongoing series of work the full title of which is 'We Wear white, we are beautiful'. It is acrylic on card.
The zine works as a very small part of the project overall; the choice to self-publish was an alternative way of showing the work.
This is called Sovereign and Highlander as they’re the names of the two caravans in the picture. It's one of a series of drawings I am making using my mobile phone.
On reflection, the London Zoo series is melancholic. There is sadness in the animals looking out from their artificial environments.
That we had so many people around us that could draw was probably the starting point for Drawing Paper, and developing more and more of an interest in drawing personally.
In some way my work is an attempt to deal with being a painter in the 21st Century, by directly using the great paintings of the past.
It was built in 1959 and was originally conceived as petrol station, thirty years later the original shell roof was built under and turned into a Little Chef restaurant
The functional reality of the church’s kitchen is transformed into a “white cube” with a single cupboard remaining
The drawings are situations or events in which the characters appear to be ‘up to something’ but the plot, motive and story is left unclear.
The crux of the project was to combine photocopies with the manual process of screen-printing.
This piece is a still life from my box of souvenir and seaside shop finds. All of my work tends to reflect my love for seaside paraphernalia or traditionally British fare.
The poster defines how we see our letterpress work; it’s a statement of intent. It was printed in two passes as we’d run out of E’s.
This image is the first in a short series of fully illustrated Venn diagrams, where moments of reaching across slight boundaries, to make a physical connection, are depicted.
I see now...now...now... as an overtly unspecific work, overly concerned with its production and aesthetic relation.
This piece is based on the words, and sounds, of Florence and The Machine’s song of the same title
I was approached by DR.ME about their pop up shop, showcasing editions of 7 prints by artists and designers in a pop up shop, and thought it was a really nice idea.
It is that ‘to do’ attitude. If anything sums up punk then it’s him. And I think the ethos of punk also sums up Manchester.
Every time I leave the city, it is always the first thing to catch my eye as I return. It acts like a marker for the city, an iconic symbol for Manchester.
This is an entry to the Manchester and Salford Illustrated exhibition, which has been organised to raise money and awareness for the Wood Street Mission, a Manchester based charity.
What fascinates me with transmission towers is that are the second largest network of man made structures in the UK, except you don't really notice them.
To promote an adventurous spirit of exploration and discovery, something that would allow every man to find the areas in their own life where they can continue the spirit of honest adventure.
Andy Warbol was originally the title I gave this piece, but quickly concluded that having already produced a visual twist of a famous artist's work, a blatant pun on the artists name was a bit obvious.
Having our own show means we’re challenged to create a whole new range of work in about six weeks, enough to fill the room and create a successful exhibition.
This installation is the result of a series of experiments and explorations, mixing various techniques and media to help tell some kind of story.
Scale wise, a lot of my work is large and that is because it has a direct relationship to advertising, but actually, during the working process, everything big or small is kind of equivalent as I’m working on a computer screen.
This piece, along with the rest of the work I’ve produced for the exhibition is based around creating a scene or scenario which involves a certain collectable and then adding a humorous spin to it.
Having become interested in the stories behind some of the world's great landmarks Design by House began to explore ways of expressing their iconic nature without succumbing to the silhouette.
Embracing the power of the placard to make statements about how the education system is failing to develop children's natural ability for creativity.
The alphabet poster is the result of around one week of initial work, followed by eight months of occasional refining.
The idea was to work up designs which could then be implemented for various types of merchandise and artwork for forthcoming releases.
Andy Smith's summer show at Soma Gallery in Bristol includes a set of 12 new large artworks, hand screenprinted by Andy, including The Lonely Goldfish.
Stratum itself will eventually be covered in the layers of history, as the roof might start leaking again and the pigeons will inevitably leave their mark.
We originally set Preston is my Paris up in July 2009 as zine that we distribute for free in order to encourage the exploration of Preston as a subject for creative practice
There are two projects being shown at my final show and one is a book based on a short poem written New Jersey singers Allie Moss and Bess Roger called The Giant Pliant Plastic Plane.
The poster has been illustrated and designed for Queens of the Stone Age’s Manchester gig for their 21st May 2011 date at Manchester Academy.
This smart piece of furniture naturally forms two, low, modern tables that are then 'embraced' together in order to form a storage unit/magazine rack/occasional table.
Battle in Vain is a photographic magazine which has seven different articles based on the colours of the rainbow.
The painting is part of a sequence of works that share the same title ‘United in Different Guises’ and are numbered accordingly. The title refers to a proposed shared function.
25 type-led geocoded signs, commemorating the life and works of poet, novelist, librarian and jazz critic Philip Larkin.
You can get a shop for £5 a week, or take over a huge unit, or paint on whatever walls you want - Rotherham is there for the taking.
Stop Making Sense is a night Steve runs with friends in Manchester. He started doing the flyers when he was studying physics.
This painting has been created from a combination of hand cut stencils with brushwork and inks and has been submitted for this year’s Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts.
At 246cm tall, the library is three parabolic rings that intersect. It rocks on a curved hull. The lights are programmable.
Influenced by retro airline logos the royal wedding sick bag design is silk screen printed onto a white air line sickness bag in blue or red.
'The People You’re Not’ is a Cornerhouse exhibition which takes a satirical trip through the private and public faces of fame.
This work is part of a series of studies exploring the application of touch during the process of creating.
Since January 2010, I have been creating an image every single day and posting them day by day.
The book covers are hand screen printed on high quality 2mm book board and the inside pages onto 300gsm white paper
Composition, Ben Atkinson. Pencil on the reverse side of Chinese graph paper.
The title is, in effect, a description of the work: the process by which is was made and the object it has become.
Unmissable Manchester, created by m-four and creatively led by Rich Edwards and Chris Jennings.
Steamboat Jelly, Nick Robertson. A2 ink drawing with Rotring pens and paint markers.
The illustration is a simple line drawing of hands making up letters, which in turn make up the phrase “Boys Who Draw”
Carbon Trust jigsaw by Ben Steers - Jigsaw puzzle & map created for a Carbon Trust event held at Clarence House to help raise awareness about Carbon emissions.
Branding for The Port Street Beer House, Manchester by Teacake Design