Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Guest Blogger Joe from Mind on Fire- How did we get the funding for our NOISE Project?

"We found out about the European Commission's, Youth in Action funding from the NOISE Festival newsletter, as I am on the mailing list for loads of the local arts organisations. We expressed our interest and got  assistance from the NOISE Team in building our application and making sure it fitted all the requirements.

Although we have been involved in music and arts projects for a number of years, including some smaller funding applications the process was a little bit daunting at first and there was a lot of work involved so it was great to have some help and guidance from the NOISE Charity.

We came up with the idea because we really wanted to do something in the NOISELAB as we think it’s amazing to have that sort of space for young creatives right in the centre of a city. We had been discussing within Mind on Fire about doing some collaborative workshops for a while, to get more people involved in the collective and aware of what we do so it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

We've also been planning collaborations with onefiveeight for some time after teaming up on a couple of events. Their online magazine had really impressed me personally, and I knew that they were keen on making a physical version which seemed like a logical step and a good opportunity to work together.

Doing this as a joint effort with a CD and magazine outcome, allows us to expose some artists that we maybe wouldn’t have been able to otherwise, by providing artist profiles and
information, and the fact that we don’t have to charge means we can reach a wider audience.

We are all artists and producers ourselves so will no doubt be including some of our own work in the projects, but we are all really excited to see what gets submitted and what gets created at the workshops."

By Guest Editor Joe, from Mind on Fire.

The resulting CD and magazine from the project's August Bank Holiday will be launched at a party at NOISELAB at the end of September....details to be revealed soon.

Friday, 27 August 2010

screenprinting and Live Art workshops this Sat at NOISELAB

On Saturday come down to NOISELAB and try out all sorts of arts activities with Onefiveeight

11- 8PM - FFFFreee entry!

• Screen printing

Print your own special edition t-shirt for only £5 with 0ne69a.

• Wallet making

Learn how to make a wallet from an old shopping bag or a piece of tarp with Becki.

• Evolution Wall

Each person books a 30min slot on one of 4 boards (2ft x 4ft). We need to encourage people to be confident about evolving the idea they have for the piece. We also need to encourage people not to treat the boards as precious, it would be great if people just ruin what somebody else has just done. This teaches people to be confident with their ideas, no matter what it is.

• The Machine

Starting with a picture of one cog, the machine will grow and grow until it takes over a whole wall! Each person simply draws the next piece of the machine, cuts it out then sticks it on.

• Grid lock

A simple scaling up exercise that everyone can do. Draw a small picture on one of our prepared A6 grids or use one of our images, then learn how to scale this up to A3. Everyone can do this simple exercise and once you know how there is no limit to how big you can produce your ideas.

• Mark making

Learn how to use everyday items to create more interesting drawing tools. Sponges, sticks, potatoes use any thing you like! Once you've made a drawing tool why not use it on the EVOLUTION WALL to add even more personality and individualism to the piece.

Joe Webster, Mind On Fire (NOISE Guest Editor)

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Mind On Fire & 158 take over the NOISELAB

Hello, this is the blog for the 'Hear no Evil, See no Evil' workshops, clubnight, magazine and CD. Yes, all of those things. 'Hear no Evil, See no Evil' (hence forth referred to as HNESNE) is a collaboration between NOISE Festival, Manchester based design group OneFiveEight and Manchester record label Mind on Fire. Funding for this endeavor has come from the Youth in Action programme, from the European Comissions  that has numerous Euros to give away to young people with ideas. More information about how you yourselves can get hold of that money can be found on the Youth in Action website located at:

The idea behind the 'HNESNE' name is that the magazine will be OneFiveEight 'seeing no evil' and the CD will be Mind on Fire 'hearing no evil' (although both groups claim to have tasted evil recently). The magazine will cover the workshops (over Bank Holiday weekend at NOISELAB, Manchester) as well as showcasing some design and writing from various, local undesirables. The CD will feature a who's who of upcoming bands and producers across all genres..."

Joe, Mind On Fire (guest blogger)

Introducing our guest blogger Joe Webster (Mind On Fire) and Stephen Willis (158) to tell you a little more about their NOISELAB project.......

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Robots Taking Over the NOISELAB Window - My Installation

"I had been in contact with earlier in the year and was very pleased when Vic from NOISE got in touch with me inviting me to come and create a window installation.

 I had a few ideas floating around and I knew wanted to create something
fresh and original for the window which had paper cut work combined with hand drawn illustration. Material cost limitiations, transportation of the work and time constraints all 
played a part in the way I approached the work.

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Deciding to go with large scale drawings, then cut out into separate components and constructed in situ , I think
was the best way to tackle the space. I then began hanging the components along the windows length at different heights and depths. This transformed the drawing into a 3D object that appears to be standing in the window space.


 I really enjoyed the experience, the opportunity and the freedom given to me by NOISE to create something interesting for their window space. Also massive thanks for their patience and willingness to help when I ran into problems!

Monday, 2 August 2010

All change, all change - next stop, my work in the NOISELAB window

 I had just dismantled my graduate show at
the Royal College of Art when I got a call from Vic at, after they visited the show and saw my work.
She asked if I would like to display my work at the Noise Lab, and of course I was delighted to.  Luckily, the work had survived the dismantling of the show ( I was in a bit of a rush!) and with a few tweaks was ready to take up to Manchester.

 The work was a train set model of my Railway Wikiversity masters thesis in Architecture, illustrating how my concept for an informal system of education based on the existing UK railway network
could work.  I had already made a model of Kings Cross St Pancras station in London as the site of the main Wikiversity Campus, and of  Cambridge and Pegswood station as satellite campuses, but I made a model of Manchester Piccadilly station for the NOISELAB installation.  As the railway set is my dad’s Trian set from the 1960s, added to and extended with more modern parts, the set can be quite temperamental!  However, as my dad grew up in Manchester, and had played with the train set here in the 60s, it seemed very fitting to be setting it up in the
NOISELAB window!
 My friend Emily and I drove up to Manchester from London, with the railway set and a set of railway sleepers in the boot (a little too heavy to carry on the train!) and when we arrived in Market Street we were very impressed with the Noise Lab and the size of its windows!  Vic had already printed out my Wikiversity Manifesto (much MUCH larger than I had ever seen it), and we immediately set to work setting up the train set.  Luckily, lovely Leila from Noise was on hand to help us, and after a good few hours (and a few bumps on the head – the existing structures in the window made the set up quite challenging!) we had the WIkiversity train up and running, and the manifesto in place.

I felt very proud to see my work in such a prominent site in Manchester – it’s a really great opportunity to exhibit to a very large audience and to get feedback and share ideas online.  Thanks to
the team for giving me the opportunity, and thanks very much to Emily and Leila for helping me set up the window! is a brilliant idea, and a very valuable platform for young and emerging artists – keep up the good work!

Friday, 30 July 2010


I am currently looking at Mixed Media Textiles for the body and have recently exhibited my work at New Designers in London, which gave me the chance to meet and present my work to individuals from the working industry. At News Designers I was shortlisted for the 'Business Design Centre New Designer of the Year' award, where I was lucky enough to get to the top four out of all the other graduates showcasing their work.
 While exhibiting down in London, I was fortunate enough to met the people who work for They were really interested in my work and said they would be in touch.


A week after New Designers, I was contacted by the NOISE Charity, and was invited by them to exhibit my work in the window of the NOISELAB based on Manchester High Street. I travelled down to Manchester last week and had a great day helping to set up the window display. I am really excited about the fact that my work is being showcased on this busy high street, something that would not have been possible without
Working with has been a great opportunity and a great way to get my work noticed by the public. After the summer I am moving down to London where I will begin my Masters course at the Royal College of Art studying Mixed Media Textiles for the Body. This opportunity has helped greatly with getting my work out there in the public eye and I am extremely grateful to have had the experience before moving to London.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Interview: CTRL.ALT.SHIFT COMIC EXHIBITION: 13.05.10 – 16.05.10

Hi everyone. I recently got the chance to see the Ctrl.Alt.Shift Comic Exhibition at the Noise Lab in Manchester. It was there that I met one of the people who works for Ctrl.Alt.Shift; Community Manager Olivia Flint. I got the chance to ask her a few questions about her role in Ctrl.Alt.Shift and amongst other things, the comic exhibition at Noise Lab.

For the benefit of the readers who might not know; just what is Ctrl.Alt.Shift?
Ctrl.Alt.Shift is an experimental initiative politicising a new generation by using popular culture to raise awareness of global issues like poverty, change, corruption, conflict and HIV.

Ctrl.Alt.Shift was set up 2 years ago and I've been working for it since the beginning. We've created dance shows, photography competitions and exhibitions, short films, a website at and now our comic exhibition on the theme of corruption.

What is your job at Ctrl.Alt.Shift?
My job is Community Manager - I help our regional reps and volunteers put on events and exhibitions around the UK. We've been touring the comic exhibition for a couple of months now - it's been in Bristol, Liverpool, Leeds and Nottingham before Manchester, and will be going on to Birmingham, Newcastle and Oxford. I'm also organising football tournaments with Platform2 to raise awareness of the issues affecting people in South Africa like HIV.

What is the theme of this exhibition?
The theme of the comic exhibition is corruption and is something I feel very strongly about. Corruption is a cause of poverty and is also caused by poverty, so there's a vicious cycle happening where people can't get out of poverty because of corruption - in governments, officials and multinational companies. It's not just people in developing countries that are responsible, its companies and individuals in the developed world as well. There can't be corruption without people doing the corrupting!

What advice would you give to people wanting to become involved in Ctrl.Alt.Shift?
If you're interested in getting involved with Ctrl.Alt.Shift, there are loads of ways to do it. Come along to one of our events - (the comic exhibition is happened until Sunday 16th May at Noise Lab in Manchester)  on Saturday 12th June we're hosting a football tournament with overseas volunteer scheme Platform2 ( at Powerleague Manchester which you can come and play at or just watch, plus we'll be showing all the World Cup matches for that day including England v USA. You can also contribute to the Ctrl.Alt.Shift website - - you can write articles, upload photos or videos, rate and comment on content that's already up, take actions on issues that affecting poor people and you can buy our magazine and comic book online as well.

During the exhibitions opening night at Noise Lab on May 13th, a series of films were shown to the general public. You can see the selection of films by clicking the following links.


If you would like to review an event for the NOISELAB blog please contact Victoria, 

Review: Peter Hook @ NOISELAB Feb '10

Let's take it back a few months, to February and as part of Flux Magazine's Guest Residency at NOISELAB - Peter Hook, legendary bassist from iconic bands such as New Order and Joy Division, popped into the Lab for a chat about his colourful career.

"The unique musician gave an unrehearsed and comical interview of how he overcame his struggles in order to pursue a backlog of musical accomplishments.

His down to earth attitude and ‘do it yourself’ morals on career brought inspirational smiles to the room as he advised the audience its experience you need – ‘you need to get out there’.

His wise words shown his ambition to help others more so, up and coming unsigned bands as he gave them advice and opinions on how to make yourself known.

As the interview progressed not only did the audience stay hooked on every word but laughed as he openly reminisced, making the sequence seem like a chat amongst friends.

He shared treasured memories of the ‘old days’ when his career was still finding its feet and how the Sex Pistols were his inspiration.

He gave the impression that it’s not where you’re from, it’s how you promote yourself-

Blog by Breeze Wozencroft

If you would like to appear on the NOISELAB blog - write reviews, tell us your thoughts on... creative Manchester, the state of creativity in the UK, the barriers you face into getting into the industry, your art education, the NOISELAB etc etc- drop us a line, and if it's relevant we'll post it.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

A month at NOISELAB

It’s been a pretty busy month at the Noise Lab here in Manchester, with music and art being the focal points for a fantastic month. Here and now though, I’d like to go through two of the biggest events to take place this month. MC Envy performed live and put on a workshop for young up and coming MC’s. At twenty-two years of age, Envy is one of the most promising young MC’s around at the moment. She performed tracks from her new album, “Set Yourself on Fire”, (By the way, there never is a good time to set yourself on fire, in case you are one of those people who take’s everything literally) and superlatives don’t do her justice. She performed tracks such as “Chips In My Dip”, “Cocktails In Selfridges” and “Friday Night”. Set Yourself on Fire is available now from all good music shops and it’s definitely worth a listen.

Also in April saw street inspired artist Pure Evil is the most recent artist to pop into Noise Lab. He talked about his work, his gallery in London and the story of how he came to be an artist. He’s exhibited his work in Sao Paulo, New York and Amsterdam to name just a few places. He’s also worked with the likes of Jarvis Cocker and street artist Aaron Rose

Events like these have many similarities and they are a prime example of what Noise Lab is all about. Noise Lab gives young people somewhere to go and be creative. This is what Noise Lab does and long may it continue.

The next event at Noise Lab was In the Loop DJ & MC’ING Workshop Part 2. That took place on the 1st of May. After the way that the last event went, I would say that this event is going to be an “Off the Hook” experience. (Note to self. Never say off the hook again, because you just can’t pull it off).
If you would like to report on events that happen at NOISELAB please email

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Review: In the Loop: MC Workshop & How to Sell Yourself

27th March 2010

“Hip-Hop is an indiscriminate lifestyle. It borrows from all areas of life and is about passion for sound and fun. It’s simply evolution of good sound” - MC Philharmonic

In the Loop was at Noiselab Manchester this past Saturday. The collective of musicians, Jamie Defty (mouse outfit), Gumbo and Bedos (MC), play and produce music but they are now giving something back to Manchester by hosting In The Loop; an event that gives people the chance to network and perform with other MC’s.

When asking Bedos about his life in performance, he explained that he had been performing since the age of nine and that he was performing to big crowds by the age of twelve. Originally from France, he now resides in the UK, and brings his own rapping style to the microphone. Rapping in French, his style is cool and reserved. It was very much the same when speaking to him about performers finding their own voice.

“It’s a natural progression. People can feel if you’re genuine” - Bedos

The day seemed to go down well with those in attendance and it was good to be in the attendance of such a positive event. There is a lot happening in Manchester at the minute and it was a good to see people embracing the aspect of performance. They seemed to thrive on the chance that had been given to them.

The event ended with a live performance with MC’s trying out their lyrics and beats on a live audience. Bedos, Envy and Philharmonic were a few of the names of the people who performed on the day.

I even started to write some of my own rhymes, but luckily for those in attendance of the event, I decided not to get on the microphone.

Endorsed by Pragmatism
This is my vision
I wanna talk lyrics
I’m offended by spitting.

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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

NOISE LAB in this week's Look Magazine!


The LAB turned into a bonafide photography studio last week as NOISE Artist Ciara Clarke from BALC Design was given the star studded treatment to model her range of unique jewellery that’s for sale at NOISELAB.

During the 5 hour shoot, and with her very own stylist Ciara showed Look Magazine round the Lab. Ciara, alongside jewellery maker, partner in crime, Hannah created BLAC 3 years ago, and have been getting quite a following ever since!

Hurry to your local newsagents now to pick up a copy of this week’s Look before we and Ciara’s mum snap them all up!

Monday, 22 March 2010

Review: caro snatch -Survive and Thrive while Staying True To Your Creativity

Wednesday 17thth March 2010

Caro Snatch was at NOISELAB Manchester to give the lowdown on her life and career in music. Described as an ‘artist, engineer and facilitator in sound’, you’d be forgiven if you were expecting some Phat stereotypical music producer. Caro though, couldn’t be any further from your average everyday bling wearing music producer. Despite her success, she came across as a warm and genuine person, which is always a bonus when you’re attending an event. Success it seems has not changed Caro Snatch. She’s stayed away from music labels and it seems that she is her very own woman, making the music that she wants to make. She controls and manufactures her own sound, without the interruption of music label executives.
Caro played some of her tracks, including the poignant and ambient song ‘On a Mat a Funk’ and also ‘V to the Dub’; a personal track, following the journey from being a victim to being a warrior.
The new Caro Snatch album, ‘To The No Longer Blinkered’, will be released in September, later this year.

Review by

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Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Review: Running A Creative Business. Q ‘N’ A with David Vincent (Sankeys, Pacha, Hacienda)

Sunday 7th March 2010
‘You need to fail to succeed’ – David Vincent

David Vincent, the man behind Sankeys, Manchester, was at NOISELABto give an insight into how to run a successful business. The story of a fishmonger turned nightclub entrepreneur sounds like a pitch for a Hollywood film, but it turns out that it wasn’t a fictional story at all. It actually happened. There were so many twists in David’s story. A fishmonger, a young business student and even a tragic incident involving fly tipping. As someone who doesn’t really have a vested interest in dance music and clubbing, I would have found it difficult to not take an interest in David’s story.

 An all round nice guy with a strong passion for his line of work, David provided valuable information on everything from how to run a venue to promotion through to design. He was also on hand to provide answers to people’s questions on business.

 He even kept his cool when someone turned up near the end and began talking on his phone, in the middle of the session. Personally I was amazed at how David kept such a cool head. I guess all those years of running a nightclub have made him an incredibly chilled out person.

Mistress De Funk is guest editor @ NOISE LAB for March

I am pleased to be guest editor at the NOISE LAB for the month of March, so of course, this means March is music month, but with some lovely twists!

I came to work at the NOISE LAB in January, a couple of days a week.  I was taken on as community liaison officer, meaning it was my job to involve the community in what is going on at the LAB.  Each month the LAB has a guest editor.  In January it was Barney, from DOODLEBUG,  and he drafted in artists like Jon Burgerman, and Mark Wigan, so we were privileged to have amazing animators and illustrators creating art all over  the LAB!  In February, we had magazine month, so Super Super and Flux magazine shared the residency and both brought amazing ideas with them.  Lots of photography and style workshops, and even the opportunity to get your work in the magazines. 

So when I was asked to be guest editor for March, I of course jumped straight to music.  I am a full time dj and music producer, and a former radio one presenter, so throughout March expect a really varied and diverse schedule of artists.  From bands, to radio presenters, electronic music production, even a workshop for styling a band.  There will be record labels floating about throughout the month so plenty of opportunity to make contacts and get advice.
You can learn how to successfully promote music events, how to manage yourself as an artist, and also how to set up a record label. 

Keep checking the NOISE LAB website for details

Mistress De Funk

Monday, 1 March 2010

Last Day

Well it's all over now. Graham Massey and Owl Project wrapped up the last day. All went very well. Lots of people there. Great atmosphere. Overall we are pleased with the way it all went during the Flux residency at Noiselab. All been worthwhile and we’ve met some good people. Some of whom will no doubt be contributing on the mag in the near future. Thanks too all the came along. And thanks to Mike and all at Noise for helping us out.

Flux Editor

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Peter Hook Questions

I'm pondering on my questions for Peter Hook. Joy Division, New Order Hacienda blah de blah de blah. No easy task this. I've got to interview him next week at Noiselab. But what do you ask a man who's been asked everything?
Lee Taylor
Editor - Flux Magazine

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Review: Gypsy Fair Screening & Expo -Fri 12 Feb

Review: Gypsy Fair Screening & Expo -Fri 12 Feb

NOISELAB’s screening of Gypsy Fair set the mark for the rest of February’s impressive line up!

This captivating documentary revolves around the Appleby Horse Fair, an annual horse trade event which attracts more than 10 000 Gypsies and Travellers each June. Recorded by Gypsy and Traveller film makers Gypsy Fair reinforces Noise’s unconventional ethos and promotion of non-formal learning paths. The film demonstrates the creativity, individuality and enduring values of the Gypsy subculture.

With its roots in 1685, the Appleby Horse Fair boasts a durable life span. The documentary explores how this tradition has evolved since its inception. Interviews with older Gypsies reveal how the event, which began solely for the purpose of trading, has now developed into a parade, adorned with theatrical gestures.

Unification and community characterise the spirit of Gypsy Fair. The Appleby Horse Fair forms the base from which alternative groups assemble. It is where Gypsies from the South and West meet to trade horses, where older Gypsies regale their descendents with tales about the former way of life, where Travellers meet Gypsies, and where past meets future.

Gypsy Fair shows how Appleby Horse Trade draws out a strong sense of family value amongst the Gypsies and Travellers. It follows one family of young Gypsies to Liverpool University’s archive where they are shown photographs of their ancestors and uncover their Indian roots. The dwindling social aspect of the Gypsies is also reignited during this event as families are given the opportunity to interact with one another.

On top of the aforementioned sentiments of the film, Gypsy Fair is a visual feast! Scenes of horse drawn carriages like striking relics of the past amble along the roads of Appleby, Gypsies ride their horses through the River Eden, and old friends gather in merriment.

Gypsy Fair was greeted with an enthusiastic reception from viewers. The screening concluded with a Q and A session with the film’s producer Sebastian Peiter, which explored how the film challenged misconceptions about Gypsies and Travellers. Viewers were also given the opportunity to check out a photography exhibition by Artist Liam Fawcett. His work offered an interesting perspective on the lives of New Travellers residing in Hackney, London.


Gypsy Fair is available on DVD from NOISE Lab or by emailing

If you would like your review/ account of a NOISE Lab event to appear on the NOISE Lab blog please email Victoria,

Monday, 15 February 2010

Men at Work

It's all change at Noise Lab today. Artist Mike Chavez Dawson is curating for Flux for the next couple of weeks and here he is making a start on the Flux window installation (alongside Noise intern Gas).

First Flux event will be on Wednesday 17th February - artist Len Horsey will be hosting a 'Make Yourself a Pop Star' interactive workshop - develop your own alter ego, write your own pop hit - bring along your favourite song, instruments and change of your place here.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Experimenting with Brad Downey in preparation for his workshop on Saturday 23rd January. Meet at Noise Lab at 11am to get involved

Noise Lab Tuck Shop

Noise Lab Tuck Shop open!

A Noise Lab we have our very own cafe with a twist, you can browse the signed art and exclusive books whilst sipping a cappuccino, or you can purchase a exclusive plushie or Jon Burgerman sticker pack whilst eating penny sweets and Sherbert Dib Dabs!

Yes that right we have a old skool Tuck Shop!
With cheap treats such as Disco Biscuits and Mars bars starting at 25p
to seabrook's crisps for a bargain 40p
to Tunnocks tea cakes and Caramel Wafers!
to Refreshers, Parma Voilets, Love Hearts and assorted Pick n' Mix bags.
which you can wash down with a can of Ginger beer.

just don't forget to brush your teeth!

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Why is David Parkinson Always Making a Mess?

David Parkinson, one of our Noise artists in residence, is completing a second piece in the Lab over the coming week. Not satisfied with creating an awesome piece in the entrance here he is making a 3D artwork on the first floor (and leaving small red marks everywhere in the process!)He will be painting live on Thursday 28th January. Check out more of David's work at

Friday, 8 January 2010

NOISE Free Arts Lab are looking for all manner of volunteers from artists to graphic designers to create labels and packaging for their products to those who want to learn how to run a gallery and behind the scenes work and of course the odd painting job. There really is something for everyone.

Tasks will include:
  • Stock Merchandising
  • Creating retail displays and pricing
  • Creating publicity materials
  • Street team marketing campaigns
  • Meeting and greeting customers
  • Exhibition installations
  • Working with guest artists and curators on one off events
  • Technical people also required for AV and PA set ups.

If you are looking for practical work experience in retail, arts venue management or other creative industries then this is an opportunity for you!
Training will be provided, as well as the chance to meet new people and add value to your CV.

The shop is open from 12pm until 8pm Tuesdays – Saturdays and from 12pm until 5pm on Sundays, and will need a team of volunteers for each day.
If you are interested in any of the above please email to tell NOISE more about yourself, when you are available and how you would like to get involved. Please include a copy of your CV when you contact NOISE.

Big Love
All at NOISE

Snow Business

NOISE Lab has been snowed under over Christmas but will re-open this weekend for legendary Illustrator, toy designer, sculptor, painter, animator and music maker PETE FOWLER.

Pete will be doodling onto the Noise Lab walls live on sunday and giving a inspirational presentation between 1pm-4pm.

The event is free so pop down and say hello! Pete will be avaliable to have a good chat and a cup of tea from NOISE Lab's own cafe all day. You can also bring your work down for Pete to have a look at as he will be open all day for questions and advice.

You can book yourself a guaranteed place at this great event through the following link:

Big Love from NOISE HQ

Lab Manager