On becoming a Frankophile

In November of last year, I went to a backers-only screening of ‘Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Documentary’ at The Dancehouse in Manchester. Supporting the kickstarter for the documentary on Chris Sievey’s life and ensuring that my name would be listed in the credits was the latest in a long line of Frank Sidebottom related ridiculousness my mum had arranged for me since around 2012 when she took it upon herself to turn my childhood phobia into an adult obsession by finding Frank related ephemera to bombard me with at every birthday, Christmas or ,well, opportunity. 

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Don't give up the day job...

Yesterday I attended a workshop entitled 'Don't give up the day job.' The workshop was run as a collaborative event by Manchester Craft and Design Centre; Redeye (the photography network); and Castlefield Gallery and positioned as 'a day of talks, discussions and workshops encouraging photographers, artists and makers to draw inspiration for their personal practice from other paid and commercial work.' I arrived at the rather beautiful Bridge 5 Mill in Manchester, a 'sustainable venue' with an impressive recycling provision in each of its' shared spaces. As someone with an intention to introduce artistic and creative influences to support and inspire personal development in others, I was intrigued.

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