Echo Trace: five creative projects in five local Manchester libraries

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Echo Trace: five creative projects in five local Manchester libraries

Brighter Sound is delighted to present the Echo Trace, five brilliant creative projects in five local Manchester libraries.

A multi-arts programme of activities, the Echo Trace features photography, literature, visual art, sound and music, led and brought to life by some of Manchester’s most cutting edge artists and creative organisations. The projects will take place at North City Library in Harpurhey, Longsight, Wythenshawe, Beswick and Withington libraries.

Taking place until the end of May, the Echo Trace marks the second phase of Chaos to Order – a programme that commenced with a weeklong artistic residency curated by Everything Everything at Central Library last November.

Improvised music collective The Noise Upstairs, electronic sound artists The Owl Project and performance poet Shirley May all feature – along with spoken word ensemble Inna Voice, award-winning writer Emma Jane Unsworth, experimental musician David Birchall and digital media mavericks Let’s Go Global.

Chaos to Order saw a band making music, improvised poetry and dancers performing in Central Library.  Similarly, the Echo Trace sees a range of creative activities exploring the library space, once again challenging perceptions of what a 21st century library can be.

This is a project that will celebrate the libraries’ cultural value and show the different ways that libraries are used by local people in Manchester.

Brighter Sound’s Sara Lowes, Producer of the Echo Trace project, said, We started this project by asking the libraries, what do you need?  Who do you want to see more of in your building?  Each of the five libraries had a very different answer and the result is a diverse programme, which reaches out to different interests and age groups.”
Libraries are such positive, friendly and wonderful communal spaces.  We want this project to do them justice by providing a hub where local people and artists can work together, be inspired and produce something really incredible and creative.”

Councillor Rosa Battle, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said, Everything Everything’s weeklong residency in November was the perfect way to demonstrate the real breadth of facilities which are available to inspire artistic creation at Central Library.  Now, this next phase of Chaos to Order extends the programme’s reach to five of our local libraries and in doing so, ensures that its legacy is felt in communities citywide.”

Developing imagination and sharing creativity is at the heart of the Echo Trace programme, which will culminate in a special event at Central Library at the end of May.  The artwork and music produced across the five libraries will be showcased at this event.  It will also bring together the five different communities involved under one library roof, for what will be the grand finale of the Chaos to Order project.

The project is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England; Manchester City Council and Zochonis Charitable Trust.

Chaos to order: Echo Trace Programme details

North City Library

A modern and interactive interpretation of the local history archive Various dates until end of May Brighter Sound are working in North City Library on a historical storytelling project called Shooting the Past, which combines photography, written stories and music.  Photographer Rebecca Lupton and author Emma Jane Unsworth will work with North Manchester’s Grand Day Out team on this modern and interactive interpretation of the local history archive. Walking tours of the area will spark, trigger and inspire memories, conversations and feelings, creating a unique history of North Manchester by the residents who have spent their lives there. The final installation will be accompanied by a new piece of music commissioned and composed by musician Eve Harrison, which will mark the culmination of this remarkable project.

Longsight Library

Waxing lyrical in Longsight; spoken word takes centre stage Saturdays, until 18 Apr, 2.30-4.30pm Brighter Sound are working with Longsight Library to create a new and original performance of poetry, spoken word and music. Inspired by the theme of Chaos To Order, which was created by Everything Everything, participants will work under the guidance of North West Poetry Slam award-winner Shirley May, and Manchester’s leading spoken word ensemble, Inna Voice.

Withington Library

Fusing new sculptures and sounds in South Manchester Wednesdays, until 1 Apr, 4-6pm Brighter Sound has teamed up with Improvised music collective The Noise Upstairs and electronic sound artists The Owl Project to create a collaborative project with young people age 11+ in after school sessions.  Sound, sculpture and musical improvisation collide in this inventive project which fuses wood, electronics and digital technologies to create artwork and music making machines. An improvised performance and sound installation in response to sound and light will be showcased at the end of the project.

Beswick Library

Like a giant pop-up book, get ready to explore in Baby Chaos Tuesdays, until 9 Jun, 9.30am-10.30am Brighter Sound and Beswick Library are going on a bear hunt!  Inspired by Michael Rosen’s classic children’s book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, Baby Chaos takes families on a sensory journey of artworks and soundscapes with musician Sara Lowes and artist Najia Bagi. Like a giant pop-up book, get ready to explore the library and the wonderful bear hunt story, through music, sound, artwork and activities.

Wythenshawe Forum Library

A digital art project inspired by everyday life in Wythenshawe on each Tuesday throughout May. Brighter Sound have joined forces with experimental musician David Birchall, artist Andrea Pazos and digital media mavericks Let’s Go Global to inspire and connect groups in Wythenshawe through an exciting digital art project. Open to people of all ages, the groups will work together to create a digital soundtrack and interactive map responding to the location, life and times of the people of Wythenshawe that will be unveiled at the Echo Trace showcase in Central Library on Sat 30 May.

Drop-in sessions: Tues 5, 12 and 19 May, 5-8pm

Artists in residence: Tues 5, 19 and 26 May, 12- 4pm