Might and Main is a project exploring the mechanisms and celebrating the outputs of the artist led- researching the importance of place and space to artistic production from Manchester city centre artist led studio and project space The Penthouse.
At the centre of Might and Main were artist residencies taking place at The Penthouse project space. The selected artists were asked to carry out a residency project taking into consideration the situation of The Penthouse.
These artists worked alongside artists Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp to explore the situation of The Penthouse- geographically, architecturally, physically, culturally, politically or otherwise.
The Might & Main overall project included a public discussion with an invited panel posing questions such as- what does our city mean to the production of art and to artist led initiatives and in return what do we mean to our city? What does the current climate of Manchester’s regeneration and changes in cultural landscape mean- what space is there available for artists? How does space and architecture influence practice? By researching and producing new artistic activity on this topic we hope to be part of a wider effort in understanding and leading sustainable art practice- positioning artists as an important part of the cultural strategy conversation.
This film was made by Sophie Broadgate. vimeo.com/rainydayvideo