Announcing our Open Call and Expression of Interest

A Grand Exposition is a contemporary blend of Art Fair, Fun Palace, Science Salon and Techno Theatre – a nod to ‘The Great Exhibition’ of 1851 – the first international exhibition of manufactured products to showcase technical and creative innovation.

In an exciting partnership with Capital&Centric and Manchester Science Festival 2017 (MSF) our provisional programme of technology-driven and science-themed activities spans:
— A Public Exhibition of Visual and Sonic Artworks
— New and Original Commissioned & Curated Works
— The Cornbrook Retrospective
— The Allies & Associates Programme
— Maker Workshops and Activities for all ages
— Illuminated Talks exploring the social and cultural impact of science and technology
— Screenings, Demonstrations & Showcases
— Live Performance and Entertainments
— The Northern Guild’s Steampunk Market
— Artisan Tavern & Gin Palace
— A Grand Auction

Our ‘Commission & Curate’ Open Call for:
— The commission of a new Sci-Art artwork as a centrepiece exhibit
— Our curation of interesting work from the region
is now closed. Details of selected artists and works will be announced shortly.

Our ‘Participate & Contribute’ Expression of Interest for:
— Opportunities for the wider community to participate and contribute
is still open – scroll down for more details.

Participate and Contribute - Expression of Interest

We welcome ‘Expressions of Interest’ for participation and contribution to our:

Illuminated Talks
Scientists, researchers, technology innovators and cultural commentators who would like to join our series of lively, discussion-based panels exploring the past, present and future impacts of science and technology on society and culture. We are particularly interested in contributors who can respond to our event themes of:
Fundamentals – Energy | Electricity | Magnetism
Dynamics – Harmony | Resonance | Complexity
Change – Power | Control | Innovation

TuttiFrutti Live Performance
Technology-driven live performance by musicians, visualisers and DJs/VJs for our night-time live events

Cabaret Faraday
Artistes and entertainers performing science-themed stand-up comedy, spoken word and dramatic arts

The Market
Steampunk, retrofuturist and inspired makers and merchants who would like to rent a stall in the market

Hobbyists, inventors, artists, makers and creative technologists offering family-friendly workshops and participatory activities

The Gift Shop
Suitable science-themed hand-made gadgets, Make-It-Yourself kits, craft objects and 2D arts for sale through our merchandise store

We’re looking for postgraduates – MA and PhD – from across the city’s HE institutions and particularly in Art & Design and Science & Engineering, who would like to apply for one of our paid assistant roles – to work closely with the leads from Cornbrook Creative in the key areas of:
— Art Direction
— Event Design
— Technical Production
This is a great opportunity to get valuable first-hand experience of realising ambitious artistic cultural activity.

Emerging artists, enthusiasts or undergraduates who would like to be part of our team of volunteers – in roles ranging from Invigilators, Production crew, Exhibition installation, Workshop assistants, Runners and PR & Social Media campaigners

If you’re interested in finding out more about these opportunities then get in touch through our ‘Participate and Contribute’ online form and we’ll respond with more information.

You can still download our ‘Expression of Interest’ as a PDF. Just enter your name and email address, prove you’re not a robot and press ‘Send’ and the link will appear. If you’re interested enough to download it then we’d like to add you to our Mailing List.

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About Cornbrook Creative

Cornbrook Creative is a federation of artists, designers & makers, creative technologists, media producers and curators based in Talbot Mill, Manchester.

Our practice connects us with many curious elements in the cultural, technical and social matrix – some subtle, some strident – and finds us equally at home in the ebullient flux of the public realm, the rigours of passioned debate and the quiet meditation of the craft workshop.

Our artistic work integrates both contemporary fabrication processes and traditional techniques across a range of disciplines within digital, visual & sonic arts, sculpture, engineering and outdoor theatre – producing events, experiences and artefacts to delight and dislocate by turn.

Cornbrook Creative is also excited to offer an eclectic portfolio of opportunities for public participation, creative adventure and community engagement with a new series of collaborative projects – while also supporting the region’s artisan, creative and cultural industries with an array of innovative design, manufacturing and production services.

About Talbot Mill and Capital&Centric

Recently acquired by Capital&Centric – award winning developers who don’t just create buildings; they create places and communities and cultivate cultures – Talbot Mill is a magnificent example of the iconic Victorian mills which have been refuge to Manchester’s vibrant artistic communities for decades.

A Grand Exposition will animate over 10,000 square feet of this building, hosting both a farewell celebration for the Talbot Mill communities and the launch of a new cultural workspace project – ‘FutureSpaces’.

Talbot Mill will open its doors for this unique and one-off event, welcoming the public to enjoy its final batch of ‘manufactures’ amidst the charming remains of its post-industrial heritage, before deconstruction and metamorphosis into a new life as residential dwellings.

To find out about plans for the residential future of Talbot Mill, visit the website of property developers Capital&Centric

About Manchester Science Festival

Produced by the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Science Festival is a creative, playful and surprising celebration of science taking place across Greater Manchester from Thursday 19th – Sunday 29th October 2017. Launched in 2007 it is now the largest science festival in England and the North’s premiere cultural celebration of all things related to science and innovation.

Dubbed ‘part laboratory, part playground’, the Festival invites over 100,000 visitors to join it at 100+ unique and extraordinary events every year – ranging from art installations and theatre to comedy, debates and workshops.

Past events have seen audiences take a boat ride through an art installation with a particle physicist, build a computer out of dominoes, enter a sleep lab inside a shopping centre and jump in to an adult ball pool.

In 2016 the Festival welcomed a record 136,000 visitors and involved over 1000 scientists, researchers and artists, who created 125 unique experiences in 60 venues across Greater Manchester.

In 2015 the adult ball pool event Jump In! was named Best Special Event at the City Life Awards.

About FutureSpaces

Radical | Analogue | Digital

FutureSpaces is the new construct for Talbot Mill’s artist and maker enterprises, drawing together with outlier trades and neo-industrial artisans to inaugurate a new regional centre for innovation in creative production, providing product development support from research, experiment and prototyping stages through to bespoke and batch manufacture.

Alongside provision of workspace, equipment and technical resources to established creative businesses, FutureSpaces will also nurture the skill development, exchange and learning opportunities necessary for building resilience and dynamic activity in our communities while also instigating and extending collaborative ventures and partnerships across a wide range of agencies, organisations and individuals.

FutureSpaces builds on the historical foundations of collective enterprise and cooperative organisation and plots a trajectory towards a new commonwealth.

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A Grand Exposition is produced by Cornbrook Creative in partnership with Capital&Centric and Manchester Science Festival
and with the support of Arts Council England and dbnAudile