We Love Manchester!

Posted by Lucy Devane

on May 26, 2017

Categories: Art, Charity, exhibition, Gallery, Manchester, Photography

Stevenson Square Graffiti

#WeLoveMCR

This week has been a sombre one following news of Monday evenings events at the Manchester MEN Arena.

Although business has returned to normal for some, our heartfelt thoughts go out to the families and friends of the people affected by the incident, and recognise the hard work of the emergency services and the local people who bravely and kindly responded to the aftermath.

Despite the atmosphere and the difficulties – within hours’ stories and images started to emerge that captured acts of kindness, strength & sprit of the people Manchester. The outhouse in Stevenson Square is a popular spot for graffiti artists and they were quick to show support.

The #WeLoveMCR charity campaign has raised almost a million pounds for the victims’ families. A just giving page has been set up where people can donate here:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/redcross/ManchesterEmergencyFund

On Tuesday, Our Studio decided to reflect and contemplate quietly over at the Manchester City Art Gallery.

The team took some time out for a relaxed lunch in the gallery café and spent the afternoon exploring the current photography exhibition on show there.

The exhibition titled: Women and Children; and Loitering Men, documents the work of Salford born artist Shirley Baker. Baker used the medium of photography to document urban, post war communities living and working in Manchester between the 1960’s and the 1980’s.

It was great to see previously unseen photographs of historic Manchester architecture and a fitting exhibition to reflect on our city’s strength, creativity and resilience.

(The Shirley Baker Exhibition is open until Monday 28 August 2017. Details can be found here. )

Our Studio Senior 3D Artist Marc Cohen is Running the London Marathon

Posted by Lucy Devane

on April 20, 2017

Categories: Charity, London, Manchester

We like to keep fit and healthy in the Studio but our Senior 3D Artist is going the extra mile and will be running the London Marathon for charity this Sunday the 23rd of April.

This is not the first of Marc’s Marathon journey – in 2015 he ran the Manchester marathon for the Macular Society, and raised £800 for this charity who provide emotional and physical support to people suffering with Macular eye conditions.

Marc has gone even further this year and raised an incredible £1255 of his £1350 total and we are very proud to be supporting him. This year he is proudly fundraising for the charity – VICTA. A charity supporting blindness in children and young adults.

Marc has been training hard – here are some pictures of him in action …

If you would like to support Marc in fundraising for Victa please visit his just giving page to make a donation here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/marc-cohen

Good Luck Marc!

Making a difference in South Africa

Posted by Sam

on January 15, 2015

Categories: Charity, Our Studio, South Africa, Travel

To finish off our year on a positive note, Our Studio made a donation to one of our favourite charities. The Gumboots Foundation (UK) is a small charity supporting projects in South Africa working to alleviate poverty. Gumboots provides avenues for people living in the UK who are interested in making a difference to the countrys future. By supporting community based projects with local leadership Gumboots helps change the life chances of some of the countrys poorest people.

The money we donated has allowed for two children living in the townships to receive private, weekend tuition for a year. This gives many of the children the opportunity to achieve the results to take them on to University. The results of this initiative have been impressive so far.

We were sent a wonderful photograph of the children saying thank you from the Sigiya Sonke Dance troupe that Gumboots supports.

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If anyone would like to make a donation to the charity, please visit their just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/gumboots/