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Manchester Stained Glass

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Manchester Stained Glass has been teaching and delivering creative stained glass courses, workshops and community projects to individuals, organisations, schools and community groups since 1988.

Run by Sharon Campbell, a visual artist with a wealth of experience working with children, adults, groups and organisations, giving all a beneficial, fun and rewarding experience within creativity and the arts.

Courses and workshops:

  • Nine week evening and daytime Stained Glass courses suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.
  • Stained Glass Weekend workshops for beginners.
  • One day Introduction to Copper Foiling workshops.

For bespoke projects please contact Sharon direct through:




Twitter: @GlassCourses

Steve Balance

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Studio 210 –

Steve Balance – Code Is Art

I’m a Freelance Programmer/Web Developer who has been working with the internet & programming since 1998 (a long time!).

After leaving school, I trained in Psychiatric Nursing which I did for 8 long years, until I decided in 1998 I needed a change of career. I studied for a Beng in Multimedia Systems(hons) at Napier University, Edinburgh where my Thesis was on Web based Virtual Environments. Worked for the Graphics & Multimedia Resource Centre at The University of Edinburgh as well as for the Edinburgh Virtual Environment Centre (EDVEC) where I did 3D programming for a haptics based interface in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art. I then went on to do a funded Msc in Interactive Multimedia at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh then a Phd in Mobile Agents.

My main work comes from long term relationships with various digital agencies in Manchester, Scotland & the Netherlands, although my work has taken me to working on projects in such far flung places as Marrakech, Morocco for a 6 month stint!

I also do oodles of web sites for individual clients on a freelance basis, mainly for independent businesses and start-ups.

I specialise in mainly Back-end programming using PHP, Ruby and Python. I do Front-end development for CMS systems such as the WordPress and Magento platforms and bespoke Theme development and custom plugins, where off the shelf solutions can’t be easily found.

Certified PHP developer with skills in MySQL, Perl, Apache, Linux, .NET / C#, Cocoa,Coldfusion.

WordPress intallation, theme modification, troubleshooting and development

Concrete5, CMSMS, Joomla, OS-Commerce, OSCMax, ZenCart.

Qualified Software Engineer with 14 years experience in MVC, Database optimization, server clustering, Virtualization and AWS EC2, S3 support, KVM, ESXi

I also do Salesforce integrations. My favorite environment is PHP, Nginx/Apache, Postgres, Symphony2, Composer.

I’m also sometimes contracted to do Penetration Testing/Ethical Hacking for various financial and health organisations which is in reality, simply testing web applications for exploits and making recommendation to keep data secure.

I’m on of those people who luckily has an appreciation for the Visual side of things combined with the technical aspects of web programming. – under development.


Stripey Cats

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

A brilliant range of appealing greetings cards and gifts with wibbly wobbly eyes designed and made by Jonathan Crosby.

11th Open Evening Friday 11th November

Friday, October 21st, 2016

On Friday 11th November 2016, AWOL Studios invite you to come inside Hope Mill, a Grade II* listed old Georgian Textile Mill to meet the 84 residents and discover what is now being produced in this landmark building. With artists and small businesses working across a range of disciplines from photography to textile to tattooing, it is a vital and dynamic community hub for many creatives.

Alongside AWOL Open Studios there will be a resident’s exhibition curated by AWOL’s community, an exhibition of archival material of the industrial history of the Mill and Ancoats curated by Ancoats Dispensary Trust and an independent exhibition hosted by curator Claire Turner of Comme Ca Art on the 5th floor of the Mill.

Cosmic Joke Limited

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Who are Cosmic Joke?

Cosmic Joke are an award-winning film and video production company working out of Manchester, London and Sheffield.


Totem Wolf

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Totem Wolf

Premium Men’s Grooming Products

Totem Wolf has  become recognised as a leading artisan business, creating and supplying premium men’s grooming products especially to a very select group of males…the bearded kind!

Founded in February  2010, it’s only recently that the brand has started gaining ground and is now appearing in one of the foremost influential mens magazines, British GQ!

“ Having had face fur in one form or another for almost all my life, when I created Totem Wolf and our sister company Soap Deluxe, I had in mind a brand that would create products that would nourish and help me to avoid all the chemicals and nasty additives in commercial products and give me something 100% natural, using top quality raw materials. I wanted my own “sniffs” I wanted to use essential oils rather than synthetic fragrances so I set off on a mission.”

In April 2015, just after celebrating my 60th birthday, Totem Wolf found a new home, here at AWOL Studios. With the energy and creative vibe from individuals already in the mill, Totem Wolf is set for even bigger and greater heights! It’s an inspiring place and atmosphere.

”It’s probably the best move I have ever made moving to AWOL, as it’s a joy to come to work and fantastic for business.”



Artisan Soap Maker and Master Blender


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Postal & Delivery Address:-

Philip Woolley / TOTEM WOLF


AWOL Studios

Hope Mill

113 Pollard Street


M4 7JA

Sharon Campbell

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Sharon Campbell is co-creator of the award winning ‘The Chandelier Of Lost Earrings’.

Currently collaborating with Rachel Ramchurn on ‘A Museum of Journeys in a Chest of Drawers’ an Arts Council England funded project, aiming to discover and exhibit familiar stories that which unite us through there commonality. Working with a Stockport based mental health and wellbeing group and a Nottingham based Refugee woman’s group.

This is based on the research and development project ‘A Pocketful of Treasure’.

Sharon’s work is motivated by the storytelling and narrative possibilities of familiar and personal everyday notions and objects, which resonate and connect with people. The aim is to create transformational works, which draw out the extraordinary from the ordinary, to speak of identity and community, the common themes that bring us together.

Sharon works in the field of contemporary visual art creating process led public artworks which focus on engaging with people, local communities and building relationships.

Sharon has worked in schools, hospitals and community centres, libraries and galleries.

Images  credits:

Summer House – ©McCoy_Wynne

The Chandelier of Lost Earrings  – Geoff Brokate

A Pocket Full Treasures –  Jana Liggett

Jude Wainwright

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
Jude Wainwright is an artist living and working in Manchester.
She studied Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating in 2009. Her practice predominantly focuses on portraiture, particularly self portraits, combining traditional oil painting materials with more contemporary forms of mark making, often using her paintings as ‘diary entries’ for emotive landmarks in her life.
Her recent solo exhibition at 53Two Theatre introduced her ‘harlequin’ series of self portraits addressing her anxieties & self deprecation. Her work whips up a combination of whimsy & torment for the viewer yet for Jude are merely ways of subconsciously making sense of her world.
A recent documentary of her work “Art over Mind” was released in 2018.
Instagram: @judywainwright

Kevin Pack Photography

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Kevin shoots people (but only with a camera and lens)! It doesn’t matter if it is for family portraits, documentary work, stills for a new independent film, glamour images for “lads mags”, or images for fashion designers to advertise their collections  –  Kevin shoots them all. He is especially known for the cosplay images he has been taking for the last 40 years. Kevin’s images are regularly published in newstand magazines in the UK, Europe and Asia. But don’t ask him to shoot a wedding  –  he says that looks too much like hard work, and he just wants to have fun!

International Arts Manager

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

International Arts Manager is the leading business magazine for the performing arts industry worldwide. 

With subscribers in Hong Kong, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Johannesburg, and London, it is a hub of conversation for professionals working in opera, dance, theatre, circus and classical music, as well as the architects, sound experts, and stage designers and technicians building the venues of the future. 

IAM is owned by Lewis Business Media, based in East Sussex, whilst the editorial team is headed up by Manchester journalist and writer Maria Roberts here at AWOL studios.

Maria and her writers regularly travel to report on the arts: trying out theatre festivals in Sibiu, beer and Beethoven in Barcelona, flamenco in Madrid, conducting competitions in Copenhagen, and dropping in at symphony cycles in Singapore.

For more than 25 years IAM magazine has connected with Arts Councils, Ministries of Culture, European Capital of Culture hosts, and performing arts conferences and membership organisations worldwide to curate a global conversation on the business of the arts. 


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