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Belle Privé Photography (Emma Finch)

Thursday, October 5th, 2017
Emma Finch is an award winning photographer who works under the name Belle Privé. Influenced by femininity and elegance with a vintage edge, she specializes in photography for women. With numerous publications under her belt, she is proud to have had multiple international front covers. Being equally comfortable working from her central Manchester studio at AWOL or on location, Emma works both commercially and with private clients.

Emma also owns Emma Finch Photography specialising in Family and Lifestyle, and runs Photography Session Days, training and photographic events. // // Instagram@BellePrivePhotography // Twitter @belleprive // LinkedIn

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.

Afternoon Tea @ Three

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

On Thursday 29th September the Fifth Floor hosted “Afternoon Tea @ Three” extending an invite to our friends (aka fierce rivals) on the Fourth Floor.

As it turned out we’re a secretly competitive bunch here on the 5th Floor and in true creative spirit we set out to be afternoon tea entrepreneurs by opting to make as much as we possibly could ourselves, rather than unwrapping some ready-made stuff from ASDA down the road.

After a quick skills recce, we allocated roles: bakers, sandwich makers, booze buyers and a resident bossy boots.

Despite a house move at the weekend John at 632Design – whose bag designs are to die for – said he’d join the ranks of bakers to whip up a Guinness and Chocolate cake.

This instantly set the barometer pretty high.

Beth at BOBO1325 – who has recently been in the glossy magazines for her intrepid wallpaper designs – promised bacon and blue cheese scones –that’s right bacon and blue cheese – along with a vegetarian option of sundried tomatoes and basil. Martyn at Candoo Creative joined the ranks of baker with his lemon drizzle cake and role as artistic director of sandwich platters. Photos of baking disasters circulated on the internet as the sandwich maker got merry on red wine with her feet up and publicly laughed at the one burnt disaster (no names mentioned).

Grizzly Bear bought the essential booze stock and International Arts Manager’s Maria tried her best not to micro-manage with her demands for allotment grown melons from Comma Press editor, Jim, and a soundtrack by Martyn, who joined Maria to create this slick sandwich menu:

Smoked salmon and cream cheese with cracked black pepper and fresh dill
Locally sourced egg mayonnaise with watercress, garden-grown chives and smoked paprika
Turkey and stuffing
Ham, tomato and mustard mayo
Beef and tomato
Tuna mayonnaise
Cheese with a greek yoghurt and garden-grown chives dressing

All served on a rustic wooden Harrods platter accompanied by some vintage plates, plastic champagne flutes, and a massive green origami swan.

Carving knife in hand, we were set to go.

Of course, being a bunch of business folk and creatives we had a secondary agenda: we’d been invited down to lunch on the Fourth Floor over summer and impressed by the delicacies on offer we intended to wipe the floor with them.

We’re happy to say we succeeded. John’s cake was divine. Beth’s scones were from another world. Martyn’s lemon drizzle cake was a naughty sweet treat with the tea. Alex at Grizzly Bear was the perfect barman, using his special powers to stretch two bottles of bubbles around 20 people (who said artists drink too much?). We were slumped on the sofas in a cakey-coma by five.

The Fourth Floor readily accepted defeat  – and offered to upstage us at Christmas.

We’ll see.

Rainbow Studios joins the AWOL Community

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Please welcome Gary McIver to AWOL, a photographer offering the following courses and workshops :

Basic introduction to Photography

Intermediate Practical Photography for everyday use

Natural Light Photography

introduction to Studio Photography, Lighting and Organisation

Working with Models, Studio and Natural Light


Individual and group Model Shoots

Portraits Individual and Family

Corporate Images

Product Photography


Contact – for more information!

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Laura McGee and Stefanie Elrick perform at HOME Mcr

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

AWOL residents Laura McGee and Stefanie Elrick are performing in a special one night only pop-up exhibition curated by Instigate Arts at HOMEmcr. Having worked together for over a decade this duo are renowned for their abstract dance performances and immersive theatre experiences all over the world.

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The upcoming exhibition centers around the theme of ‘Ambition’ and will also showcase new artwork by  Bartosz Beda, Kevin Burke, Michelle Hannah, Richard Hughes, Sara Minelli & Hyunjoo Kim, Emily Mulenga, Maria Orengo, Greg Thorpe, Angela Readman, Louise Woodcont.

Laura and Stefanie have devised a 2hr dance piece called compenSATE which “looks at the way we consciously and subconsciously compete with each through the way we look. Beautification rituals are often designed to make us stand out or attract the attention of others, but they more often than not remove us from our true beauty.”

You can read the full interview with Stefanie Elrick here.

9th July – 6pm – 9pm – HOME Mcr Galleries.


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Say Hello to Amy Lidgett Photography

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Amy Lidgett is a fashion photographer based in Manchester and London shooting on both digital and analogue. She is available for commissions worldwide and specialises in editorial, lookbook & portfolio sessions.

You can see more of her work here :

Welcome Amy!


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Welcome to Carlos FerGo and Cristina Bravo

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Please give a warm AWOL welcome to Carlos Fergo (Fine Art) and Cristina Bravo (Pattern Maker and Designer) who have now moved into Room 502a.

Carlos FerGo – Fine Art is a contemporary painter. Graduated in Art History by UCLM University, Spain. During his life, he has developed his drawing. With Oil painting, he began as self-taught in 2010. He has lived for several years in Madrid, but from 2012 he’s living in Manchester, UK, where he works with Pastel, Charcoal, Oil and Acrylic painting, although he’s working overall with Acrylics

Cristina Bravo – Pattern Maker & Designer – is a pattern maker specialized on female clothes. She studied pattern design and fashion in Madrid, Spain and she is currently attended  at Manchester College in Art department. She is living in Manchester since 2012 and she has already colaborated with local students of design at Salford University. She is always  looking for new patterns to create and people who feels inspired by her pattern maker classes.

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Bethany Travers joins our hub

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Room 505 is Bethany Travers’ new studio space and we wanted to give her a warm AWOL welcome. Her surface design company BOBO1325 specialises in creating unique, contemporary patterns with a surrealist twist for the fashion, interior, lifestyle and home-ware industries.

We can’t wait to see her work and hope she thrives at her new HQ in Ancoats.




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