the city talking: manchester, a-z 2016 • dBack
The City Talking
This is our first A-Z issue in Manchester; it’s a chance to fill our pages with as many stories, hopes, dreams and memories as we can. Every year we speak to friends, acquaintances and strangers who we hope will become friends.
The A-Z issue always begins with a question, and this year in Manchester there were two. We wanted to know what people in Manchester had enjoyed this past year — the events, individuals and moments that made their 2015 great. We also wanted to know what they were excited about — what 2016 had promised them. We asked everyone from baristas, writers and artists to CEOs and leaders of the city’s tech community. We hope to ask even more of you next year.
Dan Pollard and Kevin Connor
The Pen and Pencil
Our favourite memory of 2015 would have to be the launch of our new bar and restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter back in July. After months and months of planning, building and fine-tuning everything, it was so special to see our vision come together and become a reality. Dan in particular has a fine eye for perfection and he made sure everything was just as he pictured it to be in his mind’s eye: from the reclaimed RAF lamps he found to hang above the bar, to the artwork of the Manhattan skyline on the wall. Dan even handpicked all the magazine cuttings we used for the toilet wallpaper, to give you an idea how much attention to detail was being put in pre-launch! When you work so hard for something for so long, it’s extremely satisfying to see it all pay off, so the launch party was an unforgettable moment for us. It was great to see our friends and family enjoying drinks at the bar we’d built and designed. The feedback we received was all positive which meant that all the hard work we’d put into it felt well worthwhile.
This year seems set to be a great year for Manchester. Between Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend, Manchester Day and the IndyBeerManBeerCon, there is lots to look forward to. It’s going to be a huge year for music lovers too with all the huge massive outdoor events from the likes of The Stone Roses and Coldplay. On a personal level, we are really looking forward to building on our work so far and helping to grow our business in the local community. We have a new menu launching soon not to mention all the big brand tasting events we have lined up, so it really is non stop!
Artist & Director of PAPER
I think my favourite memory of 2015 would be our presentation of PAPER at The Manchester Contemporary and the opening the exhibition The Shadow of an Unseen Power by Lisa Wilkens. Both events took place at the end of September and marked a significant turning point in the gallery. TMC marked us stepping up PAPER from a project space to taking one of the gallery booths at the fair. Lisa Wilkens’ show was a really amazing exhibition that was reviewed in Frieze magazine. We took the same show to Art Rotterdam last week, selling the whole body of work. It was great that everyone at the fair was talking about Lisa’s work.
There are a couple of things I’m looking forward to. Firstly we are having an exhibition of Narbi Price at PAPER from the 21 May 2016. The show, Codeword, is part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016 and focuses upon the twentieth anniversary of the IRA bomb in Manchester. This incident completely changed Manchester, transforming it to the city we know and love today. Though there were a lot of good things that happened as a direct result, we also lost many good things (the Corn Exchange for one). The work is a personal response from Narbi to the city.
Originally published in The City Talking: Manchester, issue 03