Project X

Project X was an ambitious 16-month, cross-art-form talent development initiative for a collective of young artists aged 18-25.

The collective was made up of filmmakers, dancers, spoken work artists, DJ’s, performers, visual artists, photographers, musicians and a scientist.

Throughout August 2016, they undertook an intensive 3-week research and development period involving workshops with Inna Voice, The Lab Collective, Thirty Pound Gentleman and MVSON as well as trips to Liverpool Biennial, Cities of Hope and Islington Mill to see and experience work across various art forms and to develop a network of other practicing artists.

Following twelve months of research and planning, the Project X collective curated, programmed and curated a month long takeover of HOME in August 2017. The programme was called This Is Human and attracted 10,000 visits across 21 events.

The programme included:

Exhibitions, Us and Occupy
Installations, ReTreat, Mind Garden and Weasel Nation
Performances, In Motion, Jason Singh, Manchester International Roots Orchestra, Young Identity, Bethany Hermitt
Workshops and relaxed sessions
Film Screenings of Fish Tank, Mustang, Chicken Run, Little Miss Sunshine, Blue is the Warmest Colour, Random Acts Playback shorts

The Project X Collective were:
Muhammad Abby (Abz), Dominic Bennett, Teniola Dowie, Patrick Farrell, David Fawcett, Lucy Grayson, Cherelle Henry, Isaiah Hull, Emmy Lahouel, Luke Magnusson and Joshua Wilkinson.

Project Staff Team:
Rosie Stuart, Young People’s Programme Producer
Facilitator and Mentor:
Kate Bradnam
Ally Davies, Engagement Assistant
Project initiation, vision and development: Marisa Draper, Head of Engagement and Rosie Stuart, Young People’s Programme Producer


Project X was generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn TrustOne Manchester and Places for People.

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