Show & Tell February 2014

Come and get a taste of what’s happening in the minds of some of the city’s leftfield innovators, as we bring Manchester’s visual arts community and thriving digital design sector together in a playful and informal setting.

Artists, designers and creatives of further fields will make lightning-quick presentations about a current project, experiment or source of inspiration – the ideal way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Speakers include

  • Writer, producer, filmmaker, biomedical scientist and current Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow Erinma Ochu who – drawing on her varied experience –  invites people to explore ‘the social life of archive’
  • Artist & Designer Matthew Varah Wilson wholives off the hope that today will be the day he creates the most awkward, compelling image that holds the weight of a real personality
  • Cartoonist, Illustrator and Storyboard Artist Adam Cadwell who will talk about what goes into making a comic and the challenges of evoking a real place in the recent past.
  • Designer and founder of @BLABtalks Matt Booth will talk about how he used music to create his 7inch sleeve entry to the 2013 Secret7s exhibition.

And more to be announced..

What should I talk about?

The aim of Show & Tell is showcase the creativity and imagination of the individuals that make Manchester’s creative scene what it is. We are asking artists and designers to make lightning presentations about a current personal project, experiment or source of inspiration.

To give you an idea, we have had presentation from Hwa Young Jung (who talked about British Things) , Dave Griffiths (who presented Babel Fiche) , John O’Shea (Open Source Swan Pedalo) , Kimchi & Chips (Lit Tree) , Brendan Dawes ( from magneticNorth who talked about his “digital shed” and all the fantastic objects he builds at the weekend), John Grant (from Cahoona, who talked about his quest for the perfect burger), Design by Day (who talked about the multitude of personal projects they have started and – for some of them – not finished), Michael Trainor (artist and founder of Pop Empire, who talked about his work with light), Richard Schofield (from weareboy, who talked about his doodling practice); Cherry Tenneson (who presented her work mapping redundant objects and information) and more…


If you want to present just email with your name, what you want to talk about and your mobile number.

The presentations format is set up as against a countdown clock, each speaker has exactly 5 minutes and up to 15 slides to illustrate their talk.


Presentations should be either in Powerpoint or Keynote, 5 minutes long and up to 15 slides, on a timer (so no use of a remote control). Here is how to set up timers in presentations:

In Powerpoint repeat the following process for each slide you want to set the timing for.

1. On the Slides tab in normal view (view: A way of displaying the contents of a presentation and providing the user with the means to interact with it.), select the slides you want to set the timing for.

2. On the Slide Show menu, click Slide Transition.

3. Under Advance slide, select the Automatically after check box, and then enter the number of seconds you want the slide to appear on the screen.

In Keynote

To have the slides change by themselves, you need to tell Keynote to automatically transition to the next slide after a specified number of seconds. To do this, open the inspector toolbox and choose the Slide Inspector (2nd tab). At the bottom where it says “Start Transition” select “Automatically” and then specify when you want that slide to transition to the next slide by adjusting the number of seconds in the box labeled “Delay”.