Show & Tell May 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.

Eight artists and designers will make lightning-quick presentations about a current project, experiment or source of inspiration.

Speakers  include

Ruth Watson (creative copywriter and project manager  at Creative Agency Raw), who will share her own story of friendship, collaboration and the role that design can play within our local communities

Artist Michael Mayhew who will present some ideas from the past and some for the future and (in 5 Mins!) will try to answer the questions: What’s an idea? Where do they come from? Can I make them happen?

Alastair Eilbeck (Creative at Digital Agency Amaze and founder of media arts practice MeYouAndUs) who will speak about TILO, their digital R&D for the arts project

Artists Rafael Perez and Charma Force who will talk about their respective practices and how they ended up working collaboratively on “Find what you love and let it kill you“.

Artist Liz West who will talk about her current studio practice including her daily Construction Project where she produce possibilities for new works, by challenging herself to make a construction a day out of pre-existing materials in her studio.

What should I talk about?

The aim of Show & Tell is to showcase the creativity and imagination of the people who 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 of what’s happened at previous events, we have had presentations 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 many personal projects they have started and – for some of them – not yet 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 presentation format is set against a countdown clock, each speaker has exactly five minutes and up to 15 slides to illustrate their talk.


Presentations should be either in Powerpoint or Keynote, five minutes long and use 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 (second 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”.