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the bakery

The Bakery is an innovative creative programme that is setting up a digital design and manufacturing studio staffed entirely by young people. It is inspired by Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen apprentice programme and Blackburn's embedded culture and tradition of "creativity, industriousness and graft" that is currently undergoing a new resurgence across the town.

It's our ambition that, over time, The Bakery will operate as a self sustaining commercial studio, competitively tendering for and executing commercial client projects, as well as developing new recruits.

The Bakery is motivated by design and innovation as a potential career path for young people from across Blackburn and Darwen including those who may be struggling with, or who have fallen out of mainstream education.

No previous experience is necessary. The Bakery looks to develop raw talent and deliver a training programme that, over time, gives participants the practical, design and business skills that they will need to run the studio. It runs from The Making Rooms - Blackburn's brand new FabLab offering state-of-the-art digital manufacturing facilities to all within the town.

The Bakery is a key extension of our practice and way of working to develop work with people and communities. It is a partnership with The Making Rooms and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

The Bakery has completed its first major commission - a clock designed with the first intake of young people. We started in October 2016 with the Tick Tock Workshops - an introduction to electronics and digital design based on time. Over the course of the next three months we made egg timers, digital alarms and clocks. In January 2017 we began to build our own. Fast forward six months and we've created a monster! Around 1.2 metres in diameter, it will first tour to the schools from which the young people have been drawn and will then be permanently installed in the public workshop space at The Making Rooms.

The clock was unveiled at the first National Festival Of Making in Blackburn, 6th and 7th of May 2017. The young people engaged in the programme have undertaken around 45 hours of training in developing the clock and can already demonstrate competancy in electronics, coding, computer aided design, laser cutting and assembley of parts. t:+44 (0) 774 884 7029

site design by David Boultbee ©2013

we are BREAD art

I create unexpected encounters which gently ask you to slow down, stop for a moment and take in your surroundings in the hope that you'll notice something new.

Knowing the detail of somewhere makes us feel we know a place itself, that we belong, that we can spend time and, at least momentarily, call it ours. Encountering something new or unexpected invites pause. It creates new context, offers fresh perspective, opens dialogue. We see something new, even in things we’ve looked at for years.

I use light, sound and interactive technologies with a strong social focus to collaborate with a loose affiliation of artists, makers and creative thinkers, inspired by spaces and the public realm, who come together to create the unexpected and seemingly impossible.

We create original and engaging pieces of work - multi-sensory experiences, often integrating visual and audible elements, that invite discovery, develop a sense of place, and encourage audience interactivity with both the work and each other.

We have wide expertise. We develop exciting and ambitious projects. Our creative thinking is backed by the experience to deliver. We work across varied locations, indoors and out, in harsh environments and on sensitive sites. Our work ranges from local participatory workshops to creative community consultation to design and build for the public realm.

We're passionate about authentic engagement. We believe that everyone is creative and support and encourage people to discover, access, explore and enjoy this. It’s central to our practice.

Access to art and creativity is empowering. It engenders a feeling of having a voice, develops a profound sense of identity, ownership of and belonging to the places where we live, and provides a forum from which to explore our own surroundings and links to others.

We offer open processes and create works which invite participation from all; devise projects that create integrated outcomes that truly reflect the contribution made by all those involved; plan legacy which is sustained and continues to evolve once the project is finished.

BREAD delivered its first project in 2009 and is led by David Boultbee t:+44 (0) 774 884 7029

David Boultbee
lead artist

David describes himself as an explorer - inspired by spaces and the humour of creating the unexpected and seemingly impossible. He looks for opportunities to include participation from communities and the people that will engage with the work and sees this as an essential and integral part of his process - carefully considering audience and aiming to make work that is both easily accessible and rich in narrative.

He co-founded BREAD art collective in 2009.

David thinks big and produces large-scale works that are demanding to create. He counters this with strong project principals and is proud of his reputation for delivering complex projects to time and budget. He is a PRINCE2 project manager.

David collaborates and seeks out input from participants, fabricators and other artists. As well as broadening the skills within a project, this creates an enriching dialogue and an energy which is directly reflected in a work.

David has a background in computing and technology. Before becoming a full time artist he worked with Bristol based Luke Jerram designing and constructing the systems underpinning some his creations. David has also worked as a web developer. A current area of interest is exploring where pervasive and mobile technologies intersect with the real world and contribute to an audience's exploration of space and their sense of place.

Becky Atherton

Becky has worked with BREAD since 2011 on project including The Irwell Sculpture Trail Animation, Art To Make You Smile, Flashlight - Nelson and the upcoming Witton Park School artist residency.

Becky has a strong background in participatory and community art having worked as Community Arts Development Officer at YourPrescap. She has extensive experience in engaging young people, adults, community groups, agencies and local government in high quality arts projects, and continues to maintain strong working relationships with voluntary and statuary organisations within the North West.

(photo by Cath Ford)

Scott Farlow

Scott collaborated on Routes to Play.

Scott's creative practice is multifaceted, enriching and often playful. His work imaginatively responds to the character and context of the public realm including its edges, interfaces and communities.

He actively seeks to understand local distinctiveness and aims to reveal the narrative, meaning and identity of places and people. He explores connections and disconnections and always marvels at the intrinsic beauty of the ordinary, the forgotten and the everyday.

Each commission is delivered through thoughtful artistic methodology and/or design processes that embrace enquiry, interaction and exchange.

The essence of his work is participatory and he also works in collaboration with other artists to elucidate the landscapes of locality, perception and memory. Projects are expressed and realised through permanent spatial transformations, mobile happenings or temporary interventions.

He creates inspiring new public spaces, sculptural installations and activate streets, routes & play areas. He often undertakes vision statements in support of planning applications and lectures widely on his practice as well as mentoring other artists & creative practitioners.

Graham Connell
product designer

Graham is the managing director of Manchester-based 24 Design Ltd. 24 is a multidisciplinary creative design and make studio specialising in design and build for the public realm.

Committed to applying creative thinking backed by the experience to deliver, the team at 24 work closely with clients to define solutions appropriate to their needs.

The company is now well established within the museums and galleries sector having designed and manufactured permanent and temporary furniture and installations for clients such as The British Museum, The National Media Museum, Manchester Art Gallery and The Lowry.

Graham is working with BREAD to explore how precision digital manufacturing techniques can be utilised to generate high quality and engaging artwork.

Eve Harrison
composer & creative practitioner

Eve led the Diversity project and collaborated on When The Lights Go Out and The Week of the Querk.

"A sensitive and refined imagination" Eve's music features in Michael Hall's forthcoming book British Music Theatre. John Casken and Anthony Gilbert supervised her MusB (Hons) and MMus respectively. Hera's List toured to Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2012, Eve was awarded first prize at Heriot Watt Composer Competition and commissions include National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and Phoenix Clarinet Quartet with vocal sculptor Jason Singh (PRSF). Eve has just returned from St Magnus International Festival, Orkney, where she wrote for mezzo-soprano Alison Wells and her work Shapeshifters was premiered by the Hebrides Ensemble. She is currently writing an orchestral work for a NYOS Camerata and Big Noise Raploch orchestras to perform together in September '13.

A passionate and experienced educator, Eve leads workshops, training and mentoring for organisations such as Opera North, RNCM, Manchester Camerata, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Jessie's Fund and In Harmony Liverpool. Eve is co-director of composer-performer collective Sounds of the Engine House and Ignite Music Theatre company. Eve also plays trumpet in balkan band The Rubber Duck Orchestra.

Kate Moran
artist, musician, teacher

Kate has worked with BREAD since 2010 on projects including Intentions, Flashlight, Skymirror, The Lab, this way:UP and BEAT:TENT:HOOK.

Kate works as a violin teacher in schools and as a musician. She has a strong interest in folk and traditional music and dance and plays in a number of different bands and ensembles throughout the UK. She is director of Manchester Youth String Orchestra.

Angela Davies

Angela is an interdisciplinary artist based in Wales. The work is underpinned by themes of time and place; in particular the changing ecologies of the natural and manmade environment. Craft disciplines and creative technologies are drawn upon to create site-specific multi-sensory interventions. Davies graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000, with a BA (Hons) degree in Contemporary Crafts. In 2013, she graduated from Manchester School of Art completing a Masters in Textiles.

Exhibiting her work nationally and internationally, Angela has undertaken residencies at Ruthin Craft Centre, the National Trust, Gawthorpe Textiles Collection and more recently St Asaph Cathedral. In 2013 she was awarded a Research and Development Grant from Arts Council Wales and in 2014 a large grant where she led a large scale production at Chirk Castle, Wales. Recently, Angela was awarded a New collaborations Bursary from A-N. In 2013, she was a Proof Scholar at The Regional Print Centre, Wales and in 2010 she was awarded the Manchester Book Fair Prize.

Her work is within private and public collections in the UK, Europe and the USA, including The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction, Texas, University of Northampton and Manchester Metropolitan Special Collection.

Loz Kaye
composer & musical director

Loz jointly directed BEAT:TENT:HOOK with BREAD.

Loz has been a professional composer, musician and teacher since 1994. In this time his music has been performed all the way from Nashville, USA to Okinawa, Japan. His personal style is imaginative, open, energetic and enthusiastic about cultural exchange. Loz is based in Manchester, UK. For his latest activities see the news blog.

Loz has mostly worked as a composer for theatre, notably with touring visual theatre company Horse + Bamboo. He has also written music for dance, film, orchestra, choir and electronics. He has created scores in a range of styles, from the Mexican folk music inspired show "A Strange (and Unexpected!) Event" to the pop and gospel musical "A Beginner's Guide to Cybershopping". Even so all his various compositions are engaging, dramatic and accessible.

Ruth Essex

Ruth co-founded BREAD art collective with David in 2009 and worked on Ffosfforesence.

Ruth is a former Arts and Regeneration Officer at Bristol City Council. During her time there she helped initiate and manage a wide range of arts initiatives and events including the Capacity Project - accessing vacant spaces for artists, See No Evil - street art festival, Bristol Cycle Festival and Stapleton Road Street Party.

She is now a freelance arts and regeneration consultant and producer based in Bristol and works across the UK for arts organisations, community organisations, the public sector and the private sector.

Lucy May Schofield
artist & bookbinder

Lucy collaborated on The Week of the Querk

Lucy's practice attempts to capture moments. Focussing on the overlooked, she consistently documents vulnerability. Her desire to memorialise the unspoken and make a record of mortality or place are often manifest in the paintings, prints, books and installations she creates.

A keen observer of the changing landscape of both the physical and emotional worlds we inhabit, her desire to record these c hanges with image and text drive her practice. Trained originally as a printmaker, but born a collector of moments, she became fascinated with vessles that could house the works she created. How these moments are contained, exposing embarrassment, lust, fear, anxiety, deceit, loss, isolation and courage are intricately considered and created. They are born from a passion to generate a dialogue, a bridge between the artist and audience, a place of exchange.

She studied the traditional techniques of book making, perfected the art of constructing book forms and discovered a satisfaction in making objects by hand. The process of making her work is paramount, her tools - typewriters, letterpress, watercolour, silk screen printing, photocopiers, foil blocking, found objects.

Having self-published small editions over the past twelve years her work is held in public and private collections including Yale Center for British Art, Tate Britain, Chelsea College of Art, London College of Communication, Winchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, State Library of Queensland. Artist multiples are stocked in London, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Lucy May Schofield is currently respresented by Paper. She is the curator of The Bibliotherapy Artist's Book Library (BABL), a touring mobile library home to over 150 artists' books.

Sarah Greaves

Sarah collaborated on BEAT:TENT:HOOK.

Sarah is an artist whose practice crosses art forms. Her Embroidered Graffiti has been exhibited across the country and has received international press and publicity including an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

Sarah's new collection Armenian Threads premiered at Shoreditch Town Hall as part of the Armenian Institute's event Salon Mashup and the full collection will be exhibited at NQ2022 in Manchester 21st August-7th September 2013.

Funded by the Arts Council and following a three-week residency in Armenia where she worked with Armenian artists and galleries, Sarah has created an installation of embroidered wooden sculptures, accompanied by a soundscape, that explores her own Armenian heritage, traditional needlework and oral histories. The installation centres around three large embroidered sculptures that stand like pieces of a theatre set. The space encourages the viewer to find different angles and perspectives on the work, and to ask who creates the lens through which we view Armenian history and culture.

One of the three sculptures is a six-foot tall zoomorphic sculpture - half bird, half woman; her solid wooden body embellished with traditional Marash embroidery and Armenian lace. Based on illustrations from ancient Armenian scripts, the figure gazes from the past but in the here and now she seems to tell many different stories.

Kate Houlton
project manager

Kate collaborated on Sky Mirror and this way:UP

Kate has worked for a diverse range of organisations within New York, London and Manchester on a variety of interesting and challenging projects within the creative industries.

She is currently assistant producer for Manchester International Festival and Touring Exhibitions Coordinator for We Are ExtInked with Ultimate Holding Company.