Another Common Affair is the second coming, bigger and better reboot of April’s inaugural ‘Common Affair‘ this time in association with The Manchester Weekender. A day dedicated to the cream of the North’s artistic zinesters and print producing talent, Another Common Affair will see twenty plus independent makers and shakers descend upon Common and lay forth their wares. Stalls will be keeling over with produce from the likes of Cafe Royal Books, Nous Vous, Catalogue, Preston Is My Paris, Alex Humphreys, Lucy Jones, Savwo, Dr Me, OWT, Village, Comfortable On A Tightrope, Bryony Jackson and many many more (keep scrolling down for more on the line up).
Expect to walk away with the most limited of editions, the most independent of outputs and the most precious of keepsakes. Be it a bespoke calendar for the New Year, the lyrics to Black Sabbath’s paranoid on a tote bag, a totally radical tape, or a folded and stapled bible to abide to, Another Common Affair has something for you!
The fun starts from 1pm when you can pick up a bargain and bliss out in the visual overload on offer. From 6pm the scene at Another Common Affair transcends to include live performances from Francis Lung, Jessop And Williamson, Herb Diamante and Champion Lover. This carefully curated day rolls forever onwards with DJs in the wake of the bands, including sets by Stop Making Sense, Luke J. Murray (Finder Keepers), Robert Parkinson, Dan Russell, Mass Observation, and the cream of the stallholders’ record collections ’til midnight (once again, keep scrolling to the bottom for all the goodies). Come, enjoy, savour and unfurl (your prints, your mind, your inhibitions), we’ve got a feeling this is going to be a good one!
Another Common Affair / Sunday 14th October 2012 / 1pm – Midnight
Common / Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW
Stall holders (from 1pm – late)
“OWT made zines. They were alright, some people even said they were pretty good. But, we want to do more ambitious things and we’re selling off our old stock to make some space for whatever that is. Get one while you can.” www.owtcreative.com/
“A small and close-knit collective made up of three practitioners collaborating on graphic design work, illustration, exhibitions and other self-initiated projects. Image-making is central to our work. We’ve developed a bold, cohesive, graphic visual language suited to a range of applications in print, digital and moving image. We apply our collaborative approach to a wide range of projects, working towards the most appropriate and exciting outcome for each brief and exploring new creative processes.” www.nousvous.eu/
“Catalogue Library is an independent publishing platform for artists and designers started by Catalogue. The project embodies the idea that zones should be a quick representation of a subject or idea. This ethos is carried through into the production of our zones, pretend with material and made by hand. www.thisiscatalogue.co.uk/
DR.ME is a multi disciplinary Arts and design studio based in Manchester. At DR.ME our greatest endeavour is to inspire and be inspired, no matter the scale of the project we always endeavour to create work that surprises and excites the viewer enough to bring them into our world. We try to always keep a firm equilibrium between creating client based work and our own personal projects to keep both mindsets fresh and vital. www.dr-me.com/
A new Leeds-based art bookstore and publishing house, specialising in zines and artist books from local and international artists, as well as selected creatively-focused publications from established and independent publishers. www.villagebookstore.co.uk/
Cafe Royal Books
“Mass Observation was formed in 2011 by Theo Simpson and Ben Mclaughlin. We operate a practice which encompasses art direction, graphic design and photography. Alongside commissioned projects we continue to publish books and print editions. This activity provides an on-going critical discourse, forming an integral part of the studio’s working process.’ www.massobservation.org/
Manchester based photographer Sophie Stafford’s work focusses on portraits of individuals that collectively outline a community, capturing the diverse cultures and characters, but the true subject of her work is the social interaction between the photographer and the sitters. www.sophiestafford.tumblr.com/
Preston Is My Paris
‘Preston is my Paris was originally started by Adam Murray and Robert Parkinson in July 2009 in order to encourage the exploration of Preston as a subject for creative practice and to generally focus more attention on the city. What originally started as a free zine and blog has developed into a multi-faceted project that includes exhibitions, digital applications and live events. www.prestonismyparis.blogspot.co.uk/ www.pppbooks.blogspot.co.uk/
Painting man, pen man, print man, it’s Rowan Jackson man. Joining us for Another Common Affair all the way from York. Felled from the same tree as Bryony, the Jackson groove runs deep. Last seen Rowan works were lino print heavy, monochrome and hacked to best. Head his way at Common Affair to pick up the most limited of editions, delightful. www.rowan-jackson.blogspot.co.uk
Art star, Bryony Jackson, of York descent, has been killing it on a large scale ever since we first saw her work. And long before, to be sure. Check out her brand new website for evidence. German Expressionist channelling master strokes combine with a fevered love of animals, nuff humour and a King’s eye for colour, revelatory. www.bryonyjackson.net
Camille is a Manchester-based illustrator who has made some fabulous gig posters and curated some fine fairs in her time. Not one to rest on such achievements, Camille has recently fired up an apparel arsenal. We look forward to her Black Sabbath inspired tote bags, her ode to Dolly Parton’s Jolene and much much more. www.skinandblistersouvenirs.tumblr.com/
Manchester illustrator and screenprinter, Simon Misra, has been banging out the hits since who knows what when. Consistently eye popping posters are backed up with the documentation of the great sketchbook pages Simon unveils online (check his Instagram). We were shocked and awed to learn that Simon recently made posters for screenings of Robocop and Mad Max 2 respectively, tongues are wagging. www.simonmisra.com/
Premium fart cow, David Bailey, has been picking stunted ideas from his stunt garden since longer than he cares to get better. Illustration is his main game and you might expect a sprawl of black and white posters, lino prints and most likely a stack of original one-off comically captioned comic scenes. Including such hits as, “I now pronounce you Man and Wi-Fi”. www.davidbaileyillustration.com
PLUS the creative works of Iwan Roberts / Steve Hockett / SAVWO / Alex Humphreys and Lucy Jones / Comfortable On A Tightrope
6pm Francis Lung ~ ”Side project from WU-LYF’s bass player”
6.45pm Jessop and Williamson ~”Future protest singers, Arthur Russell vs. Genesis”
7.20pm Herb Diamanté ~ ”Psychedelic lounge karaoke singer from the U.K.”
8pm CHAMPIONLOVER ~ ”Five piece from Manchester with two drummers making lots of Psychedelic dub noise”
DJS (from 8pm) : Stop Making Sense / Luke J Murray (Finders Keepers) / Dan Russell / Robert Parkinson (Preston Is My Paris) / Mass Observation and more stall holder DJ sets!
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