In residence: Photographer Ali Taptik
A direct response to the extraordinary growth and change that has gripped Manchester and Salford in recent years, Tenancy is a 12-month project running from autumn 2018.
Twenty years ago, a few thousand people lived in and around Manchester city centre. Today this figure has risen to over 50,000. Young professionals are flocking to the city, drawn by opportunities to work and study, and the excitement of city life.
Quick to meet demand, developers are creating new homes at an unprecedented rate. Derelict redbrick factories are being revived for contemporary loft living, while on the outskirts of the city, vast new developments are springing up, manufactured from steel and glass.
But as cranes tower over the city’s skyline, there’s been a visible rise in the number of people sleeping rough on the streets below. Requirements for affordable housing in new developments are sometimes sidestepped, while the waiting list for social housing has swollen to 80,000 across the Greater Manchester region.
What is happening to neighbourliness amid this paradox of boom and crisis?
Tenancy explores what it’s like to live in a city negotiating rapid change. It asks how these bright new cities are being shaped – who is making decisions and who is benefitting. It examines what new communities are being created, and what might be being lost.
Curated and produced by Quarantine, Tenancy invites artists from the UK and further afield to take up residence in a brand new property on the border of Manchester and Salford. Some are staying for a series of weekends, others for weeks at a time. Each artist will get to know the area and their neighbours, and make work, leaving behind a trace of their time in whatever artform they choose.
Across the year, a series of conversations and other events with neighbours and interested people are taking place within the house, reflecting critically on the past and debating plans for the future.
Tenancy is part of Meet the Neighbours, a three-year cross-artform project inviting artists into rapidly evolving neighbourhoods in five cities across Europe and North Africa. Co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, Meet the Neighbours is taking place in Manchester and Salford, UK; Béthune, Lillers & Bruay-la-Bussiere, France; Lublin, Poland; Marrakech, Morocco; and Groningen, Netherlands.
Currently in residence
Photographer Ali Taptik – May to June 2019
There are no events currently scheduled. To find out about future events, check back here or sign up for email updates about the Tenancy project.
Residency: Visual artist Shayma Nader – June 2019
Performance maker Sarah Vanhee & artist Flore Herman – July to August 2019
Visual artist and performance maker Hetain Patel – September 2019
Performance makers Janek Turkowski & Iwona Nowacka – October to November 2019
Past residencies & events
Residency: Visual artist Shayma Nader – April to May 2019
Drawing & printing workshop | Grace Surman & Gary Winters and their children – April 2019
Is Neighbourliness a Virtue? A live-streamed dinner discussion – April 2019
Thought Club: Conversations with a philosopher | Professor Michael Brady – April 2019
Residency: Performance maker Sarah Vanhee & artist Flore Herman – March to April 2019
Sing for your Supper | Hannah Sullivan – March 2019
Artists & producer surgeries | Steve Slater – January & February 2019
Residency: Performance makers Grace Surman & Gary Winters and their children – October 2018 and January, February & April 2019
Residency: Director, choreographer and performer Jo Fong & writer and performer Sonia Hughes – November 2018
Funders and supporters
Tenancy has been made possible through the support of Tom Bloxham, Ben Caldwell, Gina Fletcher, Allan and Jo Melzack, Susan Webster, George Whalley, and everyone who donated an item to the house, as well as the Bloxham Charitable Trust, The Granada Foundation, JLL, Shoosmiths LLP, Slater Heelis and Urban Splash. It is part of Meet the Neighbours, a project co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme.