On Monday, May 22nd 2017, 22 people were killed and scores injured by a suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert in our beloved city.
After the tragic events at the MEN Arena, thousands gathered outside Manchester town hall to mark their respects and were captivated by Tony Walsh’s epic poem, This Is The Place.
It gave James Torry, Creative Director at video production agency Doodledo Motion, an idea: To create a community project that would give “a city that was struggling to know what or how to feel some language to articulate it”.
Since then, over 60 Manchester creatives have worked collaboratively to create a special commemorative book. Each one took a line from the poem to inspire unique pieces of art, illustration, design or photography.
The Foundry was asked to develop a creative execution to sum up the line, “And we make people laugh, take the mick summat rotten”.
We wanted our contribution to be as real and raw as our fellow citizens’ sense of humour. We remembered an image, captured on a phone by Emma Bearchell a few years ago, that perfectly captures the Mancunian mischeivous spirit and our love of observational humour – having a laugh at the common aspects of everyday life.
Copies of the book are on sale now (our submission on page 63) and all proceeds will be split between three charities: Forever Manchester; We Love MCR Emergency Fund; and The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.
It goes without saying we are incredibly proud and humbled to play a small part in such an iconic and significant project for the people of Manchester and everyone whose lives were affected by the tragedy.
“The creative community in Manchester is something unique…More collaborative than competitive. More hopeful than pessimistic”.
Tony Walsh, poet