HOMEBIRD

THE LOWRY EXHIBITION

 

HOMEBIRD

THE LOWRY EXHIBITION

HOMEBIRD: EDIT 03

Why HOMEBIRD? My feeling was that birds have the luck and good fortune to see everything laid out before them. A bird’s eye view is stunning and quite dizzying, it being the best optimal viewpoint to pick out even the finest details over a large expanse. A Homebird is someone to whom home is Ground Zero – that place of rest, rootedness, relaxation and returning preferable to and better than anywhere else in the world. It is cosy, comfortable, a nest, a safe place for friends and family, a cocoon, a collection of shiny trinkets and souvenirs earned, bought, borrowed and maybe sometimes stolen.

In life, I feel very much like a magpie, a cherry picker, a prodigal and a curator all rolled in to one. I’m a first-generation Black, British citizen born in North Manchester General Hospital (Crumpsall) to solid, working class parents. I am one of 8 siblings (7 girls, 1 boy), Catholic / Grammar school and University educated who has been clubbing since I was 15, working since I was 18. I started dj’ing in 1991, have lived, worked and seen ridiculous success in London, Paris and Ibiza because of it, then I returned to Manchester to rejoin my family at the end of December 2015, when I decided to live, work and settle here again just like a homing pigeon.

FLICKR ALBUM - PRIVATE VIEW 22/9/18
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HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW

Maya Angelou interviewed in ‘Good Hair’:

“I would say that hair is a woman’s glory and that you share that glory with your family,” she tells Chris Rock. “…And they get to see you braiding it and they get to see you washing it. But it is not a bad thing or a good thing, it’s hair.”

Ever since Jesus was remarked to have had an afro, with his hair ‘like wool and feet like burnt brass in a furnace’, the discourse on hair has been a sensitive socio-cultural and political issue. Nothing marks out Black peoples’ ‘otherness’ as dramatically as skin tone and hair type. The standard magazine and billboard images of stars with flowing locks – that pinnacle of feminine acceptability that we are encouraged to aspire to, can only be attained with a great hairdresser, serious financial investment and endless salon or home visits.

My tangle with hair started at 6 years old when I realised, with the painful combing, that I did not have ‘good hair’ – but that it could be tamed with patience, some Vaseline and a sizzling comb heated on the cooker ring. Since then my hair has been through practically every treatment and a few medical crises in a bid to tame it. Now I shave it myself and keep it grey. My personal statement is also political.

I sat with my sisters to discuss what good hair means to women of colour in 2018.

Credits:
Production – Michael Simpson, Nicky Jones, Laura Biddle (The Lowry)
Contributors: Audrey Hall, Elicia Clancy, Rhonda Finlayson, Jennifer Finlayson, Paulette Constable

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I AM THE ONE – MICHAEL ANTHONY BARNES-WYNTERS

I wrote ‘I AM THE ONE’ as a performance piece for my assessment as a Public Speaking Coach with NCS: The Challenge. It is an intensely personal poem but by writing it in the first person the reader also becomes the ‘I’. My thinking was that we are multi-faceted, complex people with a full spectrum of shades, tones within us. We are a mass of contradictions, a beautiful blend of brilliant lights and long, dark shadows. Trying to define oneself is like looking into a kaleidoscope – the picture changes with each turn, the fragments shapeshift, the form and picture changes but they are still the same fragments and it is still the same kaleidoscope. I see me, I see you, this is us, you are not alone and it is ok to be all these things.

‘I Am The One’ was written to instruct and inspire groups of 15 – 17 year olds initially, but it speaks to everyone. Being at one with ourselves comes with acceptance of all these characteristics, qualities, emotions and behaviours as the essential parts that make us whole. I asked my family and friends to read it for the film to highlight the ‘every person’ experience within the poem. Zooming in on the changing lips represents the ‘I’, the ‘you’ and the ‘we’. I didn’t perform it at my assessment as I realised that two minutes wasn’t long enough to organise a group of forty people to read as I had planned but when I got home I posted it on my WordPress. I felt it was important to do something with it. This is the poem that brought me to the attention of the Director of The Lowry and set the ball rolling for this exhibition.

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FILM / TV

I have spent a lot of time watching TV, films and listening to the radio. My sisters used to call me and my twin the Radio and TV Times – we always knew what was on and when and once the TV was on we were glued to it. We would walk backwards out of the sitting room so as not to miss a second of a programme. All of this has influenced my life in many ways. It wasn’t until I wrote the list for this wall that I realised that some of the programmes we watched regularly would have a hard time making it past the censors now. Some are blatantly racist whilst others are so dubiously scripted that they are embarrassing to watch. Then there are programmes that are so positive that they should be on school curriculum’s even today. All of the programming – good, bad or indifferent has influenced or inspired me. TV has changed a lot and it has certainly become more diverse but we still have a long way to go. Eastenders still received the most complaints on record simply for airing an all black episode.

This is an imaginary weekend guide made from real programmes.

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MENTAL HEALTH

“Take your heartbreak and make it into art.” Carrie Fisher

I saw Yoko Ono’s ‘Fragments’ exhibition whilst on holiday in Reykjavik in January 2017. My enthusiasm for making something at the table was not matched by my partner’s but I was adamant. When I finished I said ‘ I am really good at putting broken things back together again’. I had made a dancing lady out of the fragments. We broke up two days later. The break up (compounded with work stress, carer fatigue and the untimely deaths of my aunt and ex-ex boyfriend) caused a chronic depression and anxiety that put me in therapy by September. I was there twice weekly for 26 weeks. It isn’t the first time I have had therapy or treatment for depression and I know it won’t be the last. My question is – why don’t we maintain our mental health in the same way as we maintain our physical health, when each is crucial to our existence?

Granted we cannot fully control the events that happen in the world or to us in our lives but we can choose how we react to or treat them. It is important to respond as soon as things start to go wrong. It is important to know that there are people around you (and professional organisations) who care about you and love you and who can / will help. We – and life – are not Instagram / Facebook perfect or beautiful. It is important to know that there is strength in showing your vulnerability. It is important to know that if life falls apart you can put it back together again and come back stronger. There is nothing in life that can’t be fixed. It is important to speak up, to talk about, to show up, to try, to make something out of what you have left with whatever limited or unlimited tools you may have. You can always ask for help and then solve your problems together.

I spoke to B-Traits about dj’ing, music, life, relationships, staying mentally healthy and clocking off.

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STANLEY CHOW

Stanley Chow is an artist and illustrator from Manchester, England whose iconic work has found worldwide acclaim. He was born in 1974 and raised in Manchester by parents who had emigrated to England from Hong Kong. In an interview with the BBC in 2014 Chow said, “the reason why I am an illustrator is because growing up, the only form of amusement I had was with a biro and chip paper. I didn’t really have many toys as a nipper, all I did was draw and draw and draw.”

Everything and everyone has a story. I have been mesmerised by Chow’s illustrations for some years – felt many resonances with the story of his upbringing and my own – loved his work with The White Stripes, relished the irreverence of his New Yorker Donald Trump balloon cover and when I saw the portraits of the Manchester United team in the restaurant at Old Trafford I knew that working with him would be magic. I was elated when he agreed to create the exclusive Paulette Version 3.0 portrait for my Homebird exhibition. Stanley Chow supplied two further pieces depicting memorable places in my story – The Toast Rack (Hollings College) in Fallowfield was a school days landmark on my way to and from the bus stop on Wilmslow Road (my private joke was that he had forgotten to add the poached egg restaurant building – which would complete the catering college set). The Toast Rack nestled along the path behind our house and The Hacienda – well that has its own story …

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ART

I’ve never thought of myself as a muse but over the years I have the good fortune to sit for some amazing photographers and artists and have been reproduced and recreated in such a beautiful way that it would be rude not to share it. Their work shines here for you now.

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INSULTS – STICK AND STONES – MICHAEL ANTHONY BARNES-WYNTERS

The first time I became aware of graffiti was when my family lived in Fallowfield. There was a petrol station at the end of the road and the brickwork inside the perimeter wall was painted white.  It always attracted huge daddy long-legs, mosquitoes and moths in Autumn. One day there was something written on the wall in black spray paint – it wasn’t graffiti, it was written in a very beautiful but foreign hand. Someone had made a statement for others to read. I felt intrigued and excluded and tried to copy the ‘hand’writing in my exercise book. For years the phrase ‘the writing is on the wall’ has carried an enormous weight for me. Sometimes the wall scrawls I saw were rough, rudimentary and said rude things about individuals I knew or angry things about the system or made things that were supposed to be private public. It was a long time before I saw something written or sprayed on a wall that was visually stunning in and of itself. This Michael Barnes-Wynter installation mixes all of this – the slings and arrows, the slurs and insults, the sticks and stones and compliments of life with a subtle and colourful, handwritten, typographical beauty.

CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE

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LGBTQ+

As soon as I became sexually active I had girlfriends and boyfriends but found that it was not a comfortable or easy way to live (or be) for a black girl in Manchester in the 1980s. Even in 2018 my bisexuality feels like living a part of my life outside of the intersection – never seen as straight enough by the straight community  or gay enough by the gays; always told that I should ‘make a decision’, always viewed with either disbelief or suspicion. Never given that stamp of approval for real existence. When I started working with the LGBTQ+ community firstly with Flesh and A Bit Ginger Productions in 1992 and co-presented the first radio programme for made exclusively for gay youth called ‘Out And Proud’ in 1992 I felt a sense of community and belonging that had been sorely missing. Later Manto’s and Paradise Factory opened the door to a community that was accepting, open, encouraging and understanding. My involvement and activism continued when I moved to London where I was involved with the Zap Club in Brighton, Summer Rites, Gay Pride parties, Queer Nation, Turnmills, Heaven, Discotec, The Cross and fund raising for Terrence Higgins Trust in London. Then in Paris I worked for Solidays, Sidaction, Queen Club and Radio FG (Frequence Gay).  I now work for Gaydio and the Manchester Pride Organisation and continue to support and promote Gay Rights.

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POETRY / LYRICS

I have written poetry, prose and columns / blogs since my Dad bought me and my twin a blue Petite Typewriter for our 8th or 9th birthday.  We wrote stories and poems all the time until the ribbon ran out and the keys broke. Fast forward to A’Levels and my teacher, Mr Birch, introduced us to the A-Level curriculum telling our class that ‘prose / fiction is an open hand but poetry is a closed fist’. This stark contrast appealed massively to the storyteller in me. Mr Birch introduced me to the Metaphysicals, to haikus, to Robert Frost, Shakespeare’s sonnets, Chaucer, e e cummings, Stevie Smith, Samuel Beckett and T S Eliot – all of which I still love – and remember. I discovered Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath and my feminist sisters at Manchester Metropolitan University when I studied for my degree. I have always seen song lyrics as poems set to music. For this wall we’ve sewn and stitched some of my poems together with the work and songs of professional poets, songwriters / lyricists, rappers. This seemingly random selection has a place in my personal story as each arrived at a time of love, romance, crisis, redemption or transformation. Aside from that, I think it makes for a rich, comforting and intriguing quilt.

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FASHION

When I was 7 or 8 my sisters used to call me ‘Nescoré’ because I dressed myself like the stylish French woman (an animated character) in the chicory / coffee advert. Image conscious from the get go, I was always matching, styling, co-ordinating, customising, sewing, bleaching, dyeing, taking in, letting out clothes. When I started to earn money clothes and shoes became an obsession. When I started to dj, model and present ‘Juice’ on TV, my look became important to others and not just to me. Through clothes, make up and accessories DJ Paulette became this larger than life character who was not afraid to take risks or bare a little bit of flesh. This section is all about that transformation.

This section is all about that transformation – displaying archive items including my mum’s handmade / hand printed 1950’s dirndl skirt, my handmade sequinned knckers and a selection of bespoke rubber outfits, hats, wigs and clothing worn by me for photo shoots and events over the years.

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SCAPECOAT

CONCEPT: PAULETTE CONSTABLE | TEXTILE PRINT DESIGNER – CHERYL O MEARA| COSTUME DESIGNER – SILVIA HOYA MENA

INSPIRED BY:

THE KEEPING OF SECRETS & SCAPECOAT pp385-6 WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES by CLARISSA PINKOLA-ESTES

FRIDA KAHLO – unos cuantos piquetitos – a few small nips
GEORGIA O’KEEFE – Ghost Ranch, Flowers of Fire, The Red List

‘A SCAR IS STRONGER THAN SKIN’
1.     A scapecoat is a coat that details in painting, writing, and with all manner of things pinned and stitched to it all the name-calling a woman has endured in her life, all the insults, all the slurs, all the traumas, all the wounds, all the scars. It is her statement of her experience of being scapegoated.

My idea is a customised, reversible magpie coat that on one side bears the slurs and insults that i have heard through life (the false coat / superficial / judgements made that we have to wear every day) and on the inside (the side of instinct and knowing) bears the compliments that act as a barrier to the insults on the outside?  Textile design wise I felt it was symbolic to have magpies on the outside and peacocks on the inside.

It’s a garment that plays with the idea of transformation and assuming / accepting La Loba (the wolf) in ourselves – her home is where the spirit of the women and the spirit of the wolf meet.

The Scapecoat is a couture garment made from a unique fabric designed by Cheryl O Meara (Creative Consultant, Print Designer) and created by Silvia Hoya Mena  (luxury sustainable womenswear designer).

CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE

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BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS

Blood, Sweat and Tears are life’s signature scents. It’s the perfume of anyone who has ever tried, won or lost, worked, grafted, hustled, had a dream, lived a nightmare, succeeded, failed, had hope, lost faith, then picked themselves up and started again. It’s the aroma of longevity and endurance. The essence of life.

The designer, Sean Longmore, made sense of my idea of a ‘celebrity’ perfume line by creating a powerful poster advert with branded bottles. Using one of Soyad Mahat’s photographs and the heavy symbolism of modern advertising made a strong, every person statement.

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NATURE / TRAVEL

I spent my childhood gardening, climbing trees, scrumping for apples, finding the best conkers, running wild and playing on the University playing fields behind our house on Birchfields Road. Family holidays were in Blackpool, Saundersfoot, Tenby or Pendine and the Isle of Man. Beaches, canals, fairgrounds, rocks, fields, seas, farms and forests were my playground. As kids we never used a map or a mobile phone and it was bliss to get lost in the great expanse. I like to think that I have retained my spirit of adventure (even though GPS or directions are essential these days). I consider travel a true perk of my job and these are just a handful of the places I have visited.

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LITERATURE

I like reading. I remember Ms Sands reading the Anansi stories when I was in the infants at St Kentigern’s Primary School. I remember racing through the Ladybird ‘Janet and John’ books so that I could pick my own books from the library shelves. I loved the Chronicles of Narnia, devoured Enid Blyton , dreamt about Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and have always been transfixed by Alice In Wonderland – (so much so that my 40th birthday was themed around it). The Omen and Amityville Horror scared me so much I had to back them in brown paper and hide them in another room. ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ arrived when I was in full marital and nervous breakdown – it helped me through. These are some of my favourite titles.

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CHILDHOOD

I was born in North Manchester General Hospital, Crumpsall and raised in Prestwich then Oxford then settling in Fallowfield. Childhood was spent playing out in parks and fields and libraries and museums and galleries and beaches. Taking bus trips, taking photos and eventually taking aeroplane journeys overseas. I knew no fear and I talked to everyone.

The wall dedicated to Blanche Finlay is a dedication to my mum, my original Shero – who gained an Economics Degree at Oxford University in 1969, released / self financed her own album ‘Now Tomorrow’ in 1979 and at that time also worked for the City Council as Equal Opportunities Officer for Women. I owe everything to her.

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SHEROES

I have been surrounded by seven strong women since I was born – my mum and my six sisters. I have always known there is strength in numbers and my respect and love for women stems as much from my home life and love as my politics. Since I started working in the music industry I have been very lucky to have worked with some of the best, strongest and most talented women in the business. I rely on my female friends and colleagues as an extension of my family circle. This section is a love letter and a thank you that is dedicated directly to them.

The Sheroes track is a collaborative production between myself and producer Chris Massey (Sprechen Records). It was released on Black Riot Records in June 2018 and is our feminist celebration of all the women who have influenced us, who we have had the honour of working with throughout our careers and who are kicking ass and taking names today. It is also a clap back to Daft Punk’s track ‘Teachers’ which in its 48 mentions of people who influenced them omits to mention a single woman.

The collage takes this idea into the art realm layering tear sheet selfies / logos / personal and professionally taken pictures of all the women / friends / colleagues and mentors who I have lived, worked and played alongside together with graphic and typographical depictions of the stars and celebrities I love and am inspired by.

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WORK / DJ’ING

I got my first job in the music industry working as a junior reporter on the Saturday Express show with Becky Want and Chris Evans on Piccadilly Radio 261 MW. I was 18. I now work for Gaydio, Reform Radio and MCR:Live and have had shows and guest spots on Radio 1, Kiss, Capital, Ministry of sound Radio, Radio FG, Nova and Ibiza Sonica.  I have worked in TV for Granada, Channel 4, MTV, BskyB, Carlton and Cherie. I have worked for Mercury Records (as a Publicist), Azuli Records (Promotions & A&R Director), Radio FG (in the bureau as their ‘Consultante Internationale’) and various magazines. I have been a lead singer, a backing singer, a session singer, have written songs and produced tracks. I have even been a copywriter but the job that defines me in terms of length of service is dj’ing. I started dj’ing in 1991 and have never stopped.

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MUSIC

The six Spotify playlists chart the music that touched me through the decades. Music is the heart. The pulse. The soul. The blood in my veins. The food in my belly. The roof over my head. The colours I see. The sounds in my mind. The healing force. The natural vibration. The house that Jack built. The rave to the grave. The singing my heart out and dancing till my clothes are wringing wet. The communal connection. The kinetic movement. The endless love. The past. The present. The future.

SEE THE PLAYLISTS

HOMEBIRD PLAYLISTS:

HOMEBIRD: 1966 - 76

HOMEBIRD 1976 - 1986:

HOMEBIRD 1986 - 1996

HOMEBIRD 1996 - 2006

HOMEBIRD 2006 - 2016

2016 - THE NEXT DECADE

CREDITS

CREDITS:

HOMEBIRD: EDIT 03 - DESIGN

LAURA BIDDLE
Exhibitions Coordinator
A Graduate of BA Hons Fine Art and MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies, with a focused interest and speciality in the politics of display, interpretation and Otherness, particularly within contemporary art, Laura materialises the exhibitions at The Lowry from curation and design through to transport coordination, interpretation and insurance, working closely with artists to install existing work as well as develop new commissions and producing all schedules, plans and budgets. She joins all of the dots involved in producing a show which, in this case, included coordinating artists, departments, visual material, objects, external contractors and more to help create Homebird: EDIT 03.

SEAN LONGMORE
Sean Longmore is a Manchester based graphic designer, artist and photographer. He graduated BA (Hons) from the University of Salford in Media & Performance and  currently works for The Lowry as a full time designer. To see more of Sean’s designs click here: https://seanlongmore.co.uk/cp-shoot

HANNAH MCLENNAN JONES
Graphic Designer at The Lowry Theatre & Arts Centre by day, illustrator for Rebel Dykes, Bollox, Creatures Of Catharsis and loads of other queer stuff by night. Self-identified dyke illustrator from Manchester creating pink and black scribbles inspired by neon lights and nostalgia, focussing on the experience of being unapologetically queer.

HANNAH TINSLEY
Full time Graphic Designer at The Lowry Theatre and Arts Centre and a freelance illustrator specialising in cushion and print design. 1960’s wallpaper and overall pattern and bold colour enthusiast, Hannah takes her inspiration from things such as retro packaging and adverts.

NICKY JONES
Nicky Jones is a Media & Communications graduate, now specialising in digital content creation in the theatre world.

The exhibition walls /panels and visuals were created based on (and inspired by) interviews, meetings, raw archive materials and photos

Blood, Sweat And Tears – Sean Longmore
Nature / Travel – Hannah Tinsley
Childhood / Family:
Blanche Finlay (Mum) – Sean Longmore
Family ‘incident’ wall – Sean Longmore and Hannah Tinsley
LGBT – Hannah McLennan-Jones
Work / DJ – Sean Longmore
Fashion – Hannah McLennan-Jones
Literature – Hannah Tinsley
Poetry – Hannah Tinsley
Art – Hannah Tinsley
TV – Sean Longmore
Mental Health – Sean Longmore
Sheroes – Hannah McLennan-Jones
Spotify / Playlists Wall – Laura Biddle
Hair – Hannah Tinsley
Music – Hannah McLennan-Jones
Private View footage – Nicky Jones

MICHAEL ANTHONY BARNES-WYNTERS

Bristolian maverick, Michael Anthony Barnes-Wynters (Barney) is a Manchester Metropolitan University Design alumni and the creator of critically acclaimed arts platform known as doodlebug. Michael has an insatiable creative appetite and has been an exhibitions/events programmer at Contact since 1999. Hocusfocussed.

STANLEY CHOW

Stanley Chow is an artist and illustrator from Manchester, England whose iconic work has found worldwide acclaim. He was born in 1974 and raised in Manchester by parents who had emigrated to England from Hong Kong. In an interview with the BBC in 2014 Chow said, “the reason why I am an illustrator is because growing up, the only form of amusement I had was with a biro and chip paper. I didn’t really have many toys as a nipper, all I did was draw and draw and draw.”

CHERYL O’MEARA

Cheryl O’Meara is a creative consultant and print designer (with a studio in Islington Mill in Manchester) who can transform any crazy idea and make it a reality, bringing the right people/plan together to make it happen whatever the project. Cheryl works with interiors, fashion, art, concept, business consultancy and branding. She has previously collaborated with The Lowry on other projects.

SILVIA HOYA MENA

Silvia Hoya Mena is a high end, sustainable fashion designer based in Manchester city centre (England). She designs and hand crafts couture / luxury womenswear as well as bespoke theatrical costumes, party and bridal gowns.

THANKS AND CREDITS

THANKS AND CREDITS:

PHOTOGRAPHERS AND VIDEOGRAPHERS:

Soyad Mahat & Carole Rostaing – you have always blessed me with your vision, now your pictures have blessed my exhibition. Merci mes amis, vous êtes trop fort.
Lee Baxter – thank you for making me look good from Geese to Flesh to Juice to The Lowry.
Elaine Constantine – thanks for the black and white magic
Peter J Walsh – the 90s wouldn’t have been my 90s without your pictures.
Daniel Newman – thank you for keeping my metal bra and sequins safely archived for twenty-five years.
Lou Rhodes – your pictures speak volumes. Still a strong look for me after all these years.
Annapurna Mellor – thank you for giving me wings, you angel.
Elspeth Mary Moore, Alison Surtees and Abigail Ward and Manchester Digital Music Archive (MDMA) – thank you for making me laugh and making me the face of ‘Suffragette City 2018’
Annik Mata Hari du Carufel – Montreal love. Merci ma belle, tu es la meilleure.
Lauren Jo Kelly – friends are totally Electrik
Sebastian Manox – In the beginning, back in the day, back to the future, we do it our way.
Richard Hamzi – Now Wave party at The White Hotel
Thomas Hagens, Chris Davison, Craig J Prentice, Gavin Kingsley, Eddie Lavoue love, respect and thanks always.

I Am The One
Thank you all for creating this mesmerizing, memorable and beautiful piece.
Blanche Finlay, Elizabeth Cameron, Carol Bushell, Brett Dearden, Chris Massey, Owain Richards, Hollie Jay Bowes, Richard Ward, Lucy Butler, Rhonda Finlayson, Kamila Rymajdo, Mark Prest, Mark Ovenden, Audrey Hall, Elicia Clancy, Paula Burdess, Hannah Burdess and … Michael Anthony Barnes-Wynters

‘Hair Today’
To my sisters, Audrey Hall, Elicia Clancy, Jennifer Finlayson and Rhonda Finlayson – you are my hair laid bare bunch: thank you for your generosity, your honesty and your humour.

Radio
Thank you to Mark Ovenden, Christopher Kelly, Outspoken Productions, Fergus Dudley and Radio 1 for Loud and Proud and all that we achieved (and Ministry of Sound Radio too).
Thanks to David Dunne and Gavin Kingsley for Ministry of Sound Radio, to Antoine Baduel for Radio FG, to Sam, Rachel, Jemma, Lucy, Adam, Andrew and Robin at Reform Radio, to Toby Whitehouse, Ian, Jo, Emma and Kriss at Gaydio and to David, Tom and Rhys at MCR: Live.

Sheroes
Lucy Scher – RIP. Thanks, love and sincere condolences to Clare Muller for the images. There would be no DJ Paulette without Lucy Scher, Paul Cons and A Bit Ginger Productions. I have placed Lucy collage centre-stage in celebration of her awesomeness. Posthumous recognition is never enough but this wall is dedicated especially to you, Lucy, with love from me.

Sheroes Collage thanks:

Lucy Scher, Paula Burdess, Blanche Finlay, Audrey Hall, Elicia Clancy, Elizabeth Cameron, Jennifer Finlayson, Rhonda Finlayson, Saskia Diecidue, Talika Rae-Lang, Annabel Fraser, Sno, Jane Slack, Disco Mums, Lou Rhodes, Laura Williams (photographer) Gladys Paulus (artist), Lucy Butler, Emma Goswell, Kas Mercer, Dawn Bartlett, Lola Marlin, Nicky Trax, Mitch Clark Williams (Jerome Ferriere), Rachel Rogers, Jemma Tanswell, Lucy Butler, Andrea Trout (Benji Reid), DJ Heather, Mrs Wood (Peter Ashworth Photography), Emma Guirao-Ellis, Sophie Bee, Sophie Lloyd, Jeannie Hopper, Anna Goodman, Alison Surtees, Elspeth Mary Moore, Hannah Holland, Joni McArdle, Davina Moss, Audrey Lawrence-Mattis, AMC Gospel Choir, Dawn Hindle, Shinedoe, Honey Dijon, Cheddar Gorgeous, Gael, Lisa Loud, Sally Gross, Mandy Gray, Gabriella Xiberras, Sheryl Garratt, DJ Lottie, Kath Mc Dermott, Michelle Manetti, Robina Sayed, Kirsty Devlin, Sophie Callis, Grace Oni Smith, Joyce Muniz, Sophie Macintosh, NikNak, Nervo, Annie Nightingale, Charlotte Lions, Caroline Rousse (Annik Mata Hari Du Carufel), Josey Rebelle, Jo Mills, Bonzai Bonner, Juliet Sikora. Apologies to Lucie Meiselle, Gina Breeze, Smokin Jo, Ang Matthews, Nancy Noise, Sarah Hay whose pictures did not appear in the final layout – you will always be my Sheroes regardless. So many to thank … I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone.

Clubs
Flesh, The Hacienda, The Zap Club, Garage at Heaven, Queer Nation, Summer Rites, Gay Pride, Discotec, The Ministry of Sound, The Cross, The End, Fabric, Lazy Dog, Queen Club, Red Light, Mix Club, Solidays, Sidaction, The Rex Club (Paris), Space, Pacha, Privilege, Eden, The Zoo Project, Ibiza Rocks and Pikes and MiNT for the photos, flyers and flyer design.

Fashion
Paul Smith, Manchester – Thanks to Karen Joyce, Guy Stephens (ex) and all at Paul Smith, Manchester for dressing me and making me look razor sharp always.
Brett Dearden – Creative Headspace – thank you for making my headspace into a military disco ball.
Stuart Vern (Murray And Vern) rubber lovers for the win.

THE MAZE

THE MAZE

I wanted the exhibition to use a maze construction for the simple reason that once I started to excavate the memories and music of my mind and the archival material supporting it, I got lost in a ‘WHO AM I?’ rabbit hole. I think anyone would have had the same reaction 😀

You are immediately immersed then seduced into making your choices within the layout and story. You choose which bit to experience first? Which next? Like thought, memory and story telling you don’t have to experience it in a linear fashion. At each end wall there is a place and a time for reflection, a time to give thanks, a time to put the past behind you and a time to look forward to the future.

THANKS AND CREDITS

THANKS AND CREDITS

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” Joseph Campbell

HOMEBIRD is a labour of love that could not have been born without digging deep into my head, my heart, my hard drives, my cupboards, Gary Mills’ loft, my family’s family albums then collaborating with Team Lowry and each contributor. I have thanked everyone individually throughout the exhibition but special mention goes to:

Michael Simpson for reading ‘I Am The One’, igniting the spark that spawned HOMEBIRD and coaching me through the ‘actual artist’ process.

Laura Biddle for mint tea, positivity, tight reins, keen eyes, a virtual alarm clock, a brutal cut off point and an email / deadline flow like a favourite pet that kept biting my ankles. You made sense of the tsunami of archive materials. You are a genius.

My mum Blanche, my Dad Walter (RIP), my brother Robert and my sisters Rhonda, Jennifer, Elicia, Audrey, Elizabeth and Paula – you have all listened, loved, supported and taken part when your own lives and families deemed otherwise. I love you all. ‘When sisters stand shoulder to shoulder, who stands a chance against us?’ Pam Brown

Sean Longmore, Hannah Tinsley, Hannah McLennan-Jones, Nicky Jones – your designs have translated, animated and illustrated my past and present in a beautiful, future way. Thank you for your alchemy.

Chris Bowler, Zoe, Rachel, Henry and Lucille – you are the indispensable nuts and bolts – thank you for holding the installation, event, publicity and marketing strategy together.

Gary Mills for free storage, looking after and fixing and mending for 14 years. Kamila Rymajdo for being the one to unlock Pandora’s Box and set my spirit free. Matthew Waterhouse for keeping that freed spirit under control.

Michael Barnes-Wynters for my ‘Sticks and Stones’ wall, ‘I Am The One’ video and the ‘Paulette Goes Bang’ visuals – you are The Dude Absolute.

Stanley Chow for the Hacienda and Toast Rack illustrations and the gleaming Paulette Version 3.0 portrait. My respect and gratitude is boundless.

Cheryl O’ Meara and Silvia Hoya Mena – the phoenix has risen and the ‘scapecoat’ lives. Your transformation of my words and thoughts into a wearable work of art is simply stunning.

B-Traits – your openness, presence, wisdom and light shine through. Respect.

Helen Sadler for your vibrant Ibicenca spirit.

Gemma Richmond, all at NCS: The Challenge and Faith Hope Mbachu –  for the Public Speaking coaching and the wave that brought Faith’s wise words to these walls.

Paul Flynn – thank you for bringing your enthusiasm, your editorial elegance and effortless style to the Private View.

Janie Valentine, Nick De Souza, Chris Massey, Martin Clancy, Andy Jane, James Plant, Neil Macleod, Tracy Rodriguez, Martin Hanrahan, Jamie Bull, Will Tramp, Hollie Jay Bowes, Mark Prest, Carol Bushell, Richard Ward, Sophie Bee, Leila Raoufi, Dom Kozubik, Gabi and David Xiberras, Gill Kingston and everyone who gave me listening ears / sofa time / shoulders, breathing space and encouraged me to crack on.

Soyad Mahat & Carole Rostaing – you have always blessed me with your vision, now your pictures have blessed my exhibition.

Lee Baxter – for making me look good from Geese to Flesh to Juice to The Lowry.

Annapurna Mellor –  for giving me wings.

Paul Smith, Manchester – Thanks to Karen Joyce and all at Paul Smith, Manchester for making me razor sharp.

Mark Ovenden, Christopher Kelly, Outspoken Productions, Fergus Dudley and Radio 1 for Loud and Proud (and MoS radio).

Lucy Scher (RIP) there would be no DJ Paulette without you and Paul Cons. I have placed you ‘Sheroes’ centre-stage in celebration of your awesomeness. To the women too numerous to mention appearing alongside – you all rock. Fact.

Paris – Charlotte, Ludo, Olivier, Valery B, Frederic Henry, Radio FG, Antoine Baduel, Solidays, Sidaction, Technoparade, Jonathan Negre, Christophe Vix-Gras and Lydie Jay.

Ibiza Rocks, Raco, Es Vive, Pikes, Dawn Hindle, Andy Mackay, Sunny Ramzan, Pacha, Space, Veto, Benny, Gael and Zoo Project.

Tariff and Dale, The Lead Station, The Refuge, Homoelectric, Hidden, The White Hotel, Now Wave, MiNT.

Then there’s YOU, yes you. Macbook Pro, Iphone, Spotify, Google, E-mail, Rekordbox, Sennheiser, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, WeTransfer, Whatsapp, IM, Instagram, Youtube …  and everyone I’ve missed.

Homebird has flown the coop.  On to the next one – what and wherever that might be.

Peace, love and light to all.

Paulette
Manchester
Sept 2018