Pins & Needles is inspired by the Scratch Video movement of creating lo-fi and spontaneous short films as a way of documenting overlooked elements of society and subvert notions of the artform. Using this method of making we will highlight difficulties in presenting work surrounding mental health and queer culture through those artists specifically affected by these issues.
This DIY is run in partnership with HOME Manchester.
About the workshop
Interested in using live art to create lo-fi short films exploring mental health and queer culture?
Pins and Needles is a collaboration between Broken Grey Wires (BGW) founder, Lizz Brady, and PROFORMA director, Chris Bailkoski.
This DIY will focus on queer and non-binary artists working across performance and live art, exploring mental health through a three-day production workshop. We will provide tutorials in spontaneous video creation using digital material created by artists to develop a collaborative practice with mental health at the centre. There will also be two presentations by Bobby Baker and Rachel Rowan Olive, covering mental health and LGBTQ+ art production.
The workshop aims to provide new skills for artists, a model of collaborative practice, a new approach to the open call process and a way of working regionally that benefits participants and communities that can be overlooked and underrepresented in cultural institutions and wider society.
The outcome of the workshops will be viewed and discussed between the group. Please note that all aspects of this project will take place online.
Dates and location
Mon 9 Nov – Selected artists will be given a private link to a video creation tutorial ahead of the workshops.
Mon 16 Nov, 13.00-16.00 – Introduction with Lizz Brady & Chris Bailkoski /Presentation by Bobby Baker followed by Q&A (tbc)
Tues 17 Nov, 13.00-16.00 – Group discussion and guidance for filmmaking / Presentation by Rachel Rowan Olive followed by Q&A (tbc)
Thu 19 Nov, 10.00-16.00 – Group discussion / Brady & Bailkoski will be available to offer guidance throughout the day. Deadline for work to be created is 23rd November.
Mon 23 Nov – Selected artists will send sharing of work
Thu 26 Nov – films will be collated and shared on the HOME, Broken Grey Wires and PROFORMA websites
Due to COVID-19 this project will take place online, therefore artists must have access to editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro or the free alternative is Open Shot (the tutorial will be in Open Shot). If you don’t have access to software/equipment please flag this in your application and we will find a solution for you.
How to apply
Lizz and Chris welcome applications from…
LGBTQ+/non-binary artists with experience of mental health conditions
artists working across live art, film & moving image.
applicants must be over 18 years old
as the workshops will be taking place remotely you don’t need to be based in Manchester
To apply just follow this link: submitting a short statement answering the following questions:
How will this opportunity benefit your creative development?
How do or would you incorporate live art / mental health into your work?
Video/audio applications are also accepted and should be sent via WeTransfer to and
Exhibition online at Transmission Gallery. Show your work alongside these incredible artists:
- Sunil Gupta
- A.L. Steiner
- Dale Lewis
- Dennis Cooper
OPEN CALL II
The second open call for Transmission Gallery asks you to explore queer culture and mental health as a starting point. These are cultural identities which have been historically isolating through societal pressures such as; alienation, stigma, and ableism. How does this current climate amplify and interact with these issues?
Email - email@example.com with up to three images of your work, alongside a short statement explaining how it relates to the theme of QUEER CULTURE.
Deadline – 24th August 2020.
Exhibition opens – 4th September 2020.
Artists will be selected by myself, alongside PROFORMA director Chris Bailkoski & New York based curator Adam Zucker.
Any questions, please get in touch!
March 2nd 2020
The major exhibition has been postponed till 29th May 2020, pop it down in your diary. We are writing funding bids right now and to help us gain match funding, we have created a Kickstarter Campaign.
We are doing well...60% funded so far but we need YOUR help!
There are some cool rewards to grab, so check out the site and get pledging. Please, share the campaign and talk about what excites you about the project.
Thank you for all your support so far, I couldnt do this without your friendship and guidance :)
February 15th 2020
Our new zine is now on sale, and you can purchase yours from here. Over 50 pages in full colour, showing illustration, poetry, video stills, painting and installation.
You also have the opportunity to purchase some original art work by the amazing British artist Stuart Semple.
'Losing My Religion'
Edition of 150
3 colour screen-print. Printed on Somerset Tub Sized 410 gsm paper. (Produced by Jealous, London.)
50 x 50 cm (19.7 x 19.7 in)
Signed and numbered by the artist.
View and bid for this artwork here!
NEWS - September 16th 2019
Hello! It is Monday morning, 6am. Here is a little update of all the things going on in the Broken Grey Wires world.
We have an open call for the next art zine, you can find more details about it here, including submission information. You can submit art, illustration, poetry, stories, essays, photography, video...im excited to see how you respond to the theme of mental health!
We also have a crowdfunder LIVE...which you can find here. Thanks to all the support so far, please keep sharing widely and donating if you can. All the funds raised will go towards the next Broken Grey Wires exhibition at the Auxiliary in 2020.
Which leads me onto the announcement for the next show. You can find participating artists if you click here, I am really excited to be working with everyone, and i hope you are all excited to see the work.
Lastly, I am opening up the archive again, I have approached a number of artists/thinkers/writers to create something to add to the already great essays we have. These new pieces should be coming soon, so keep an eye out. In the mean time, you can read essays by Dr Alec Grant and Nicholas Rys by clicking here.
Phew...lots to say this morning!! Hope you can all join in with the opportunities and as ever, if you want to talk, drop me an email.
September 5th 2019
I am really proud to announce the next group of artists working with Broken Grey Wires.
Thomson + Craighead
George Maciunas + Shigeko Kubota
Kier Cooke Sandvik
Here is a short announcement video for you to enjoy!!
* C O M I N G S O O N *
The crocodiles say they can't - Lizz Brady
PROFORMA Pavillion, Venice, 2019