News Listings

Spaceship Unbound exhibition at Castlefield Gallery

Monday, June 10th, 2013

21 June 2013 — 28 July 2013

Co-curated between MadLab and Castlefield Gallery, Spaceship Unbound uses Margaret Atwood’s seminal post apocalyptic novel The Year of the Flood as a starting point exploring the issues of survival in a world turned back to year zero. The project includes contributions from the artists and collectives, Anne-Marie Culhane, Dark Mountain, GameJam Collective (GameJam, The Larks, Manchester SpecFic) Hackspace Manchester, Ellie Harrison, Rowena Hughes, Aliyah Hussain, Sam Meech and Volkov Commanders (Aliyah Hussain, Mariel Osborn and Anna Beam). Their works explore survivalist culture and creation mythology, through story telling, writing, gaming, performance and sculpture.

Volkov Commanders, Moon Camp, 2012


In The Mix – Updates

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

News Flash – Super Furry Animal at MadLab!!

Huw Bunford (Super Furry Animals), who will be performing at the Whitworth Art Gallery during the In The Mix social will also be around at MadLab on the first hack day (Saturday)!

Huw has been producing soundscapes for each of the University of Manchester’s cultural resources. These soundscapes are made up of recordings of everyday found sounds within each respective institution. He’s happy to talk to people and excited to see what people might do with the data. What a fantastic opportunity!

Are you In The Mix?

Are you a sound hacker, audio producer, or developer who’s keen to play with Manchester’s richest auditory dataset? Will your hack win one of our exclusive prizes?

CIC Update

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

MadLab-CICThanks to everyone who came down last week for our first Community Interest Company (CIC) meeting.

We talked about the benefits that being a CIC would bring – including formalising our existing informal structure, how being a CIC would make it easier for community groups and members to further develop their careers and access grants and funds as well as putting in place an ‘assets lock’ meaning that assets and profits are dedicated to the community.


MadLab is becoming a CIC

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Help shape our future!

It's your MadLab!

It’s your MadLab!

MadLab is becoming a Community Interest Company (CIC) and needs your help.

Please come along on Tuesday 23rd April at 7pm to find out how you can get involved.

For example, we’d like to hear your ideas on what might form the “Community Interest Statement (CIS).”

A CIS confirms that the CIC will provide benefit to the community. It does this by describing its intended activities – including who they will help, and how.

What – and who – do you think MadLab should be concentrating on?

We are also keen on hearing from people who’d like to join MadLab’s new Management Committee. There are nine spaces on this new group – five from local partner organisations, and four from the community.

The Management Committee will meet once a month and decide upon all aspects of MadLab’s vision and strategic direction.

Please register so that we can get an idea of numbers/ bottles of Marble/ lemonade to order!

New Bid writing course at the Omniversity!

Monday, April 15th, 2013

bid-writing-MLMay  2013 will see an all new bid writing course at the Omniversity. Led by Laura H Drane, this one day session has been created with the small-to-medium enterprise in mind and aims to help you make the best application possible.

Whether it be for hundreds or hundreds of thousands, this course can be tailored for your specific needs. At the end of the session you will come away with an in depth understanding of the application process, a more secure knowledge of what funding is available to you and much needed experience in answering questions that will usually come up. The  most important thing is that you will gain a great deal more confidence in approaching the dreaded bid application!

For more information or to book a course, you can visit the course site here or contact the leader herself via twitter @laurahd

About the course leader

Laura has secured funds from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of pounds for a wide range of organisations, and provided training in bid-writing to the RSA, Clore Leadership Programme, and British Science. The course she will deliver is based on this programme, and will be the first time these materials and exercises will be available to the public and smaller organisations.