Spirit Levels and Fire Alarms

Laura Haddick is working as Project Manager for our somewhereto_ re:store project in Manchester. She’s doing a fantastic job and learning some great lessons along the way. This blog is taken from her own blog: http://www.laurahaddick.co.uk – a right riveting read in itself!

re:store has been open for a week and a day. The space has been inhabited by many interesting folk over the past week, including poets and musicians at be:spoke last Saturday, a group of designers called Makers Dozen and several artists who have recently graduated in the North West.

I’ve learned a few little lessons that will help me next time I work on a project like re:store, including that downloading a spirit level app on to your phone is a good move if you’re planning to curate and install a fine art exhibition! It’s my favourite new toy and has enabled me and the team to do justice to some of the fantastic work in the space, including Dale Sarok’s painting (left). I can put ‘marvellous DIY skills’ on my CV now…
It’s also usually a good idea to over subscribe a show, especially when you have a fairly sizeable space; several of the artists cancelled at the last minute so I’ve had to be quite imaginative with curating the rest of the store!
The other (most important) thing is that if you’re the manager of a shop and you need to pop out for longer than ten seconds, tell your team all about the fire evacuation procedures – I was feeling extra vigilant today and filled my colleague in before heading out to get re:store photos printed. When I arrived back at the Corn Exchange, it was cordoned off and there was a fire engine outside. Dramatic scenes. The team followed protocol to a ‘T’ and I’m still feeling pretty relieved and proud.
Tomorrow and Sunday’s events involve a series of free dance workshops led by young people from Studio 25 in Manchester. If you fancy learning some new moves, potter on over to the Corn Exchange between 12-6pm and see what re:store is all about!