Rehman: ‘United move was a no-brainer’

By Will Astbury

Zesh Rehman’s brother has claimed that the footballer made the right decision when he agreed to be transferred to a new club in Thailand.

Riz Rehman, who is the CEO of the Zesh Rehman Foundation – a charity organisation which operates in Bradford and Manchester, described to Manchester Mouth how his brother’s transfer to Muangthong United came about and why it was the right move for the footballer.

Apparently the offer for Zesh, who was the first British Asian to play in the Premier League and was Bradford captain at the time, came as a surprise to both the player and his people…

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Art tackles Chinese web censoring

MANCHESTER’S Chinese Arts Centre plays host to a brand new exhibition which examines the censorship of social-networking websites in China.

Liberation, which was created Carol Yinghua Lu and Liu Ding, looks at the susceptibility of the internet to political and ideological manipulation.

Taking the form of visual art, a series of events, and a blog discussion between curators and guests the exhibit also discusses why self-publishing websites like Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube are banned in the East Asian country.

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Refugees party in Manchester

WITH summer on its way carnival season has hit the North West in the form of Manchester’s Exodus Festival.

A unique celebration of refugee arts and culture the festival, which takes place on 18 July 2010 outside Manchester Town Hall, is a vibrant mix of contemporary and traditional music, dance and culture from around the world and exciting cross-cultural collaborations.

Now in its ninth year, Exodus was set up to promote creative activity and social engagement for refugees and asylum seekers and local communities.

“Exodus is about challenging negative representations, supporting the arts and culture of people in exile and promoting cultural cohesion through cultural exchange, and most important creating a voice for refugees and asylum seekers in Greater Manchester,” Exodus coordinator Katherine Rogers told Manchester Mouth.

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Man Utd to sign Asian stars

MANCHESTER United are reportedly interested in signing a new crop of young Asian footballers.

A post on the football club’s Manchester United Community forum has suggested that scout David Friio has recommended a number of promising youngsters for the consideration of manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Take Note

MANCHESTER artist TXLW is exploring the idea of moments of madness or clarity in her brand new exhibition.

Note To Self, which is TXLW’s first showing at Chinese Arts Centre (CAC), consists of illustrations and paintings of insane or profound incidents that the artist has created to remind her of specific points in time.

Manchester Mouth
caught up with TXLW, alias Tasha Xhei Li Whittle, to find out how she came up with the idea of Note To Self.

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Art collective hosts final opening

CLEANING: Association hosted a silent performance where they tidied away all their own art with the help of notes

A MANCHESTER art collective is hosting its final open studio session at Islington Mill on Saturday 27 March 2010.

Association, a collaborative project between local artists Nina Chua, Ying Kwok, Sarah Sanders and Jessica Longmore, is hosting an exhibition of the work its members have created during the residency at the mill, which is the hub of Manchester’s art community.

A timeline that puts Association’s work in context will also be displayed during the final session, which runs from 5 to 7pm, and the outcome of the collective’s final mystery experiment, which will be conducted during the day on Saturday, will also be displayed.

Manchester Mouth caught up with Longmore to find out a little bit more about Association.

Speaking about how the collective came together Longmore said: “Nina Chua approached Ying Kwok, Sarah Sanders and I in early 2008 with an idea to do an exhibition together. Shortly after Ying broke her leg skiing and was on crutches for a few months, so the idea was put on hold for about a year. When we finally did meet up again, the idea of showing our work together in an exhibition seemed too straight forward and we wondered whether we could embark on something more challenging.

“Through the course of discussion Nina said that she wanted to create something that she couldn’t achieve on her own – this started us off thinking about creating something collaboratively.”

The artists initially called the collective Mutually Advantageous Association after they started to examine the idea of ‘symbiosis’ for their project and looked up the term in the dictionary.

“We liked the comical formality of the title, but it soon became too cumbersome so we condensed it to Association,” Longmore explained.

“We feel the title references the formal and fleeting relationships we hope to form during the project.”

Association has already held three open studio sessions since it began its residency at the mill, James St, Salford, on Sunday 21 February 2010.

SKETCHES: Association broke down drawing into tasks and re-examined the process

To launch the residency Association hosted its first experiment ‘Deconstructed Drawing’, where each of the members took part in a different role in the drawing process.

“I set the conceptual guidelines, Ying chose the materials to be used, Nina chose the technique that should be used in the drawing and Sarah executed the drawing. The results were presented in a small exhibition at the launch,” Longmore said.

For the week building-up to the second studio opening the artists rapidly made a huge amount of work covering the walls with drawings and filling the space with sculptures, objects and photographs.

They spent the second open studio doing a silent performance which consisted of removing and preserving elements of the work that had been produced during the previous week.

“We gradually cleaned the space and carefully followed instructions
from other Association members written on post-it notes and placed
throughout the studio.  These instructions referred to what they wanted to
preserve,” Longmore said.

“For our penultimate open studio we invited the public to take part in a live drawing event. Between 4 and 6pm Nina and Ying went on a series of walks to the areas of wasteland that surround the studio.

“Every time they returned to the studio they brought with them an object collected during the walk and added it to the still life that Ying had set up earlier in the

TREASURE HUNT: Association encouraged people to create a still life drawing of objects found on local wasteland


“As our visitors arrived, they were asked to select paper and drawing materials and to join Sarah and myself in drawing the gradually accumulating still life. During the progress of the open studio many drawings were completed and exhibited throughout the studio.”

If you would like to be a part of Association’s final studio session make your way to Islington Mill on Saturday.

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Artists invited to join in at CAC

A CHINESE artist is calling on local painters, sculptors and performers to come and take part in his Manchester exhibit.

Wang Jun wants Manchester-based arts to respond to idea of Scholar’s Rocks to make a piece of work based upon a legendary rock to exhibit in his open studio at Chinese Arts Centre (CAC).

Deng Xiaoping, the leader of the People’s Republic of China, once stated that “To cross a shallow river, one must follow the rocks under the water” and Jun has been inspired by this sentiment and has decide to create art which has a continuous process like the flow of a river.

He has decided to assemble a series of ‘rocks’ so that he can navigate this river and commence the process of making work.

The first part of this process is to understand the culture of Manchester and Jun has been systematically collecting flyers from around the city.

He believes that these flyers will give him an insight into the tastes, aspirations and culture of the city and through these he hopes to gain an understanding of Manchester which will resonate through the work he will make during his residency.

Jun aims to construct a work of permanence from the flyers which are temporal by nature. Cutting these into tiny pieces he will create a Scholar’s rock – a naturally occurring rock on which scholar’s traditionally sit and contemplate.

Embodying the city’s culture, the rock will form a point of contemplation from which Jun would like to invite artists to seek inspiration.

He hopes artists will make a work based upon the myths and legends, proverbs and games synonymous with rocks or stones and has invited  local artists to interpret this in their own unique way.

These works will be exhibited with his work in Open Studio at the close of his residency in CAC from 15 to 22 April 2010.

If you are interested in taking part in this project contact CAC at