projects

Professional Research Fellowship by the Understanding British Portraits Network.

Gina Warburton has been awarded a Professional Research Fellowship by the Understanding British Portraits Network for a project called ‘The Walker Family: Identity & Philanthropy’.

This is a year-long research project managing volunteers and learning more about three new acquisitions depicting ‘The Walker Family;’ a prominent, local historical family in Bury Art Museum’s collection and the artist Louis Pierre Spindler. The research will result in an exhibition, events, contemporary art commissions and pop-up displays throughout the upcoming year surrounding themes of identity, perception, philanthropy and patronage.

Louis-Pierre Spindler’s ‘Intérieur londonien’ (1834-36)

Louis-Pierre Spindler’s ‘Intérieur londonien’ (1834-36)

Ale and Arty: Bloomin Barbarians - Alternative Life Drawing

Hosted by GOF artist and Punk Compare Lee Crocker and in association with Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre it’s Ale and Arty’s - Bloomin Barbarians!

Come along to this lively figure drawing event Bloom Coffee Co., and expect to find vikings, new age warriors and other surprises.

£6 on the door, remember to bring along your sketchbook. Event details below.

Ale & Arty: Bloomin Barbarians Poster by Lee Crocker (2019)

Ale & Arty: Bloomin Barbarians Poster by Lee Crocker (2019)

CYC + Young Identity: Old Tools > New Masters = New Futures

Contact Young Company and Young Identity join forces!

Contact Young Company and Young Identity are set to takeover Manchester Art Gallery to explore what it means to decolonise public culture.

Developing an alternative tour, they invite audiences to think differently, ask questions and dismantle the gallery experience.

What does a postcolonial future look like? Maybe it looks like Beyonce in the Louvre or a Black Panther out-take or maybe we can come up with something even better…

Check out the details of the event below it runs from the 12th to 16th June at Manchester Art Gallery and the fabulous Alison Erika Forde is the designer. Don’t miss out!

CYC + Young Identity: Old Tools > New Masters = New Futures.

CYC + Young Identity: Old Tools > New Masters = New Futures.

Dinosaurs, Princesses and the Rest of the World

A new exhibition of big imaginations by five children aged between 4 and 42 years old.

Gang of Five presents GOF Artist, Stephen C. Nuttall’s collaborative exhibition with a group of children called, ‘Dinosaurs, Princesses and the Rest of the World’. Working with the children we will create new artwork and give the kids a platform for creating and showing their new work to an avid audience at The Crooked Man in Prestwich.

We will be celebrating this new exhibition on Saturday 6th July with two launch parties -

Kids Launch Party / 2pm-3pm / The Crooked Man Bar, Prestwich - FREE Party Bags (while stocks last)

Adult Launch Party / 7pm - Late / The Crooked Man Bar, Prestwich - GOF DJ’s (while stocks last)

Dinosaurs, Princesses and the Rest of the World Square Promo by Stephen C. Nuttall (2019)

Dinosaurs, Princesses and the Rest of the World Square Promo by Stephen C. Nuttall (2019)

Dinosaurs, Princesses and the Rest of the World Poster by Stephen C. Nuttall (2019)

Dinosaurs, Princesses and the Rest of the World Poster by Stephen C. Nuttall (2019)

Bury My Art at Peterloo - Peterloo 2019 project for GM Artivists.

Gang Of Five will be working alongside Bury Archives & Local History service as part of the 'GM Artivist' project run by Manchester Histories and their amazing Peterloo 2019 programme. 

Collaborating with students, young artists and the public we'll be creating a series of artistic workshops, zines and performances inspired by the archives of protest democracy and freedom of speech.

More info to follow in the coming weeks so keep watching the Facebook page and the Peterloo website at - 
https://peterloo1819.co.uk

Bury My Art at Peterloo LOGO by Stephen C. Nuttall 2019.

Bury My Art at Peterloo LOGO by Stephen C. Nuttall 2019.

MASHED CITY CROCKERS at The Crooked Man, Prestwich.

Gang of Five artist, Crocker… aka, DJ Crunchie Crox will be dusting off his vinyl archive and hitting the wheels of steel on Sunday 5th May at the Crooked Man Bar in Prestwich (16:00-22:00 GMT) - - - - -

The MASHED CITY CROCKERS event is a Dad & Lad DJ bonanza - throwing together many genres and ages of music with the duelling music boffins. It’s gonna be a great collection of music, booze and dancing on a Bank Holiday Sunday in the lovely Crooked Man Bar in Prestwich.

Check out the Facebook event page for details…

Mashed City Crockers Poster by Lee Crocker (2019)

Mashed City Crockers Poster by Lee Crocker (2019)

Bury Print Fair

As part of the ‘ Print - A Catalyst for Social Change’, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre will be holding a Print Fair on Saturday 27th April 2019 (11:00-16:00 GMT) and….. (drum roll)….. Gang of Fie will be there selling everything GOF including zines, original artworks, prints, illustrations, badges and probably our souls at the right price… Click the button for the events page on Facebook.

Bury Print Fair 2019 - part of the exhibition, ‘Print - A Catalyst for Social Change’ at Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre.

Bury Print Fair 2019 - part of the exhibition, ‘Print - A Catalyst for Social Change’ at Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre.

Ale and Arty presents…. I PREDICT A RIOT GRRRL!

Sketchbook Social Bury: Ale & Arty Presents...I Predict a Riot Grrrl! / Thursday 11 April, 7-9pm.

Come and join GOF artist, Lee Crocker at his regular inks and drinks session at the wonderful Bloom Coffee Company in Bury, Lancashire. Expect an evening of music, beer and life drawing with special guest Gemma Parker modelling! Inspired by the Suffragette movement - expect the original girl power to control the night.

£5 on the door, hosted at Bloom Coffee Co.

Ale & Arty - I Predict a RIOT GRRRL! poster

Ale & Arty - I Predict a RIOT GRRRL! poster

Gemma Parker as a suffragette at the ‘Riot Grrrl!’ drawing event at Bloom Coffee Co in Bury.

Gemma Parker as a suffragette at the ‘Riot Grrrl!’ drawing event at Bloom Coffee Co in Bury.

House of GOF review and photos from Threshold Festival 2019

We had a spectacular time at Threshold Festival 2019 and part of the BBC6 Music Festival 2019 in Liverpool, and it seems others did too…

“What is not to like. Art can appear exclusive, stuffy not welcoming. Well the Gang of Five break down those barriers with with one hell of a Doc Marten boot. A genius concept.”

http://www.getintothis.co.uk/2019/04/threshold-festival-what-we-learned-picture-gallery-and-the-best-bits-of-the-weekend/?fbclid=IwAR0uGaVo9jVFs4X28YJBI3xBnBTNIdKjilz7UYKSmqlHM1jz82se-V_Il9A

Gang of Five at Threshold Festival 2019 & BBC6 Music Festival 2019 (Liverpool)

Gang of Five at Threshold Festival 2019 & BBC6 Music Festival 2019 (Liverpool)

Paddy Steer at the House of GOF (part of Threshold Festival 2019 & BBC6 Music Festival) - image by Marty Saleh

Paddy Steer at the House of GOF (part of Threshold Festival 2019 & BBC6 Music Festival) - image by Marty Saleh

Paddy Steer and Gina Warburton in the House of GOF at Threshold Festival 2019 & BBC6 Music Festival (Liverpool)

Paddy Steer and Gina Warburton in the House of GOF at Threshold Festival 2019 & BBC6 Music Festival (Liverpool)

The Mono LPs at the House of GOF at Threshold Festival 2019 & BBC6 Music Festival 2019 (Liverpool)

The Mono LPs at the House of GOF at Threshold Festival 2019 & BBC6 Music Festival 2019 (Liverpool)

Review of House of GOF at Threshold Festival 2019 & BBC6 Music Festival 2019 (Liverpool) by getintothis.co.uk

Review of House of GOF at Threshold Festival 2019 & BBC6 Music Festival 2019 (Liverpool) by getintothis.co.uk

Another lovely write up for the amazing Threshold Festival 2019 by Bido Lito! Amazing that Gang Of Five were part of this and a huge merci to the brilliant Nana FunkThe Mono LPs and of course Paddy Steer for standing still. 

Big thanks to Chris Herstad CarneyKaya Herstad CarneyEmilia ErikssonAndy Minnis et al for the love x

#wearegangoffive #liverpool #manchester #arts #music #festival

Bido Lito! review - Gang of Five at Threshold Festival 2019.

Bido Lito! review - Gang of Five at Threshold Festival 2019.

‘You Should Have Seen Just What I Heard’ Zine Launch and Exhibition and Crooked Man Takeover Collaboration Night with Silver Street Brewery.

On Thursday 14th March from 19:00(GMT) some seriously good things will happen…

Gang Of Five and Silver Street Brewing Co are taking over the The Crooked Man Bar Prestwich on Thursday 14th March. 

To celebrate this unholy alliance we've teamed up with our favourite brewers and kicked Shaun & Lisa out of their pub for the evening... there will be the best Silver Street beers available to drink and Gang of Five are launching their new music inspired zine and exhibition, 'You Should Have Seen Just What I Heard'. Plus we'll be selling some of our GOF merch and limited edition archive zines too. 

Expect wannabe Pete Tongs from GOF & Silver Street on the wheels of steel all night playing the kind of music that only a mother could love. 

It all kicks off at 19:00 and runs til late. 
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! 
Big Love GOF x

Poster by Crocker.

Poster by Crocker.

‘House of GOF’ project confirmed for Threshold Festival of Music and Arts 2019.

Gang of Five are heading to the Baltic Triangle Liverpool in March 2019 to deliver their brand new collaboration project, ‘House of GOF’ will launch at Threshold Festival 2019 (which is part of the BBC6 Music Festival Fringe). Expect alternative life drawing, zine making, sketchbook sessions and the infinity gallery.

This project has been supported by Threshold Festival and Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre.

Get your tickets for the festival at…

https://thresholdfestival.co.uk/buy-tickets/

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‘House of GOF’ promo image by Stephen C. Nuttall (2019)

‘House of GOF’ promo image by Stephen C. Nuttall (2019)

Ale and Arty - Crooners Christmas Life Drawing

Gang Of Five artist Lee Crocker will be leading the Sketchbook Social presents 'Ale and Arty - Crooners Christmas' event in association with Bury Art Museum and housed at the brilliant Bloom Coffee Co. in #Bury

A lively figure drawing session with the fabulously fierce life model, Vanity Dare plus #livemusic. Ale & Arty is a regular drink and draw event, including performers and models as an alternative drawing subject matter, for all levels of experience. Plus there will be Pink Pig Sketchbooks - www.the-pink-pig.co.uk for sale too - so bring some dollar. 

It's on Thursday 6th December (7pm-9pm). Click below for the EVENT PAGE.

BiG LoVe GOF x

‘Crooners Christmas Poster’ by Lee Crocker

‘Crooners Christmas Poster’ by Lee Crocker

TUNES TO MAKE YOUR EARS SMILE - Gang of Five and Crooked Man collaboration.

The Crooked Man Bar Prestwich and Gang Of Five are joining forces to bring you the ultimate night of music you've never heard of, tunes you thought had died and the greatest songs ever played in Prestwich (in a pub called The Crooked Man). 

'TUNES TO MAKE YOUR EARS SMILE' is happening on Saturday 8th December from 8pm with the devastatingly inept 'DJ Crunchy Crox' and the fairing to middle 'Slipmat Shaun'. What these two don't know about music isn't.... well anyway it's FREE so get your fancy clogs on and come down for an evening of beers, music and two middle age men pretending to be Pete Tong.

DJ Crunchy Crox by Stephen C. Nuttall (photograph by Laurie Southern)

DJ Crunchy Crox by Stephen C. Nuttall (photograph by Laurie Southern)

The Crooked Man - Gang of Five Disco Poster by Stephen C. Nuttall.

The Crooked Man - Gang of Five Disco Poster by Stephen C. Nuttall.

The Crooked Man Bazaar - Sunday 25th November 2018.

This Sunday (25/11/18) Gang Of Five artists will have a stall at The Crooked Man Bar Prestwich's inaugural, "Vintage Bazaar" where we will be selling original artworks, limited edition prints, ceramics, fudge, smiles, hugs, zines and GOF sketchbooks! So get down and grab yourselves a Christmas bargain or a little stocking filler for someone you quite like. All kicks off at 1pm - get there early because we'll all be drunk by 2pm. 
Big Love GOF X

‘Nuns Brainwashing Kids’ by Stephen C. Nuttall.

‘Nuns Brainwashing Kids’ by Stephen C. Nuttall.

i Shout For The Fall! REDUX pop up Exhibition
23rd November - 24th November @ Bury Art Musem

To celebrate the last days of the exhibition dedicated to the lyrics of Mark E Smith (The Fall) at Bury Art Museum, there will be a pop-up exhibition happening to coincide with the farewell party at Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre.

Don’t miss it! Gang artists Lee and Gina have a couple of pieces in and Stephen’s artwork has been designed into the beer pump label for the Silver Street Brewery Co’s, ‘Ted Rogers’ Brain Ale’.

https://buryartmuseum.co.uk/Gallery-Exhibitions

‘Ted Rogers’ Brain Ale’ designed by Stephen C. Nuttall for Silver Street Brewing Co.

‘Ted Rogers’ Brain Ale’ designed by Stephen C. Nuttall for Silver Street Brewing Co.

Crox got SHOUTY! (The Crooked Man, Oct 2018) Image by Laurie Southern.

Crox got SHOUTY! (The Crooked Man, Oct 2018) Image by Laurie Southern.

GOF get SHOUTY!

Thanks to all that turned up in their droves for the exhibition launch of ‘GOF get Shouty!’ And an especially big thank you to The Tripod of Truth (aka Gorilla Riot), Barbarella Hellacopter and of course everyone at The Crooked Man.

Exhibition is up until early 2019.

http://gorillariotband.com / https://www.thecrookedmanbar.com

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GOF get Shouty! (Part 2)

Here is the second playlist that we have put together for the GOF get Shouty! exhibition and launch night at The Crooked Man in October 2018.

https://open.spotify.com/user/qg7you38gm5nvm40alyhvk6tb/playlist/6kbgKazbZk2G4GWIZ3ZcyW?si=-aKLxnaJSI-_rca1Y6KF8g

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GOF get Shouty! (Part 1)

Here is the first of two Spotify playlists that we have put together for the GOF get Shouty! exhibition and launch night at The Crooked Man in October 2018.

https://open.spotify.com/user/qg7you38gm5nvm40alyhvk6tb/playlist/1vT70la1x6ZNulCpGBU7Tg?si=2DJ7dCYzTCe9WGtWI2xLWg

GOF Punk Raphaelite 3D Zine is now available to buy

The GOF Punk Raphaelite 3D Zine is now available from all good retailers and the usual channels (see the contact page) - They are £4 each and come with 3D glasses (very limited run - so get them while they are still here).

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GOF get Shouty! Launch Party

Gang of Five are back at the Crooked Man Bar in Prestwich (UK) to deliver a new exhibition and launch it all off in style on Thursday 18th October 2018 (19:00 GMT) with limited edition zines, GOF playlists and live music from Barbarella Hellacopter and The Tripod of Truth. Don’t be late as there are limited places at the venue.

See y’all there!

BIG LOVE GOF X.

GOF get Shouty! poster (October 2018)

GOF get Shouty! poster (October 2018)

Punk Raphaelite 3D Zine and Launch Night

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Gang of Five are releasing their 3D Zine ‘Punk Raphaelite’ in style with a drawing shindig at the mighty Bloom Coffee Co (Bury, U.K). Come and celebrate with music from the magnificent MAGPAHI, Alternative Life Drawing with GOF models and a few drinks…

LIMITED EDITION ZINE = £4 (3D glasses included) from all the usual sources (PLUS contact us on social media if you want one).

PUNK RAPHAELITE: ALE & ARTY EVENT = £6 (on the door).

11th October 2018 (19:30-21:30 GMT) at Bloom Coffee Co, Bury, U.K.

The event is in association with Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre.

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I SHOUT FOR THE FALL

Gang artist - Lee Crocker is part of this new exhibition as part of Design Manchester 2018. Art work inspired by the words of Mark E. Smith.

http://designmcr.com/events/i-shout-for-the-fall-pictures-of-words-by-mark-e-smith

The ART-illery Tent at Head for the Hills Festival 2018

A huge thank you to our collaborating artists Stealing Sheep, Travelling Light Circus and the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band for joining us at Head for the Hills 2018. Thank you to the crowd for turning up and enjoying what we are doing and another huge thank you to Arts Council England, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre and Head for the Hills Festival for all of your support during this project.

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ART-tillery Tent at Head for the Hills Festival 2018

Gang of Five will be at the infamous Head for the Hills Festival 2018 (Ramsbottom, UK) in their 'ART-tillery Tent' with their magic pencils creating monster heads, zines and doing some alternative life drawing. 

We will be there for all three days (14/15/16 September 2018), so come and find us. 

Get your tickets for the festival on the link below... 

https://headforthehills.org.uk

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Sketchbook Social at Bloom Coffee in Bury

Sketchbook Social returns to Bloom Coffee Co in Bury for its monthly slot. Gang artist Lee Crocker is leading this drawing and live music evening, where artists are asked to bring their sketchbooks, share their work, have a drink and enjoy the music. Everyone is invited! This month (normally the first Thursday of the month) we have the amazing 'Threadbare Jenkins and The Good Stuff' providing the live music. 

Don't be late as places are limited. Check out the Facebook page for any updates. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1525000684189294/ 

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New Contemporary Comics exhibition at Bury Art Museum 

Gang artist Alison Erika Forde is in excellent company in this new exciting exhibition, 'New Contemporary Comics' alongside Oliver East, Anna Columbine and Seleena Laverne Daye. You can see it now (July 2018) at Bury Art Museum. 

 https://buryartmuseum.co.uk 

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'Gang of Five - Volume 2 (DIY/GOF)' 

To celebrate the new exhibition 'DIY/GOF' we have put together a Spotify playlist to get you all in the mood. 

Come get some! 

https://open.spotify.com/user/qg7you38gm5nvm40alyhvk6tb/playlist/2Req6P9GOCUMvWJSwsnVdz?si=5bhVk9rUSpiz_PwzhI8EDQ

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DIY/GOF - New Zine and Exhibition (August 2018)

'DIY/GOF' is the new zine by Gang of Five and to celebrate this fact (to be honest we love a good party) we are having an exhibition at Plant NOMA (Manchester, UK) from the 2nd - 9th August with an artists event on 4th August (16:00-18:00 GMT). Come along and have a chat about all things subculture, punk, zines and pencils! 

https://www.plantnoma.com/events/

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Gang of Five - Volume 1 (The Culture of Subculture)

Spotify and Soundcloud Playlists. 

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We've dusted off our cassettes and vinyls and got together a couple of playlists for you lovely folks to promote and celebrate our new exhibition, 'The Culture of Subculture' at The Crooked Man in Prestwich (UK). All part of the Manchester Histories Festival 2018. Remember the launch night is Thursday 7th June 2018 at 7pm where we'll be having live music, spoken word, zines, artwork and lovely beer! See you there x

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

https://open.spotify.com/user/qg7you38gm5nvm40alyhvk6tb/playlist/3wmNqQcrAlOSga2AvOduAd?si=v3c3IuPZR82oDVV6eXQlvA

SOUNDCLOUD PLAYLIST

https://soundcloud.com/user-250030949/sets/the-culture-of-subculture-gang

'We Are Gang Of Five' (The Culture of Subculture) for Manchester Histories Festival 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT! ANNOUNCEMENT! Gang of Five are part of the excellent line up for the Manchester Histories Festival 2018 from the 7th - 11th June. We will be putting on an exhibition inspired by the culture of subculture in Greater Manchester and the exhibition runs from 7th June - 26th July at The Crooked Man in Prestwich (M25 1AS). We'll also be having a little shin-dig launch party at The Crooked Man on the evening of Thursday 7th June (from 7pm) with some spoken word, music and some bang-tidy joy joy on the walls, PLUS some limited edition zines for you to pick up at very reasonable prices. The evenings entertainment is FREE, so come down and join us.

www.manchesterhistories.co.uk

www.thecrookedmanbar.com 

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Urban Worrier and Bury, My Art by Wounded Lee (Double Concertina Zine)

Gang artist, Lee Crocker has created a double concertina zine about his love of living in the North of England  and in true DIY style he has taken images and put random quotes from his sketchbooks to create a new and exciting commentary on life in a northern town. You can pick one of these up from Bury Art Museum Shop (£1.50) or we can can post one out to you (£3.00). As always it's a limited edition print run, so get them while you can. 

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Quays Culture: Technology Past & Future (University of Salford).

This April, Quays Culture will host a Greater-Manchester wide art exhibition, in partnership with the University of Salford. Celebrating the breadth of digital talent across Greater Manchester, one artist representing each of the 10 boroughs will showcase a unique artwork incorporating digital techniques during the exhibition which runs from Monday 9th April – Friday 4th May 2018.

This FREE Pop Up Digital Art Exhibition will be displayed in the public foyer of the University of Salford, MediaCityUK Campus. Pioneers of outdoor arts and cultural events, Quays Culture commissioned this display to draw on the region’s unique talents in the field of digital arts. Quays Culture brings together a new fusion of art and community to the public realm, with an exhibition that has never before been seen at Salford Quays.

Gang artist Lee Crocker draws inspiration for his piece, 'Bury Bustling', from passersby in Bury. His quick sketchbook drawings use traditional dip pen and ink, combined with modern digital techniques in collaboration with Abingdon Studios (Blackpool) artist, Matt Wilkinson. The text he uses are overheard conversations at the time of drawing. Using work from sketchbooks, his paintings and drawings tell honest stories about everyday life inspired by the surrounding urban landscape.

Making a Song and a Dance, an exhibition by Charmaine Turner. 

Gang artist, Charmaine Turner will be exhibiting a collection of work based on the artist's love of music and dance. The artwork will consist of charcoal drawings, lino and screen prints, plus some new work made exclusively for the show. 

The opening night at The Crooked Man, Prestwich (M25 1AS) will be Tuesday 27th March 2018 from 18:30 and the show will run until June 2018. 

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'Happy' exhibition at Bury Art Museum 

Alison Erika Forde is part of the 'Happy' exhibition at Bury Art Museum (BL9 0DR) which runs until the 14th April 2018. It's the first of a year long series of events celebrating the life and work of the Bury born actor, writer and comedian, Victoria Wood. Don't miss it!

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ODD BOD ART MARKET at Common, Manchester, UK.

Gang of Five artists Alison Erika Forde and Charmaine Turner will be selling zines, prints, artwork and anything that's not nailed down at the ODD BOD Art Market on Sunday 25th March (4pm-8pm) down in the Common Bar (M4 1HW) in Manchester. The event has been put together by 'One of One' and 'Colouring Club' and will have a host of stalls run by artists and independent sellers of all crafts that make your eyes go fizz-bang with sparkly-joy!

Keep up to date with the event at - https://www.facebook.com/events/915260818612539/

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Folk Dress of North West England

Gang artist, Alison Erika Forde will be exhibiting at 'Folk Dress of North West England' at the Didsbury Parsonage (M20 2RG) from the 31st March to the 22nd April 2018. The exhibition celebrates 'everyday art', 'art made cheaply' and ' art for arts sake', something which we treasure at Gang of Five. There's a special open event on Sunday 6th April 2018 where you can meet artists and curators from 1pm to 3pm. Keep up to date with the show at - https://www.facebook.com/events/225191944716008/ 

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Can't Play, Won't Play

'Red Button' is punk rock duo Lee Crocker (vocals) and Alison Erika Forde (bass). Crocker formerly of 1980's band, 'The Crunchy Tractors' and Forde who is part of arts and music trio, 'Yiiikes!' join forces to create the exciting new non-existent band, "Red Button".

Can't Play, Won't Play is the new DIY zine from Gang artists, Alison Erika Forde and Lee Crocker; full of lyrics that will never be sung, with images about a punk band that will never exist. If you want a copy then get in touch with us on the contact page. £2 per zine (£4 posted) and limited print run to 20 copies. 

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The Book of G.O.F - An Introduction to Gang of Five.

In the true cut and paste, subculture and DIY ethos, we have created our first collaborative zine as an introduction to the work that you're going to see from us in the future. This is a very limited edition run, so get them while they are here (because once they're gone, they're gone folks!). 

You can pick them up from us (£3.00) or we can post them to you (£5.00); you can even grab them from the Bury Art Museum Shop (£4.00) if you're passing by. 

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