Commissioned by a community arts organisation, these portraits are part of Ancoats Voice Up, a project to re-energise the creativity of Ancoats residents.
Over the autumn and winter of 2015-16 three other artists ran workshops in sound recording, print-making and pinhole photography. Meanwhile, I met and drew residents, asking their opinions on the rapid changes their area has seen recently.
For Voice Up I renewed old acquaintances and met lots of new residents who are discovering a revived Ancoats.
It’s an intriguing area – I find something different on each visit – and one that feels poised to enjoy another phase in its history.