Christmas starts tomorrow (well it does for me) with the Great Northern Warehouse market just off Deansgate in Manchester. I’ll be there on Friday as well, then on Saturday and Sunday it’s off to Altrincham Market. I’ll have all my usual mounts, cards and magnets, plus my new Marple picture, along with a few blue versions of the ‘barth’ poster. See you there. www.statementartworks.comRead More
When Lawrence and Rebecca Cray came to buy some posters off me at Urmston market, they couldn’t make up their minds about which ones to buy. They had lived in Worsley and Eccles, and also close to the Mancunian Way. Now they were living in Urmston. I’d done posters of all those places, even one featuring the Mancunian Way, but they were torn.
So hey, bingo, they thought they would have all four in one! The Result is the Manchester Odyssey of the Crays, where I’ve melded all four posters into one with new typography.
The poster is now taking pride of place in their living room above the fireplace.
So now you know - if you want anything bespoke, just ask. I can’t change the background images but I can do anything with the words.
Just email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the finished result and all the original posters.
All this weekend we are at Altrincham Market.
Local art for local people! Who needs fancy dan customers from the Cayman Islands when you can sell to lovely people on your doorstep? This week I supplied three framed A2 posters to Hatters Promotions who have just moved into new premises off Hillgate in Stockport, about half a mile from where I live. They now hang in the firm’s reception area. Hatters Promotions provide promotional merchandise for companies, from pens and mugs to hampers and bandanas (www.hatterspromotions.com). Two of my posters - London and Hats Off To Stockport - are pictured here along with the Teddy, who belongs to Jo Shippen, the boss of the company! Also, I’ve just finished my Rochdale poster, which, naturally, has to feature the town’s most famous export - the Co-operative movement! Those handsome people in the poster are my friends and neighbours, the Cook family!Read More
Exciting news for Statement Artworks. I am one of the first artists in the country to be signed up to the Co-op's brand new local.co.uk website, which is now live (www.local.co.uk). Manchester is the pilot city but the site will soon be rolled out across the country. Watch me being interviewed by the Co-op (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9gVDiqd8VQyC8Q5HD7XlZ4H_ViTHMmEf). Most of my images are on the site, in A3 poster and A4 mount options, and you can buy directly through the Co-op. You can buy from me still at markets, and this weekend I am at Stockport and the Northern Quarter, while on Tuesday I have a stall at Victoria Station. My two latest images will be on sale, plus an adaped version of my Offerton poster, which now has Stockport as the banner. That, along with lots of other images, will soon be for sale at the Hat Works Museum in Stockport and at Staircase House.
Make a statement with your art!
This Sunday we are at the West Didsbury Makers Market and the Treacle Maket in Macclesfield. Can't find your way to those places? Well you'll be wasting your time consulting my map of the British Isles, but you can hang it on your wall. Yep, my new poster is now for sale in A4 size at the markets, and any size you like online. See you on Sunday! www.statementartworks.com
OK, I confess. Some people have accused me of being a bit parochial, a bit too obsessed with my home town and its near neighbours. Guilty. In my defence, I was born in Manchester city centre, went to my first school in Manchester, supported Manchester City from the age of four and even went to watch United occasionally with my mate Rod Gibson. I was also the arts editor, TV critic, travel editor and deputy features editor on the Manchester Evening News, where I worked for nearly 20 years. I may live in Stockport, which I also love, now, but I’m still always going into town to meet friends, watch City or just to enjoy the buzz. But to address this ‘professional Mancunian’ thing, I’ve decided to go national with my new map of the British Isles. Now, surely, no one can accuse me of being too Manchester-centric. Surely. This will be available to buy in the regular formats from Wednesday, July 25. www.statementartworks.comRead More
Although I'd driven through it a thousand times on the way to the amazing Vernon and Woodbank parks, I'd never noticed the old Battersby hat factory in Offerton, Stockport, just along from the Finger Post pub. It's got that striking water tower - but more importantly the giant letter B on two sides. What a godsend for an idea for a poster, which I think has a definite world war 2 look about it. While the tower was the inspiration, I have to thank the lovely Imogen Francesca Hart, one of my fellow traders, who was the model for the poster. Chorlton-based Imogen is the boss of The Sardinistas, which specialises in Portuguese products, especially those fabulous tinned sardines. The first prints of the Offerton poster will be produced next week, but I am also doing a limited edition of 20 specially marked A2 posters, which I am selling ready framed for £150. www.statementartworks.comRead More
The commission was to do three posters for a local estage agent without being boring or corporate, and getting in a little joke too. Well if you live in Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme or Hazel Grove you should appreciate these works - which will be used by Snapes estate agents in their summer promotional material.
I've also just finished a commission for Pickmere near Knutsford, which was once THE destination for working class families from Manchester looking for some Cheshire weekend fresh air in them there olden days. There used to be a funfair, pleasure cruiser and rowing boats on the picturesque lake, plus lots more. The poster sort of tells the story.
Now it's mostly returned to nature, but there's a great cafe and fun events from May to October. The poster, along with cards, magnets, mugs and mounts, is available to buy at the cafe, or directly from me.
Two great lads who admitted to being 'economic refugees' from Hale and have bought a more affordable house in Urmston, commissioned me to do a special personalised poster.
And with a few tweaks of my Urmston poster, Neal and David got their very own bespoke framed version for their new home. If you fancy a personalied poster, based on any of my images (over 45 and counting) then just contact me on email@example.com. Check out the full range of my work at www.statementartworks.com. My posters are all about the people and places of the north, with a heavy dose of fun thrown in, and I just love adapting them to feature names, streets, whatever you like. Here are the two versions of the Urmston poster.
This Sunday we are doing the West Didsbury Makers Market and Treacle Market in Macclesfield. See you there.
Cheers - Eric
Today I am doing a special event for Beechwood Cancer Care at their annual fundraiser at the Hilton hotel in Manchester, and on Saturday and Sunday I am at Altrincham Market. Check out www.beechwoodcancercare.co.uk
Good to be in central Manchester again, and two of my latest posters will definitely be on sale - the manifesto and the Mancunian Way.
Cheers - Eric
This weekend I am at Stockport Market on Saturday and Altrincham Market on Sunday, and with the weather forecast being so good, there's no excuse for not coming to say hello and wishing me a happy birthday. Which reminds me, I've got a new set of birthday cards, adapted from my Mancunian Way poster (attached). Every birthday boy and girl should receive one!Read More
BBC News - Northern and Midlands trainee teachers 'told to change their accents' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-43667635
One poster good, three posters better, to paraphrase George Orwell. Paul and Jackie Lomas came to my stall at Altrincham Market over the weekend and bought three of my posters - the Mancunian Way, Stretford and Altrincham. Look pretty good, I think, as a nice little triptych. Next weekend it's Urmston and the Northern Quarter, and I'm back at Altrincham the following Sunday. Happy Easter (if such a thing is possible in this foul weather). Cheers - Eric www.statementartworks.com
Ayup, Easter greetings from Statement Artworks. We're at Altrincham market today (Friday), Saturday and Sunday, and at Knutsford on Sunday, and while it may be brass monkeys, you'll get a warm welcome from me and my wife Jane. As usual I'll have all the local stuff (Altrincham, Urmston, Timperley etc) for sale, as well as newbies Wythenshawe and the Manchester Manifesto. Oh, and I've got a new range of birthday cards featuring my Mancunian Way poster! Hopefully see you there - Eric
Here is my Manchester Manifesto, contained in my latest poster (see below). Forget the left, the right or the centre, if we followed this path, everything in the world (well, south of Preston and north of Macclesfield) would be just dandy. So stick that in your London-centric pipes, Corbyn and May, and smoke it. The Manchester Manifesto is on sale, along with my newly-adapted Mancunian Way birthday card (also below), at Altrincham Market on Friday, Saturday and Sunday over Easter, and at Knutsford Market on Sunday. See you there.
EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION
Birmingham, England’s second city? You’ve got to be joking.
Half an hour off the train journey to London – who cares?
Of lazy London-centric media folk who use ‘grim’ or ‘oop’ whenever they refer to the north.
LET US EAT CAKE!
Eccles or Chorley ones, please.
CROWN A MANC MONARCH!
It’s either King Colin of Bell or King Eric of Cantona.
ALL STAND FOR THE MANC ANTHEM!
Station Approach by Elbow, an ode to Piccadilly, the gateway to the best city in the world.
BUILD A WALL!
Those Yorkshire folk have got to be stopped migrating over the Pennines to civilisation somehow.
BETTER DEAD THAN RED!
No child shall be encouraged to support Liverpool. Ever! Same goes for Leeds United and Chelsea.
A NEW BANK HOLIDAY!
In honour of Tony Wilson, our late spiritual leader.
SELF-RULE FOR CHORLTON
Recognise the right of the trendy enclave to operate entirely according to its own liberal, yoghurt-knitting, vegan agenda. Build its new parliament as an extension to the Unicorn co-operative vegan superstore.
STRONG AND STABLE
Old Toms all round, on prescription! The beer, one of Greater Manchester’s strongest and produced by Robinsons Brewery, is laughing juice and after two you’re barely stable. So lovely though.
RISE UP, MANCUNIANS AND PARTY!
Nothing new there, but let’s not do any more of that 24-hour stuff.
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE!
Let’s call a truce with our nice Scouse neighbours over in Liverpool. Don’t like that idea? Well just calm down, calm down.
Coming soon - the Mancunian Way birthday card!
I got really angry with a feature in the Daily Mail recently about the Labour Party and the North. It used a picture of mills and chimneys belching smoke, probably taken 70 years ago. Anyway, that, and other similar southern-centric rubbish that depicts northerners as backwards cloggies living in squalor has inspired me to do my latest poster, the Manchester manifesto.
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I'm now officially bonkers. This Saturday I'm at Urmston market and on Sunday it's Knutsford. Hopefully the mercury will rise just a tad to stop my fingers and toes dropping off. I'll have all my usual stuff for sale, plus the newbies shown here. See you at the weekend (huskies optional).
Cheers - Eric
Black Chew Head. When I heard that such a place existed on the moors high above Oldham, I had to use it in the poster. But not only does it sound odd, it also happens to be the highest place in Greater Manchester, hence the high society caption in the poster. The area around Oldham and Saddleworth is dotted with spectacular views and walks, and on a nice day it can rival anywhere in the country. And as for the town's swanky new cinema tagged on to the old town hall, well that's something special indeed. www.statementartworks.com
Wythenshawe and Bowdon, two South Manchester places that are quite close geographically but miles apart demographically, which is why doing this northern poster malarkey is so much fun! And it shows I've not just been sitting on my arse doing nothing since Christmas.
It was a wonderful dream on a post-war town planner's drawing board. Houses fit for heroes on a large, modern estate, or 'garden city', with none of that old mish-mash of narrow streets and diverse design. No, this was going to be uniform, clean and functional. And my parents bought into that dream, so that was the first Jackson family home, in Baguley, a district of Wythenshawe, the new town on the edge of Manchester which became the largest estate in Europe. Most of my aunts and uncles and cousins lived there too. But the dream turned sour, and Wythenshawe became a byword for problem families, crime and town planning gone mad. What's this, though? Wythenshawe, by degrees, is turning itself around, thanks in no small part to the tram line and the train line, both going to the nearby airport and the city centre. Young singles and families are discovering that the housing stock is affordable and not too bad either. Posh apartment blocks are springing up, and the once-dire Civic Centre is looking lively again. Just a pity the old theatre is no longer functioning. Now that would have been the icing on the cake for the new Wythenshawe. This poster in available at statementartworks.com in any size you like!
Whereas its nearby neighbour Hale loves to flaunt its chi-chi trendiness, affluence and desirability, Bowdon presents itself as understated, restrained and 'old money'. Hence there's not a lot going on really - a few posh gastro pubs, a posh hotel, a posh looking green with a few posh shops, posh sports clubs, and a posh Indian restaurant. Oh yes, it's posh, especially when you look beyond the high hedges and gates and wonder at some of the finest houses - indeed mansions - in the whole of Cheshire. Wow, are they grand, which is why they say you're going 'up the hill' when you go from Altrincham or Hale, and that is meant in so many ways. Footballers, TV stars and the generally well-wadded live there, in a very understated way, of course. This poster is available through statementartworks.com at any size you like.