List of Buddleia events confirmed so far:

All events are FREE and will take place at the Buddleia Space: Basement 573 Cheetham Hill Road, unless otherwise stated.

All places are limited and need to be booked in advance on either or 07974422 608

Saturday 10 April

The Secret Garden – An Irk Valley Walk.

Led by recent Architecture graduate Joe Woods, the Secret Garden Walk will explore a side of North Manchester which is rarely seen or talked about. It aims to expose the effect that Manchester’s past and people have had on its environment, and to highlight the hidden areas of natural beauty hidden in amongst some of the most dense urban areas of the city.

The Irk Valley is a short walk away from Cheetham Hill, Crumpsall, Harpurhey and Collyhurst and is a much under appreciated area of countryside in North Manchester.

29 April

Buddleia Launch

5 – 7pm

A chance to meet some of the artists working on the research project as well as find out more about the programme planned until the end of June.

Refreshments available.

Showing work by:

Joe Wood. Joe has been researching the hidden areas of natural beauty in Cheetham Hill and the Irk Valley for the past 6 months as part of this Architecture Degree. Following his recent walk, this is an opportunity to view some of his work including his films of the area.

Oludele (tbc) is a portrait artist who produces his drawings on newspaper and other found paper. Oludele will be showing a selection of portraits of local people from the nearby Welcome Centre on Cheetham Hill road.


Thursday 13 May

Artist Talk: John Newling


This is a first in a series of artist talks held at Buddleia Space that invites artists and practitioners that explore people, engagement or a sense of place within their work.

Buddleia is extremely pleased to announce the artist John Newling to launch this series. John Newling constantly reviews ‘The tacit agreements of Place’ and this has coalesced into a view of the pathology of institutions such as banks and churches. His current researches have been into the nature, manifestations and relationships of Currency and Belief. This process of review is the initial impetus for a work for a specific place.

Newling has an international reputation and has installed works across Europe and the USA. John Newling lives in Nottingham where he is currently Professor of Installation Sculpture at The Nottingham Trent University.

Saturday 15 May

Creative Writing Workshop with Author Shamshed Khan and Openstories

11–1pm Buddleia Space.

The workshop theme is “writing about place’. The workshop is open to all and invites people of all ages writing stories, poems and recollections about places in Greater Manchester. The best of which will then be published on a map of the city at

The Rainy City Stories Project ( was designed to showcase the wealth of creativity in Greater Manchester by literally putting the stories and poems of its people on the map. It uses a google map of Greater Manchester to map location-specific writing submitted through the website and commissioned from well-known authors.  A series of grassroots of Rainy City Stories creative writing workshops are currently being delivered for different communities across Greater Manchester.

The free workshops are two hours long and for 12-15 participants who must book places in advance. They will be led by a published author and experienced workshop leader Shamshed Khan and will be suitable for all levels of writer.

Openstories is an arts organisation started by writer Kate Feld, Manchester Literature Festival Director Cathy Bolton and Chris Horkan of Oh Digital to develop and involve the public in innovative projects that bring together creative writing and new technology. .

Monday 17 May

Artist Talk: Neville Gabie


Neville has been commissioned by Buddleia as one of the four artists to develop ideas inspired by time spent in Cheetham Hill.

Born (1959) in Johannesburg, Neville Gabie studied at the Royal College of Art and has been based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, for several years. Working in a range of media from sculpture to film and photography, Neville’s practice is focused on responding to locations, which are in the process of change. In practical terms his work has been manifested as a series of temporary interventions made in response to specific locations or situations. These sites are not arbitrary or randomly selected, but fit together, being places in a state of physical or social flux. Projects are developed over a sustained period of involvement not just with the site, but also with other creative professionals, making these works the result of intensive collaboration.

Tuesday 18 May

Artist Talk: Can Altay. Whitworth Art Gallery

11am  – as part of the Whitworth Art Gallery Tuesday Talk series

Can Altay is one of Buddleia’s commissioned Artists for Cheetham Hill. Can has been invited to present his work as part of the Whitworth Tuesday Talks series while he is working in the area.

Wednesday 19 May

Wild Food and Foraging walk and Food Demonstration with Jesper Launder.

2.30 – 5.30pm Meet at Buddleia Space

The focus of this afternoon is having fun discovering some of the delights of the wild food world. Expect to find a surprising array of edible plants perfect for salads, soups, and as cooked greens. With a bit of luck we may even locate some of our tastiest edible wild mushrooms too. We will spend about hours two searching the green areas of Cheetham Hill, learning about the food and medicinal uses of common native plants, making a collection as we go. Afterwards we head back to base where we will convert our own harvest into delicious edible treats.

Jesper qualified in Herbal Medicine in 2002 from the University of Central Lancashire and has since set up clinics in Didsbury, Bolton, Manchester City centre, and his home town of Hebden Bridge.

He is especially passionate about the healing potential of Herbal Medicine in both its gentle nature and effectiveness, and is keen to share this passion with others. Jesper places great emphasis upon education, and as well as teaching many aspects of Herbal Medicine, gains much pleasure from leading informative wild food, mushroom, and herb identification walks through the year.


Dates: tbc

Two-day woman’s textile workshop

7 – 13 June (tbc)

Cognitive mapping workshops with Tomke Lansk.

Buddleia Space

Cognitive mapping is an evaluation method, which promotes residents as local experts on the everyday construction of cultural space, and gives them an opportunity to participate in the evaluation process. Through these workshops we will be asking different local groups to illustrate, through their own maps, how they interact with the local area.

Compare these maps to the city’s own map of planning and policies and it shows how far the bottom-up and the top-down approach match: the smaller the gap between them, the higher the sustainability of any kind local policy.

Tomke is currently an AHRC/ESRC Research Fellow at the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Liverpool studying the impacts of cultural policy on local culture. My main research interests are the social construction of national identities, public space and its culturally differentiated re-appropriation, as well as the impact of tourism on cultural diversity and as a means of poverty alleviation.

Thursday 10 June

Artist Talk: Sans Facon


Sans façon began as an investigation between French architect Charles Blanc and British artist Tristan Surtees, and has developed into an ongoing collaboration through an art practice. They undertake diverse projects, both temporary and permanent, predominantly exploring the complex relationship between people and place. They like to see the role of the artist and art as a catalyst in a process of raising questions and inviting one to look and think differently about a place, hoping to create an opportunity rather than an inanimate object.

Thursday 17 June (tbc)

Artist Talk: Alina Hazadeh


Alinah Azadeh is a British-Iranian artist with a background in painting, new media and video. Since her MA in Media Arts Practice at Westminster University (2001), she has created installations that combine textile media with texts and networked technology. Collaboration and mass participation are central to her work, either with other practitioners or the audience itself. Her highly interactive works present the public with opportunities for self-reflection and an emotive dialogue with each other.  She is interested in the poetic within everyday life and the use of ancient practices such as gift-giving, Moshaereh (communal poetry reciting) and bibliomancy to inspire socially driven artworks.

Thursday 24 June

Artist Talk: Buddleia artist feedback presentation with Alison Kershaw and Jai Redman.


In this the final week of the Buddleia Space commissioned artists Alison Kershaw and Jai Redman will be talking about the time they have spent in the area and the inspiration they have drawn on during this period.

Sat 26 & Sun 27 June

Weekend young peoples workshop with Berlin street artist Akim.

Buddleia Space

Time tbc:

Akim, uses any medium necessary with actions, to explore and question the public space. Born in Vietnam, Akim has, since the late 80s been immersed in graffiti writing and street art culture. A highly respected artist, his 3D typographic structures Integrated into the architectural and urban space became his signature. Akim’s focus targeted actions in the urban spaces to question and reinterpret how we view the space.


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