Images from left to right: James Bloomfield / 'The Killing Jar', 2010 / Various paintings by James in his studio at Lime / James delivering a print making workshop at Pool Arts

After finishing an Art foundation course at Manchester Metropolitan University, James wanted to build a practise rooted in observational life drawing, painting from life and the progression of skill and craftsmanship. He studied painting restoration and fine art conservation for 5 years at Grove Galleries in which time he specialised in the Manchester School of artists.

In 2000 James began painting full time and after a few exhibitions secured a place at Cow lane Studios, a co-operative run Artists Studio in Salford. Documenting the Urban built environment his paintings focused on the decline of the industrial revolution in Salford and Manchester. Painting and photographing mills and bridges, terraced housing and docklands relics of the past isolated in a time that no longer has a use for them.

"I focused on the marks and messages of the local population left as graffiti and painted what I found....each painting serving as a historical document."

James has exhibited at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Stockport Art Gallery and has reached stage two of the John Moores painting prize and the BP portrait award. He has work in public and private collections including a series of paintings on permanent public display at Salford Royal Hospital.

Of particular interest to James has been the involvement of local community groups and Arts and Health organisations including START in Salford where he was a Visual Arts Tutor and Pool Arts in Manchester where he is currently Studio Manager. He has also worked extensively with Gorton Visual Arts on a number of high profile public art installations.

More recently James has been experimenting with non-art objects, elements of Sound Art, Film and Social Sculpture. His practise is constantly evolving to communicate his ideas more effectively and to wider audiences. His latest project Meadowland uses growth interventions to highlight the sickness of our Social Organism.

"Through this process of social sculpture I want to create a dialogue between threatened habitat and the ill health of the social organism."

James plans to use his residency with LIME to engage with the staff and patients of a number of Hospitals in the northwest region to create art for public spaces that both connects with the local community and provides an internal dialogue for both core users and visitors alike.


Nicky has worked in arts project management for several years before recently returning to study an Art Foundation Diploma. Through this she developed a new language for communicating with people and new ways to express herself. Working predominantly in textiles, print and photography she explores the extraordinary in everyday life. She is interested in everyday people and their stories, often exploring this through found objects that hold memories and doors to the past.

Through her residency at Lime Arts she hopes to build on her work exploring the experiences of everyday people, starting with a research and development stage to explore different clinical settings. From this, she hopes to discover what an artist can bring to different situations whilst incorporating her personal observations into a new body of work.


Images: Left: Annie Harrison. Middle: 'Flood' by Annie Harrison and Jane Lawson, 2011. Right: Installation at Platt Lane Costume Gallery by Annie Harrison, 2010

Annie Harrison is an emerging visual artist and one of three new artists at Lime. Annie graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2009, starting her first residency the same year at the Nexus Art Café in Manchester. While there she created a new installation called The Cubicle Project, curated an exhibition of recent embroidery graduates, and researched the history of social projects run by the Methodist Church in Manchester for an ongoing project entitled '108 garments' which was first shown at Rogue Artists Studios in 2010.

Annie is particularly interested in unearthing hidden narratives about marginalised people in the contemporary and historical urban environment. She makes installations and objects in a variety of media which respond directly and personally to the stories she uncovers.

Annie's installations have been shown throughout the UK including Platt Hall Costume Gallery, the Stroud International Textile Festival, and the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show. She has recently started making artists books. Her book, 'Cow Lane, Salford' which traces the history of a single Salford street from 1794 to 2005, was selected for the Latitude exhibition in 2010 and was also shown at the Manchester Artists' Book Fair.

Annie collaborates with Manchester artists, Jacqueline Wylie and Jude Macpherson as Tern Collective and in 2011 turned Manchester into a giant sundial using the shadow of the Beetham Tower. In 2011 Annie also worked with Jane Lawson, another Manchester artist, on a project about climate change for the Cholton Arts Festival. For their piece, 'Flood', they clad a tree in a knitted copper sleeve with stripes representing the heights of historic and contemporary flood events. Annie has run textile workshops for START in Salford, Community Arts North West and Freedom from Torture, and designed a children's workshop for the People's History Museum.

Central to Annie's work is the experience she gained in previous careers as a counsellor working in drug/alcohol and community health projects, and as a human rights observer, during which she spent six years working with indigenous communities in North America. She works part-time in Manchester University's Public Health Unit on a urban health research project and she starts an MA in Art Practice in the autumn of 2011.

Image: Map of Manchester Time Piece by Annie Harrison, 2011


Chanje Kunda is a poet, writer and performer and during 2008/9 was Artist in Residence at Lime Studios. This was a partnership project with The Manchester Museum and the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Since graduating Chanje Kunda has had a prolific writing career. She has produced several plays, a collection of poetry, a music CD and numerous articles for the press. Chanje's poetry has been featured in several anthologies and literary magazines and Radio. As a professional performance poet Chanje performs up and down the country including the Royal Albert Hall and the Manchester Royal Exchange. She has worked with influential modern poets such as Benjamin Zephaniah, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Lemn Sissay and has also represented UK talent at the Calabash Festival in Jamaica.

The Residency

This Arts Council funded project was designed to bring the LIME art Central Manchester Hospitals and the Museum together, so we could collaborate to produce artwork to be displayed in the new hospital but also include a participatory element.

Chanje has successfully managed to achieve this by working with and building good working relationships across all three organisations.

Through the residency Chanje has achieved a number of outcomes:

Production of Artwork for the New Hospitals in central Manchester in collaboration with a Chinese artist, an African artist and an Islamic artist and the Manchester Museum.

Participatory projects and performance events with Central Manchester Women’s Aid, Booth Hall Children’s Hospital, Nowgen Centre For Genetics, the hospital Community Engagement team

Proverb Collection - a postcard was produced using a photograph of a museum objects for people to write in with inspirational sayings. These were collated and redistributed to inspire and uplift at a hospital Community Engagement Week.

Manchester Museum - Chanje produced a performance for the heads of department at the museum. She has also done short performances for the Community Advisory Panel and The Community Engagement Team. This is a mixture of both staff and service users and has benefited both groups.

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