Illustrator and Animator Maisy Summer runs Manchester-based Small Fry Collective. Maisy works with co-host designer and illustrator Isobel Platt to host a range of creative events, workshops, and talks, bringing together creatives from across Manchester and beyond. They have hosted ‘Chat and Draw’ events, workshops for International Women's Day, and invited inspiring local to international speakers to talk about their process and creative journey. Under the umbrella of ‘Small Fry’ we host the AOI Illustrator meet-ups for Manchester. With us both (@maisysummer & @isobel_platt) working across Illustration, Design, and Education, creative learning and community is always at the forefront of what we do. Tutors include:Maisy Summer @maisysummer; Isobel Platt @isobel_platt; Ian Morris ianmorris_22; Molly Russon @molly.russon; Simone Ridyard @simoneridyard; Lucia Vinti @lucia.vinti; Sarah Wilson @swillistrations; Caroline Dowsett @caroline_dowsett; Mollie Fairhurst @mollie.fairhurst
small fry teach: Illustration workshops
Laxmi Hussain’s drawings and watercolours exist somewhere between the abstract and the realistic, often presenting what appear to be the free-flowing organic forms of nature through intricately ordered patterns. Her finely detailed line forms are rooted in a fascination with architecture, a subject she studied for several years before becoming disillusioned with the constraints and rigidity of the discipline and shifting her focus to the unconstrained creative possibilities offered by art.
Laxmi has been drawing for as long as she can remember, but it is only since the birth of her first child, that Laxmi has turned her passion into a profession.
Liane Lang is a mixed media artist and has been teaching students at B.A. and M.A. Level since her graduation from Goldsmiths College B.A. Fine Art and The Royal Academy Schools.
Her work focusses on objects and spaces of memory and memorialisation and the animacy of figurative art. She was a scholarship recipient at Fundación Bilbao Arte in Spain in 2019 and artist in residence at Eton College and the Bogliasco Foundation in 2016.
Her most recent solo exhibition was at Lian Zhou International Festival in China in 2019 and at James Freeman Gallery in London in 2018.
In 2010 Rachel won the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize for her Urban Fox III painting. Based on an experience of, ’...young foxes play-fighting in the street in Lewisham. Beautiful and bold opportunists that represent the rise of forces previously suppressed; the return of the wild to London’s streets, creativity emerging and adapting in a collapsing economy.’
Rachel studied Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art, Advanced Printmaking at Central St Martins and Postgraduate Painting at the Royal Academy Schools (awarded the Turner Gold Medal for Painting).
Her most recent solo exhibition was with Rebecca Hossack in 2018.
Andrew Carter is an artist and teacher who lives and works in London.
He studied Fine Art at Central St Martins and has more recently received a Distinction from Camberwell School of Art in MA Printmaking.
He has been a member of various group studios in London, co-founding Cubitt Street Studios in the 1990s with his wife, Helen Ireland.
His work is held in private and public collections, including V&A, Yale University and Warwick University Collection. Speaking of his work he says that he wants to retain the idiosyncrasies of British Art whilst using knowledge and experience gained from a knowledge of pure abstraction and design.
Unga is a founding member of the collective Broken Fingaz. The award-winning collective is known for its independent, interdisciplinary, and D.I.Y approach, incorporating graffiti and graphic design to painting, printing, bookmaking, animation and installation. They have collaborated with many world-class musicians including Pearl Jam, U2, Blink 182, The Alchemist and Gaslamp Killer and have been commissioned by global brands including Sprite, Adidas, Nike and Apple. Their work has been presented at exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum and the Haifa Museum of Art, and in the UK at the Royal Academy and the Saatchi Gallery, London. The BF's acclaimed public murals can be seen in cities across China, Japan, Cambodia, Brazil, Israel, UK, Germany, Holland, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Poland, Spain, and Mexico.