Sound & Fury: the Art and Iconography of Heavy Metal

The only major exhibition to explore the unique visual aesthetic and iconography of heavy metal music. Sound & Fury brought together stage set, costumes, original album and comic art, musical instruments, customised bikes and over 200 other exhibits in an exhibition which broke attendance records, toured nationwide for two years and was enjoyed by 250,000 visitors. Sound & Fury was featured as an exemplary case study in the Museum Association's publication Museums and Young People.

"A strong thesis, well researched and establishing a broad cultural context, ensured that the show did not become a gimmick or marketing ploy." Museums & Young People, Museums Association

Local Authority Strategy and Policy

Whilst at Beam, Steve Manthorp wrote public art strategies for Bradford, Grainger Town (Newcastle City Centre) and Wigan. Whilst the creation of a policy document was a central output for these projects, it was not an end in itself: his approach focused on changing the culture, both within the authority structure and amongst developers, to one which recognised the positive value of public art and artistic intervention within the built environment. An example of this holistic approach can be found in a guidance note to developers here (pdf document, for which you need free Acrobat Reader).

"Steve Manthorp can talk on water." Robert Powell, Director, Beam

Shooting Gallery

Shooting Gallery was a project to develop audiences for Cartwright Hall Art Gallery amongst boys and teenagers. Funded through an audience development grant from YMLAC and in partnership with PC Format Magazine, US Map guru Teddie Tapawan reproduced the architecture and collections of Cartwright Hall as a deathmatch map for Unreal Tournament 2003, and an updated map for UT2004. The map was distributed on the PC Format coverdisc and through UT download sites, and has been downloaded 300,000 times.

"Manthorp may be a maverick, but he certainly knows a thing or two about marketing." Alfred Hickling, Guardian

The Middleton Mystery

English Heritage commissioned Manthorp ACT working with Lateral Visions and Isis Arts to create a PC game based on the Belsay Hall estate. Students from Ashington High School researched the history of Belsay and developed the game narrative and characters from those researches. The game could be played in a dedicated game space and was available for sale on CD-ROM in the estate shop. The first level of the game can be downloaded HERE.

museumaker commissions, Killhope, the North of England Lead Mining Museum

Steve Manthorp was appointed as creative consultant by museumaker and Killhope, the North of England Lead Mining Museum to work with young people to create a makers brief for a commissioned craft work to be sited at the Museum. Students from Wolsingham School and participants from Museums Live and V Involved worked together to write a short story, Hope Never Dies, as an inspiration and a launch pad for their own creativity. The creative consultancy was part of museumaker, a national partnership between makers, museums and visitors involving 16 museums across the country.

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Sound and Fury
Sound and Fury

Shooting Gallery
Shooting Gallery

Well Hung
Well Hung - Digital Images by Kenneth Hung Exhibition 2003