Portraits of Recovery presents Sounds at the Edges, Manchester


Price: Free, but tickets must be booked


Still from the film Sounds at the Edges, featuring a woman and some art materials

A film premiere in Manchester explores the role of the arts in recovery from substance use. It will be launched by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

Artist and filmmaker Ben Green followed a group of people in recovery from substance use as they took part in a series of artist-led creative sessions, from working in wood and sculpture through discarded rubbish, to textiles and filmmaking.

Called Sounds at the Edges, the film was commissioned by Manchester-based arts and recovery organisation Portraits of Recovery (PORe).

The film follows nine people from Greater Manchester as they learn new skills, explore their creativity and for some, enjoy their first cultural experiences in more than a year.

The journeys of three women feature prominently in the film. Janelle, in her 40s, can be seen to flourish as the project progresses, increasing in confidence and starting to apply for jobs.

Annie, in her 60s, has previously held several high-level positions. She talks about the impact of retirement on her life, discovering her creative self and decides by the end of the project that she wants to get back into volunteering.

And as the project nears its end, Anastasia, in her 50s, proclaims that she is going to apply for an art foundation course.

The socially distanced sessions, part of a project also called Sounds at the Edges, ran from April-June 2021. The project was initially due to take place in 2020 but was delayed for a year by the pandemic. Funded by the Greater Manchester ESF Community Grant Programme the project supported work preparedness for future employability.

Artists from across Greater Manchester, including Ben Green, Jenny Walker, Freya Goodwin, Oliver East, James Ackerley and Claire Tindale, each held a weekly session with participants, introducing them to a range of high-quality artistic experiences.


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