A NEW REVOLUTION: Five Creative Forces Moving Manchester Forward

  • Ross Ferguson
  • Mark de Lange
  • Alec Dudson

Ace & Tate collaborated with Intern Magazine to produce a limited edition publication, A New Revolution. We’re super proud to launch in Manchester, so of course we wanted to get to know some of the downright great people who are doing amazing things in the city.

Aliyah, Joe, Paulette, Loran, Robbie and Marcos are just some of the local powerhouses who’ve placed their faith in Manchester and its creative potential, building their respective successful careers there — let’s be honest, that’s pretty cool. We’re excited to be part of such a determined and inspired community.

Photography: Lauren Maccabee

Videography: Matt Towers


Aliyah is a multidisciplinary artist, whose skills set transcends painting, sculpture and sound engineering. She also has a band with her boyfriend, which happens to be named after their cat. Working out of Islington Mill, Aliyah's work is continually inspired by her peers that work around her, plus Manchester's ever-evolving creative scene.

“I don’t think that I would still be an artist if I didn’t have the experiences that I’ve had in Manchester. It was a blessing in a way that I didn’t go to London.”

“In this building, there are 50 studios filled with fine artists, designers and educators, a total range of people. So, for me there was no pressure to be a ‘particular’ kind of artist or do a ‘particular’ kind of thing, which is creatively very encouraging.”


Joe is the man who does it all. Co-founder of OH OK Ltd and PLANT NOMA, Joe describes the overarching theme of his work to be 'participatory placemaking' - designing community-lead social projects that encourage idea sharing and shoulder rubbing amongst unexpected contributors.

“The point of what we do is to create a platform where people from all walks of life can input.”

“The idea of PLANT was for it to be a starting point for members of the public [to get involved], and then we facilitate it. We built a wood workshop and a ceramic studio, but then thought we’d let the people who come in decide what it ends up as. We didn’t decide it was going to be a cinema, exhibition space or a digital lab; they were all dictated by people who wandered in and helped shape the future of it.”


(AKA DJ) Paulette, is a veteran musician who has worked in the industry for more than 30 years. Having had residencies at everywhere from The Haçienda to Space Ibiza, Paulette returned to her home city of Manchester in 2008, to find everything she'd ever been looking for.

“I’ve travelled probably about two thirds of the world, and I am one of the most fervent, flag waving and politically-charged Mancs that you could ever hope to meet.”

“Manchester for me is the blood in my veins. It’s my family. It’s my roots. And it always, always will be. It’s impossible to take that out of me. It’s who I am.”


Loran ditched her career in TV production four years ago, fed up with the exploitative treatment of professionals in the industry. She set up Delaval Films, as a vehicle to tell the stories of underprepresented minorities in society.

“My manifesto is revolution,” she asserts. “It’s about breaking down the systems, it’s about challenging the norm, challenging what the status quo is and not accepting that things have to be the way they are.”

“I have always been impressed with the attitude that Manchester has. They have a can-do attitude. So many people doing their own thing. They have an idea and say ‘let’s do it and go for it’. I respect that.”


Robbie Bloomer & Marcos Navarro formed a friendship based on their shared love of techno music. Frustrated at the lack of 'inclusive' clubnights in the city, the duo set up High Hoops in 2014.

“We’ve both been into, I guess, house and techno music for years and years and years, and we wanted to create a night that books the people we want to listen to, but booked it in an environment that we wanted as well.”

“I think the clubbing world is kind of undervalued in society, and I think a lot of people have a lot of shit going on inside their heads. I think that’s the first place I would go to escape. If you can feel safe in your own skin in that environment and see people that you may not even know, but recognise them, it makes it feel a bit more like a home environment.”

Read full interviews with each of the talents at Intern Magazine.

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