Future Fires 2014

Max Shuell

Max is 25 and has lived in Manchester all of his life, performing and creating, utilising the heartbeat of the city's culture to fuel his passion. He finds inspiration though the people he engages with, and his work aims to provide a social commentary over time.

He started his theatrical life as soon as he was able, taking the role of Joseph in his school nativity. Since then he has followed on with that path and now splits time between a few of Manchester’s key venues while maintaining his own youth theatre company, Yardstick Narrative, based in Stockport.

Max got involved with Future Fires because he wants to create opportunities for communities to become involved with the arts and make a positive change.

His project, Writings on the Wall, is based around an interactive street art installation. The installation will run for a predetermined time as a research project; delving into how Mancunians see and engage with their environment. The research produced will then be fed to local artists who will work with community groups to create art in areas of Manchester where regeneration has not yet occurred. 

Writings on the Wall has been funded by Community First

Contact’s Future Fires programme, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, supports young emerging artists to plan and deliver their own community arts outreach projects in Greater Manchester through a tailored programme of training, mentoring and support.

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