20 April 2016
9 April 2014 – 20 April 2016
Metanast began its inception as an attempt to create a platform for local artists to showcase and experiment with sonic arts within an inclusive environment. Produced and curated by Manoli Moriaty and Coryn Smethurst, the collective went on to host works and performances by over one hundred artists from thirty one different countries in five continents, a befitting geographical reach for a collective named after the Greek lexeme for “migrant”.
Metanast would like to acknowledge the continuous support of organisations and the specific individuals within them for assisting and collaborating with us in realising this two-year events series, namely the University of Salford, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Leeds Becket University, Sound and Music, and HELMCA. Further appreciation is placed with the numerous venues in Manchester, Leeds, and Athens that provided us with their spaces, and boldly embraced programmes outside their usual ones. The many enthusiastic individuals helping the series by volunteering, from sound engineers to crowd greeters, we are forever indebted to you for your support. Foremost, no such series would exist without the passionate and genuine artists and audiences we have met over our activities. We always appreciated the great responsibility attached to an artist trusting their work in you, as with an audience trusting their sonic world, and endeavoured to approach both with the utmost respect. To everyone who’s been part of our series in any way and form, thank you for being with us for two years of noise, music, and art.
The collective will return next autumn with a new mission statement and composition. Stay in touch through our social media channels to be informed for upcoming open calls.