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Based in Didsbury, Composite Imaging was founded by Paulette and Jackie eight years ago when they were reunited after first meeting at university back in 1980. The pair shared a passion for art and after training in digital technology; they were inspired to set up the innovative business. We spoke to Paulette to find out more about her inspiration for the art here at Towers, how it’s created and the benefits it brings to businesses and staff. “The brief for each of the offices has been to create artwork based on the Didsbury area including the business parkland”, she explains. “In the Scotscroft building, we worked to match the colour palette of the new interior design scheme for this reception area. Banners were selected as being a particularly suitable product for the very high walls in this interior space and the subject matter of abstract tree shapes reflects the surrounding landscaping at the Towers Park. “Adamson House features montages on metal panels, illustrating focal points or places of historical interest in Didsbury. In Ocean House, we’ve opted for contemporary, large scale drawings of buildings such as the Gatehouse, as murals on the walls.” Paulette and Jackie create bespoke digital artwork that can be blown up to any size and printed onto a wide variety of surfaces ranging from canvas, acrylic, wood, unusual materials such as metal and mirror. In Ocean House, the visuals have been printed directly onto wallpaper. “All of the artwork is created from scratch”, says Paulette. “We are usually given a loose brief and then left to work within certain boundaries but have the flexibility to generate our own ideas and come up with something as creative as possible. The technology we use enables us to create art of any size or colour to suit individual schemes and our clients can review work in progress and make changes as required.” Composite Imaging has worked with companies of all sizes delivering artwork that has made a dramatic difference to offices across the North West. Their projects have included mural montages for the Co-op’s new Noma building in Manchester as well as artwork in corporate colours for the law firm Weightmans in each of its five regional offices. Bringing the humble white wall to life is all in a day’s work for Paulette and Jackie, but they say the benefits for companies are long term. “Artwork in receptions and meeting rooms can be motivating for an organisation’s clients and their employees,” continues Paulette. “For many, it forms an integral part of the interior architecture of a property. It can make an impressive statement about a company and helps provide staff with a high-quality working environment that can boost productivity. We often find that once the first piece is installed, we get more requests as people soon realise the positive impact art can have on a building, visitors and staff.” By: Victoria Russell at iworx

Frieze London is known as the contemporary art event of the year. You can see and buy art by over 1,000 of the world’s leading artists, and this year we also experienced Frieze Projects, where artists are commissioned to make site-specific work especially for Frieze. The fair had a new layout this year which did make the journey around it a bit easier by following the coloured zones and more space around exhibits.

The exhibition’s home is housed in a bespoke structure in Regent’s Park. The sculpture park surrounding the Fair this year had some acclaimed contemporary sculptures curated by Nicola Lees from The Yorkshire Sculpture Park Programme, and our favourite was the massive head by Jaume Plenza.

There is always something new to see at Frieze and this year was no different. You travel through many different experiences from Jennifer Rubell’s giant reclining woman whose womb sculpted out you could sit in to four people huddled together, enveloped in one big black cloak a 1967 work by James Lee Byars. You could then turn a corner and see traffic cones in disguise opposite a beautiful wall exquisitely mounted of prints or drawings.

The choice of fuel to keep you going was also better this year, and I found that I was adequately catered for under the gluten-free band as well. Overall, tiring but inspirational day.


is widely considered a cutting-edge and progressive trade exhibition held during the London Design Festival, now into its 8th year bringing together over 200 companies plus sister-show Super Brands London under one roof. There was a wide-ranging mix of stands and installations ranging from lighting & furniture to many other different interior products, even bike stands! It is a great place for architects and designers to both specify and source products for design schemes.

The Old Truman Brewery is now an established venue for this progressive trade exhibition which has always been a show about ideas. Our expectations were to find inspiration and innovation and we were not disappointed. The founders of the show, Jimmy and Rachel MacDonald try to curate a show that has a balance between Creativity and commerce. Many design trends emerge from the show and my stand-out observations were the flora and woodland themes, but all the new trends emerging from the show can be found on the Tent London website and Pinterest.


Design Junction
was a first for us this year and had a more edgy feel to it that was different to Tent helped by the warehouse-feel to its venue at centrally-located 1960s Sorting Office, New Oxford St. The show was created by Deborah Spencer and Michael Sodeau and has established itself as a definite London Design Festival destination and is now part of the west end design district.

 It is a non-stop shop for renowned international brands, smaller cutting-edge labels, pop-up shops plus plenty of places to eat and drink on your route around the show. Again a great place to pick up ideas and products for designers and a retail section to shop. Many new UK products are launched here and the general atmosphere on the evening we were there felt quirky, busy, creative and exciting. Well worth a visit next year if you haven’t been.



First time visit to the Edinburgh Fringe did not prove disappointing, a hectic and chaotic atmosphere providing a massive choice of entertainment. With over two thousand shows to choose from, it is almost impossible to decide what to see but these are some of our highlights.
“Blam” was probably the most original and entertaining piece of physical theatre that we saw and definitely our top favourite.  For anyone who works in an office it is a must! The urge to treat the office like a playground with homage to Rambo, the Hulk and many more dressed in office stationary was sheer genius and hilarious. Everyone on their feet at the end of the show and just wanted to watch it again straight away.     @edfringe Vocalist “James Lambeth” gave us a delicious selection from American Songbook greats George and Ira Gershwin. Had a gorgeous voice and a great venue to relax in after a hectic day at The Fringe. (@TheJazzBar “Circa: Wunderkammer” was a treat. Most of the show was half dedicated to people lifting each other in the air, but mouth open in shock at some of the stunts on display. Gymnastics, stripteases and aerialist stunts combined with humour. Brilliant entertainment for all. Two man shows “ Mother F” (@articulate elbow) and “Shirley & Shirley” also provided great fun and comedy Sketches. Mother F, new writing, witty choreography and stand up cabaret about mothers and Shirley & Shirley gave us unexpected controversial comedy with close to the bone stuff! Both great fun. Leonardo de Vinci exhibition at The Queens Gallery (@BritishMonarchy ) A must see for anyone interested in anatomy and the human form and on until October 7th. Largest ever exhibition of his studies. Amazing to discover how much unpublished significant material on his death in 1519 lost to the world for another 400 years! TOP TIPS:
  • Book your accommodation at least 6 months in advance if you can to be sure of getting in where you want to stay. We stayed at Motel One, very reasonable, clean & comfortable ( 5 mins walk from station and Fringe activity.
  • Book your tickets in advance before you go. This is far more relaxing than trying to read the masses of info on the hop to choose what to see. You can always add the odd show once you are there if you have spare time.
  • Get a copy of the Fringe Magazine posted to you in advance as has the Fringe map at the back so you can see where all your venues are so you are ready to set off as soon as you arrive to your first show.
  • Book to eat out in the evenings and at lunchtime if you have a particular choice in mind ahead of your visit. This will save queuing to get into restaurants and guarantee you a spot at the places you want to eat.
  We did all of the above and it went like clockwork! Had a brilliant time.
Do It
This exhibition is a world premiere for Manchester International Festival, an evolving exhibition created from a series of instructions written by artists from the practical to the philosophical. The original exhibition 20 years ago was curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier and since has been re-enacted in 50 different places, so the longest ever running exhibition in progress to occur. There are some new experiments/instructions to this particular show and new contemporary artists also added such as Ai Weiwei and Adrain Piper to Richard Wentworth and Tracey Emin. The opening of the exhibition took place at the start of the MIF ( with presentations from all involved including a live falcon flying through the gallery, a first for the Gallery! You have to think about the exhibits and you can take part/interact pretty much with the whole exhibition. Great way to spend a morning, or even a lunch hour if that is all you can spare. Worth seeing as a really unusual concept. Gallery also has a light airy café to relax in after and discuss or mull over the exhibition. Sometimes has gluten-free cake as well, so tops my visit off nicely!!  #doit2013
Manchester based Composite Imaging were invited by the Co-op to collaborate on the montages required for their new building – One Angel Square, NOMA. The project focused heavily on Co-op themes to reflect the company’s brand whilst presenting the values in a very contemporary way. The artists Paulette Bansal and her business partner Jackie Anderson were discovered by Kathryn Mitchell, design manager at the Co-op, who had been impressed with the duos previous projects completed for both the commercial and hospitality sectors. “We really enjoyed working with Paulette and Jackie on the visuals” said Kathryn. “The results are stunning and add real vibrancy to the interiors of the building. “Paulette and Jackie completely understood the brief right from the beginning and were able to create super visuals that enforce The Co-operative’s values and in particular their commitment to Manchester and sustainability.” Paulette added: “We were delighted the Co-op had the vision and confidence to use local artists who they knew could deliver specialist bespoke artwork creatively to their exact requirements within a very tight timescale.”      
Well worth a visit for anyone but if you are an architect or interior designer, definitely make the effort. The show explores the experimental aspects of light in the form of sculptures and installations that sculpt space and shape space in different ways. We got the most from entering into the rooms that provided an overall experience of standing in a totally ‘wow’ situation of viewing light.  Great for ideas for being stimulated  by light in different ways in a space. The Hayward Gallery website will provide more information if you want to take a closer look.

The Co-op


Co-op Headquarters
Composite Imaging were recently invited to do a walk around the new Co-op headquarters in Manchester before everyone moved in. When the Co-op Group announced its plans to build new landmark headquarters at One Angel Square in the northern quarter of Manchester City Centre; Composite Imaging were delighted to be invited by the Interior Design Manager to create bespoke artwork for the iconic building, which would communicate & reinforce the culture & values of the co-operative group. The final Artwork successfully combines the history & values of the co-operative to present a very modern solution, which compliments the stunning interior of this new, sustainable, architectural gem that adds to the Manchester City skyline. Composite are very proud of the result & the feedback received to date has been fantastic.
First cut Images
This exhibition finishes on January 27th 2013, so last chance to see it and well worth it if you like 3-dimensional diversity on a variety of scales. Thirty-one international artists exhibit their work using cut, sculptural and various manipulations of paper to create a fantastic display of artworks. You enter via a walkway of a paper forest to see ahead of you a huge sculptural garden that takes up a large part of the floor space in the exhibition. My particular favourites were the pop-up books on a smaller scale, finer and more intricate exhibits. Reasonable café here too, so a great way to spend a lunch hour in a completely different environment.
Ship Canal House
Ship Canal House is on King Street in  Manchester City Centre &  is one of Manchester’s landmark buildings. The Manchester Ship Canal opened to shipping in 1894 and Ship Canal House opened in 1924 built by Harry S Fairhurst. The building has been recently refurbished as a grade ‘A’ space and is now part of  the Himor Group portfolio. Composite Imaging were fortunate to be invited to create the artwork for this beautiful building earlier this year. The owners wanted to preserve the understated quality of the space and use elements from both the interior and exterior of the building to create the final artworks. The art was produced on metal panels  to reflect the clean lines of the existing  interior and photography was used to create the images. Well worth considering if you are looking for office space…..