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TitleThe Queer Up North Video Archive
DescriptionThe video archive of queerupnorth, Manchester's international festival of lesbian, gay and queer arts.

queerupnorth began life as 'It's Queer Up North' in 1992, when it was founded by two of the staff at Manchester's Green Room, Tanja Farman and Gavin Barlow. The name, a play on the well known phrase 'it's grim up north', was an idea borrowed from 'Flesh', a gay club night held at Manchester's famous Hacienda club. In 1998 the first word was dropped from the organisation's title making it simply queerupnorth. The idea was to provide a platform for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender art, including drama, cabaret, club nights, comedy, film, fine art and performance art. In 1992 it was not conceived of either as a festival or a sustainable event, but was rather one small element of that year's Manchester Festival. When it did prove possible to have another season in 1993, it was branded as 'The National Festival of Lesbian and Gay Arts 1993'.

The format of the queerupnorth's programming changed from year to year. From 1992-1994 there was a concentrated season, or festival, of work but between 1995-2000 there were festivals presented only in 1996, 1998 and 2000. There were, however, a handful of queerupnorth events presented in 1995 and 1997. There were little or no events explicitly connected with queerupnorth either in 1999 or 2001. In 2002 however, the format of queerupnorth's programming changed again and between 2002-2005 individual events and small seasons of work were presented throughout the year. In 2005 queerupnorth returned to an annual festival format where it remained in 2006 and 2007. By 2005 queerupnorth had become Europe's biggest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender arts festival. The organisation closed in 2011, following its loss of funding from Manchester City Council.

The video archive contains both original analogue and digital preservation master copies. A full catalogue is available, and set of DVD viewing copies are available for research purposes on request. The material includes:
• videos submitted by artists
• videos of related performances at other venues, notably the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London
• videos recorded by, or on behalf of queerupnorth, mostly within venues in Manchester during the festival
• videos relating to LGBT issues and produced by interested groups.
Date1991 - 2004
Related MaterialThe full queerupnorth archive is catalouged under the reference M800 at Manchester Archives and Local Studies: http://www.gmlives.org.uk/
AdminHistoryThe records were in the custody of queerupnorth and transferred with the organisation from their premises at 48 Princess Street in Manchester to 5 Oak Street in the city's northern quarter when the organisation relocated in 2000. Film material was artificially combined, as films submitted by artists as part of the submission of their work were placed alongside material filmed by, or on behalf of, queerupnorth, as well as material recorded from television.
ArrangementThe DVDs are arranged here as a simple list. The 'M800' prefixed Alt_Ref_No (Alternative Reference Numbers) refer to the original catalogue numbers given to the videos within the larger queerupnorth collection held at Manchester Archives and Local Studies
Extent10 boxes
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