Monday, 7 November 2011


The Manchester Museum has once again teamed up with the Ultimate Holding Company and Anatomy Projects to launch the first in a series of the Museum Meets: After Hours Events.

Whether you're an extInked ambassador, project supporter, photography enthusiast or just simply interested in exploring the museum after hours come along and join us between 6.30-9.30pm on Saturday 26th November 2011 for an evening of entertainment, opportunity and exploration.

After Hours Activities include:

- For one night only, Ultimate Holding Company will be showcasing several new artworks including new moving image work, documenting the extInked project along with some new portraits captured by Anatomy Projects with their 19th Century Studio plate camera.

- Meet the extInked Ambassadors and be inspired by their experiences of being part of this unique social experiment and find out about the work they have been doing to protect and advocate for their species.

- A limited edition revised publication of the extInked Almanac will be available to purchase. Only one hundred copies have been produced, each has been individually numbered and signed by the artist.

- Learn how photography has been used by museums in the past and have the opportunity to create your own photographic narrative using items/artefacts/specimens from the Museum's unseen collections. (Bring your own camera.)

- Explore the museum through the lens of a restored Victorian Camera and interact with the collections in a new and unique way.

- Music will be provided by artist Naomi Kashiwagi, with her collection of wind-up gramophone turntables.

- There will be a Pay Bar available.

Event details:

MUSEUM MEETS AFTER HOURS, Saturday 26th November 2011, 6.30pm - 9.30pm.

The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL.

This event is free to attend.

For further information please contact:

Kate Houlton

We are extInked - Touring Exhibitions Coordinator

Ultimate Holding Company

t: +44 (0) 161 238 8523




t: @extinked

Anna Bunney

Curator of Public Programmes

The Manchester Museum

t: +44 (0) 161 306 1581



This evening event has been inspired by We are extInked, an exhibition which documents the legacy of extInked, a unique arts and ecology project by Manchester based artists Ultimate Holding Company. The exhibition draws to a close on Sunday 4th December 2011 so make sure you catch it before it's too late.

We are extInked is a touring exhibition supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and MIRIAD.

Photographs by Anatomy Projects.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Behind the scenes at Manchester Museum!

ExtInked Ambassadors Annie Harrison, Nick Dixon and Clyve Bonnell were invited by Manchester Museum to spend a day behind the scenes at the museum, meeting the experts and learning about their species. 

Gavin Parry and David Penny from Anatomy Projects were also invited along to document each meeting and produce several new pieces of work that will be shown in the forthcoming exhibitions as part of the We are extInked UK tour.

Here are some behind the scenes shots taken during each meeting at the wonderful Manchester Museum.

Clyve Bonnell, Ambassador for the Distinguished Jumping Spider had an opportunity to meet with Dmitri Logunov, Curator of Anthropods in the Entomololgy department and later explored the vast collections of specimens housed in the museum stalls.

Manchester Museum has a stunning herbarium located at the very top of the museum building, housing thousands of plant specimens dating back hundreds of years. We were lucky enough to spend an afternoon in there with Annie Harrison, Ambassador for the Cornflower as she met with the Lindsey Loughtman, Curatorial Assistant of Botany.

Nick Dixon, Ambassador for the Western Capercaillie met with Henry McGhie, Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology. 

Whilst Nick and Henry were deep in conversation we decided to take a look around the bird stalls!

We would like to thank Dmitri Logunov, Lindsey Loughtman, Henry McGhie and the team at Manchester Museum for their continued support with the extInked project and We are extInked UK tour.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

extInked Big Saturday - 24/09/2011


Come and join us for the extInked Big Saturday at the Manchester Museum on 24th September 2011, 11.00 - 4.00pm.

Activities include:

ARTS & CRAFTS - Get involved with a variety of creative activites for all ages.

Drop-in, free, all ages, Discovery Centre, Floor G.

11am-4pm: Create your own animal ears & explore our bag of beasts.

11am-1pm & 2-4pm: Become a mini Ambassador and get your own temporary tattoo of an endangered species.

TALKS - Enjoy fun and informative talks from conservation experts.

Drop-in, free, all ages, Discovery Centre, Floor G.

12.30pm: The plight of the European Hedgehog.

Hugh Warwick, author of A Prickly Affair, has been studying hedgehogs for over 25 years and became the extInked ambassador for the animal back in 2009. He will be talking about his fascination (obsession) with these wonderfully charismatic beasts and why he thinks that they are the most important wild animal on the planet. Learn about their prickles, their habits and why they are disappearing from the countryside and our towns and cities and leave knowing how to make the world a better place for our delightful hedgehogs.

1.30pm: Fauna & Flora International & The Native Oyster.

extInked Ambassador, Elizabeth Allen has been passionate about conservation her whole life, so much so she got a job at leading conservation charity. She will be talking about her experience of becoming an extInked Ambassador for the Native Oyster and the fantastic work of Fauna and Flora International.

2.30pm: The Marine Conservation Society - Biodiversity, Fisheries and Pollution.

Rebecca Lowe, Conservation Support Officer at the Marine Conservation Society is stopping by to talk about the importance of marine conservation and what initiatives the MSC are currently focused on. The Marine Conservation Society has worked with UHC since 2009 to support the extInked project as a project partner.

FILM SCREENINGS - Enjoy a series of family friendly short films all about Bugs & Insects.

Drop-in, free, ages 7 and above, Kanaris Theatre, Floor 2.

2.00-3.00pm: Films include Roberto & the Insect Architect and Shaun the Sheep, Buzz off Bees.

Drop-in, free, all ages, Museum Entrance, Floor G.

- Find out about the work of leading conservation organisations and ways you can do to help wildlife.
- Have an opportunity to meet and touch some endangered species from the museum’s vivarium.
- extInked artist Jai Redman to do some live drawing.
- Meet Ambassadors and talk to them about their experiences.

All events are free!

For further information please contact the Manchester Museum.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

extInked Artwork for Sale!

To celebrate the national tour of the extInked project, UHC has created a special revised edition of the extInked Almanac. There are only one hundred copies of this limited edition publication available, so hurry up and get yourself one before they sell out! Priced at £20.00, each copy is numbered and signed by the artist.

Whilst you're checking out the book, why not take a look at the extInked drawings. A number of the original artworks that formed the basis of the one hundred tattoos are still available to purchase, priced at £80.00.

To find out more please visit the UHC online shop.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Kelly's quest to find the Tall Thrift!

On a rainy Monday morning extInked Ambassador, Kelly Parish, accompanied by Gavin Parry and David Penny of Anatomy Projects and their free standing 19th Century Studio Plate Camera set off on a journey to find the Tall Thrift.

Kelly was invited to visit the Moor Closes nature reserve in Ancaster by the wardens at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust who manage one of the sites where the tall thrift grows, as this species is only found in two locations in the UK it is considered very precious. Luckily for Kelly the second location is only walking distance from the nature reserve in the village cemetery. Kelly had the opportunity to meet with the warden and find out much more about her species and Gavin and David were on hand to document the days activities and here is a sneak peak of their trip.

More footage of the day, along with a detailed account of her adventure from Kelly will be posted soon.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011


Our Jai Redman is interviewed in todays M.E.N talking about the launch of We are extInked at the Manchester Museum. The full article is below:


A project to highlight plants and animals threatened by extinction using permanent tattoos has gone on show in Manchester.

ExtInked saw 100 volunteers tattooed with an image of a species in the UK under threat.

The aim was for each person to become an 'ambassador' for the species they were tattooed with and to campaign for it's survival.

Now two years on, portraits of all of the volunteers - tattooed with everything from eagles to toads and wildflowers - are on display in an exhibition at Manchester Museum.

Jai Redman, who was head artist on extInked and is now creative director of artists' collective Ultimate Holding Company which ran the project, chose a tattoo of a smooth snake.

He said: "The project started a couple of years ago so this is about catching up with the ambassadors and the work they are continuing to do to promote their species."

The photographs of each ambassador, plus original drawings of the designs, will be on display until November.

For further information about the extInked project and We are extInked tour please visit the project website -

For exhibition details and information about related events at the Manchester Museum please visit -

Saturday, 9 July 2011

We are extInked is launched at the Manchester Museum!

Friday 8th July saw the launch of We are extInked at the Manchester Museum, it was a great evening and we would like to thank you all for joining us to celebrate the current achievements and future successes of the project, exhibition and the national tour.

To see photographs of the evening please visit the extInked website. All Photography by Jimmy Edmondson.

Still Time

For those who were unable to attend do not worry, you have plenty of time to visit the exhibition which is open at the Manchester Museum until 13/11/2011.

Big Saturday

We are excited to announce that extInked will be the theme for the Manchester Museum’s Big Saturday event in September.

Date: Saturday 24th September 2011

Time: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Location: The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

Booking: Most activities will be drop-in, some may need to be booked on the day.

Cost: most of the activities will be free however some may cost up to £1.50.

Age: All ages are welcome.

Further details of the days activities will be announced over the coming weeks via the Musuem's website.

Artwork for Sale

extInked Drawings

A number of original extInked artworks by Jai Redman are still available to purchase at our online shop. Beautifully executed in pen and ink, many of these drawings have featured in our current exhibition or will feature at future venues. We can offer you the opportunity to reserve a particular drawing for collection as the exhibition closes, whilst some drawings are available for collection straight away.

extInked Almanac

The extInked Almanac is now available for purchase from our online shop. Priced at £20, each copy is signed by the artist and is one of only 100 copies produced in conjunction with the We are extInked tour. For your chance to own a limited edition, signed copy please visit the UHC online shop or email

Further Information

extInked/We are extInked

Ultimate Holding Company
A: Ultimate Holding Company, Hotspur House, 2 Gloucester Street, Manchester, M1 5QR

The Manchester Museum
A: The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
T: @mcrmuseum

We are extInked is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and MIRIAD.

Friday, 8 July 2011

'We are extInked' launches tonight at the Manchester Museum

Come and join us this evening as we celebrate the launch of We are extInked at the Manchester Museum.

This exhibition documents extInked, a unique arts and ecology project which began in 2009 as a response to species loss in the UK.

We are extInked brings together the original pen and ink drawings, documentary footage of the tattooing process and extraordinary photographic portraits of the ambassadors created on a rare 19th century camera by Anatomy Projects. The work will be shown alongside rare specimens from The Manchester Museum collections and documentation of the progress of the 100 volunteer ambassadors as they work to protect and advocate for their species.

The exhibition opens to the public on July 9th 2011 and will be situated alongside the new 'Living Worlds' Gallery, which explores the connections between all living things, including us, and shows how we can all shape the future by the choices we make.

We are extInked launch:

Friday 8th July 2011 -

6.00 - 8.00pm

(Speeches at 6.30pm)

The Manchester Museum

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road


M13 9PL

For more information on how to get to the museum please click here.

For more information about the extInked project and the We are extInked tour please click here.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

One exhibition down four to go...

Spiderweb Cup & Saucer, Eleanor Morgan.

Into the Wild, an exhibition at Smiths Row Contemporary Art Gallery in the beautiful historic market town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk came to a close this weekend. The exhibition explored notions around wilderness and asked audiences to consider; what is wild?

Ultimate Holding Company were invited to exhibit artwork from the extInked project, alongside work from seven other artists which included, Sam Bakewell, Beatriz de Costa, Eleanor Morgan, Lee Patterson, Laura Pullig, Matthew Smith and Chiz Turnross.

Elegy Rue Paean, Sam Bakewell.

Smiths Row also ran a series of events and educational activities that ran alongside the exhibition and included:

Talk: Dragonflies - Masters of the Air

Adrian Parr from the British Dragonfly Society hosted an afternoon talk in the gallery about the wonder of dragonflies which was followed by a guided walk around the local area identifying local dragonfly hotspots!

The British Dragonfly Society


Talk: Marine Conservation & the Native Oyster

Elizabeth Allen, Ambassador for the Native Oyster.

Elizabeth Allen hosted a lunchtime talk about her involvement with the extInked project and her role as the Ambassador for the Native Oyster, she also offered us an inspirational insight into the work of conservation charity Fauna and Flora International.

Fauna and Flora International


T: @FaunaFloraInt

Images of the exhibition can be found on the extInked website or by clicking here.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Congratulations to Nick Dixon, Ambassador for the Western Capercaillie!

Congratulations to Nick Dixon, Ambassador for the Western Capercaillie and friends for another successful year supporting the plight of this wonderful species. With over £550.00 raised over the last two years through kind donations from members of the Friends of Capercaille, Manchester Branch Conservation Support Group. This group was set up by Nick in 2010 in affiliation with the RSPB (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), it looks like this species will be able to get the vital support it desperately needs.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

***extInked exhibition announcement***

Go Into the Wild with extInked...

We are delighted to announce that extInked will be featured in the forthcoming exhibition Into the Wild at Smiths Row Contemporary Arts and Crafts Gallery in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Opening Saturday 14th May 2011, Into the Wild will showcase a collection of work from eight artists and collectives exploring with the wilderness around us and our relationship with the infinite flora and fauna within it.

Directly inspired by the beautiful rural surroundings of Suffolk, Into the Wild aims to alert visitors to the seemingly invisible wildlife around us everyday and the idea that 'wilderness' is closer than it might at first seem. Nature adapts and reclaims environment whether urban, office or park bench....there is wonder and enchantment in the smallest spider or invertebrate.

The artists will offer audiences an insight in to this wonderful world....

Ultimate Holding Company

Ultimate Holding Company will present extInked as a body of work documenting the story of the unique arts and ecology project from its inception in 2009 through to the current work of the one hundred ambassadors.

Laura Pullig

Laura Pullig’s Responsive Flower. Her use of technology seeks to re-enchant and reflect nature back at us.

Beatriz da Costa

Beatriz da Costa has created a downloadable phone application which will allow audiences to identify the habitat of endangered species from wherever their location in the UK.

Lee Patterson

Lee Pattersons’ sonic recordings reveal the sounds of the wilderness which normally cannot be heard by the human ear. Patterson is currently working in residence at Flatford Mill, carrying out field studies by the Norfolk Broads to produce a new work for the show.

Eleanor Morgan

The technical wonder of Eleanor Morgan’s Spiderweb Cup and Saucer is testimony to the artist’s curiosity at our human relationship with animals.

Sam Bakewell

Another highly intricate work in the show is parian-ware sculpture by Sam Bakewell, this work pays homage to the endangered honey bee.

Chiz Turnross

Chiz Turnross’ fevered painting of countless birds creates a colourful flock within the Gallery.

Matthew Smith

A panorama continues through the work of Matthew Smith and his series of drawings entitled British Wildlife depicting mammals, birds and trees which are silhouetted against a gloomy sky.

For more information about the exhibition please click here.