The graphic project that Forever Manchester Ambassador Duane Cormell from Realm Recruit and local artist James Chapman brought together to help raise funds for communities across Greater Manchester is to be exhibited at Kosmonaut from Thursday 12th January for two weeks.


#ForeverFromManchester is a lighthearted, graphic celebration of Mancunian heritage. The project fuses the past with the present, depicting a variety of legendary Mancunians, both native and adopted, in iconic Manchester settings. A big part of being Manc is about not taking life too seriously, the essence of which the project attempts to capture.

The idea behind #ForeverFromManchester was conceived by Forever Manchester Ambassador, Duane Cormell, and has been developed and brought to life by James Chapman. James is an illustrator, born in Birmingham, currently residing in the Manchester suburb of Didsbury. He began his career researching and illustrating the fun and engaging educational series ‘Soundimals’, which focuses on the varied selection of onomatopoeic sounds from around the world. This work drew viral attention online, being featured by The Guardian, The Independent, Huffington Post and The Daily Mail, as well as BuzzFeed, with which he became a frequent collaborator. Two books – Soundimals and How to Sneeze in Japanese – were self-published from this project, and his work in the area of culture and diversity continues with further illustrated series in the pipeline.

Our exhibition of the works at The Fitzgerald in November 2016 was a huge success, and the artwork has been incredibly popular over on the This Charming Manc website where you can purchase the prints.

For two weeks from Thursday 12th January, you will now be able to view the ten prints at Kosmonaut in the Northern Quarter.

10 Tariff St,
Manchester M1 2FF

The Forever From Manchester artwork is available to be purchased on This Charming Manc (click the pictures below to be taken to its respective page). Each print is A3 and priced at £10. All artwork is also available in a postcard pack for £10.

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A big thank you goes to Hobs Reprographics and G.F Smith for making the prints look as incredible as they do, to James Chapman and Realm Recruit for coming up with this fantastic project celebrating Mancunian heritage in graphic form, and to Kosmonaut for displaying them so proudly in their bar! All have helped to support local people to do extraordinary things together.