We’re all abuzz here at Forever Manchester about the upcoming exhibition that Ambassador Duane Cormell from Realm Recruit and local artist James Chapman have brought together to help raise funds for communities across Greater Manchester.



Come along to an exclusive exhibition on Thursday 10th November at The Fitzgerald, a speakeasy jazz venue based in the Northern Quarter. This is a “first look” exhibition of these Manc-inspired works which you’ll be able to view from 6pm to 9pm – and the first 50 people will receive a welcome drink of Manchester Gin.


#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.

RSVP to this free event through the widget below or here on Eventbrite.


Thursday 10th November
6pm – 9pm

The Fitzgerald
11 Stevenson Square,
M1 1DB

A big Forever Manchester thank you to the companies that have helped this project come to life: Realm Recruit, Soundimals, G. F. Smith, Hobs Reprographics, The Fitzgerald and Manchester Gin.