NOISE Festival 2006 'Curators Choice' exhibition

We kick-start our jam-packed month of creative events with a massive 6 week long showcase of the best NOISE talent

  • Type
  • Date
    3 October, 2006
  • End Date
    19 November, 2006
  • Location
    Urbis, Manchester

From over 4,000 entries to the very first NOISE Festival in 2006, we kick-start our jam-packed month of creative events with a massive 6 week-long showcase of the best NOISE talent, all handpicked by our stellar panel of NOISE 2006 Curators. The exhibition covers all creative types, including written word, fine art, moving image, music, product design, fashion and architecture. 

The NOISE team organises the Urbis exhibition in just six weeks, after our funders ask for a physical version of the then virtual 2006 festival. 

The Urbis was one the country’s most recognised and iconic art spaces, before its closure in February 2010. The NOISE showcase is the first external exhibition the venue has staged on its third floor. The exhibition walls are designed by NOISE Artist Alex Turvey.

During our exhibition, Urbis doubles its footfall to over 30,000 people, with 55,000 people seeing our NOISE installation in the foyer. These great numbers are down to the nationwide promotion of the exhibition throughout television, press, radio, street ads, fliers, posters and an entire station take-over at Manchester Piccadilly train station. Plus a nifty bit of Bluetooth technology beaming the artwork on display to people’s phones that are passing the venue!

The NOISE exhibition generates plenty of success for the artists involved. 7 works on display are sold, including Emma Heron’s piece, ‘Christopher’, which is bought by Banksy’s Gallery for over £4,000 and used in his infamous “Santa’s Ghetto” annual Christmas exhibition, where it gets further coverage in The Guardian, The Observer, and Evening Standard.


  • Four Channel M television specials covering various categories of NOISE entrants in addition to live coverage of the exhibition launch and Arlene McCarthy’s MEP (North West) tour of the exhibition in advance of the closing weekend. 
  • The Independent 
  • The Times Knowledge
  • Guardian Guide 
  • BBC Radio, online & Big Screens across the UK
  • Blueprint
  • Computer Arts
  • Metro (2 stories)
  • Manchester Evening News (2 stories)
  • Time Out Manchester
  • THE Magazine
  • Regional press including Bury Time, Blackpool Gazette, Prestwich Advertiser, Salford Advertiser, University College Falmouth Alumni Magazine

Thank you for YOUR hard work and dedication in producing this fantastic show. The comments we’ve received so far from external punters are so positive and all the Urbis staff feel so excited about having a new exhibition on Level 3; a number of them have said they believe it’s the best!
Head of Creative Programmes at Urbis


North West Development AgencyBBCUrbis