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Law meets lyrics in an artistic fundraiser; NORTH East law firm Ward Hadaway has a history of supporting some of the North's most culturally diverse initiatives. The Journal looks at one of its current projects, which shines the spotlight on Manchester's legendary bands.

WHILE the pace of the modern music scene can make most songs seem instantly forgettable, there are some song lyrics that have cemented their place in the national consciousness.

This is the thought behind a new art exhibition in Manchester, which is inspired by the lyrics of songs by bands such as The Stone Roses and Joy Division.

The 11 pieces of artwork, which also take in lyrics by the likes of Oasis, Elbow and The Fall are on show at the Manchester Photographic Gallery until the end of January.

Newcastle-based law firm Ward Hadaway helped to launch the event after becoming involved in the Forever Manchester campaign, which is a fund-raising initiative from the Community Foundation of Greater Manchester (CFGM) that seeks to engage people who have a passion for the city and are keen to help its 200,000 disadvantaged residents.

The exhibition was made possible after Laura Harper, partner and head of the creative industries team at Ward Hadaway, approached Manchesterbased illustrator Si Scott, whose kaleidoscopic ink drawings have won him work with Volvo, Hugo Boss, Nike, Guiness, Orange, MTV and Casio.

Harper, who is also trustee with CFGM, and her team at Ward Hadaway, worked on a pro bono basis to help the charity clear the rights to use the song lyrics in Si's artwork, securing approvals from the artists, record companies, agents and publishing companies.

The team also advised on issues involving the Performing Rights Society (PRS) and music licensing company PPL. The artworks have been produced in a strictly limited run of 50 copies of each and have already raised more than pounds 11,000 for Forever Manchester.

Harper said: "It is fantastic to be involved in something that is so creative and that will hopefully benefit thousands of people.

"Si is an incredibly talented illustrator whose work is in demand across the world, so to get him involved on this project was a real coup.

"He's produced some outstanding pieces for this exhibition and we are very grateful for all the time and effort he has put in for what is a very deserving cause."

Funds raised from the sale of prints are match-funded by the Government, allowing even more money to be raised for the campaign.

Si Scott said: "Manchester's music scene has long been a source of inspiration so when I was approached to do something for the Forever Manchester campaign, this seemed like an ideal opportunity to demonstrate that.

"I am grateful to Laura and her team for working hard to ensure all the rights were cleared to use the lyrics in the artwork and hope that the final pieces succeed in raising a lot of money for the cause."

Laura said: "There has been a terrific team effort from everyone involved in this project and a real drive to make it a success.

"The exhibition has been extremely well received and it will hopefully raise thousands more for the cause over the next few weeks."

Nick Massey, chief executive of Forever Manchester, said: "We have seen a fantastic response to the exhibition already.

"It has been brilliant to work with such professional, creative people on such an exciting project."

Ward Hadaway advises on a range of creative industry clients including artists, bands, designers, TV production companies and film makers. This year also saw the firm sponsor Viz Comic's 30th anniversary exhibition, which took place at the Lit & Phil Library in Newcastle between August and September.

Intellectual property experts at the law firm have advised the team behind the Newcastle-based comic on a range of publishing and commercial issues.

Harper also recently assisted Mackenzie Thorpe Limited on a sculpture commission from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in the USA.

Middlesbrough-born Mackenzie Thorpe is an acclaimed artist whose work is in demand from both galleries and collectors across the world.

His latest sculpture of two child-like figures skipping was recently placed in the entrance of the Children's Physician Building and Children's Hospital at the Oklahoma University Medical Centre in Oklahoma, USA.

Harper said: "The North East has a vibrant and really exciting creative sector with companies and individuals doing some fantastic work.

"There are already a number of well-developed creative clusters in the region, with areas like the Ouseburn and Hoults Yard in Newcastle and Digital City on Teesside, and there is definite potential for this to expand.

"You also have organisations such as Generator providing superb practical support for talented artists and musicians.

"I think there are some exciting times ahead for the region with developments such as the conversion of the Maynards factory in Newcastle into a creative industries hub and there is a definite push from local and central Government for the creative industries to play a major role in the economic revival, something which the CBI also supports.

"In order for this to happen, creative enterprises do need the right kind of help and support, on everything from higher-speed broadband connections to the right kind of professional advice.

"With our team's experience in the sector and the work we have already done with a wide range of creative enterprises, we are planning to play our part in that process and ensure the great creative talent in the region reaches its full potential."

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DISPLAY Lyrics from Buzzcocks' song Ever Fallen in Love (with Someone You Shouldn't've) LYRIC INSPIRATION Si Scott artwork including lyrics from the Ian Brown song Fear ANTHEM Si Scott artwork including lyrics from the Oasis song Supersonic SCULPTURE MacKenzie Thorpe PARTNER Laura Harper ANNIVERSARY Chris Donald at the Viz exhibition at the Lit and Phil in Newcastle, sponsored by Ward Hadaway
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