The Hug Project will help identify, source and deliver recyclable waste materials for Junk Jam.
The Hug Project is a Community Interest Company with environmental and social aims and providing reclaim waste materials and recycled products to the Greater Manchester community.
The Hug Project currently has a scrapstore supplying reclaimed building materials, household items, fixtures and fittings, art materials down to the weird or bizarre industrial items that is waiting for someone to come up with a new use!
The project also sits beside their commercial arm (The Hug Recycling Company) that provides waste and recycling services and manages the processing end of the recycling chain.
Leon Patel, Global Grooves Artistic Director, says “It’s great working with The Hug Project because they have offered us a packaged solution which not only provides us with a hassle-free way to stock our materials but it keeps our hands clean to get on with the important task of developing our participatory arts programmes and community projects”.
Both organisations will be sitting-down over the next few weeks to formalise a partnership that will bring a variety of people together that currently work in separate markets but compliment each other’s work.
Founder and Director of the Hug Group, Mark Alexander, is equally excited about this new collaboration saying: “We’ve been looking for a project that was going to make instruments with our materials for a long time but no-one has come to us with the right ambition; Global Grooves have done just that. What this new partnership does is very important for us. We’ll be developing a strategy over the coming months that will hopefully see us come together in workshop spaces to educate people about the environment and provide training and teach people new skills.
“I can’t wait to start work on Junk Jam specifically; it’s just the type of project we love helping with. Taking waste materials out of the waste stream that would otherwise have been destined for landfill (or just recycled down) and giving them another life – and even better than that, one that a lot of people will get to enjoy! We’ve already received our first materials order and our team are testing all sorts of things things that will hopefully be making some crazy sounds at The Manchester parade!”
Junk Jam will be appearing at the Manchester Day Parade on 10th June and delivering a static performance as part of Manchester Jazz Festival in July.