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Want to be a Future Artist?

“Without deviation from the norm progress is not possible” – Frank Zappa


Future Artists is an independent studio and co-working space set up in 2009 by Mark Ashmore FRSA and over the past 6 years has evolved into an award winning team that can deliver content and ideas via film, events and art happenings, we also built a social enterprise coffee shop and free co-working space for our community in 2015.

Having created two feature film productions (Invisible Circus : No Dress rehearsal and The Lost Generation) and an award winning web-series (Portal for Dailymotion/Screen Yorkshire), whilst evolving Manchester’s iconic Great Northern Warehouse into a cultural destination.

We even built an app for the Great Northern!

We also founded the award winning social enterprise ‘Home of Honest Coffee‘ which was funded by 155 people on Kickstarter, Future Artists are highly established innovators in their field of arts, creativity and space.

We are very unique, and are modern innovators……

We do occasionally work for clients, so please get in-touch, but the main focus of 2016 is to build the Future Artists Studio network in Manchester and then take the concepts and ideas to a national level.

This is a very exciting time at Future Artists, 6 years in the making… Join our social network on meet up here http://www.meetup.com/Manchester-Future-Artists-artofchange/

Keep in touch via Twitter @futureartists

Instagram @Future_Artists

Facebook FutureArtists


Central Manchester, from £260 per month

with loads of benefits unique to Future Artists.



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Work of note:

Portal (web series) – 9/10 stars from Starburst Magazine


Portal – Exclusive Behind the scenes making of… by futureartists


Home of Honest Coffee – Social enterprise and free Co-working space


Review in Timeout – http://www.timeout.com/manchester/restaurants/home-of-honest-coffee



The Great Northern Warehouse (2013-2016) – Events and PR Management Team (Creative Director : Mark Ashmore)

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The short story – about Future Artists

Future Artists is a collective of companies that make multi-award winning films and events.

We offer clients the same skills and expertise that built our independent studio and our various creative projects – from concept to delivery, with a fully bespoke project and production management team at your disposal. (see what we did in 2014 and see if we can help)


We have won multiple awards for digital feature film production and are pioneers in digital content distribution – our content has been seen millions of times around the world using a variety of business models.

We are the company behind the first fully funded free to air digital web series on Dailymotion, funded by Dailymotion and Screen Yorkshire Content Fund – the project is called ‘Portal’ (Full details here)

If you would like to contact us about film + content production,

please e-mail sarah-lee@futureartists.co.uk


Hugo Heppell, Head of Investments at Screen Yorkshire says:

”Future Artists have succeeded in creating a highly innovative and thought provoking drama, which we are sure will resonate with audiences worldwide. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Dailymotion to bring their first original web series to the screen, which also marks the first digital project produced with investment from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund.”

Clayton Whitter future artists portal

Portal – John by Sophie Broadgate – Copyright Future Artists LTD 2015


 Portal : Sam Highfield VFX – Copyright Future Artists LTD 2015



Future Artists are also an award winning events company, working with clients such as BBC, Bose, Apple, Manchester City Council to name but a few – part of our collective are currently the in-house events and marketing team at Manchester’s Iconic ‘Great Northern Warehouse’ – a 71 million pound leisure development in the heart of Manchester (full brief here)

Epernay Manchester Terrace

A relatively new nightlife destination, The Great Northern, located on Deansgate just keeps getting better. Start your night gazing across the city from the terrace of Epernay whilst sipping world class champagne and cocktails, catch a flick at AMC or bowl your heart out at All Star Lanes! The Great Northern attracts people of all ages with a huge range of food, drink and activities to do!

Craving a greasy burger? Head to Almost Famous. A Mexican fiesta? Grab a couple margaritas and a burrito at Lucha Libre. The building also is the newest host of Chris Legh’s ‘BEAT STREET MANCHESTER’, a street food festival which now runs every Friday throughout the whole year. Watch this space because we’ve heard there’s only more to come!

One can argue that Peter Street’s establishments, opposite the Great Northern complex, are part of the collective. You’ve got Revolucion De Cuba for some lively cocktails and convivial Cuban flare. There’s the sumptuous Club Liv serving sophisticated drinks to sophisticated clubbers and then there’s Brew Dog for a serious and tastful approach to beer and hops.

(source – ILOVEMANCHESTER http://ilovemanchester.com/2015/02/20/the-tales-and-truths-of-manchester-nightlife.aspx )


For events and marketing e-mail Mark.Ashmore@Futureartists.co.uk



 Our pop up theatre @ The Great Northern, Manchester 2014.



Future Artists is a group of companies and collectives.

Future Artists LTD is an award winning independent film company and distributor – Creator of ‘The Lost Generation’, ‘Actors Guide Survival’, ‘Broken Britain’, ‘Your State of Emergency’, and distributer of ‘Invisible Circus : No Dress Rehearsal’ (Dynamo Doc award 2012), ‘Riot From Wrong’, ‘Drowned City'(London Independent film festival best documentary 2014), ‘Circle the Wagen’ and ‘Pan Play Decadence’ , ‘Portal’ and ‘Everyday Rebellion’

Our Films are available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Blinkbox, HMV, Sainsburys, Distrify and we are also official partners with Dailymotion and Youtube.

Future Artists LTD also creates a range of ‘Future Artists events and happenings’ : Future Artists LTD was founded by Mark Ashmore FRSA, he acts as both MD and Creative Director.


Dedicated Film page here – http://futureartists.co.uk/2014/03/09/films-that-deviate-from-the-norm-future-artists-video-on-demand/

The Lost Generation Homepage http://www.projectlostgeneration.co.uk



Future Artists Live Creative Co-op is a collective of the best Manchester creative talent that works across the artistic spectrum, from digital to fine art, from events and logistics to education and training. Founded in 2011 FA Live has ran over 20 events across Manchester. FA Live is currently the team behind #honestcoffee , a new type of co-working space and independent coffee house which turns profits into community grants, the project is currently on Kickstarter here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/futureartists/the-home-of-honest-coffee-manchester 

Future Artists Live Creative Co-op 2015 Board members are Jeff Thompson (Chair), Anne Prendergast (Treasuer), Mark Ashmore (Secretary) to get involved head to our facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/groups/Futureartistscoop/

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Recent Press

Royal Society of Arts March 2014 –  http://www.rsablogs.org.uk/2014/fellowship/big-idea-coffee/

Stewy Pop up Art Exhibition (Manchester Evening News) http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/street-artist-stewys-spray-paint-6361239

Lost Generation Review Nov 2013 – http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/141113433-review-manchester-indie-film-lost-generation-premieres-plaza-‘super-cinema’-stockp

Art In Liverpool Interview Nov 2013 – http://www.artinliverpool.com/?p=48286 

Creative Times Interview July 2013 – http://www.creativetimes.co.uk/articles/5-questions-with-mark-ashmore-future-artists


future artists vs red epic


Want to produce a film? Need a unique event? you will need a creative producer – start the journey with us!



future artists vs GQ

GQ Magazine review the ‘Black Lion Project’ as Best of the North in 2012 – A Future Artists Project.



Our Independent film and media festival – which takes place every two years.

the lost generation mark ashmore film

A proud moment for us, our collective make a feature film for theatrical release 2014.