Celebrating the construction workforce behind Factory International’s new home, FACTORY WORKS is an artwork in the form of a vinyl record and accompanying film.
Created by artist Neville Gabie and musician/DJ Nabihah Iqbal in collaboration with construction workers and manufacturers involved in the creation of Aviva Studios, the record mixes industrial sounds and snippets of conversations with workers – all underpinned with original electronic music.
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the Aviva Studios build with the accompanying FACTORY WORKS short film – directed by Neville Gabie and Mark Thomas of Soup Collective. It’s a celebration of the people, sound and skill involved in the creation of Aviva Studios and features the whole workforce of the companies involved in the FACTORY WORKS project.
Neville Gabie is known for creating works that respond to people and places in moments of change. Focusing on the core materials that form the infrastructure of Aviva Studios – steel, concrete, cloth, rubber, wood and glass – FACTORY WORKS was made over a two-and-a-half-year period from Spring 2020 to Autumn 2022.
There are 1500 copies of the limited-edition artwork – available to buy online and at Aviva Studios. Every worker from the factories together with the whole on-site workforce will receive their own copy of the vinyl album.
Each album has a unique sleeve from design agency North, with thanks to Peter Saville. You can view the 1500 different album sleeves below in a two-minute film created by Hannah Moseng Staff and Ali Asadi.
Buy the limited-edition vinyl online or in person at the Aviva Studios shop.
Album covers by North, with thanks to Peter Saville.
Video by Hannah Moseng Staff and Ali Asadi
Companies involved in the FACTORY WORKS project
Project conceived by Neville Gabie
Music by Nabihah Iqbal and Neville Gabie with the construction workforce of Aviva Studios
Film direction by Mark Thomas and Neville Gabie
Commissioned and produced by Factory International
All rights reserved © & ℗ Nabihah Iqbal & Neville Gabie/Factory International 2023
Music Nabihah Iqbal & Neville Gabie with the construction workforce of Aviva Studio
Design North, with thanks to Peter Saville
Record Cover Photography Jeremy Coysten, Neville Gabie, Jonathan Leonard
Booklet Cover Photography Jeremy Coysten (image of Ellen van Loon, John McGrath, Gary Owen)
Booklet Back Cover and Inner Photography Neville Gabie
Digital Mastering John Davis at Metropolis
Production Peter Jones at Rotator
Copy Editor Will Fulford-Jones
Featured Voices Gary Bellis, Leona Budworth, Florian Cabaret, Corrine Comley, Peter Flaherty, Natalie Fleetwood, Oliver Flounder, Nicola Giannotta, John Hardisty, Mandy Heron, Norman Hill, Chris Holland, Mike Keyes, Emma King, Ian McMunn, Gareth McNary, Ryan Maguire, Peter Marshall, Geraldine Nelson, Gurmakh Singh, Craig Smith, Stephen Stewart, Darren Suttle, Debbie Tidswell, Steve Tierney, Winston Watson, Stuart Wheelhouse, John Wheelwright, Lee Williams, Pete Wilkinson
A Soup Co. Production
Filmed between June and October 2022
Film Direction Mark Thomas and Neville Gabie
Editing Mark Thomas
Music Sampled from the FACTORY WORKS album
Camera Percy Dean, Mark Thomas
Sound Recordist: Morgan Wetherill
Title Design Virginia Gilles
Colour Grade Soup Co.
Featured Voices Corrine Comley, Oliver Flounder, Andy Griffiths, Peter Marshall, Farhat Mir, Stephen Stewart, Joan Taylor, Stuart Wheelhouse
Senior Producer Ruhi Jhunjhunwala
Producer Angela McSherry
Production Administrator Abigail Hellam
Production Manager Rachael Lees
Director of Production & Building Operations Paul Moore
With thanks to all at Factory International for their work on this project.
Thanks to the many people who organised our visits to each of the locations:
Ryan Arbabi, Cerisa Bond, Scott Carter, Dominic Chapman, Corrine Comley, Matt Corbett, George Deacon, Louise Dixon, Steve Duffield, Claire Dyson, Natalie Fleetwood, Jerry Halliwell, Neville Hodson, Gareth Hogburn, James Langley, David Langshaw, Stephen Lloyd, Ryan Maguire, Lewis Moss, Philip Muff, Tim Richardson, Nick Scott, Darren Suttle, Patrick Travers, Natalie Van-Eda, Sue Wadsworth, Daniel Warren, Tony Whitten, Pete Wilkinson, James Wheelwright
Mark Ball, Emma King, Tracey Low, Gary Owen, Ellen van Loon, Alan Ward, Factory International Disabled Persons Engagement Group
And special thanks to the Manchester City Council Capital Programmes Team:
Jared Allen, David Farr, Tim Laycock, Nyall Lee, Flan McNamara, Luke Roscoe, Olivia Turner, Sam Wilson