Verbal Ammunition: My first artist residency

I’m proud to announce that I will be a three week artist in residency slot over at the Horsfall beside 42nd Street!

The Horsfall @ 42nd street hosts Verbal Ammunition: an artist residency and exhibition exploring mental health and life on the autistic by artist Messy Miscreation

Artist Haydn Gardner (Messy Miscreation) makes mess. Through his practice he explores the themes of mental health and life on the autistic spectrum. During this residency, he will work on a collaborative project with input from the online autistic community and the young people of 42nd Street.

Haydn will collect anonymous statements from young people- statements used to self-criticise and put oneself down. He will incorporate this arsenal of verbal ammunition, using typography, into eight monster paintings using his unique style of drawing inks, fine-liners and Perspex sheets.

The works will be a testament to personal journeys through mental health, inspired by both Haydn’s own experiences and those of the people he meets along the way.


Artist residency 13th– 22nd November

Public Exhibition 29th November- 1st December 12 -6.30pm daily

 The Horsfall, 87 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 5AG


The Horsfall at 42nd Street has developed an artist in residence programme as part of our growing creative programme offered to the young people of greater Manchester.



Julie McCarthy, Creative Producer at 42nd Street said: “We’re delighted to be working with Haydn Gardner and to be hosting him at The Horsfall. Through exploring with him the challenges of being a young person and indeed an artist living on the autistic spectrum, we hope to inspire new and creative perspectives on being neurodiverse in a neurotypical world. Verbal Ammunition will draw on the experiences of not only Haydn but on the many neurodiverse young people that access our support at 42nd Street.




Media enquiries:


Julie McCarthy, Creative Producer (The Horsfall @ 42nd Street) on

07823 349237 / 0161 228 7321    @TheHorsfall



About 42nd Street

42nd Street is an innovative Greater Manchester mental health charity committed to supporting young people aged 11-25 years with their emotional well-being and mental health, promoting choice and creativity. With an excellent 35 year reputation, our unique holistic service model combines therapeutic psychological interventions with advocacy and social care. We reach 2000 young people each year via individual therapeutic support, projects and activities, leadership, peer research and a creative programme.



About The Horsfall

The Horsfall is a new venue and creative programme for Manchester, dedicated to improving young people’s mental health and well being and the opening programme of projects, workshops and events will see artists, makers and heritage experts working with young people to reinterpret stories from the past, interrogate their own stories and to imagine new futures.


From the 13th to the 22nd of November I will be working on the collaborative project that was originally planned for October but I felt it fit this opportunity. During these dates the Horsfall will be open to the public to join me in my creative process in creating 10 painting in response to the collected statements from my social media.

I will be present from 9am to 5pm on weekdays throughout the dates above so please come and say hello! I will also have a range of prints and originals on sale during the event which help support me to continue making more art and 20% will also go to help support the Horsfall.

I’m incredibly excited for this opportunity and I hope to see you there!

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