Manchester Art Gallery

Radical Read- Young People Perform

Radical Read is a literature and peformance project working with young people aged 14-18 in Manchester, conceived by Read Manchester, this is a collaborative project between Manchester City Council, The British Council and Manchester Histories.

The aim of Radical Read is to increase young people’s understanding of their democratic rights through the reading of books and other written materials that celebrate young people’s engagement in peaceful protest and change over the last 200 years. It forms part of the Read Manchester campaign and aims to promote the enjoyment of reading.

Young people from Loreto High School, The Manchester College, Manchester Secondary PRU and others will work with artists such as Louise Wallwein, Lowri Evans and Ra Page to explore their understanding of their democratic rights and responsibilities through arts led practice.

Radical Read will use the watershed event of the Peterloo Massacre 1819 for inspiration and young people will develop creative responses to text and archive material from a resource pack created by Radical Read, supported by the British Council and Manchester City Council and led by Manchester Histories.

This is a Manchester Histories event.

Free, no booking required. Everyone welcome.

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Part of the ” Get Together and Get things done” exhibition

http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/gettogether/

Black and British

David Olusoga OBE is a historian, broadcaster and film-maker who also became Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester earlier this year. He is well known for his Bafta-winning TV series, Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners, co-presenting role the BBC’s remake of Civilisations and for A House Through Time.

His recent book and TV series Black and British: A Forgotten History is wide-ranging and important project that explores Black British history from Roman times to the present day within the context of national and global history.

It provides a brilliant focus for the themes of protest and freedom that will be discussed at this event.

David Olusoga

This is a Manchester Histories event.

Free but please book through Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-and-british-david-olusoga

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Part of the ” Get Together and Get things done” exhibition

http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/gettogether/

Ruskin Re-enactment Lecture 2

Actor and art historian Paul O’Keeffe recreates the second of John Ruskin’s famous two lectures.

In July 1857 John Ruskin delivered A Joy Forever, two lectures in Manchester presented over two evenings. These lectures, sub-titled ‘The Discovery and Application of Art’ and ‘The Accumulation and Distribution of Art’ will be re-enacted at The Portico Library and Manchester Art Gallery respectively during the Ruskin in Manchester festival.

A Joy Forever coincided with the spectacular ‘Art Treasures of Great Britain’ exhibition at Old Trafford. A collection of over 16,000 works of art, it was the largest exhibition ever held in this country and possibly the world. Far from congratulating the organisers on their ambitious enterprise, Ruskin’s theme was political economy.

Ruskin’s second lecture argued against national insularity. Speaking at a time of warfare and revolution in Europe Ruskin reminded his audience that they had just as much responsibility for safeguarding the treasures of Verona, as the treasures accumulated in Manchester.

These special events will be performed by actor and art historian, Paul O’Keefe, two of the most important architectural treasures remaining from Georgian Manchester.

The Portico will give the first lecture a striking period atmosphere, while Manchester Art Gallery’s Athenaeum will give the second audience a flavour of the original location for Ruskin’s lectures and the artwork Ruskin was responding to. These events offer two different yet apt immersive experiences.

Thanks to Ruskin and Manchester, Guild of St. George and Manchester Metropolitan University for making these events possible. Please book each lecture through the relevant venue.

Speaking at a time of warfare and revolution in Europe Ruskin reminded his audience that they had just as much responsibility for safeguarding the treasures of Verona, as the treasures accumulated in Manchester.

This is the second of two lectures, performed at Manchester Art Gallery. 

13 July 2019, 12pm

FREE  

Please book via Manchester Art Gallery and Eventbrite for the second Lecture:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ruskin-lecture-re-enactment

 

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Part of the ” Get Together and Get things done” exhibition

http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/gettogether/

John Ruskin Today

Award-winning journalist Andrew Hill first saw Ford Madox Brown’s Work when he visited Manchester Art Gallery as a teenager. The painting inspired a lifelong interest in Victorian art and society , and spawned a play, articles – including a recreation of Work for the Financial Times – and his new book Ruskinland, about the life, ideas and lasting influence of John Ruskin.

In Ruskin’s bicentenary year, Hill will talk about how the prescient ideas of Ruskin, Brown and others can show us how to work and see better today. He will be available afterwards to sign copies of his book.

Everyone welcome.

Booking

Free but please book via Eventbrite.


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Part of our Get Together and Get Things Done exhibition.

Women Power Politics

This is an interactive space for young people in Greater Manchester to get together with grassroots activists, campaigners and women in politics, to connect, listen to each other and to ‘get things done’.

An afternoon of dialogue and critical thinking, this British Council event is an opportunity for change-makers young and old to work alongside each other, inspiring shared learning to challenge gender stereotypes, engage in political participation and activism and help formulate ideas about what a ‘gender-sensitive’ political and citizenship education could look like.

The Get Together and Get Things Done exhibition provides a backdrop to sharing inspiring UK and international examples that are rooted in women-led activism, the struggle for women’s equal political representation and campaigns for gender equality.

This event is linked to the British Council report ‘Women, Power, Politics’

https://www.britishcouncil.org/society/womens-and-girls-empowerment/research-reports/women-power-politics

A Manchester Histories event with the British Council.

Free, please book through Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-power-politics-connect-inspire

 

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Part of the ” Get Together and Get things done” exhibition

http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/gettogether/

Ruskin Re-enactment Lecture 1

Actor and art historian Paul O’Keeffe recreates John Ruskin’s famous lectures.

In July 1857 John Ruskin delivered A Joy Forever, two lectures in Manchester presented over two evenings. These lectures, sub-titled ‘The Discovery and Application of Art’ and ‘The Accumulation and Distribution of Art’ will be re-enacted at The Portico Library and Manchester Art Gallery respectively during the Ruskin in Manchester festival.

A Joy Forever coincided with the spectacular ‘Art Treasures of Great Britain’ exhibition at Old Trafford. A collection of over 16,000 works of art, it was the largest exhibition ever held in this country and possibly the world. Far from congratulating the organisers on their ambitious enterprise, Ruskin’s theme was political economy.

In the first lecture Ruskin challenged his audience on their complicity, through the money spent on fashion, in the suffering of an exploited workforce.

Lecture 1

‘The Discovery and Application of Art’

The Portico Library

8 July 2019, 6:30pm

FREE  

Please book via The Portico Library and Eventbrite for the first Lecture

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ruskin-lecture1-re-enactment-the-discovery-and-application-of-art

 

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Part of the ” Get Together and Get things done” exhibition

http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/gettogether/

Who is the Crowd?

Cultural historian Dr Lindsay Porter looks at depictions of the crowd in the French Revolution, showing how it is by turns described as heroic, celebratory or threatening, and how this legacy cast its shadow over perceptions of crowds in England.

Referring to a wide range of sources and artefacts – paintings, prints, political cartoons, historic newspapers and eyewitness reports – this talk uses at its starting point depictions of major events in Revolutionary-era France, and asks us to think about our own feelings towards crowds, crowd action and crowd participation today. So… are you in?

Lindsay Porter is interested in the art and cultural history of the eighteenth century and popular ideas about elites, which has led her to publish books as various as Who Are the Illuminati? (a history of the myth of the secret society), Assassination: A History of Political Murder and, most recently, Popular Rumour in Revolutionary Paris, 1792–4, as well as to contribute to countless art publications. When not thinking about conspiracies, rumours and untimely deaths, she is a frequent guide at Manchester Art Gallery.

Free, book through Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/who-is-the-crowd-learning-from-the-french-revolution

 

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Part of the ” Get Together and Get things done” exhibition

http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/gettogether/

Thursday lunchtimes get togethers

A conversation with gallery staff about ideas explored in the exhibition in Gallery 17.

Get together in the exhibition to discuss the key themes of Solidarity, Democracy, Mass movement, Crowd control, The right to appear, Crowd Communication and Collective action.

1 – 2pm

Everyone welcome. No need to book just turn up.

 

Peterloo logo

 

Part of the ” Get Together and Get things done” exhibition

http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/gettogether/

Thursday lunchtimes get togethers

A conversation with gallery staff about ideas explored in the exhibition in Gallery 17.

Get together in the exhibition to discuss the key themes of Solidarity, Democracy, Mass movement, Crowd control, The right to appear, Crowd Communication and Collective action.

1 – 2pm

Everyone welcome. No need to book just turn up.

 

Peterloo logo

 

Part of the ” Get Together and Get things done” exhibition

http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/gettogether/

Thursday lunchtimes get togethers

A conversation with gallery staff about ideas explored in the exhibition in Gallery 17.

Get together in the exhibition to discuss the key themes of Solidarity, Democracy, Mass movement, Crowd control, The right to appear, Crowd Communication and Collective action.

1 – 2pm

Everyone welcome. No need to book just turn up.

 

Peterloo logo

 

Part of the ” Get Together and Get things done” exhibition

http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/gettogether/