Manchester Art Gallery

First Wednesday

See things differently after dark with this month’s eclectic line up.

Philosophy Cafe

6-8pm, meet in the cafe
The Philosophy cafe is the perfect opportunity to experience art and discuss a philosophical question, creating a space for people to talk and think together. The topic for this session is, ‘Can a photograph ever provide a true record of a situation?’

If you wonder what a Philosophy Cafe session might be like, check out this recent review.

Being Present / In The Footsteps

5.30pm-8pm
Join us for an evening of performances specially commissioned in response to our current exhibition Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Reflection curated by Hammad Nasar with Kate Jesson.

Being Present is a performative response to the exhibition by artists Bettina Fung, Ada Hao and Nicholas Tee from Asia-Art-Activism, a research network exploring Asia, art and activism in the UK and beyond. Curated by Annie Jael Kwan.

In the Footsteps (of Delia Derbyshire and Li Yuan-chia) is a collaborative project between artist and filmmaker Madelon Hooykaas and composer and sound artist Caro C.
Madelon Hooykaas – moving image with live drawing and voice
Caro C – live sound and music (piano, voice and electronics)

This commission has been supported by the LYC Foundation

image credit: Madelon Hooykaas

Something HumanArts Council England Asia Arts Activism


VA Collective 3

6pm–8pm
A presentation and discussion about the Disability Arts Movement, Collections and non-political art.

Tony Heaton Great Britain from a Wheelchair 1994 courtesy of NDACA


Martin Parr: Return to Manchester, exhibition talk

6.30pm–7.30pm
Simon Bray, Photographer and Producer of Parr’s new commission gives his insights into working with the Magnum photographer.

Martin Parr, Manchester Irish Festival

First Wednesday

See things differently after dark with this month’s eclectic line up.

Philosophy Cafe

6-8pm, meet in the cafe
The Philosophy cafe is the perfect opportunity to experience art and discuss a philosophical question, creating a space for people to talk and think together. This topic for this session is, ‘what is the purpose of the news media?’

If you wonder what a Philosophy Cafe session might be like, check out this recent review.

Better Buses for Greater Manchester public meeting for Get Together and Get Things Done

6.30-8.30pm

As part of our project Get Together and Get Things Done, Manchester Art Gallery will be hosting events that are about current issues that people would like to change through collective action.

This event is one of a series throughout 2019 that will enable people to find out about current campaigns in Manchester. For this event we’ll be exploring why our buses in Greater Manchester are not working as well as they could be. Come to our first public meeting to find out more, and join the campaign to take action for better buses.

Meet in the Martin Parr gallery space, followed by refreshments in Studio 1.
Book on Eventbrite via Better Buses

Scramble tool

5-9pm
Get playful and pick up a free Scramble tool for use one your own or with friends as you travel around the gallery.

Friends and supporters: Lowry and Valette tour,

6pm
Friends and supporters only, for details of how to supporters and access events like this please see our website.

Hand tied bouquet workshop

6:30pm to 8pm, £30

Join us for a Valentine’s hand tied bouquet workshop. Create a bouquet in a wild garden-picked style using the season’s most beautiful blooms and focusing on the theme of love. Presented by Aimee Jay of Bloom HQ, you’ll also learn how to condition and prepare your flowers as well as arranging them, and wrapping them professionally. Taking place in the Drawing Room, tickets are £30 and include a glass of fizz. Places are limited.

Tickets: Bloom

Friends tour of Manchester Central Library

Central Library was re-launched in 2014 following a £48m transformation.  Join Ian Hopkinson (Service Development Specialist) to see the highlights of the major refurbishment and discover how the jewel in the crown of Manchester Libraries functions as a modern venue fit for the 21st century.

Booking

The event is free, but numbers are limited and booking is essential.

To book, please contact the Development Team:
Tel: 0161 235 8873
Email:  friends@manchester.gov.uk

Friends tour of shows by six South Asian contemporary artists

Join curators Natasha Howes and Clare Gannaway for a tour of shows by six South Asian contemporary artists: Neha Choksi, Waqas Khan, Mehreen Murtaza, Hetain Patel, Risham Syed and The Tentative Collective.

Booking

The event is free, but numbers are limited and booking is essential.

To book, please contact the Development Team:
Tel: 0161 235 8873
Email:  friends@manchester.gov.uk

New Friends tour

Even if you are already familiar with the history and activities of the gallery, we would highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity as we’re sure you will still learn something new.

Booking

The event is free, but numbers are limited and booking is essential.

To book, please contact the Development Team:
Tel: 0161 235 8873
Email:  friends@manchester.gov.uk

Friends tour of the Pre-Raphaelites

The Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces are at the heart of Manchester’s collection. Join curator Hannah Williamson on this tour, which examines the impact of this revolutionary movement in British art.

Booking

The event is free, but numbers are limited and booking is essential.

To book, please contact the Development Team:
Tel: 0161 235 8873
Email:  friends@manchester.gov.uk

South Asian Design Friends tour

Join curator Janet Boston for a tour of our South Asian Design exhibition. The beautiful Design Gallery is the setting for this exhibition of a range of stunning design originating in South Asia.

Booking

The event is free, but numbers are limited and booking is essential.

To book, please contact the Development Team:
Tel: 0161 235 8873
Email:  friends@manchester.gov.uk