Manchester Art Gallery

Steven Bode is Director of Film and Video Umbrella, a London-based agency who are Britain’s primary commissioners of artists’ film and video. During his time with the organisation (which spans from 1990 to the present), he has initiated and overseen well over 150 different projects, including major new works from internationally-acclaimed artists such as Isaac Julien, Gillian Wearing, Jane & Louise Wilson, Mark Leckey, Johan Grimonprez, Duncan Campbell, Tacita Dean and Ed Atkins. Alongside this commissioning activity, he has also curated a number of group exhibitions, including, most recently, ‘Somewhere Becoming Sea’ for Hull UK City of Culture, 2017. He has written extensively about video, film and contemporary art for several publications, and has contributed essays to many artists’ monographs.

Booking

The event is free but booking is essential. Book tickets at Eventbrite.

Re-sight talks programme

Re-sight is a programme of public talks at Manchester Art Gallery discussing the commissioning, production and presentation of film and video within a visual arts context. Featuring renowned artists, academics and commissioners from across the UK, the programme will contextualise Mark Devereux Projects’ represented artist David Bethell’s own artistic research developing his skills within script writing and working with actors.

As part of the project, David Bethell will undertake a month-long residency in Norfolk and receive tailored mentoring from artist Len Horsey, Producer Bren O’Callaghan and the Mark Devereux Projects team to support the creation of a new performative video work, which will be presented in October 2018 (venues and dates TBA).

Re-sight is funded by Arts Council England, supported by Manchester Art Gallery and produced / curated by Mark Devereux Projects. David Bethell is represented by Mark Devereux Projects.

Programme information

Venue: Manchester Art Gallery Lecture Theatre, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL Times: 6-7pm
Tickets: free

Hetain Patel | artist

Hetain Patel is a visual artist and performance maker. In recent years, Patel has done Bruce Lee impersonations on stage at the Royal Opera House, completed commissions for Tate Modern and Sadler’s Wells, London, made a working class Transformer robot from an old Ford Fiesta (with his dad), designed part of a mini golf course for the Venice Biennale, toured his live performance, TEN, internationally (in English and French), made his first dance company work for Candoco, and was invited to do a TED talk which has since had over 2.5 million hits.

Patel is interested in connecting marginalised identities with the mainstream in an effort to destabilise notions of authenticity and promote personal freedom. With an autobiographical starting point he uses humour and the languages of popular culture to highlight familiarity within the exotic, recognition within the unknown. This often involves exploring fantasy through a DIY domestic lens. Working collaboratively with artists across disciplines, and with family members and non professionals, Patel enjoys working across multiple languages, culturally and artistically.

Patel is represented by Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, and is a New Wave Associate at Sadler’s Wells, London. For further information please visit: hetainpatel.com

Booking

The event is free, but booking is essential. Book tickets at Eventbrite.

Re-sight talks programme

Re-sight is a programme of public talks at Manchester Art Gallery discussing the commissioning, production and presentation of film and video within a visual arts context. Featuring renowned artists, academics and commissioners from across the UK, the programme will contextualise Mark Devereux Projects’ represented artist David Bethell’s own artistic research developing his skills within script writing and working with actors.

As part of the project, David Bethell will undertake a month-long residency in Norfolk and receive tailored mentoring from artist Len Horsey, Producer Bren O’Callaghan and the Mark Devereux Projects team to support the creation of a new performative video work, which will be presented in October 2018 (venues and dates TBA).

Re-sight is funded by Arts Council England, supported by Manchester Art Gallery and produced / curated by Mark Devereux Projects. David Bethell is represented by Mark Devereux Projects.

Programme information

Venue: Manchester Art Gallery Lecture Theatre, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL
Times: 6-7pm
Tickets: free

Manchester After Hours / Museums at Night

In January 2018, Hylas and the Nymphs by JW Waterhouse was temporarily removed as part of a gallery takeover by gallery staff, users and artists. This was part of a project with artist Sonia Boyce and also was part of the making of an artwork, Six Acts, showing in Boyce’s exhibition until 22 July. The painting was replaced by a series of questions to open debate about issues of gender, race and sexuality representation and ask questions about who decides what is shown and what stories are told in a public gallery.

This is the first in a series of free public events in response to the huge debate this action stimulated.

Questioning the gallery

5-5.30pm

No need to book

Take part in this informal group discussion about our relationships with our galleries and collections, with the questions that temporarily replaced the painting as a starting point.

Artists, curators and the public: who decides what goes on display?

6-7.30pm

Tickets limited, please book on Eventbrite.  Please note this event will be filmed.

Writer and curator Ellen Mara De Wachter, Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth Director Alistair Hudson and members of the Gallery team present their thoughts on the inherited problems that exist in gallery collections and displays and discuss who might get to to decide how gallery exhibitions might be made differently.

Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances, David Dibosa will no longer be on the panel.

Roll Up for Family Gorgeous

7.30-8.30pm

No need to book

Drag artists Family Gorgeous host this takeover of the gallery’s Victorian spaces.

Following their performances at the takeover which became the new film work, Six Acts by Sonia Boyce, Family Gorgeous were keen to further develop their work at the gallery.  The evening they have in store will be open to everyone and involve performances by six Family Gorgeous members.  In the spirit of a gallery ‘takeover’, it’s the artists who select how they will run their evening, which art works and spaces they will respond to and how they will involve visitors.  Despite the spectacularly playful, humorous and downright cheeky nature of the drag performances, Family Gorgeous explore politics of identity to pinpoint the more uncomfortable tales woven within the celebrated stories on display.

Questioning the gallery

8-8.30pm

No need to book

Take part in this informal group discussion about our relationships with our galleries and collections, with the questions that temporarily replaced the painting as a starting point.

Guest speakers:

David Dibosa trained as a curator after receiving his first degree from Girton College, University of Cambridge. He was awarded his PhD in Art History from Goldsmiths College, University of London. During the 1990s, he curated public art projects. He is currently Course Leader for MA Curating and Collections at Chelsea College of Arts. He is also a Researcher in University of the Arts London’s Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN).  David has research interests in spectatorship, exhibitions, museums and curating, migration cultures and is part of Black Artists and Modernism (BAM), a three-year research project led by University of the Arts London (UAL) in partnership with Middlesex University, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). BAM will investigate the artworks of Black-British artists and the works’ relationship to modernism.

Ellen Mara De Wachter is a writer and curator based in London. She is a frequent contributor to Frieze magazine, and her writing has featured in exhibition catalogues and publications such as Mousse, Art Monthly, Art Review, Flash Art International, Garage, Art Quarterly, Elephant, The Quietus, and on BBC Radio 4.

Her book ‘Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration’, published by Phaidon, explores the phenomenon of collaboration in the visual arts and its potential in society at large.

De Wachter is a Visiting Lecturer in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, and has taught at the Royal Academy Schools, Goldsmiths College, Brighton University, Newcastle University among other places.

In 2013-15 she was Curator of Public Collection Development at the Contemporary Art Society, where she was responsible for CAS’s acquisitions scheme for museums across the UK. Prior to that, she worked at various arts organisations in London, including the Barbican Art Gallery and the British Museum.

Her recent Frieze article on galleries and activism references our recent project with Sonia Boyce: https://frieze.com/article/ after-nymphs-painting- backlash-curatorial-activism- right-or-obligation

Thinking out loud: Black British Artists and Modernism – postponed

This event will now form part of our Whose Power On Display? series. Please look out for details of future events.

Creativity against the odds: Art and internment during World War Two

Lecture by Monica Bohm-Duchen

Prompted by the Warth Mills Project currently underway near Manchester, this illustrated lecture will examine the art produced in Warth Mills and other British internment camps in the broader context of art produced in other internment situations, from the Japanese-American camps in the USA to the Nazi POW and concentration camps. Just what is it that makes human beings feel the urge to create in such adverse and inauspicious circumstances?

Monica Bohm-Duchen is a London-based art historian. Her latest book is Art and the Second World War (Lund Humphries, 2013), and her essay The Two World Wars was published in War and Art: A Visual History of Modern Conflict (Reaktion Books, 2017). She is currently organising a nationwide arts festival, planned for 2019, to pay tribute to the contribution made to British culture by refugees from Nazi-dominated Europe.

Booking

The event is free, but booking is advised, book at Eventbrite.

This event is part of the Warth Mills Project, a programme of events and activities to tell the story of Britain’s most notorious WWII internment camp: Warth Mills in Bury, Greater Manchester. It is produced by Unity House and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The lecture is produced by Unity House in association with Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Jewish Museum.

Curator’s talk: Annie Swynnerton

Join exhibition co-curator, Rebecca Milner for a talk on Annie Swynnerton’s retrospective in Gallery 1.

Curator’s talk: Annie Swynnerton

Join exhibition co-curator, Rebecca Milner for a talk on Annie Swynnerton’s retrospective in Gallery 1.

Curator’s talk: Annie Swynnerton

Join exhibition co-curator, Rebecca Milner for a talk on Annie Swynnerton’s retrospective in Gallery 1.

Curator’s talk: Annie Swynnerton

Join exhibition co-curator, Rebecca Milner for a talk on Annie Swynnerton’s retrospective in Gallery 1.

 

Waqas Khan in conversation

Waqas Khan’s minimalist drawings resemble webs and celestial expanses. Inspired by patterns of biological organic growth and also by the lives and literature of Sufi poets, his work is a meditation on life, togetherness and the universe. His contemplation is made visible in ink on paper and his work invites our contemplation. Using small dashes and minuscule dots, his large-scale, monochromatic works are composed of either red, blue, white or black ink.

Waqas will be visiting Manchester at the end of his show and will be in conversation with curator, Fareda Khan.