Manchester Art Gallery

The Mindful Museum – Continued Professional Development

A day for museum and gallery professionals who are curious about mindfulness and how it can be applied in a gallery context. Sharing our experience of working with different audiences and art forms, we’ll demonstrate how mindfulness practice can increase art appreciation and improve wellbeing.

Throughout the day we’ll talk about the development of our Health and Wellbeing programme and share some of the research and theory that underpins our practice.  You’ll also get to experience some creative mindfulness activities alongside mindfulness teacher and artist, Cathy Fortune.

There will be opportunity to ask questions about how to develop mindfulness in your gallery or museum.

Please note that lunch is not included so please bring some along!

If you’d like to book a place on The Mindful Museum: CPD Day please email Louise Thompson, l.thompson1@manchester.gov.uk

Free, booking essential

FREE Training for Manchester Primary NQT’s: Transformations

The third in our series of free teacher training sessions for Manchester NQT’s.

Using our Modern Japanese Design exhibition which displays a fusion of fashion, furniture, lighting, ceramics and metalwork, artist Nicola Dale will help you explore imaginative ways to create sculptural forms and miniature worlds from a range of unusual and transformative materials.

This course is limited to 15 places.
The course runs from 1.30-3.30pm, with light refreshments available from 1.00pm.

Booking enquiry

To make an enquiry in advance
Email: mageducation@manchester.gov.uk
Tel: 0161 235 8842

Please note, although all of the courses are free, if you cancel within 10 workings days of the session your school will be charged a £25 administration fee.

FREE Training for Manchester Primary NQT’s: Developing awareness and attention

The second in our series of free teacher training sessions for Manchester NQT’s.

Mindful practitioner Cathy Fortune will guide you to notice and connect with your senses, bringing attention to the body and mind to build skills in curiosity, enquiry and emotional intelligence, developing an awareness of ourselves, others and the changing environments we encounter.

This course is limited to 15 places.
The course runs from 1.30-3.30pm, with light refreshments available from 1.00pm.

Booking enquiry

To make an enquiry in advance
Email: mageducation@manchester.gov.uk
Tel: 0161 235 8842

Please note, although all of the courses are free, if you cancel within 10 workings days of the session your school will be charged a £25 administration fee.

Free Training for Manchester Primary NQT’s: Musical Marks

The first of three free teacher training sessions for Manchester NQT’s.

Take a rhythmic journey using Manchester’s iconic music in our historical building. Working with contemporary artworks and painter Pat Mountford you will use sound as a stimulus to look, listen, draw and explore expression and gesture through mark making techniques.

This course is limited to 15 places.
The course runs from 1.30-3.30pm, with light refreshments available from 1.00pm.

Booking enquiry

To make an enquiry in advance
Email: mageducation@manchester.gov.uk
Tel: 0161 235 8842

Please note, although all of the courses are free, if you cancel within 10 workings days of the session your school will be charged a £25 administration fee.

English corner at Thursday lates

Our English teacher leads activities that will help people to practise their speaking and listening skills, whilst exploring artworks and collections on display.

It’s free. No need to book, just meet Lisa at the Information desk.

For more information please get in touch with Ruth Edson:

Tel: 0161 2358877
Email: r.edson@manchester.gov.uk

English corner

Our English teacher leads activities that will help people to practise their speaking and listening skills, whilst exploring artworks and collections on display.

It’s free. No need to book, just meet Kate at the Information desk.

Please get in touch with Ruth Edson

Tel: 0161 2358877
Email: r.edson@manchester.gov.uk for more information.

English Corner at Thursday lates

Our English teacher leads activities that will help people to practise their speaking and listening skills, whilst exploring artworks and collections on display.
It’s free. No need to book, just meet Lisa at the Information desk.

For more information, please get in touch with Ruth Edson:

Tel: 0161 2358877
Email: r.edson@manchester.gov.uk for more information.

The Sensory War

The show examined how artists from 1914 onwards depicted the devastating impact of new military technologies utilised in a century of conflict beginning with the First World War. It brought together work from a range of leading artists including Henry Lamb, CRW Nevinson, Paul Nash, Otto Dix, Nancy Spero, Richard Mosse, Omer Fast and featured works by the hibakusha; survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima which were created in the 1970s and are being shown in the UK for the first time.

The First World War involved a profound re-configuration of sensory experience and perception through the invention of devastating military technologies, which destroyed human lives and altered the environment beyond recognition. Its legacy has continued and evolved through even more radical forms of destruction over the last hundred years. Throughout the century, artists have struggled to understand the true effect of modern technological warfare. While military and press photography have brought a new capacity to coldly document such lethal displays, artists found a different way of seeing.

Manchester Art Gallery has a nationally important collection of art of the First World War, which was assembled by its first director, Lawrence Haward. Taking this rich collection as the starting point, this show includes historic and contemporary art from the UK, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Japan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Algeria, Ireland, Iran, Israel and Palestine.

Exhibition Themes

The Sensory War explores the responses of a range of artists over the past century to the sensory effects of warfare through a series of themes.

Militarising Bodies, Manufacturing War
Examining artist’s reactions to the industrialised process of militarisation and the effect of noise in the urban environment this display includes work by CRW Nevinson who depicted scenes from the First World War using the aggressive, Modern visual style of Vorticism.

Pain and Succour
A display exploring how artists responded to the treatment of soldiers on the front line. It includes Henry Lamb’s Advance Dressing Station on the Struma from the gallery’s collection, and Henry Tonk’s An Advanced Dressing Station in France from the Imperial War Museum which are exhibited together here for the first time.

Rupture and Rehabilitation
Looking at how art was employed not only to record the treatment of soldiers in hospitals but also how it reflected on the new medical advances of plastic surgery and facial reconstruction. Exploring this theme, all 12 plates of Cologne New Objectivist, Heinrich Hoerle’s Die Krüppelmappe’ (The Cripple Portfolio) are presented alongside his oil painting Three Invalids. Seen together in the UK for the first time, these works record Hoerle’s tender but also bitter reflections on the ruined bodies of war from a German perspective. Also in this section are a series of delicate drawings of disabled soldiers recovering in hospital by French female artist Rosine Cahen.

Shocking the Senses
A display which reflects on the experience of shell shock and includes works such as Pietro Morando’s Goyaesque studies depicting the appalling tortures that took place inside prisoner of war camps during the First World War.

Bombing, Burning and Distant War
This section explores the effects on the ground of military conflict. It includes Omer Fast’s video work 5,000 feet is the Best which reveals the terror of drone strikes for the victims and the psychological impact on soldiers in recent conflicts of piloting drones from a distant location on another continent.

The Embodied Ruin: Natural and Material Environments
A display which looks at how artists such as Paul Nash and William Orpen used landscapes destroyed by conflict as a metaphor for the fate of the soldiers who fought there.

Chemical War and Toxic Imaginations
This section includes work that responds to gas warfare since the First World War. Included in this section are Sophie Jodoin’s haunting drawings of faces wearing gas masks depicting a distorted human physiognomy.

Haunted Ghostlands: Loss, Resilience and Memory
Exploring the after-effects of military conflict this display presents The Separation Line by emerging artist Katie Davies which explores the aftermath of the war in Afghanistan by documenting the military repatriation funeral processions through British town, Royal Wootton Bassett.

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The Sensory War 1914-2014 was presented in partnership with the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Centre for the Cultural History of War at the University of Manchester. It was curated by Dr Ana Carden-Coyne, Co-Director of the Centre for the Cultural History of War at the University of Manchester; David Morris, Head of Collections, the Whitworth Art Gallery; and Tim Wilcox, Principal Curator, Exhibitions at Manchester Art Gallery.

Image

Gas Mask (SJ54), Sophie Jodoin, 2008, from the Series Helmets and Gasmasks, 2007-9
Advance Dressing Station on the Struma, Henry Lamb, 1916, (detail).