Manchester Art Gallery

Helen Petts, film screening and in conversation

Join us for the screening of Helen Petts 2012 film, Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing.

Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 30 June 2018, 3pm–5pm

Free, booking required

Join us for the screening of Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing, 2012, by artist Helen Petts as she follows Kurt Schwitters’ journey into exile from Nazi Germany, filmed on location in the places where he loved to walk. The film features improvised music by Phil Minton, Roger Turner, Adam Bohman and Sylvia Hallett.

The screening will be followed by Helen Petts in conversation with independent curator Hammad Nasar about her work.

The event will close with an introduction to her new film commission Space & Freedom, that explores the rhythm, textures and sound of the Cumbrian landscape that inspired the artist Li Yuan-chia. The film will be shown as part of our exhibition Speech Acts.


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Helen Petts is an artist film-maker who explores rhythm, texture, sound and chance events, both in the rural landscape and in her long standing relationship with the free improvisation music community. A keen fell-walker, she has lived and worked in Cumbria many times in her life, including making a film response to Kurt Schwitters’ journey to Ambleside for the London 2012 Festival for the Olympic Games. A former television director of arts programmes, she now regularly shows her own art work at film and music festivals and in gallery installations, both in the UK and internationally. She studied Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College and Middlesex University and Film at Westminster University. Her work is distributed by Lux Artists Moving Image.