What brings people together, from protest to partying? What is the use of a crowd?
Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 17 May 2019–Sunday 29 September 2019
Get Together and Get Things Done is part of a city-wide programme in 2019 to commemorate the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre.
On 16 August 1819, in a period of wide-scale protest and unrest, the area around what is now St Peter’s Square, Manchester was the site of a violent assault on 60,000+ peaceful pro-democracy and anti-poverty protesters; now known as the Peterloo Massacre. Historians acknowledge that Peterloo was hugely influential: ordinary people eventually won the right to vote, the Chartist Movement grew into Trade Unions and the Manchester Guardian newspaper was established.
Inspired by these events, we will explore with people the wider theme of the crowd through international historic and contemporary art and group activity, looking at how an art gallery can be shaped by the crowds that use them.
If you are interested in this project then please leave your details here and we’ll keep you posted about ways you can get involved.