Manchester Art Gallery

A world of art and culture across the city

September 2017 – June 2018

Watch incredible performances, see extraordinary art and immerse yourself in a programme of art and culture from South Asia and the UK. #NewNorthSouth

   
  • Neha Choksi

    30 September 2017–25 February 2018

    Manchester Art Gallery

    In her new work work Choksi tests her belief that to learn to be oneself, one always needs others.

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  • Waqas Khan

    30 September 2017–25 February 2018

    Manchester Art Gallery

    Produced while he is in a trance-like state, Waqas Khan's drawings are the result of a painstaking, meticulous and precise process.

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  • Mehreen Murtaza

    30 September 2017–4 February 2018 - Free

    Manchester Art Gallery

    Mehreen Murtaza creates scenarios in which confused narratives blur the line between fact and fiction and remind us of the precarious and subjective nature of shared histories.

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  • Hetain Patel

    30 September 2017–4 February 2018

    Manchester Art Gallery

    Bolton born Hetain Patel uses humour and the languages of popular culture and explores fantasy through a domestic lens.

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  • South Asian Design

    19 May 2017–27 May 2018

    Manchester Art Gallery

    Exploring how South Asian traditional crafts are inspiring exciting contemporary art, design and fashion.

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  • Risham Syed

    30 September 2017–25 February 2018

    Manchester Art Gallery

    Risham Syed's postcard sized paintings are mementos of a city in constant flux.

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Events

Stories We Share: Conversations with Objects

Every Wednesday between 12–2pm
Free, all ages, no need to book, just drop in

Join in with the Stories we Share discussion table in the South Asian Design Gallery. This weekly event is about finding inspiration, being curious and sharing stories. Bring in any objects or photos you would like to share that have connections to South Asia.

Make Space: Henna Design with Hina Ansari for Thursday Lates

Thursday 7 September, and 5 October, 6–8pm, Manchester Art Gallery
Free, no need to book, just drop in

Make Space is a creative workshop for adults. Led by artists, this workshop is about experimenting and playing with materials. Find out more about henna and create designs. Stay for 20 minutes or the full 2 hours.

Stories We Share at Cheetham Hill Cultural Festival

Friday 8 September, 11–4pm at The Welcome Centre, 18-32 Brentfield Road, Manchester, M8 0TW
Sunday 10 September, 12–4pm at Cheetham Cultural Festival Party in the Park, Bignor Street Park, Bignor Street, Cheetham Hill, M8 0SE

Free, all ages, no need to book, just drop in

Join in with the Stories We Share discussion table at the Cheetham Hill Cultural Festival. Handle objects from the gallery’s South Asian Design collection and share stories. Feel free to bring in your own objects which tell a story to share.

We Make the City: Conversations about Manchester, Lahore and Karachi

Friday 8 September 11–12pm at The Welcome Centre, 18-32 Brentfield Road, Manchester, M8 0TW
Friday 29 September 1–2.30pm at Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 7 October 2–3.30pm at The Lakeside Centre, Platt Fields Park, M14 6LA

Free, booking required

How do we live in our cities and how does art make a difference to urban spaces? How do we perceive the cities we live in and cities the other side of the world? How do they shape us and we shape them? Join us for a discussion about Manchester, Lahore and Karachi.

Booking

Please contact Ruth Edson to book a place
Email: r.edson@manchester.gov.uk
Tel: 0161 235 8877

Making conversation: South Asian Design

Tuesday 26 September 2017, 1–4pm, Manchester Art Gallery
Free, no need to book

Take part in this workshop for everyone, designed with blind and visually impaired people in mind. You’ll learn about the exhibition using all your senses and create your own art work in response.
Audio description is included and everyone is welcome.

Waqas Khan in conversation with Fareda Khan

Saturday 30 September, 1–1.45pm, Manchester Art Gallery
Free, no need to book

Lahore based artist Waqas Khan joins Fareda Khan in conversation about his painstaking, meticulous and precisely executed drawings, his exhibition and new works made especially for Manchester.

Neha Choksi in conversation with Natasha Howes, Senior Curator

Saturday 30 September, 2–2.45pm, Manchester Art Gallery
Free, no need to book

Neha Choksi joins Senior Curator Natasha Howes in conversation about her new film. Shot on the construction site for an expansive and modernizing Jain ashram in India, Choksi invents open ended and playful situations for her participants and in doing so examines the connections and tensions between solitude and collaboration.

Mehreen Murtaza Performance Lecture

Sunday 1 October, 11–11.45am, Manchester Art Gallery
Free, no need to book

Mehreen Murtaza explores the intersecting worlds of technology and nature, science and religion. With imagery derived from sources such as Sufi culture and science fiction, working in video, text, animation, sound and installation, she creates scenarios in which confounding narratives blur the line between fact and fiction.

Risham Syed in Conversation with Natasha Howes, Senior Curator

Sunday 1 October, 2–2.45pm, Manchester Art Gallery
Free, no need to book

In exquisite postcard sized paintings, Risham Syed shows the ever changing urban landscape in Lahore, Pakistan. Instead of idealised postcard images for tourists, Syed depicts the construction work which transforms her home city.

Art Bites

Every Wednesday 12.30–1pm Share your thoughts about art with other people.
Free, no need to book, just drop in

Each Art Bites discussion focuses on two art works from the South Asian Design Gallery and exhibitions on display.

Mindful Marks: De-stress and draw

Tuesday 10 October, 12–2pm, Manchester Art Gallery
Free, all ages, no need to book, just drop in

Inspired by the work of Waqas Khan. Join us for this workshop of mark-making to music in the gallery space. Draw, doodle, scribble or scrawl – it’s up to you. Everyone welcome, especially those who think they can’t draw!

Design Gallery: Dual language tour in Urdu and English

Tuesday 10 October, 2–3pm, Sunday 11 February 2018, 3–4pm, Manchester Art Gallery
Free, all ages, no need to book, just drop in

Discover more about the objects on display in our South Asian Design exhibition with guide, Saira Qureshi.

Philosophy Café

Every second Tuesday of the month: 10 October, 14 November, 12 December, 9 January, 13 February, 10.15–12pm
Every fourth Thursday of the month: 26 October, 23 November, 25 January, 22 February 6–8 pm
Free, no need to book, just drop in

Enjoy art and explore life’s big questions. Each Philosophy café will unpick a philosophical question, taking inspiration from the South Asian Design Gallery and exhibitions on display.

English Corner

Every second Wednesday of the month: 11 October, 8 November, 12 December, 10 January, 14 February, 1–2.30pm
Free, no need to book, just drop in

Free English conversation class for adults, all levels welcome. Use the South Asian Design Gallery and exhibitions to practise speaking and listening skills with our ESOL tutor.

Imtiaz Dharker

Friday 20 October, 1–2pm
Free, booking required

Poet, artist and documentary filmmaker Imtiaz Dharker will be writing this year’s Manchester Art Gallery co-commission, responding to solo exhibitions from South Asian artists Neha Choski, Risham Syed, Mehreen Murtaza, Waqas Khan and Hetain Patel.

Booking

Book free places at the reading via Manchester Literature Festival
Web: manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk
Tel: 0843 208 0500

Half term takeover for 14–19 year olds

24, 25 October, 11am–4pm and 26 October 2–9pm

Free, 14–19 year olds, booking required

During three days of hands-on creative workshops, creative discussion and ideas development with artists you’ll plan and deliver your own Thursday Late event for members of the public. You’ll be inspired by new and existing work by Hetain Patel to bring together performance, communication and costume into one big event.

Booking

Please contact Kate Day to book a place
Email: K.day1@manchester.gov.uk
Tel: 0161 235 8855

Creative Consultants Takeover for Thursday Lates

Thursday 26 October, 6–8pm
Free, all ages, no need to book

Join us for an evening of unexpected happenings, creative workshops and the chance to see things a bit differently. Our Creative Consultants team of 14-19 year olds have investigated new and existing work by Hetain Patel to programme this one-off special night for everyone.

October half term for families

Wednesday 25–Saturday 28 October, 1–3pm
Free, drop in, suitable for all ages

Come and take part in these fun and creative workshops designed with families from Plymouth Grove Primary School. The workshops explore the work of Mehreen Murtaza. Murtaza explores the intersecting worlds of technology, nature and science and will present a new artwork exploring plant behaviour, communication and consciousness.

Making conversation: Inspired by Mehreen Murtaza

Tuesday 31 October 2017, 1–4pm
Free, no need to book

Take part in this workshop for everyone, designed with blind and visually impaired people in mind. You’ll learn about the exhibition using all your senses and create your own art work in response. Audio description is included and everyone is welcome.

Make Space: Fashion Styling

Thurs 2 November 6–8pm
Free, no need to book, drop in at any point

Join us for an evening of stitch and design led by Alia Ullah inspired by our South Asia Design Gallery.

BSL tour of contemporary shows

Sunday 12 November, 3–4pm, Sunday 10 December, 3–4pm
Free, no need to book

Jennifer Little delivers a tour direct in British Sign Language.

Look at the hands: Discussion with Hetain Patel, Chirag Lukha and Louise Stern

Thursday 23 November 6–7pm
Free, booking required

Bringing together artist, Hetain Patel, martial arts expert and choreographer, Chirag Lukha, and writer, Louise Stern, this event explores the impact and power of non verbal communication. Gain new perspective on sign language, facial gesture and Kung Fu and share your thoughts on how we all communicate with our bodies.

This event will be interpreted in both American Sign Language and British Sign Language.

Booking

Book places at EventBrite

Making conversation: Inspired by Waqas Khan

Tuesday 28 November 2017, 1–4pm
Free, no need to book

Take part in this workshop for everyone, designed with blind and visually impaired people in mind. You’ll learn about the exhibition using all your senses and create your own art work in response. Audio description is included and everyone is welcome.

Making conversation: Inspired by Neha Choksi

Tuesday 19 December 2017, 1–4pm
Free, no need to book

Take part in this workshop for everyone, designed with blind and visually impaired people in mind. You’ll learn about the exhibition using all your senses and create your own art work in response. Audio description is included and everyone is welcome.

Thursday Lates: Meet and Make

Thursday 18 January 2018, 6–7.30pm, Thursday 15 February 2018, 6–7.30pm
Free, all ages, no need to book, just drop in

Meet in our South Asian Design Gallery and work with Manchester’s emerging designers to explore and make in this dynamic and vibrant exhibition.

Thursday Lates: De-stress and draw

Thursday 8 February 2018, 5–7pm

Free, all ages, no need to book, just drop in

Join artist Naomi Kendrick in this early evening event where we explore drawing to music and sound inspired by the work of Waqas Khan. Enjoy a drink, pick up a pastel and make marks to music from South Asia.


Programme brochure


New North and South

New North and South is a three-year programme of co-commissions, exhibitions and intellectual exchange across a network of 11 arts organisations from the North of England and South Asia. The network, supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England's Ambition for Excellence programme, will bring prominence to the work of leading Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and UK artists. It will include new artistic commissions, exhibitions and performances in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool and in Colombo, Dhaka, Lahore, Karachi and Kochi.

New North and South partners are: Manchester Art Gallery, the Whitworth, Manchester Museum, Liverpool Biennial, The Tetley in Leeds, Colombo Biennale (Sri Lanka), Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh), Karachi and Lahore Biennales (Pakistan), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India) and the British Council.

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