Manchester Art Gallery

Act 3: On Publishing Radical Constitutions

The discussion will consider the potential of what a publication can be, what writing can do, and the notion of publishing as a political act

Future Collect artist Jade Montserrat invites fellow creative practitioners Hamja Ahsan, Emma Dabiri and No Matter Poetry to join her in a conversation centred on the idea of publishing radical constitutions. Exploring the slippage between performativity and documentation, performance and document, the discussion will consider the potential of what a publication can be, what writing can do, and the notion of publishing as a political act.

Montserrat is in the process of creating new work for her Future Collect commission at the Gallery, encompassing performance, works on paper and a publication, as she explores questions of care in relation to both objects and people in the context of the gallery’s collection and collecting practices.  As part of her research, she has initiated a series of public events in collaboration with creative practitioners working across a variety of media. Act 3 will inform the making of her publication, which as well as documenting aspects of her process will make reference to political pamphlets and acknowledge the lineage of public lectures and debates that Manchester Art Gallery has fostered as the original ‘useful museum’.

Hamja Ahsan is an artist, curator and activist currently based in The Netherlands. He has presented projects at Tate Britain, Gwangju Biennale, Shanaakht Festival (Pakistan) and Shiplakala Academy (Bangladesh), and is the Free Talha Ahsan campaign organiser. Ahsan makes the case for a world more inclusive of neurodiversity in his book Shy Radicals: The Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert, published in 2017 by Book Works and now in its third edition. In 2019, he adapted the book into Crack Up – Crack Down, an exhibition project for the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts where it received the Grand Prize.

Emma Dabiri is an author, academic and broadcaster. She is a teaching fellow at SOAS and a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths. Her writing has been published in a number of anthologies, academic journals and the national press, and she has presented Back in Time Brixton (BBC2) and Britain’s Lost Masterpieces (BBC4), as well as hosting Radio 4’s critically-acclaimed documentary Journeys into Afro-futurism. Dabiri’s debut book, Don’t Touch My Hair, was published by Penguin in 2019, and her forthcoming book What White People Can Do Next, is due to be published in March 2021.

No Matter is a poetry collective based in Manchester. They run a bi-monthly feminist poetry and performance reading series for poetic and performative experiments, and publish work through No Matter Press. In 2019 they were awarded Arts Council England funding for New Matter, a series of events with specially commissioned performances from poets and artists.

Booking

The event will be delivered via Zoom*. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

*Zoom details will be emailed to you prior to the event.

Art Bites online 24 February

We can’t run events in the gallery at the moment, so we’ve moved these discussions online.

What is Art Bites?

Art bites is a session that usually runs every Wednesday lunchtime live in the gallery. A team of staff and volunteers lead a discussion focussing on two art works on display.

It is basically a chat about art sharing opinions and ideas. We discuss what we see, what we think about it, what it makes us think of, how it inspires us or repells us, what we find curious about it, how our own life experiences connect with it. It’s based on the idea that we all have something to say about a visual image based on our experiences.

You don’t need to have an art history degree to understand art works, and the experience of a shared discussion can give us new perspectives.

We focus on two art works that might have a similar theme but may have been created in very different ways.

The facilitator will ask a series of questions to get the conversation going and then we see where it takes us!

Art bites online

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together. https://zoom.us/

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone, just something that has a camera and mic. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

If you would like to come along but feel unsure about Zoom, then do get in touch m.parnell@manchester.gov.uk

Want to join in?

To book onto this Art Bites session please book through Eventbrite

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session and images of the art works we will be discussing.

There is a limit of 20 people in each session.

Art bites runs every Wednesday lunchtime, so if you can’t book on this one, join us another week.

 

Art Bites online 17 February

We can’t run events in the gallery at the moment, so we’ve moved these discussions online.

What is Art Bites?

Art bites is a session that usually runs every Wednesday lunchtime live in the gallery. A team of staff and volunteers lead a discussion focussing on two art works on display.

It is basically a chat about art sharing opinions and ideas. We discuss what we see, what we think about it, what it makes us think of, how it inspires us or repells us, what we find curious about it, how our own life experiences connect with it. It’s based on the idea that we all have something to say about a visual image based on our experiences.

You don’t need to have an art history degree to understand art works, and the experience of a shared discussion can give us new perspectives.

We focus on two art works that might have a similar theme but may have been created in very different ways.

The facilitator will ask a series of questions to get the conversation going and then we see where it takes us!

Art bites online

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together. https://zoom.us/

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone, just something that has a camera and mic. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

If you would like to come along but feel unsure about Zoom, then do get in touch m.parnell@manchester.gov.uk

Want to join in?

To book onto this Art Bites session please book through Eventbrite

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session and images of the art works we will be discussing.

There is a limit of 20 people in each session.

Art bites runs every Wednesday lunchtime, so if you can’t book on this one, join us another week.

 

Art Bites online 10 February

We can’t run events in the gallery at the moment, so we’ve moved these discussions online.

What is Art Bites?

Art bites is a session that usually runs every Wednesday lunchtime live in the gallery. A team of staff and volunteers lead a discussion focussing on two art works on display.

It is basically a chat about art sharing opinions and ideas. We discuss what we see, what we think about it, what it makes us think of, how it inspires us or repells us, what we find curious about it, how our own life experiences connect with it. It’s based on the idea that we all have something to say about a visual image based on our experiences.

You don’t need to have an art history degree to understand art works, and the experience of a shared discussion can give us new perspectives.

We focus on two art works that might have a similar theme but may have been created in very different ways.

The facilitator will ask a series of questions to get the conversation going and then we see where it takes us!

Art bites online

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together. https://zoom.us/

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone, just something that has a camera and mic. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

If you would like to come along but feel unsure about Zoom, then do get in touch m.parnell@manchester.gov.uk

Want to join in?

To book onto this Art Bites session please book through Eventbrite

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session and images of the art works we will be discussing.

There is a limit of 20 people in each session.

Art bites runs every Wednesday lunchtime, so if you can’t book on this one, join us another week.

 

Art Bites online 3 February

We can’t run events in the gallery at the moment, so we’ve moved these discussions online.

What is Art Bites?

Art bites is a session that usually runs every Wednesday lunchtime live in the gallery. A team of staff and volunteers lead a discussion focussing on two art works on display.

It is basically a chat about art sharing opinions and ideas. We discuss what we see, what we think about it, what it makes us think of, how it inspires us or repells us, what we find curious about it, how our own life experiences connect with it. It’s based on the idea that we all have something to say about a visual image based on our experiences.

You don’t need to have an art history degree to understand art works, and the experience of a shared discussion can give us new perspectives.

We focus on two art works that might have a similar theme but may have been created in very different ways.

The facilitator will ask a series of questions to get the conversation going and then we see where it takes us!

Art bites online

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together. https://zoom.us/

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone, just something that has a camera and mic. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

If you would like to come along but feel unsure about Zoom, then do get in touch m.parnell@manchester.gov.uk

Want to join in?

To book onto this Art Bites session please book through Eventbrite

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session and images of the art works we will be discussing.

There is a limit of 20 people in each session.

Art bites runs every Wednesday lunchtime, so if you can’t book on this one, join us another week.

 

Art Bites online 27 January

We can’t run events in the gallery at the moment, so we’ve moved these discussions online.

What is Art Bites?

Art bites is a session that usually runs every Wednesday lunchtime live in the gallery. A team of staff and volunteers lead a discussion focussing on two art works on display.

It is basically a chat about art sharing opinions and ideas. We discuss what we see, what we think about it, what it makes us think of, how it inspires us or repells us, what we find curious about it, how our own life experiences connect with it. It’s based on the idea that we all have something to say about a visual image based on our experiences.

You don’t need to have an art history degree to understand art works, and the experience of a shared discussion can give us new perspectives.

We focus on two art works that might have a similar theme but may have been created in very different ways.

The facilitator will ask a series of questions to get the conversation going and then we see where it takes us!

Art bites online

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together. https://zoom.us/

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone, just something that has a camera and mic. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

If you would like to come along but feel unsure about Zoom, then do get in touch m.parnell@manchester.gov.uk

Want to join in?

To book onto this Art Bites session please book through Eventbrite

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session and images of the art works we will be discussing.

There is a limit of 20 people in each session.

Art bites runs every Wednesday lunchtime, so if you can’t book on this one, join us another week.

 

Art Bites online 20 January

We can’t run events in the gallery at the moment, so we’ve moved these discussions online.

What is Art Bites?

Art bites is a session that usually runs every Wednesday lunchtime live in the gallery. A team of staff and volunteers lead a discussion focussing on two art works on display.

It is basically a chat about art sharing opinions and ideas. We discuss what we see, what we think about it, what it makes us think of, how it inspires us or repells us, what we find curious about it, how our own life experiences connect with it. It’s based on the idea that we all have something to say about a visual image based on our experiences.

You don’t need to have an art history degree to understand art works, and the experience of a shared discussion can give us new perspectives.

We focus on two art works that might have a similar theme but may have been created in very different ways.

The facilitator will ask a series of questions to get the conversation going and then we see where it takes us!

Art bites online

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together. https://zoom.us/

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone, just something that has a camera and mic. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

If you would like to come along but feel unsure about Zoom, then do get in touch m.parnell@manchester.gov.uk

Want to join in?

To book onto this Art Bites session please book through Eventbrite

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session and images of the art works we will be discussing.

There is a limit of 20 people in each session.

Art bites runs every Wednesday lunchtime, so if you can’t book on this one, join us another week.

 

Art Bites online 13 January

We can’t run events in the gallery at the moment, so we’ve moved these discussions online.

What is Art Bites?

Art bites is a session that usually runs every Wednesday lunchtime live in the gallery. A team of staff and volunteers lead a discussion focussing on two art works on display.

It is basically a chat about art sharing opinions and ideas. We discuss what we see, what we think about it, what it makes us think of, how it inspires us or repells us, what we find curious about it, how our own life experiences connect with it. It’s based on the idea that we all have something to say about a visual image based on our experiences.

You don’t need to have an art history degree to understand art works, and the experience of a shared discussion can give us new perspectives.

We focus on two art works that might have a similar theme but may have been created in very different ways.

The facilitator will ask a series of questions to get the conversation going and then we see where it takes us!

Art bites online

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together. https://zoom.us/

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone, just something that has a camera and mic. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

If you would like to come along but feel unsure about Zoom, then do get in touch m.parnell@manchester.gov.uk

Want to join in?

To book onto this Art Bites session please book through Eventbrite

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session and images of the art works we will be discussing.

There is a limit of 20 people in each session.

Art bites runs every Wednesday lunchtime, so if you can’t book on this one, join us another week.

 

Art Bites online 6 January

We can’t run events in the gallery at the moment, so we’ve moved these discussions online.

What is Art Bites?

Art bites is a session that usually runs every Wednesday lunchtime live in the gallery. A team of staff and volunteers lead a discussion focussing on two art works on display.

It is basically a chat about art sharing opinions and ideas. We discuss what we see, what we think about it, what it makes us think of, how it inspires us or repells us, what we find curious about it, how our own life experiences connect with it. It’s based on the idea that we all have something to say about a visual image based on our experiences.

You don’t need to have an art history degree to understand art works, and the experience of a shared discussion can give us new perspectives.

We focus on two art works that might have a similar theme but may have been created in very different ways.

The facilitator will ask a series of questions to get the conversation going and then we see where it takes us!

Art bites online

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together. https://zoom.us/

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone, just something that has a camera and mic. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

If you would like to come along but feel unsure about Zoom, then do get in touch m.parnell@manchester.gov.uk

Want to join in?

To book onto this Art Bites session please book through Eventbrite

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session and images of the art works we will be discussing.

There is a limit of 20 people in each session.

Art bites runs every Wednesday lunchtime, so if you can’t book on this one, join us another week.

 

Art Bites online 23 December

We can’t run events in the gallery at the moment, so we’ve moved these discussions online.

What is Art Bites?

Art bites is a session that usually runs every Wednesday lunchtime live in the gallery. A team of staff and volunteers lead a discussion focussing on two art works on display.

It is basically a chat about art sharing opinions and ideas. We discuss what we see, what we think about it, what it makes us think of, how it inspires us or repells us, what we find curious about it, how our own life experiences connect with it. It’s based on the idea that we all have something to say about a visual image based on our experiences.

You don’t need to have an art history degree to understand art works, and the experience of a shared discussion can give us new perspectives.

We focus on two art works that might have a similar theme but may have been created in very different ways.

The facilitator will ask a series of questions to get the conversation going and then we see where it takes us!

Art bites online

We will be using the platform Zoom to bring people together. https://zoom.us/

You can access zoom through a laptop, tablet or smart phone, just something that has a camera and mic. You don’t need to create an account to access the session.

If you would like to come along but feel unsure about Zoom, then do get in touch m.parnell@manchester.gov.uk

Want to join in?

To book onto this Art Bites session please book through Eventbrite

You will be emailed a link just before the start of the session and images of the art works we will be discussing.

There is a limit of 20 people in each session.

Art bites runs every Wednesday lunchtime, so if you can’t book on this one, join us another week.