Won’t Sit Still

Join us for an afternoon of installed exhibitions and interventions by collaborating artists and students from Manchester School of Art.

This is a series of installed exhibitions by collaborating artists who are second-year students on BA (Hons) Fine Art and BA (Hons) Fine Art and Art History at Manchester School of Art.  Each student has individually and jointly responded to Manchester Art Gallery’s furniture collection to produce and display their new work within our collection displays.

During this event you’ll be able to see the art works installed in and around the gallery, making connections with what is already there and suggesting alternatives for the future.  And you can find out more by speaking to the artists and gallery team involved, and picking up the Won’t Sit Still zine which has been produced by the artists.

These works include ideas around the lifecycles of objects, craftsmanship and material, creating new narratives, the essence of the body, and erasure, representation and power.

The event is the outcome of a process of researching the gallery’s stored furniture collection, creating new work, collaboration and critical conversation between the student artists, their university network and gallery staff.

This is part of a gallery-wide programme, Taking Stock, in which we are reviewing and evaluating the gallery collections to understand their significance, explore their acquisition stories and consider who and what may be missing or underrepresented.

This project is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.