Thursday 18 March 2021, 5pm–6.30pm
Free, please book online
The pandemic has revealed the underlying unfairness of an economic system that only really works for the very few
Online Gallery re-think conversation
Using artworks from the collection as a starting point, join guest speakers and gallery staff to examine what have we learned about work during Covid-19 and what needs to change.
Speakers will include:
– Elayne Redford: Work and Skills specialist, Manchester City Council
– John Hacking: GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator, GM Poverty Action
– Fauziya Johnson: artist, curator, producer and co-founder/editor of ROOT-ed zine
– Mark Burton: Collective member, Steady State Manchester
The pandemic has revealed the underlying unfairness of an economic system that only really works for the very few. Years of austerity and under-investment in public services have made people’s lives precarious. Our key workers are needed now more than ever, but are often some of the lowest paid, most vulnerable workers in society.
Craig Oldham’s poster Key Workers has been acquired for the publicly-owned collection and is displayed in Gallery 7 with a selection of work-related artworks to start exploring questions about work in the past, present and future. Works include Evelyn Mary Dunbar’s Sprout Picking, Monmouthshire, presented to Manchester by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee in 1947.
*Zoom details will be emailed to you prior to the event.