Our pick of art, architecture, heritage, and city events.
Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the ‘Manchester bomb’, widely recognised as the catalyst for Greater Manchester’s twenty-first-century regeneration, we are holding an academic symposium and public-engagement launch on June 15th to celebrate Manchester’s phenomenal redevelopment over the past twenty years
A half-day conference on cultural place-making, looking at the implications of devolution, rebalancing and the Northern Powerhouse for the arts and cultural ecologies of the North
In what ways might digital technologies enhance and enrich our relationships with the places in which we live and the spaces through which we move? How have landscape writers drawn upon digital technologies in their own exploratory creative practices?
Our fourth and final event in the 4x4 series will explore Freedom in the built environment.
Film Screening. Stories of the River Irwell explores the misunderstood River Irwell; a 39-mile stretch of water often described as “the dirtiest river in the country”.
As the 20th anniversary of 1996 Manchester bombing approaches, some of the key contributors to the Millennium Quarter – a project designed to redevelop the city centre after the catastrophic event – are amongst renowned speakers who will be speaking at the symposium.
From cars to cables, from hats to locos and from paper to pipes, this selection of films from the North West Film Archive, in partnership with the Newcomen Society, takes a look at a few of the products and industries that came out of the North West when we were part of the workshop of the world.
Elain Harwood joins MMS for a pre-Christmas lecture. Elain, in her role as Senior Architectural Investigator for Historic England, has been instrumental in raising the appreciation of post war buildings and ultimately ensuring many are protected via the listing system.
Do you have memories of Moss Side and Hulme ?
Join us to look at our collection of photographs, c1980, donated by Elouise Edwards.
The Lost & Found Museum is an exhibition, a temporary museum collecting, exploring, collecting and displaying everything to do with loss and discovery.
Being able to clearly communicate and contextualise artwork is essential for any practicing artist. Yet writing about your own work can be difficult and stressful. This practical and friendly afternoon workshop is aimed at artists wishing to get to grips with their work, ideas and wider intellectual concerns through writing.
Borders, Gaps, Bridges is a connector, a get-together, and catalyst for future collaborations and inspiration including a talk from Skyliner about the exploration of spaces across the city.
The first critical forum with Alice Sharp and Bianca Manu from Invisible Dust. The event will take the form of informal presentations by artists intersperced with discussion. The loose theme for the 1st session is 'environment'.
As part of Explore Your Archives week, Manchester Libraries & Andy Mabbett deliver a free event which will help you get started on Wikipedia, edit existing articles and start your own articles on your favourite aspects of Manchester's history.
Recently there has been an upsurge in art practices that visualise the tensions and contradictions arising from contemporary borders. This one day symposium attempts to address these and related issues.
Judith Jones and Steve Kelly will talk about the history of Granada TV and their work on the Granadaland project, whihc has been carried out in association with the Manchester Centre for Regional History and the Granada Foundation.
The North West Film Archive presents a look at some of the many films made over the years by, or about, this vital transport link, a crucial part of the region’s economy for most of the 20th Century.
Would harnessing the economic strength of cities such as Manchester increase regional power, or would this simply strengthen existing inequalities? What would the role for communities be in the potential economic development of these areas? Does the northern powerhouse have implications for governance nationally?
In partnership with Great Places Housing Association we introduce a new arts project for the people of Ancoats.
GET INVOLVED. GET CREATIVE. ANIMATE YOUR SPACE. SHARE IDEAS.
Come along to our picnic this Saturday and show your support. Bring sandwiches, cakes, dogs, family members, native seeds to scatter...the weather forecast looks good so come along and show how we can utilise the space.
The weekend of events includes Skyliner tours of the city (details to be announced) as well as a collection of music and talks including Dave Haslam in conversation with Paddy Considine
Creating and curating community histories – independent community-led archives and the ‘useable past’
his talk will give an overview of the history of independent community-led history-making institutions, especially but not only those museums libraries and archives associated with working-class movement organisations
The International History From Below Network is a diverse organisation of historytellers, historical agitators, artists, independent archivists, history groups, political archaeologists etc. It was founded in 2012 in Barcelona to reflect a growing worldwide movement of historical activism and public interest in radical history, and to build an alternative, non-academic resource for the production and transmission of oppositional forms of history.
As radical history becomes increasingly popular, more and more activists – from squatters and footballers to street artists and curators – are making the transition to historians, merging past struggles, new technology and street culture to build new and surprising narratives.