Brut: Weekly Manchester Art Exhibitions Selection – 11.12.17
So to change things up a bit, we’re creating a new art section of the blog to give you our top picks of art exhibitions around Manchester every week! We’re talking free, out-of-institution fun to enrich your mind and daily life. We’re not happy about how rife art elitism is STILL, so hopefully these event selections will help open the eyes of anyone a bit scared of venturing into the art world.
BITTER LAKE SCREENING – ISLINGTON MILL
Tuesday 12th December ~ 6.30pm
Bitter Lake (Dir. Adam Curtis, 2015) examines the narrative that Western media has created around Islam, in order to polarise opinions into one of good vs evil. Originally produced as a documentary for the Beeb, Curtis uses narratives from newsreels and archived footage to show the violence and destruction left behind in regions following failed interventions from the West.
Check out the event page here
Wednesday 13th December ~ 6pm
Preceding the opening of PHAROS, exhibiting artist Mary Hurrell is giving a guest talk at Islington Mill about her practice as a sculptor and performance artist. Entry is free, and guests are invited to bring their own drinks and stay behind afterwards for a potluck dinner.
More information can be found here
BEACONS: PHAROS – CAUSTIC COASTAL
Thursday 14th December ~ 6 – 9pm
Curated by MSoA Alumn and Woon Fellow 2016 Rebecca Halliwell-Sutton, Pharos is the first exhibition in the Beacons programme. Featuring work by Rebecca Ackroyd, Jesse Darling, Maria Gondek and Mary Hurrell.
‘Beacons is a programme of 3 exhibitions, talks, workshops and an accompanying publication with interconnecting threads and tangents exploring our relationships with ourselves and each other within the framework of non-linear intergenerational time and feminist legacies.
The exhibitions seek to communicate our experiences of time, existence and our bodies through various means such as empathetic exchanges with objects, emotional archives, traces left in artefacts; imagining futures and resurfacing histories.’
Further information can be found on the event page here
ZINE CLUB MCR W/ SHY BAIRNS – PARTISAN COLLECTIVE
Saturday 16th December ~ 3 – 6pm
Facilitated by Shy Bairns, December’s edition of Zine Club promises to be a good one. Specialising in risograph zine making, Shy Bairns celebrate Northern creatives and their unique perception of everyday life. Zine Club offers a space for anyone to read, collaborate and make zines. Entry is free but donations are welcome to cover material costs.
The event page can be found here
PARTISAN OPEN HOUSE #2 / MICRO DOSING XMAS SOCIAL – PARTISAN COLLECTIVE
Sunday 17th December ~ 6pm
Partisan is a community arts venue, specialising in programming DIY and cultural projects unique to Manchester. To celebrate their second open house and act as a mixer for members and non-members alike, experimental outfit Microdosing present their Xmas Social. Expect ambient music, zany visuals and Shamanism documentaries ~if you’re up for a challenge then seek a game of chess with a Microdosing resident to be in with the chance of winning one of their remaining check tapes~ it’s going to be a good one.
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