Alternative Camera Club presents TENT
Saturday 18 May, 1pm. Free
This workshop is intended to instigate a forum of discourse and debate about how Greater Manchester can be cultivated as an exciting testing ground that places photography at the core of an interdisciplinary approach to practice and pedagogy. Developed by Adam Murray (Co-founder of Preston is my Paris) and Oliver Whitehead (most recently Programme Coordinator of Brighton Photo Biennial 2012), this event should be viewed as arena where all are welcome to contribute their views, develop networks and share knowledge.
For more information read the TENT booklet here…
Whitworth Art Gallery
Art/Science Exchange with Cell Matrix Research Centre
Wednesdays 12 June & 10 July, 6pm – 8pm. Free
Whitworth Art Gallery and The Welcome Trust Centre for Cell Matrix Research are pleased to announce an exciting new art/science exchange. Join us for these two initial network meetings and take part in creating a new discourse between artists and scientists. From these exchange events, we’ll invite and support proposals for art/science collaboration ideas as interventions in Whitworth Art Gallery’s public programme.
Spaces are limited. Please contact Ed Watts with expressions of interest and examples of your work. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
At the Welcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research, we are all researching how cells interact with their local microenvironment. These interactions are necessary both to control how cells behave and to build tissues, which are complex collections of many cell types.
Our discoveries are illuminating new principles about how multicellular life is organised. The extracellular matrix is the material outside of cells that creates the three dimensional structure of tissues and gives tissues their solidity. This matrix, comprising a remarkable 70% of proteins and complex carbohydrates in the body, is crucial for nearly every aspect of the way that cells behave. For example, it is essential for cell survival, cell division, cell movements and determining the exact functions that are carried out by almost all cells in the body. Chemical and mechanical interactions between the matrix proteins and cells determine cell behaviour, and the matrix also controls our immune systems.
Because of its central role in tissue biology, defects in the extracellular matrix and the way that it interacts with cells underlie many of the disorders of mankind, for example, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, inflammatory disorders, and many skeletal abnormalities. This means that understanding the basic biological principles by which cells and the matrix work together to form functional tissues is a key requirement for explaining many of the health problems in modern society.
How to Dress Well live at Whitworth Art Gallery
15 May. 8pm
Following last autumn’s release of the rapturously received album Total Loss, experimental pop producer and singer, and ethereal/R&B artist Tom Krell, aka How to Dress Well, has announced a return to the United Kingdom for a string of new dates in 2013. Following an enormous worldwide tour that extensively takes in Australia, Asia and North America, Krell and his celebrated band will be in Europe throughout May for dates including Primavera Sound, Great Escape, Field Day – and this very special show at Whitworth Art Gallery.
Krell’s debut album, Love Remains, was released in 2010. It received a score of 8.7 and the Best New Music tag from Pitchfork, while Spin gave the album 8 out of 10, calling it ‘as meditative as it is evocative… conjuring fractured memories of Shai or TLC’. Stereogum, meanwhile, recognised HTDW as one of its ’40 Best Bands of 2010′. On the heels of the success of Love Remains Krell signed a deal with Weird World Records, an imprint ofDomino Records. In September 2012, Krell released his sophomore effort, Total Loss, which also garnered huge critical acclaim.
Here’s what the Guardian said of HTDW’s last Manchester show:
‘The sublime music involves everything from piano riffs to booming fractured beats to the eerily echoed sound of Krell clicking his fingers, but at heart these are great American songs that could equally be strummed by Bon Iver or Bruce Springsteen.’
This special event will take place in Whitworth Art Gallery’s South Gallery, which will feature an exhibition of large abstract paintings by Callum Innes. There will be a bar available.
This show is a co-promotion Hey! Manchester with Now Wave.
After Hours presents Lost & Found: Museums at Night.
Friday 17 May, 7.30pm – 10.30pm.
Lost & Found: Museums at Night – Three days of after-hours events led by the artist Richard Wentworth celebrate the very best of our museums and galleries.
From the Mary Greg Collection of Handicrafts of Bygone Times, courtesy Manchester Art Gallery.
Photo by Ben Blackall.
A mystery tour, a people’s museum: an exhibition in a night.
This May, Manchester takes part in Museums at Night. With Richard Wentworth leading proceedings, the city’s museums and galleries stage a series of events over two evenings that celebrate the depth and diversity, the weirdness and the wonderfulness of the things that people are compelled to collect.
On Thursday 16 May, bring something curious to a collections booth at either Manchester Museum or Manchester Art Gallery, and in so doing create a people’s museum – your object will be “acquired” by the institution. On the same evening, take a mystery bus tour of Manchester. You won’t know where you’re going or why; all you need to know is that your bus follows a circuitous route devised by the artist Richard Wentworth.
On Friday 17 May, see the fruits of your collective labour. Richard Wentworth creates an exhibition in a night at Whitworth Art Gallery; the objects donated the previous night the raw materials for Wentworth’s show here. Watch one of Britain’s most successful artists at work; see how he uses the raw materials you supplied and take advantage of the other music and performance that brings the Whitworth to life late into the night.
We can’t tell you exactly what Museums at Night will entail, but we can tell you that you will be with like-minded souls. Like them, you might collect things in order to make sense of the world – or find your place within it. You might be cynical. You might be curious. You may end up finding without searching.
* Disclaimer: All objects donated to Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Museum must be owned by the person donating them, and will not be returned. Photographs or representations of objects will also be accepted. All objects will be taken to the Whitworth Art Gallery on Friday 17 May to be used as part of Richard Wentworth’s exhibition, although not all may be used in the final exhibition. We regret that we cannot accept very large objects or objects made of organic/perishable material.
Textile Art Now.
Saturday 4 May, 1-3pm.
Laura-Jane Atkinson – Hybrid Embellishment
This is the last Textile Art Now in this series, and a exciting event it will be. We have two great textile Artist local to Manchester, Chloe Hamill and Laura-Jane Atkinson, leading the talk into how they use textiles with in their work. Chloe and Laura-Jane will then lead the second half on the event which will be a more hands on exploration into the techniques they use to create their work. This event is completely free so feel free to come along.