Eclectic late-night openings until 9pm every Thursday, with music, performances, talks and screenings
Start the weekend early with our Thursday Lates – a series of sociable, after work and late night openings that are the perfect place to meet up with friends, explore the gallery and enjoy a specially curated selection of talks, performances, film screenings, live music and artist interventions.
Thursdays, 6pm-9pm. All events are FREE - unless otherwise stated
Queering St Ives
2 February, 6pm. Free
Join Dr. Ian Massey for an evening of discussion, in the first of a series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.
Dr. Ian Massey will discuss his research on the hitherto unexplored queer history of St Ives. Central to his project is the sculptor John Milne (1931-1978). Originally from Eccles, Milne lived in St Ives from the early 1950s onwards, where he worked initially as an assistant to Barbara Hepworth before setting up his own studio. From the mid-1950’s onwards, Milne’s house ‘Trewyn’ became a meeting place for an alternative subculture of both British and international artists, actors and writers. Within his talk Ian will read extracts from privately held letters and journals by Milne and members of his gay circle. He will also consider the encodification of queer identity in works from the Whitworth’s collection, both by Milne and by other gay visitors to St Ives, including Francis Bacon, Patrick Procktor and Keith Vaughan. The talk will also offer a rare private viewing of some of the artworks discussed in the talk.
6pm - 7pm
The Study Centre
Join Ian Massey and curator Poppy Bowers to view works from the Whitworth’s collection by artists to be discussed in the talk.
Please be aware that the Study Centre has limited capacity, and therefore entry will be staggered. As usual our café will be open throughout the evening.
7pm - 8.30pm
Queering St. Ives – talk by Dr. Ian Massey
Dr Ian Massey is an independent art historian, writer and curator. He is author of the monograph biography Patrick Procktor: Art and Life (Unicorn Press, 2010), and co-author with Anthony Hepworth of Keith Vaughan: The Mature Oils (Sansom & Company, 2012). He has written for PN Review, Printmaking Today, and Sight and Sound, and also writes on artists for Art UK. In 2016 he curated the show Patrick Procktor: The Last Romantic for Arts University Bournemouth, and Pure Romance, a group show of sixteen artists that included Jack Pierson and Derek Jarman, for The Redfern Gallery, London. He also co-curated the current David Tindle RA: A Retrospective at Huddersfield Art Gallery (ends 4th February 2017).
Throughout 2017 the Whitworth will give emerging gay artists, makers and thinkers the opportunity to develop and shape an evening of artistic intervention later in the year.
In Loving Memory of Work
9 February, 6pm. Free
An evening of installations, discussions and music kicking off a new series of events exploring self published artist books. In Loving Memory of Work is a project curated and produced by Craig Oldham. The book content predominantly revolves around the ‘dissent and struggle' of the miners’ strike with an emphasis on the artistic aspects between 1984-85.
"It was a time for extraordinary creativity, with cartoons, songs, poems and a subversive culture that released our collective imagination. Of course, that was ignored by the broadcasters and popular press" - Ken Loach
Riot fencing will snake through the Whitworth displaying strike ephemera from the book from Oldham’s collection. NUM Banners, photographs, poems and records are a small example of what will feature in the temporary show. Craig Oldham will be hosting a guided talk around the works and publication followed by an informal Q&A. Throughout the evening Michael Holland (ONO Records / NTS Radio) will be sound-tracking the night with music that supported the miners’ strikes, and artists who covered similar topics of protest and oppression.
Alongside these seasonal events celebrating self published artist books, the Whitworth shop will also stock a curated selection of limited edition publications. Alongside 'In Loving Memory of Work' we will be stocking Jason Evans - Sale, Stuart Franklin - Anti-Austerity, Jacqui McAssey - Girlfans 1&2 and YTS Children's Strike Liverpool by Dave Sinclair.
FK Alexander: (I Could Go On Singing) Over the Rainbow
16 February, 6pm. Free
FK Alexander sings live, with accompaniment from Glasgow based noise band Okishima Island Tourist Association, along to the recording of the last time Judy Garland ever sang Over The Rainbow, four months before he death. Visitors are invited to drop into the Whitworth for a unique one to one interactive live experience of undivided attention and love. Present by Contact and Word of Warning as part of Queer Contact festival.
Drawing from the Wider World
9 March. 6pm – 9pm. Free
An evening of live music, discussion and images with Deanna Petherbridge. Alongside our current exhibition of her pen and ink drawings dealing with architecture as metaphor and narrative, Deanna Petherbridge will talk about the places and spaces she has encountered during her travels across the Middle East, South and East Asia during a long career. Live performances from Asian female musicians will accompany images from Deanna’s archive. Part of Wonder Women festival.