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Thursday Lates

Start the weekend early with our Thursday Lates – a series of sociable, after work and late 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, 6-9pm, free unless otherwise stated

Part of Manchester Science Festival
PLACEBO: Social Prescription
Thursday 25 October, 6-8pm
Tickets £5/£3 concessions, please click here to book your ticket

Our health is influenced by a range of social, economic and environmental factors. In a pressurised health system, how can the arts, culture and sports help to support the health of entire communities? Along with pills and prescriptions, doctors and nurses now have the option of prescribing a whole range of non-clinical community services that help improve your health – everything from joining choirs, taking art classes to playing sports or visiting museums.

This panel discussion brings together health professionals, researchers, policy makers and creative practitioners to discuss the growing field of ‘social prescription’ and consider how relationships, activities and expectations can have a radical impact on health and wellbeing. Part of The Power of Placebo – a national programme of events to accompany Clod Ensemble's new performance, Placebo.


Wendy Gallagher is Head of Learning and Engagement at Manchester Museum, working to support and drive forward the major £13 million capital development project, Hello Future. This transformation, driven by social purpose aims to become the UK’s most imaginative, inclusive and caring museum. She continues to lead the growth of health and culture partnerships at the Whitworth and Manchester Museum and was recognised for outstanding and innovative contributions to arts and health research and practice by Royal Society of Public health in 2012.

Jo Ward describes herself as a Change Maker, committed to reducing health inequalities and promoting social justice. As an energetic arts and culture advocate she likes to squeeze between the gaps in organisational infrastructure and cut across sectoral divides to join stuff up; make things happen. She does this by managing a portfolio which defies any of the usual organisational and professional boundaries with a regional and national social prescribing remit, commitments with both STPs, CCGs and NHS England, alongside a portfolio of museum and arts clients who want to make a difference and transform people’s lives.

Michelle Howarth is Senior Lecturer at the School of Health and Society, University of Salford. Michelle’s PhD explored the meaning and experience of person-centred care for people who have chronic back pain. The theme of person-centred care has been developed through Michelle’s current research which focusses on how social prescribing can be used to support person centred approaches to recovery. Michelle co-leads the Creative Wellbeing group at the University. The group brings together a collection of academics from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds ranging from nurses and public health researchers to geographers, environmental scientists, psychologists, built environment specialists and many more and are currently working to evaluate the impact of green space on health and wellbeing.

Presented by Clod Ensemble in association with Manchester Science Festival 2018. Please click here for further event details.


Intimacy, Sexuality, Consent
Thursday 1 November, 6-7.30pm
Free, no need to book

Sara Riccardi will respond to the Whitworth Collection with a talk that questions the role of art in representing themes of love, desire, sex and consent.

In a practical workshop, Alison Pilling will discuss the latest ideas around consent and touch in the sex education community and invites you to consider how you can develop consenting, satisfying relationships. Alison has trained with the leading sex educators in the world and will share practical tips on creating meaningful connections.

If you’re fascinated and slightly confused by relationships and curious about what art offers to guide us through, this evening promises a thought-provoking experience.


Book launch and talk
William Simmonds: The Silent Heart of the Arts and Crafts Movement
Thursday 1 November, 6-8pm
Free, no need to book.

Please arrive in good time as places are limited.

Celebrate the book launch of this fascinating biography of the artist, sculptor and puppet maker William Simmonds.

Join the author Jessica Douglas-Home to hear about the life and work of William Simmonds and his extensive contribution to the Arts and Crafts movement in this unique publication.

Alongside the talk, the evening will include a unique opportunity to see textiles from the Whitworth’s collection relating to Eve Simmonds, Barron and Larcher and other influential textiles of the period.


Thursday Lates takeover
PERSPECTIVES in Contemporary Art
Thursday 29 November, 6-9pm
Free, no need to book 

PERSPECTIVES in Contemporary Art is presented by Venture Arts and seeks to open up conversations about the visibility of learning disabled artists within contemporary art spaces and how this relates to both the world of outsider art and the disability arts scene.

There will be opportunities to hear specialist view points in the field and to hear about Conversations Series II, a diverse six-person residency using the Whitworth’s Outsider Art Collection as a starting point. Artists will be on hand from Venture Arts to share their work with you from PERSPECTIVES over food and drinks, and audio-visual artist Joe Beedles, a current artist in residence, will be showcasing a new immersive audio visual piece utilising his sounds and digital imagery and projection mapping created by artists from Venture Arts.
PERSPECTIVES is a series of exhibitions, happenings and creative exchanges across Greater Manchester proudly presented by visual arts organisation Venture Arts. From 1 October 2018 through to 24 February 2019, artworks developed over the last two years will be unveiled to the public for the first time in a number group shows occupying both historical and contemporary venues.


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If you have an idea that brings art, people and ideas together and think it would make a great Thursday Late, take the first step and fill in our proposal form

All proposals will go through to our bi-monthly panel. The panel meets in September and November 2018 and January, March, May, July 2019.

Before you fill in the online form please read the guidelines here Thursday Late Guidelines