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Joy For Ever Events

A programme of events to coincide with Joy For Ever: How to use art to change the world and its price in the market. This exhibition responds to the 200th birthday of artist, art critic and social reformer John Ruskin with a joyful look at how to use art for social change. 

A Discussion around The Political Economy of Art with John Byrne
Thursday 11 April, 11am-12pm
Free, drop-in

Join us for a monthly roundtable discussion on a variety of themes with John Byrne, Reader in ‘The Uses of Art’ at Liverpool John Moores University and Director of ‘The Uses of Art Lab’ which forms part of Liverpool School of Art and Designs ART LABS Research Centre. These discussions will be held during the Joy for Ever exhibition and cover topics of Economics, Social Making and Politics.
To read more about THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF ART click here

Performance: Mr Ruskin in Manchester
Thursday 11 April, 6.30pm
Free, drop-in

Take an irreverent look at John Ruskin’s relationship with Manchester! Join us as the Friends of the Whitworth Players perform ‘Mr Ruskin in Manchester’ by scriptwriter Graham Carlisle as part of SHOWCASE, an evening of free public events celebrating 85 years of volunteering Friends of the Whitworth.

 

Two For The Price of One Workshop
Saturday 13 April, 1-4pm
Free

A series of small processes with clay that explore the notion of producing two things simultaneously with one concise move. All items made in the session will go into the honest shop and will be for sale. All participants will be offered a ‘two for the price of one’ deal on the products they make.
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Still Life Drawing by David Lowther
Tuesday 16 April, 1-3pm
Free

Looking at the three ‘rudimentary techniques’ of line, colour and shade as practised by Ruskin, David Lowther will be hosting a drop-in illustrative session open to people of all levels. Using natural objects from the local area, attendees will be introduced to the basic methods of Still Life drawing and colour marking.
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Roll With The Bunches Workshop
Saturday 20 April, 1-4pm
Free

A chance to have a hand in the production of a product for the honest shop. Working with Standard Practice, they’ll pull handles in clay, you’ll finish the job by rolling a leaf between two handles to produce a set of salad servers. One move produces two things, a reflection of the drawing tools built by Standard Practice, made by a single slice of timber producing both a drawing surface and subject display in the same instance.
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Discussion & Workshop with IMAA
Thursday 25 April, 6-8pm
Free

Islington Mill Art Academy are challenging the way art is being taught in traditional institutions.
Thirteen people from a range of age groups and backgrounds have been brought together at Islington Mill in an experimentation of free art education. Their aim is to learn, develop and create work both individually and in collaboration. In doing so they intend to discover how to be artists together in the world today.
The group will start a conversation around Ruskin and contemplate what he would have thought of the collectives unique approach to art and learning. This will form the basis of a drawing led workshop within the Joy For Ever exhibition.
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Drop In and Draw with Sarah Sanders
Friday 10 May, 1-3pm
Free, drop-in

Sarah Saunders invites you to join her on a study of still life through multiple approaches and mediums. Participants will be encouraged to look closely at a variety of objects and produce layered drawings over the duration of the workshop; exploring composition, texture, scale and contrast.

 

A Discussion around Art and Social Making with John Byrne
Thursday 16 May, 11am-12pm
Free, drop-in

Join us for a monthly roundtable discussion on a variety of themes with John Byrne, Reader in ‘The Uses of Art’ at Liverpool John Moores University and Director of ‘The Uses of Art Lab’ which forms part of Liverpool School of Art and Designs ART LABS Research Centre. These discussions will be held during the Joy for Ever exhibition and cover topics of Economics, Social Making and Politics.
To read more about Art and Social Making, click here.

 

Ruskin Rocks with Kelly Jayne Jones
Saturday 18 May, 11am-12pm
Free

Kelly Jayne Jones has been working with the sounds of the lithophone that John Ruskin commissioned by the Till Family in 1884, which is now housed at the Ruskin Museum in Coniston. Jones will create a new performance within Joy For Ever working with sampled sounds from the lithophone and Ruskin's bell collection along with her own unique amplified slate instrument.
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Live Wikithon – Keep It Complex
Sunday 19 May, 2-4:30pm
Free, book

An informative group research session and Wiki-edit-a-thon to promote the work of unacknowledged women working in and around John Ruskin's field of research. Introduction and research support by Dr Rachel Dickinson with facilitation by Keep it Complex
Keep it Complex invites the public to discuss and gather research on underrepresented female contemporaries of John Ruskin. The event will start with an introduction to women working in John Ruskin’s field by specialist scholar Dr Rachel Dickinson, followed by a group discussion and Wikipedia edit-a-thon. Together, the group will discuss, collate research and make new Wikipedia profiles for relevant women, to reinsert these women into the history of a time that has arguably been dominated by Ruskin's work.
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Community Studio
Monday 27 May – Saturday 1 June
Free

The Upping It project has selected local residents to produce murals around the project area. On the 1st of June we will be hosting a tour of Joy for Ever with our curators to coincide with the launch, this will be followed by a walk through the park to see the new art works. Over the course of the week we will be hosting workshops for everyone to get involved with. Come down the Learning Studio to find out more.

 

Queer Artist Talking Circle
Thursday 30 May, 6-8pm
Free

The Queer Artist Talking Circle is for anyone living in Greater Manchester or anyone passing through who identifies as LGBTQIA, and is an artist or would like to be. The group meets in different locations around the city to socialise, talk, support one other and share ideas. Everyone is welcome. Supported by Superbia at Manchester Pride.
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The Student House Stories
Saturday 1 June, 12-4pm

Born out of a frustration of the student community being overlooked and often exploited, Get It Done are working with housing charity Shelter to explore student housing issues and utopia. Alongside unacceptable living conditions and difficult landlords, lots of students face not being able to afford their housing, which in cases results in hidden homelessness, mental health issues and we’ve even encountered students not being able to eat because they literally can’t afford to.
Working directly in student households, Get It Done will be leading a series of creative summits; workshop days in which students can reflect on what utopia can mean to them, cultivating a space for dialogue on student housing issues and action needed to tackle them and asking how we can reimagine student spaces.
Working with each household to produce a micro-project reflective of their summit, we'll be displaying all of these in an interactive exhibition and event on June 1st. Come and listen to the voices of the Manchester student community!

Programmed by Get It Done, an artist collective and community organisation based in Manchester. This event is part of WYC Activates. WYC Activates are commissioned by Whitworth Young Contemporaries to support young people develop creative projects that make a difference in their communities. 

 

Colourxway Performance & Open mic
Thursday 6 June, 6-8pm
Free, drop-in

A night of music, poetry and entertainment showcasing the talent of young people who attended a series of workshops programmed by Colourxway. With the collective hope of displaying what their art means to them, join their night of expression and express yourself with a joint open mic afterwards.

This event is part of WYC Activates. WYC Activates are commissioned by Whitworth Young Contemporaries to support young people develop creative projects that make a difference in their communities.

 

A Discussion around The Architecture of Politics with John Byrne 
Friday 7 June, 11am-12pm 
Free, drop-in

Join us for a monthly roundtable discussion on a variety of themes with John Byrne, Reader in ‘The Uses of Art’ at Liverpool John Moores University and Director of ‘The Uses of Art Lab’ which forms part of Liverpool School of Art and Designs ART LABS Research Centre. These discussions will be held during the Joy for Ever exhibition and cover topics of economics, social making and politics.
To read more about The Architecture of Politics, click here.

 

Aikaterini Gegisian: Screening and Q&A with Alistair Hudson
Thursday 27 June, 6-8pm
Free

A screening of Aikaterini Gegisian's episodes from 'Third Person (Plural)' in the Grand Hall. Aikaterini's multi-faceted work explores how images, operating within a global media environment that shapes the conscious and the unconscious, can contain new possibilities for thought. Her two films featured in Joy For Ever are part of a larger work that will be screened for the first time alongside a discussion between the artist and Alistair Hudson, director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery. Aikaterini Gegisian, Third Person (Plural), collage film in 8 episodes, SD video, colour and b&w, stereo sound, 2017-2019.
Archival film and video materials from the collections of the Library of Congress and The American National Archives.Third Person (Plural) produced with the support of Arts and Humanities Research Council, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen and Arts Council England.
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