Thursday Lates

At Manchester Art Gallery.

Manchester Art Gallery is now open until 9pm every Thursday evening.

This Thursday, we're delighted to welcome two very different experts:

Professor Alan Rice is a world authority on the often uncomfortable history of relationships between Africa, Europe and the Americas. Hear him talk about some fascinating individuals of African heritage who made their mark on Manchester during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Jokeh is a leading exponent of West African dance, performed to the accompaniment of drums (djembe). Don't miss her energetic and hugely enjoyable performance.

There's also a special event just for visitors who are learning English. English corner is a friendly and relaxed discussion about artworks in the gallery led by a trained ESOL tutor. It's a great way of practising your English and meeting new people.

Of course you don't have to attend a Thursday Lates event to take advantage of our new, longer opening hours. Meet up with friends, drop in for food and drink, browse the galleries and shop at your leisure.
Talk

Tracing Roots and Routes and Facing Forward: African Atlantic Residents and Sojourners Make their Mark in the Cottonopolis 1789-1956

6.30 - 7.30pm

Talk by Alan Rice, Professor in English and American Studies at University of Central Lancashire

Professor Rice is an expert in the field of the Black Atlantic where his scholarship has led to collaborative projects with museums and community organisations. He is one of the contributors to the We Face Forward catalogue.

Live dance and drumming performances

7.30-8.00pm and 8.15-8.45 pm

Originally from The Gambia, now based in Manchester, Jokeh is is Artistic Director and Principal African Dancer for Santa Yalla Arts, providing performance, education programmes, workshops and tuition in West African dance and drumming. Take a look at a West African Manding Dance. Come along and see Jokeh in action. Maybe you'll be inspired to learn yourself!

Cafe, until 9pm

Relax, unwind and take advantage of the cafe's special evening menu. Enjoy tasty nibbles such as marinated olives, bowls of chips and breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, as well as some delicious sharing platters. Choose from a special selection of wines and beers chosen to complement our snacks and platters.

English Corner 6.30 - 8.00pm

An opportunity to practice your English speaking and listening skills with a trained ESOL tutor, meet other people who are learning English and get to know Manchester Art Gallery. You do not need any experience or knowledge of art. All ESOL levels welcome.

Meshac Gaba, Ensemble

Royal Northern College of Music

Royal Northern College of Music

The RNCM, formed in 1973 from the merger of the Royal Manchester College of Music with the Northern School of Music, has, for many years, been the first choice institution for a large number of aspiring professional musicians from the UK and overseas.

Four public venues host a performance programme that is unique in its range and quality, featuring a rolling programme of student performances alongside visiting artists and ensembles.

Manchester Art Walk

At The Manchester Museum.

Manchester Art Walks are bi monthly, after hours, whistle stop tours of a hand picked selection of the top exhibitions happening in Manchester and Salford. Manchester Art Walks will incorporate usually three exhibitions happening in close proximity to each other, including exhibitions at the cities larger venues, smaller galleries, artists studios and pop-up spaces. At each venue there will be an introduction to the exhibition from the curator, artist or member of gallery staff. The walks will be fun, friendly, informal events and perfect for anyone interested in discovering more of Manchester and Salford’s visual arts scene.

The first Manchester Art Walk takes place on Wednesday 27 June. At a little over a mile long the walk will visit three venues that are all part of We Face Forward, a huge city-wide series of exhibitions and events exploring the links between Manchester and West Africa as part of the London 2012 cultural festival.

Beginning in the reception area of the Manchester Museum at 5.30pm we will hear about the display of artworks, printed stories and museum objects, the result of the Manchester Museum working with the African Caribbean Carers group and artist Alan Birch to develop a re-interpretation of the Anansi Spider Stories, a popular character in West African and Caribbean folklore.

The walk will then go to Whitworth Art Gallery where there will be an introduction the major new commission by Pascale Marthine Tayou, entitled The World Falls Apart, an interior forest populated by masks and sculptures, that spills out into the neighbouring park.

And finally at Platt Hall, Gallery of Costume there will be an introduction to the photographs by Malick Sidibé, Abderramane Sakaly, Soungalo Malé and Hamidou Maiga that are being shown alongside contemporary fashion pieces designed by British-Nigerian designer Duro Olowu. All four photographers’ works show how Mali re-envisioned the idea of the studio portrait in the second half of the twentieth century, giving a West African twist to the art form. Olowu has achieved great recognition in the world of fashion, winning New Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2005. He references his African heritage in vibrant, bold, graphic prints, exotic colours and patchwork techniques.

Booking

Price: £4 - buy tickets at http://manchesterartwalk.eventbrite.co.uk/

5:30PM - 7:30PM 27 June 2012

Meshac Gaba, Ensemble
A must-see show of contemporary art from West Africa

A must-see show of contemporary art from West Africa

Emeka Ogboh remixes the city

Thursday Lates

At Manchester Art Gallery.

Manchester Art Gallery is now open until 9pm every Thursday evening.

This summer, Thursday Lates are inspired by our big summer exhibition and the city-wide season of music and art We Face Forward – Art from West Africa Today.

This Thursday, come and enjoy our exhibitions and displays. Meet up with friends, drop in for food and drinks, browse the galleries and shop at your leisure.

Free Film Screening 7-8.30pm

As part of the We Face Forward season, we are screening the film Elmina; artist Doug Fishbone's experimental intervention, inserting himself, a white American artist, into the lead role of a Ghanian melodrama. For more information about this project check out the trailer or visit the Tate website.

Free Knitting Activity 6-8pm

Come and join in with a We Face Forward inspired project with our group of knitters, swap stories and techniques. Bring along your own project or come and borrow some of our supplies. All skills welcome, whether beginner or expert.

Food and drink

Relax, unwind and take advantage of the cafe's special evening menu. Enjoy tasty nibbles such as marinated olives, bowls of chips and breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, as well as some delicious sharing platters.

We look forward to seeing you.

Thursday 14 June 2012
5.00pm - 9.00pm
FREE

Doug Fishbone, Elmina, 2010

Pan African Congress event

At The Manchester Museum.

A panel debate on the lasting impact of the Pan African Congress that took place in Manchester in October 1945.

6-8pm, drop-in, free

 

Meshac Gaba, Ensemble

English Corner

At Whitworth Art Gallery.

Use the exhibition to practice speaking English with others. Our English tutor will lead you in activities to help you develop your speaking and listing skills.

Sundays 24 June, 22 July, 26 Aug, 2pm – 3.30pm. Free
 

Meshac Gaba, Ensemble

English Corner

At Whitworth Art Gallery.

Workshop

Use the exhibition to practice speaking English with others. Our English tutor will lead you in activities to help you develop your speaking and listing skills.

Sundays 24 June, 22 July, 26 Aug, 2pm – 3.30pm. Free

Meshac Gaba, Ensemble

English Corner

At Whitworth Art Gallery.

Workshop

Use the exhibition to practice speaking English with others. Our English tutor will lead you in activities to help you develop your speaking and listing skills.

Sundays 24 June, 22 July, 26 Aug, 2pm – 3.30pm. Free

Meshac Gaba, Ensemble

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Martin Barlow, curator of the exhibition Moving Into Space at the National Football Museum talks about the exhibition.

Barthélémy Toguo, Lucy Azubuike and Nnenna Okore, three of the exhibited artists, talk about their work and their interest in using materials which reflect the lifestyle and experience of the people of West Africa.

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Reviews

Street life, dazzling dress, social commentary and a riot of sensuous colour interweave in a rich assembly of West African art, writes Charles Gore in the Times Higher Education

Nine countries show off their talent as five city venues link up for a summer celebration. Helen Nugent in the Guardian