Crafternoon Tea

At Whitworth Art Gallery.

Workshop

Social art and craft workshop. Enjoy a cuppa whilst trying your hand at some new, unusual techniques in a fun and friendly atmosphere. In this series we look at up cycling, responding to our exhibition Building on Things: images of ruin and construction.

Third Saturday and Wednesday of the month, 1pm – 3pm. £5
Wednesdays, 20th June, 18th July, 15th August,
Saturdays, 16th June, 21st July, 18th August, 15th September

Booking

Booking essential, call 0161 275 7450

Meshac Gaba, Ensemble

Serious about Art: Photography. Weekend course, day two

At Whitworth Art Gallery.

More about Nii Obodai

Workshop

Manchester photo artist Mark Page leads this weekend investigating notions of photographing “home”, taking the stunning work of Nii Obadai as a starting point.

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August. 11am – 4pm. £35 Places are limited.

Booking

Booking essential, please email: ed.watts@manchester.ac.uk

Nii Obodai, From the Edge to the Core, Who Knows Tomorrow, 2009

Serious about Art: Photography. Weekend course

At Whitworth Art Gallery.

More about Nii Obodai

Workshop

Manchester photo artist Mark Page leads this weekend investigating notions of photographing “home”, taking the stunning work of Nii Obadai as a starting point.

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August. 11am – 4pm. £35 Places are limited.

Booking

Booking essential, please email: ed.watts@manchester.ac.uk

Nii Obodai, From the Edge to the Core, Who Knows Tomorrow, 2009

Fanzine Workshop

At Whitworth Art Gallery.

Workshop

In addition to the We Face Forward newspaper, join Threads & Letters to create your own Fanzine inspired by the exhibition. Now part of our Raw Social events.

Saturday 28 July, 1pm-4pm. Free

Meshac Gaba, Ensemble

Art Social

At Whitworth Art Gallery.

Workshop

Artist led, drop in workshops exploring the diverse themes and practices covered within the exhibition. A perfect place to get creative, share ideas and learn new skills with like-minded individuals.

Saturdays 14 July, 4 August, 8 September, 1pm -3pm. Free

Meshac Gaba, Ensemble

An Evening with Lemn Sissay

At Whitworth Art Gallery.

Join Lemn Sissay in the gallery for an evening of poetry, music and film within our We Face Forward exhibition.

Saturday 14th July, 7pm – 10.30pm. Free

Focus on West Africa: History, Art, Culture

At Whitworth Art Gallery.

Lecturer Nirvana Romell highlights the long and rich cultural history and artistic traditions, from the Nok civilization and medieval kingdoms to the colonial period and exchange of artistic ideas with the West. Now part of the Raw Social events.

Saturday 23 June, 1pm – 3.30pm Free

Meshac Gaba, Ensemble

The archaeology of ritual, shrines and sacrifice in Northern Ghana

At The Manchester Museum.

Professor Tim Insoll, University of Manchester will be speaking at the Museum about the archaeology of ritual, shrines and sacrifice in Northern Ghana, as part of the We Face Forward season of events.

More information

Below is an extract from an article in the University of Manchester free magazine – Unilife www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/unilife/

‘In 2004, he turned to northern Ghana, and, working with colleagues from the University of Ghana, excavated intensively. Important finds there included hundreds of ancient clay figures, of human and animal form, between 800 and 1,400 years old. The work showed that a forgotten society once existed there. Human remains were also unearthed from hundreds of mysterious mounds. “The finds help to fill a significant gap in our scant knowledge of this period in West Africa,”’

We are delighted that Tim will be speaking, especially as we are looking forward to a major exhibition at The Manchester Museum of figurines, pulling together eight years of research findings, next year.

Booking

Book on 0161 275 2648,

Free

Meshac Gaba, Ensemble

Alternative Camera Club

At Whitworth Art Gallery.

Social discussions, talks and critiques. Explore artists using photography as a tool to highlight the themes within the exhibition and to inform your own work. Now part of our Raw Social events.

Saturdays 16 June, 21 July*, 18 Aug, 15 Sept, 1pm – 3pm. Free

*21st July - Alternative Camera Club talk with James Barnor (followed by a talk by Portrait Salon)

Informal artist talks, curator tours, debates, film screenings and music inspired
by the Senegalese, Raw Materials Company.

Every Saturday from 1pm. Free

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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

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

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