Ancient Worlds Student Social
Friday 7th December, 6:30-9pm, Free, All students welcome
Come to a student- curated social event in the new Ancient Worlds gallery with live music, workshops, archeological wonders and more!
Here’s the Student Weekender programe! To look through and/or download, click here.
The Student Weekender (12-14 October) 2012 will weekend of art, music and cultural events happening along Manchester’s student corridor (Oxford Road).
The Student Weekender 2012 programme will be a student guide to Manchester Weekender that is co-curated by students for students, focusing on the student corridor. The programme will highlight other events and student-led initiatives happening on the student corridor.
Manchester Art Group students will be co-curating the Student Weekender 2012!
The Student Weekender programme is coming soon…
For the latest updates, check out the event page.
Welcome to all the new students! Find out more about Whitworth Art Gallery and The Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester‘s ‘Start of Year Fair’ tomorrow & Wednesday, 10-4pm in the marquee next to University Place. Lots of exciting events and opportunities for students including, The Student Weekender 2012 (12-14th October), The Student Social for Ancient Worlds (Manchester Museum), Manchester Art Group and Xtremuseology! Look forward to seeing you then!
Chanel Samuels is a BA Business and Japanese student at University of Manchester and was a We Face Forward Student Volunteer.
It’s only been a few weeks since the first instalments of the We face Forward West African art, music and culture exhibition took place, but there is already a strong visual presence reverberating throughout Manchester. The exhibition’s signature flag, which encompasses over 15 difference flags symbolising the union between the UK and West Africa, has become a positive and iconic image on the streets of Manchester. The flag has also managed to successfully brand the exhibition, creating an identity bigger than just that of a mere museum exhibit. This 3-month festival stretches well outside Manchester’s gallery spaces. There are a wide range of outstanding music events, including world renowned acts from Afro-Cubism, Femi Kuti and Angelique Kidjo, to name a few. The incredible multiplicity and brilliance of an array of West African music were showcased at the Manchester Day Parade, played vibrantly by a colourful African art inspired vehicle, the We Face Forward Art Bus.
Visiting one of the exhibitions being held at the various museums throughout Manchester is a fantastic, fun and culturally enriching activity for the whole family. As well as being an exciting experience, the museum’s child-friendly facilities take away any anxiety one may feel towards making the day a family excursion. Another impressive element to this exhibition is the variety of interchanging events, including musical performances, story telling, social discussions and the amount of artistic displays that are available. No two out of the nine participating venues are alike and as they are all situated within a fairly close proximity of each other, there is no reason to restrict yourself from visiting only one or just once.
As this is a showcase of contemporary West Africa you will not be disappointed with the level of cultural diversity present. For example, upon entering The Manchester Museum you are greeted by colourful handcrafted artworks and sculptures from Ghana such as their uniquely designed caskets, which helps shed light on their cultural standpoint towards the passing of an individual (the celebration of the persons life is revered rather than their loss being mourned). The pieces are also placed in the middle of the room to highlight the centrality of Ghana’s contributions to the festival. Furthermore, as you continue to tour the museum you will be pleasantly impressed by the abundance of pieces from all over the world as well as Africa.
The Whitworth Art Gallery offers a display of remarkably stunning hand-woven textiles, where the combination of varying weaving traditions is used to highlight how cloth and dress has acted as a medium of expression in West Africa. Pieces from Beninese artist Georges Adéagbo can also be found consisting of objects which symbolise popular music and culture, as well as, Nii Obodai’s photographs of his travels across Ghana. Progressing in to another room, photographs by Romuald Hazoume can be viewed, depicting Beninese travelling on motorbikes carrying plastic containers of petrol that has been smuggled from Nigeria.
Aside from the aforementioned indoor activities there are a lot more events scheduled to take place in Manchester throughout the Olympic summer, all of which are free to enjoy and participate in for the whole family.
Kerry Garner is an MA Art History student at University of Manchester and has been a We Face Forward Student Volunteer for We Face Forward. Here is her review of We Face Forward and her volunteering experiences.
We face Forward and Volunteering
Manchester is a city I love with a passion, so when the city’s annual parade kicked off on a recent weekend I felt proud to be from here and even more proud to be taking part in the Manchester Day Parade. Colour was blazing along the streets, flaring its way down Deansgate and booming all the way up Cross Street for no less than 2 hours. The atmosphere was stunning and the carnival-vibe had every single pavement filled with bodies, packed to the brim. It was a sight, and a fantastic one to say the least. Further down the road at the tail of the great monster-sized colour-brigade filled with every shape and creation imaginable, bopping along to the sounds of Africa was our humble team of six We Face Forward members and our zippy little art bus, shaking our tail feathers, soaking up the sunshine with smiles all round and experiencing something which, at least for me, was an event I will remember for some time to come. Never in my life can I say I have danced my way down Deansgate before!
The exhibition’s opening had definitely started with a bang! I decided to volunteer for the We Face Forward exhibition because it felt exciting, I felt excited about it, and that’s the feeling that’s being returned to me in participating. Studying for a Masters in Art History, I need work experience to break into the sector; everybody knows that, little did I know however how much fun it could be. What’s great about the opportunities opened to willing volunteers such as myself through this exhibition, was the variety on offer to choose what and where you would like to volunteer, and the chance to feel like you are taking part in something special at the same time as reaping a valuable learning experience. We Face Forward reaches all ages, 5 different venues, and touches on events such as the Manchester Day Parade, the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration. It was inspiring to see families and kids willing to try their hand at print-making at the Manchester Museum on the opening Saturday, again an experience I thoroughly enjoyed thanks to the lovely Museum staff, seeing the visiting artists whose enthusiasm was actually infectious, incredibly cute kids and a vibrancy of culture captured and brought to life by the exhibition. It was nice to see in action how public events can capture the imagination of not just the younger audience, but their parents too, especially reluctant fathers! This is how I feel about the exhibition now and I can’t wait to make my way around the whole of it throughout the coming summer as a visitor.