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Art Across: An Essential Art History with Sara Riccardi

Regular Saturday sessions from January - March 2018, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Advance booking required
Individual sessions: £20
Book all eight sessions in advance for the price of seven: £140
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Art Across is a project created by art historian Sara Riccardi (History of Art MA at ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome) that aims to stimulate engagement and create connections between the artists of today and those of the past, through a series of sessions with an interactive structure. The format stretches from the Middle Ages to contemporary times and features eight sessions where the participants are invited to explore the arts in an essential, chronological overview, discovering the threads that link together centuries of art production.
This course will provide you with an excellent overview of the most significant phases in Art History, which can go on to inform your work, artistic practice or further academic/personal studies. They are also perfect for beginners and a wonderful way to spend your Saturday mornings as the sessions are truly fascinating while being friendly, fun and interactive!

For more information on the course content and our T&Cs please visit the Eventbrite booking page.

Introduction to Performance Art with Nicola Dale

Tue 16 January 2018, 15:00 – 17:00
Tickets £10
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What is performance? It borrows from sculpture, but adds time into the mix; it borrows from theatre, but does not involve acting; it borrows from dance, but it doesn’t mean you have to move…This workshop is for beginners and/or curious minds. Through practical work and discussion we will explore ways of inspiring, developing and presenting performance.

Christina Rossetti presented by the Societa’ Dante Alighieri

Thu 18 January 2018, 18:30 – 20:30
Tickets £6/£5
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“Tutto il cielo e’ splendente” is the first Italian translation of the work of poet Christina Rossetti. This new book will be presented with readings in both languages and a musical interlude. Italian wine and nibbles provided.

Does Information + Technology = Knowledge?

Thu 25 January 2018, 18:30 – 20:30
Tickets £6/£5
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Using artist Nicola Dale’s work as a starting point, experts from different fields of study debate what aspects of “knowledge” are gained or lost through the rapid changes in communication and technology.

Confirmed speakers:
Nicola Dale - Artist and Researcher
Nicholas Royle - Author and Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Fred Schurink - Historian of Books and Reading, University of Manchester

Human Evolution with Dr Reinmar Hager

Monday 12 February 2018, 18:30
Tickets £6/£5
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Join us on International Darwin Day for a talk that traces human evolution from 8 million years ago to today's global population. Dr Reinmar Hager (University of Manchester) identifies the key phases in our human history and asks what our future looks like.

Valentine's Day Wine Tasting at The Portico Library

14 February 2018, 18:30 - 20:00
£35 per person
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Bring your valentine to one of the city's hidden gems for a luxurious group wine tasting with one of Manchester's most well-known and fun-loving food critics, Neil Sowerby. The wine will be served with delicious sharing boards!

Workshop with Sophie Tyrrell

21 February 2018, 15:00 - 17:00
£20 per person
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Sophie's extraordinary puppets are a fantastic fusion of art, craft and story-telling. Give life to your imagination by creating your own hand-puppets inspired by a range of pagan culture, folklore and the Bauhaus artist Paul Klee.

Artist Talk: Sophie Tyrrell

20 March 2018, 17:30
Tickets £3 (Students free)
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Sophie Tyrrell's exhibition and practise are informed by research into Icelandic sagas, folklore tales and "uncivilised" ways of being. Find out more about her work and where it fits in today's "Art World".

Drawing Classes at The Portico

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month
11:30am - 1:30pm
Please note these classes will not be running between January and March 2018

£10.00 Booking not required

Practice your drawing skills in one of Manchester's most inspirational environments. Advice and tuition available from the class leader, Greg Fenwick. Basic materials are provided and tea and coffee is included in the price. If you wish to bring your own materials please restrict these to pencils, chalks and charcoals.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations can be made by contacting us here. Please note that The Portico Library is happy to issue a refund up to 24 hours before the event takes place.

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