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A bookbinding workshop with a difference!
Oct
16
10:15 AM10:15

A bookbinding workshop with a difference!

(In partnership with the Society of Bookbinders, North West and North Wales Region)

Wednesday 16 October 2019, 10.15-4.00; tea/coffee on arrival from 10am for a prompt start at 10.15am

An opportunity to get creative making a variety of ingenious, fun and useful items. With tutor Barry Clark we will re-create the almost forgotten milkman’s Magic Wallet, the Map Fold (a way to present a whole page image in a small and attractive format), the Pop-Up invitation/greetings card for those special occasions or special people, and the Exploding Box (secrets to be revealed). A treat for yourself and an opportunity to make some unique Christmas gifts. All materials and tools will be provided. The fee includes the cost of materials, tea/coffee on arrival and a light lunch. This workshop is limited to 12 participants so early booking is advised.

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Apr
29
12:00 PM12:00

Closure for the AGM of The Portico Library Trust, Mon 29 April 2019, 12 - 2pm

The Library’s public access will be interrupted for two hours (between 12 - 2pm) on Monday the 29th of April 2019 because the annual general meeting of The Portico Library Trust will be in session. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. The Library will still be accessible for registered members, readers and researchers.

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Politics, Power and the People
Feb
22
3:00 PM15:00

Politics, Power and the People

The political and social struggles that surrounded the Peterloo Massacre in 1819 and were nothing new. Those holding power sought to keep it, use it and would, on occasion, abuse it. Their opponents demanded a say in government, in the way their lives were organised, and how they might improve their lot in life by political action.

Peterloo was one tragic episode in that eternal struggle: reflecting a world of political hopes and ideas and it would, consciously or not, shape the political thoughts of generations to come.

Some of these ideas are the themes of a series of talks focusing on Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes and John Stewart Mill.

The format is a 1 hour lecture followed by tea, cake and casual discussion.

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Seventeen Artists*
Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

Seventeen Artists*

*who just happen to be women!

This series is back due to popular demand.

This series will present seventeen artistic personalities, selecting some examples from different centuries: we will look at their lives and their art, put them into context, and as a result of the analysis of their biographies, we will acknowledge how their identity as female artists affected their careers, their work and their role for the following generations. These four sessions can be joined as stand-alone events or attended as a course to receive the full benefit of Sara’s inspiring teaching style. These sessions are perfect for anyone who wishes to strengthen their knowledge of the History of Art.

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An Introduction to Bookbinding
Jan
17
10:00 AM10:00

An Introduction to Bookbinding

(In partnership with the Society of Bookbinders, North West and North Wales Region)

In this one day workshop you will work with an experienced local bookbinder, Barry Clark, to create three finished books: a sewn pamphlet with a decorative dust-wrapper, a Japanese stab binding, and a multi-section notebook with exposed decorative sewing. These three projects will introduce you to the essentials of all bookbinding: grain direction, folding and cutting paper, creating book sections, setting out sewing stations and different ways of sewing books. All materials and tools will be provided, but feel free to bring your own favourite craft tools if you have them. We will not be using glue so no protective apron is required. The fee includes the cost of materials, tea/coffee on arrival and a light buffet lunch. This workshop is limited to 12 participants so early booking is advised.

Tea/coffee on arrival from 10am for a prompt start at 10.30am

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Nov
23
3:00 PM15:00

Temporary Closure Friday 23 November from 3:00pm

The Library’s public exhibition space will be temporarily closed this afternoon to accommodate the first lecture in our Politics, Power and the People series. The lectures are open to members and non-members and if you would like to attend please visit our what’s on page https://www.theportico.org.uk/events/

The Reading Room will still be open to members. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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The Nature of Cities: Building a Resilient Greater Manchester through Culture & Education
Nov
9
3:00 PM15:00

The Nature of Cities: Building a Resilient Greater Manchester through Culture & Education

Nov 9, 2018, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The Portico Library and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority welcome you to an event looking at nature, resilience and young people, and how culture can be used to address some of the most pressing problems we face as a city-region.

This event will be a chance for members of the public to engage with academics, practitioners, policy makers and cultural representatives on issues of resilience, ecology and the role of the arts in a changing climate and will be opened by the Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, and the Greater Manchester Chief Resilience Officer, Dr Kathy Oldham.

In addition, two local school groups will present the outcomes of workshops conducted with local artist Oliver East using the power of image and text to explore themes of nature, urban life, and resilience…

Join the waiting list for free tickets here.

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Real Voices. Real Power.
Oct
31
2:00 PM14:00

Real Voices. Real Power.

RECLAIM was set up in Moss Side in 2007, to identify and support young leaders from an intensely pressurised community. It continues its work to help young working class people to develop their skills and potential, and to build their pathway to make the world a better place for all. In this informal event some of RECLAIM’s proud and passionate young working class feminists will talk about their journey into social action.

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