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The Library will close to both the members and the public today to allow a private hire event to take place. We will re-open on Saturday at 11:00am.
Daisies are the most common weed in England. Does finding out that they are not native to the UK change your opinion of them? Using the surprising migrant history of one of the UK's most common and well-loved flowers, artists and practitioners Jessica El Mal and Juliette Davis-Dufayard will lead a discursive workshop exploring the value of where things come from and what it means to feel rooted in a place. Bending copper wire to answer questions and express ideas, as a group you will leave behind a daisy chain of your own, as a marker of how the history of the common daisy has affected our thoughts today.
The Library’s exhibition space and cafe will be closed between 11am and 12:30pm on Saturday the 5th of October as we will be delivering the Art History session ‘Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?’ led by Sara Riccardi. The spaces will re-open at 12:30pm. The Reading Room will remain open as usual to members, readers and researchers who are registered with the library. If you would like to learn more about participating in these Art History sessions please follow the link.
In the 20th century, the form and function of art was revolutionised. But was this for better or worse? This Art Across series asks the fundamental questions and puts contemporary art in context.
Anyone wishing to learn more and reflect about contemporary art and discuss it in an open and provocative setting will find the sessions thought-provoking and informative. Open to passionate advocates or inveterate sceptics alike!
The Members’ Reading Room will be closed on Friday 4 October between 2:00pm and 4:30pm to allow a private hire event to take place. Members and the public will still be able to use the Cobden area and exhibition space as usual.
In 2019, The Portico Library will relaunch The Portico Prize: a major literary award celebrating contemporary writing that encapsulates ‘a sense of the North’. The Portico Library and the Centre for Place Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University have come together to organise, in the months leading up to the announcement of the Prize, ‘Rewriting the North’: a series of events celebrating writers and writing connected with the North of England. Jennifer Makumbi and Michelle Green will read from their work and will discuss the role that place plays in their creative practice.
The Library is closed to both the members and the public all day to allow a wedding to take place. We will reopened on Monday at 09:30am.
Manchester’s three rivers, the Irwell, the Irk and the Medlock, are featured on the city’s heraldic crest, forming part of the symbol for Manchester, but today they are largely hidden from view and many Manchester residents rarely interact them. What happened to Manchester’s three rivers?
Students from Levenshulme High School have been invited to learn about the rise and fall of Manchester’s three rivers and discover how important they are to our history, our ecology and to all people who live in the city and its surrounding area. A poet and a visual artist will lead the session and enable the group to create their own mythologies, inventing renewed identities for these rivers and helping to give them pride of place in Manchester once again.
Second Nature, The Portico’s upcoming exhibition, brings together historic literature and artefacts, up-to-date research and new works by contemporary artists and young people to ask what we mean by ‘natural’ and ‘unnatural’ today and how these terms have been used throughout the modern age.
Ann Hornsby of Mind's Eye Description Services will deliver an audio-described tour for blind and partially-sighted visitors. She will introduce the building and collection, and our exhibition Making the News.
More information on the exhibition here: https://www.theportico.org.uk/exhibitions/
Booking not required
To mark Heritage Open Days, The Portico Library holds one day of activities celebrating the relationship between cultural heritage and the natural environment. The Library also launches its Endangered Booklist in a bid to preserve its threatened collection items. Details to be announced.