Join artist and Jeremy Deller’s favourite banner maker, Ed Hall in a conversation about art, working class traditions and politics.
When architect Ed Hall first started applying his design skills to making protest banners for political marches he had little idea that years later his works would hang in public galleries and feature in exhibitions around the world. Indeed, Hall’s work is usually to be seen hanging alongside traditional banners in Manchester’s very own People’s History Museum; today his brand new commission for the Jeremy Deller exhibition, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air will be on show for the first time. Join Ed Hall for a mid-morning chat with Dr. Nick Mansfield about an unlikely career, the tradition of banner making and its contemporary relevance. Afterward, hot-foot it over to the Working Class Movement Library for a spot of DIY craftivism. UCLan’s Nick Mansfield is a Senior Research Fellow in History; he was also the director of the People’s History Museum for 21 years. He writes – amongst other things – about historic banners. Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL, 11am-12.30pm, Saturday 12 October, free but booking required here.
The very best exhibitions in Manchester and the North include a collaboration with a renowned dance company, the return of Manchester Science Festival (bigger and better than ever), a showcase of exquisite craft at the Old Granada Studios, and much more. All in all, it’s an exciting, boundary transcending time for art in the North.
With Rising Stars and World Literature, nothing says October in the Rainy City like Manchester Literature Festival. As we enter the final furlongs, there are still tickets available for some events, from creative non-fiction to a canalside special commission. And once MLF is over, Manchester Science Festival will be chemically enhancing words with poems about the periodic table.