Having migrated from the Manchester Art Gallery to the medium of zoom, thinking, talking and reflection is still taking place every first Wednesday evening and third Tuesday morning of the month. The sessions are facilitated by volunteers and Staff from the Manchester Art Gallery. Although the gallery may be temporarily closed, the philosophy cafe is keeping discussion alive with topics including, community, our relationship to work, punishment and altruism.
Each conversation based session will ponder these big questions using a relevant artwork as a springboard for ideas. Within a mixture of smaller and larger group scenarios, allow your mind to be shown perspectives you may have never considered before and let that muscle of curiosity get thoroughly stretched. Conversations are facilitated by volunteers, but by having art at the centre of discussion it takes the sometimes difficult subject matter into a space where people can voice their opinion freely.
The sessions are suitable for everyone and anyone, however, the group asks that you be respectful of others points of view and that you listen to everyone in the room. You don’t need to be an expert in art or philosophy, just intrigued and eager to learn.
The philosophy cafe is just one of the previously gallery based groups that has now moved online. Check out the Manchester Art Gallery website to see what other activities are still taking place.