Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

PUSH LAB 2022 at HOME Manchester, Manchester 24 — 30 January 2022 Tickets from £Pay as you feel — Book now

Making art of any kind has come with some very specific challenges these past couple of years, but as a more hopeful time beckons, HOME wants to inspire the artistic community of Manchester to challenge their thoughts on how to make work in 2022. Over the course of a week, PUSH LAB will be hosting conversations, events and workshops designed to interrogate and provoke people’s attitudes to making work in an unpredictable world. It will be a chance to recharge, reconnect and gather your thoughts as the year begins.

Plenty of opportunities to check in with your wellbeing, relax and just have fun

Each event is available to book individually and on a pay as you can basis. HOME welcomes you to join for the whole week, a day, or just a single workshop. Whatever best suits your practise. You are sure to meet other artists and find welcoming spaces to debate issues relevant to all, regardless of your artform. Alongside debates, hands-on workshops and more serious but necessary talks, there will be plenty of opportunities to check in with your wellbeing, relax and just have fun.

Across the week, individual days have been curated to look at a particular question or have a running theme. Some of these include days focused on Sustainability, Socially Engaged Practices and a Wellbeing Day, with visiting artists including DADA Festival, Box of Tricks, Passenger Games and Pigfoot Theatre Company.

All the workshops are highly participatory and vary wildly. You can debate ethics while you play the World Factory Game, develop your toolkit for working with youth racial trauma, and take part in a face to face theatre piece about the legacies of European colonialism and who gets to tell which story. However, if the start of the year is already feeling quite heavy, you can also join for a massage, yoga and a therapeutic movement workshop. Take what you need to help you create in 2022.

PUSH LAB 2022 at HOME Manchester, Manchester 24 — 30 January 2022

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