Women Hold Up Half the Sky Exhibition and Event Programme
Jun
9
11:00 AM11:00

Women Hold Up Half the Sky Exhibition and Event Programme

On June ninth, 2018, to celebrate the close of Ekua Bayunu’s 8-week AIR project, “Women Hold up Half the Sky”, you are invited to participate in a day of events presenting and reflecting on the work.

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The 8-week project incorporates elements of sculpture and film, and will include the participation of a diverse range of members of the local community. The celebration will host happenings all around the park, all culminating in a closing party at the Pavilion café.

The events for the day are as follows:

·         An exhibition, including films of the project’s development, at Chorlton Lodge: 11-3pm

·         An outdoor sculpture trail, which will take place across the park: 1-6pm

·         Art Workshop in the community room at the Depot: 12-2pm

·         Exhibition and Closing Party at the Pavilion: 2-6pm

The project draws from a central theme of the Pankhurst in the Park project, the legacy of the suffrage movement and the special significance of Alexandra Park in this history. Emmeline Pankhurst lived just on the borders of the park and 2018 marks not only the centenary of the right of women (over 30) to vote. It will also be a hundred and ten years since hundreds of suffragettes marched in Alexandra Park. 

Bayunu’s work will expand beyond local concerns to build on the themes of global women’s leadership and consider culture, the arts and creativity as tools for active citizenship of central significance.

Already with significant experience as an artist, Bayunu moved to Manchester in 1993 and has since then produced several high-profile works around the city (“Sensory Garden” in Hulme Park, “Anansi Mosaics” at Royce Primary School), worked in outreach support at Manchester’s Contact Theatre between 2001 and 2006, worked from her studio at Artwork Atelier in Salford, and organised exhibitions celebrating Black History Month in collaboration with Global Arts Manchester in 2017. Ekua started 2018 with her solo exhibition titled “Re:Birth” at Manchester’s Chuck Gallery. She has lived and worked as an artist and tutor with a keen sense of community participation for several decades.

 Follow Ekua @ekuabay & @globalartsmcr #WomenHoldUpHalfTheSky

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Anna FC Smith at Celebrate Festival
May
7
12:00 PM12:00

Anna FC Smith at Celebrate Festival

The last edition of three, Pankhurst in the Park’s (PitP) has returned in 2018; to celebrate the centenary for women winning the right to vote (over 30).

Alexandra Arts and artist Anna FC Smith invite you to mark the historic achievements of the Suffrage Movement on this significant anniversary by reflecting on the methods of protest used by these activists. Join us in Manley Park on May 7th, at Whalley Range’s very own Celebrate Festival, between noon and 4pm. We will be located in the ‘age-friendly’ marquee. Here, Anna will be running a workshop centring around eggs, protest, carnival, and the Women’s Suffrage Movement. (Please note that the eggs are hollow and will be filled with organic Diwali style coloured powder.)

The significance of eggs is grounded in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Smith draws from an often-overlooked method of protest by these groups – the pelting of eggs and flour on public officials and buildings. Egg throwing, Smith argues, has long been a form of carnivalesque transgression. As well as a symbol of sabotage and mayhem, eggs also evoke fertility, new life, the domestic and the everyday.

In July, a new body of work drawing from these themes and the contributions of participants will be presented at EMINENT DOMAIN: A Flash Art Exhibition in West Chelsea, New York's premier art district.

See the EMINENT DOMAIN open call here

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Artist Talk in association with Global Arts MCR Creative Network
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Artist Talk in association with Global Arts MCR Creative Network

April 14th, 2018, will mark the launch of the 8-week interdisciplinary, community-oriented project “Women Hold up Half the Sky”, led by Ekua Bayunu, this year’s Artist in Residence for Alexandra Arts’ “Pankhurst in the Park”. An introductory artist-led talk will be held with Bayunauwho will be speaking at the Alexandra Park Pavilion at 2pm. Followed by a women's artists space session, organised in association with the Global Arts Mcr, a group co-founded by Bayunu to ‘encourage people to participate in the visual arts and learn more about diversity.’

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The 8-week project will incorporate elements of sculpture and film, and will include the participation of a diverse range of members of the local community; who can get involved with workshops held at Alexandra Park’s Chorlton Lodge and Depot. 

 

 

The project draws from a central theme of the Pankhurst in the Park project, the legacy of the suffrage movement and the special significance of Alexandra Park in this history. Emmeline Pankhurst lived just on the borders of the park and 2018 marks not only the centenary of the right of women (over 30) to vote. It will also be a hundred and ten years since thousands of suffragettes marched in Alexandra Park. 

Bayunu’s work will expand beyond local concerns to build on the themes of global women’s leadership and consider culture, the arts and creativity as tools for active citizenship of central significance.

Already with significant experience as an artist, Bayunu moved to Manchester in 1993 and has since then produced several high-profile works around the city (“Sensory Garden” in Hulme Park, “Anansi Mosaics” at Royce Primary School), worked in outreach support at Manchester’s Contact Theatre between 2001 and 2006, worked from her studio at Artwork Atelier in Salford, and organised exhibitions celebrating Black History Month in collaboration with Global Arts Manchester in 2017. Ekua started 2018 with her solo exhibition titled “Re:Birth” at Manchester’s Chuck Gallery. She has lived and worked as an artist and tutor with a keen sense of community participation for several decades.

 Follow Ekua @ekuabay & @globalartsmcr #WomenHoldUpHalfTheSky

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Lil' Fee and Veba's Caribbean-infused High Tea with Bunny Collective
Apr
9
to Apr 10

Lil' Fee and Veba's Caribbean-infused High Tea with Bunny Collective

Charm your taste buds with an after-hours, speak-easy style 'High Tea'. Sample traditional Northern fare with a Caribbean twist, expect feathers and steel drums. Meet our new Artist in Residence, while enjoying the delights of our stunningly renovated Pavilion. Stay late to hear the amazing Lil' Fee and Veba bring the house down with a three-hour DJ/MC set.

 

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Bunny Collective Monoprint and Zine making workshop
Apr
2
2:00 PM14:00

Bunny Collective Monoprint and Zine making workshop

Come to Chorlton Lodge in Alexandra Park on April 2nd at 2pm and learn how to monoprint your own drawings, texts & ideas and make them into cards, mini books or prints for you to take away and frame.

Free of cost, all materials supplied, there will be tea, coffee & nibbles throughout. Everyone welcome, suitable for all ages.

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Pankhurst in the Gallery
Mar
26
5:00 PM17:00

Pankhurst in the Gallery

As part of the Wonder Woman* festival 2015, we are pleased to announce that on Thursday 26th March 2015 Alexandra Arts will be ‘taking over’ Thursday Lates at Manchester Art Gallery to present Pankhurst in the Gallery, a free event for all ages and genders.

Our Holy Creatrixxx infused Pankhurst in the Gallery will celebrate the life and work of Emmeline Pankhurst. Inspired by Manchester Art Gallery’s fashion collections, the event will explore the Suffrage movement in terms of activism, image and empowerment.

People will be invited to dress up – take inspiration from the Suffragette colours of green, purple and white or even the gallery’s collections. Or simply rock up as you are and join in at the adornment making station.

The evening includes a showcase and sale of artworks from this year's Pankhurst in the Park's International Artist in Residency Go! Push Pops and their final performance Holy Creatrixxx. We have limited edition screen prints of Katarzyna Jablonska's portrait of Emmeline Pankhurst, and signed photo books by Pablo Melchor and Zuza Grubecka. This will be topped off with a performance by Naomi Kashiwagi and a screening of our video artist portrait of Go! Push Pops. Expect funky tunes and slashes of neon!

Pankhurst in the Gallery will take place from 5.00pm – 8.00pm, Manchester Art Gallery.

*Wonder Women is back. From Cornelia Parker to the Pankhursts, No More Page 3, Sarah Hardacre, The Unthanks and Kim Kardashian, Manchester’s feminist festival returns throughout 1-31 March. Over 35 organisations across the city are taking part, with debates, music, art, cinema, gigs, bike tours, exhibitions, football, live literature, pub quizzes and much more shining a light on some of the incredible, creative and campaigning women working in Manchester and Salford today.

www.creativetourist.com/wonderwomen

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Pankhurst in the Park 28th November
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Pankhurst in the Park 28th November

18+ FREE*

Host: Kerry Leigh, Laughing Cows Comedy

8-8.30pm Artist Talk and Film Screening: Nataly Lebouleux

A screening of the stop-motion animation film Illuminate will be taking place with an introduction by Nataly Lebouleux - and her props.

9-9.30pm Artist In Residence Performance; Go! Push Pops

All the way from Brooklyn, New York, join our artist in residence for a specially commissioned performance at Alexandra Park.

Installation By Julie Fitzpatrick

In collaboration with students from Manchester University's School of Architecture, Architect Julie Fitzpatrick will be exhibiting her new installation at the pavilion.

Music – Dj set by the Mighty Quinn

*As we have a bar on site, this event is 18+. It FREE but booking is necessary either through our e-mail: hello@alexandra-arts.org.uk or Eventbrite 

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Nov
1
12:00 PM12:00

Pankhurst in the Park 1st November

Place: Alexandra Park Pavilion*

FREE

12.30-1pm Woodland Exhibition Tour: Sarah Hardacre

Artist Sarah Hardacre will reveal the results of her recent commission for Pankhurst In The Park, with a walk and tour through the park's preserved woodland.

Tea Hive cake time: 1-1.30pm

1.30-3pm (90 min) Zine Mania: The Chapess & Queen of the Track

Feminist zine making workshop with Manchester based The Chapess Zine and Liverpool's very own Queen of the Track Zine

Tea Hive cake time: 3-3.30pm

3.30-4pm Woodland Exhibition Tour: Sarah Hardacre

Artist Sarah Hardacre will reveal the results of her recent commission for Pankhurst In The Park, with a walk and tour through the park's preserved woodland.

Tea Hive cake time: 4-4.30pm

4.30-5pm  Artist Talk: Lynn Setterington

Join Lynn Setterington for a talk about her collaborative signature cloth, which marks the centenary of the death of Emily Wilding Davison at the Epsom Derby in June 1913.

2pm-4pm Bicycles: the chains that set women free. Heritage cycle tour led by Ursula Harries and Glynis Francis.

This guided cycle tour takes a meandering route from Alexandra Park to the Pankhurst Centre on Nelson street. We'll stop along the way at sites associated with some of the many inspirational women who campaigned for women's rights. Total distance 5 miles, finishing back at Alexandra Park. The pace will be gentle with frequent stops. Bring your own bike. Limited to 12 riders. Meet at the Pavillion, 2pm. Free. To book a place text or ring Ursula 07828466999  

*The Pavilion will be open from 10am-5pm, tea and cake served by Tea Hive

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Oct
15
5:30 PM17:30

Pankhurst in the Park 15th October

Place: Alexandra Park Pavilion

FREE

6-6.45pm: In Conversation With Dr. Helen Pankhurst

Join us in conversation with Dr. Helen Pankhurst as we discuss our new Pankhurst in The Park programme. Inspired by Helen’s great grandmother Emmeline Pankhurst, the programme celebrates Alexandra Park’s connection to the British suffragette movement and its leader, who was born in Moss Side in 1858. Our conversation will be followed by a question and answer session, so get your questions ready!

Break: 6.45-7

7-7.30pm: Meet Our Artist In Residence: Go! Push Pops

Our first ever, international artist in residence will be flying over from Brooklyn, New York, to talk about their practice and their involvement in our programme.

Break: 7.30-7.45

7.45-8.15: Talk By Hysteria Magazine

Writer and curator Ama Josephine Budge comes to us from London-based HYSTERIA, a periodical and a platform for feminist activism. With a printed publication and happenings all over the world, this is one story not to be missed.

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Oct
4
1:00 PM13:00

Pankhurst in the Park 4th October

FREE

Big Life Draw[ing]: Katarzyna Jablonska

Join artist Katarzyna Jablonska in the newly opened pavilion for an exclusive viewing and talk about her recent commission for Pankhurst In The Park, followed by a tutored life drawing class.

Acoustic Set: Ríoghnach Connolly & Associates

Singer and flutist Ríoghnach Connolly, while strongly rooted in her trad Sean-nós background, also stirs elements of Appalachia, blues and jazz into the folk archive.

Big Draw Mayhem: Naomi Kashiwagi

Families are invited to join artist Naomi Kashiwagi in our exciting Big Draw activity at the park. The Big Draw is an international drawing festival taking place in over twenty countries throughout October

 http://www.thebigdraw.org/

http://www.thebigdraw.org/

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Alexandra Park opening Celebration 2014
Aug
30
to Aug 31

Alexandra Park opening Celebration 2014

#AlexParkMCR Opening Celebration 2014
Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August

Alexandra Art presents 'Pankhurst in the Park'

With a helping hand from the Celebration committee; our Arts Council funded program 'Pankhurst in the Park' will kick off with Alexandra Arts taking part in the official opening weekender of the newly restored Alexandra Park, on the 30-31st of August.

Our program will take place from 2pm-8pm on Saturday and from 3pm-5pm on Sunday, you can find us under the tree canopy in the Park's little woodland. Between the Lime Avenue and the North oval, nearest entrance is Range Road/Alexandra Road South.

In line with the heritage of the Park, our Speakers Corner will make a return. Here we have programmed an array of local speakers & performers, we are delighted to be working with Young Identity, Cultureword and it's artistic director Peter Kalu; Who is renown for discovering, developing and promoting Asian, African Caribbean and Chinese spoken and written word talent. Also represented here is the Pankhurst Centre, Whalley Rangers and the Moss Side Community allotment, to mention a few. Here Alex Arts award-winning Artist Naomi Kashiwagi will do an back drop installation for this space and a Gramophonica (Pankhurst Remix); a live gramophone glitching on a wind-up gramophone turntable against the naturally bedazzling backdrop amongst the trees. She will play the 78rpm shellac record, ‘It always rains before the rainbow’ sung by Vera Lynn that will be re-appropriated with electrical tape in the Suffragettes colours. These colours are white for purity, green for hope, and purple for dignity
See the the Speakers Corner schedule here- https://alexandra-arts.squarespace.com/new-blog/2014/8/27/speakers-corner-30-31st-of-august-2014

On site you will find our bicycled powered cinema, with a day time dj set by The Mighty Quinn and a early dusk soiree, where we will be screening a short documentary by emerging Artist Katarzyna Jablonska. Alexandra Art have recently commissioned Miss Jablonska to do a portrait of Emmeline Pankhurst, specifically for the 'Pankhurst in the Park' program. This area will have an installation by Artist Lotte Karlsen

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Jun
14
12:00 PM12:00

Summer Biodiversity Festival

Manley Park Primary School's Summer Biodiversity Festival- for students, parents and local residents.

Alexandra Art will be in the schools little woodland with our bicycled powered cinema, doing a screening and micro disco. 

There will be Nature & foraging walks, or you can try out some pizza from the new cob oven. Sit around the fire or do a bicycle workshop.

Please use the Upper Chorlton Road entrance when entering the school ground. For more info/access needs e-mail: brilliantseeds@gmail.com 

This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

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