Dr Steve Millington on Dislocating, Relocating Hulme

In his talk titled Dislocating, Relocating Hulme Dr Steve Millington from Manchester Metropolitan University spoke about Manchester’s infamous neighbourhood as a place which allows us to “explore all the successes and failures of town planning and management in this county.” He described Hulme as a place which is unusual in a British context as an area which has been flattened and reconstructed twice since the 1950s, and thus has experienced extreme dislocation.

Steve argued that the city is always an “unfinished project” and called for a reevaluation of our conservation values noting “the ugly gems of modernist architecture jar against the current more favourable smooth lines and postmodern sheen of New Manchester.”

Hulme is the subject of a new sculpture by Cyprien Gaillard to be erected in Whitworth Park in conjunction with the exhibition. The sculpture will recall Hulme’s 1960s iconic buildings by reclycling concrete from the Otterburn Close site on Birley Fields.

Follow Steve on Twitter here and for more information on Cyprien Gaillard see his artist bio here

Sally Lai and Bob Dickenson In Conversation on Li-Yuan Chia

The Whitworth recently acquired twelve works by Chinese artist Li-Yuan Chia made during his time living near Hadrian’s Wall, five of which feature in the exhibition. In the first talk at the Saturday Supplement Sally Lai (Director, Chinese Arts Centre) and Bob Dickenson (Producer, BBC) joined us to discuss the making of a radio documentary on Li’s life and the continuing journey to establish him as one of the most important Chinese artists of the 20th century.

Bob on Manchester’s Li-Yuan Chia connection “Luckily for us his archive is held at John Rylands library, so we were straight down there. Anyone can make an appointment to see the as yet uncatalogued archive which consists of photos, sculptures, cameras…”

Sally on how the story was told “It was less like telling a linear story and more about who and where can we interview next, I had to be ready to travel at every moment. We formed a incredible picture of Li in a local context despite the fact that original TV and radio interviews with him have been lost”

Bob on Li’s legacy “Li was a maverick modernist – with parallels in his unusual settlement in the North of England only maybe to Kurt Schwitters”

Sally on Li’s legacy “Li is unique, but as David Nash said so is the landscape in which he settled”

The archive is available to view by appointment at John Rylands Library and more information about Li’s work and life can be found on the LYC Foundation website.

Romuald Hazoume

“Showing my work benefits Africa. Our paradise is in Africa. And it is up to us to organize it so that everyone profits from it. My work, our art, serves the community.”

As part of the free all-day event Saturday Supplement, Romuald Hazoume will be with us at the Whitworth at 2.15pm Saturday 4 December to discuss his art with Elisabeth Lalouschek.

Sculpture for Whitworth Park

As part of the exhibition The Land Between Us, we’re working with the artist Cyprien Gaillard on new sculpture that will be permanently sited in Whitworth Park. the work will be made from recycled concrete from Hulme, and brick from Moss Side, and will be installed in early June. More details to follow.

The Land Between Us – An Exhibition Resource for Educators

The Land Between Us - Educators Resource

The Land Between Us - Educators Resource

This Educator’s Resource is available to support your visit to the exhibition, to use  before, during and after your visit.

Educator’s Resource – PDF

Saturday Supplement – more details

Saturday Supplement
Saturday 4 December 11am – 5pm
Whitworth Art Gallery

From the story of the demolishing of an entire housing estate in Manchester to listening to the echoes of past and present in poetry, Saturday Supplement is a day of talks and films that connect with the idea of landscape.

All of the events all are free and open to all, with no booking required.
Join us for the full Supplement 11am – 5pm or dip into your favourite topics throughout the day.

11.00am
The work of artist Li Yuan-chia is the focus for the opening presentation by Sally Lai (Chinese Arts Centre Director) and Bob Dickenson (BBC Producer) who travelled together to learn about Li’s extraordinary life in China and Cumbria.

11.40am
Dr Steve Millington from Manchester Metropolitan University goes local, revealing the many histories and landscapes of Manchester’s most famous neighbourhood in his talk Dislocating, Relocating Hulme.

12.30pm
Film screening. From Director John Akomfrah, formerly of Black Audio Film Collective, comes the film The Genome Chronicles. The close deaths of artist and friend Donald Rodney and Akomfrah’s mother, led to the making of a film that steps away from time to investigate the many personal connections between memory and place.

2.15pm
After lunch, we are delighted to welcome the artist Romuald Hazoumè, whose work is exhibited in the Whitworth’s current exhibition The Land Between Us. In a rare UK appearance, Hazoumè will be in conversation with Elisabeth Lalouschek of the October Gallery, London. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear in person from one of Africa’s most celebrated contemporary artists.

3.00pm
Reading his own poetry, John McAuliffe will make connections back and forth between Ireland’s past and its present. John teaches at Manchester University where he is Co-Director of the Centre for New Writing.

3.45pm
Saturday Supplement rounds off with artists Larissa Sansour and Oreet Asherry talking about their collaborative book The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, in which the book’s heroes use their superhuman powers to solve the Palestine-Israel conflict.

Whitworth Art Gallery
University of Manchester
Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER

telephone: 0161 275 7450
email: whitworth@manchester.ac.uk
website: http://www.manchester.ac.uk

Saturday Supplement

We’re just pulling together the final details of the day of talks and films responding to the exhibition on Saturday 4 December from 11.00am.

Steve Milllington’s an expert on the history of Hulme and will show us how it’s existed in its several incarnations – and ask questions about the ways in which it’s been given its character by the people who live there, and reshaped by Regeneration.

The brilliant Romuald Hazoume will be flying in specially from Benin to be with us, and will be in conversation with Elisabeth Lalouschek from October Gallery.

We’ll be showing “The Genome Chronicles” John Akomfrah’s lyrical film about the artist Donal Rodney.

John McAuliffe, poet and Co-Director of Manchester University’s Centre for Creative Writing, will read poems about Ireland, conflict and ruins.

Larissa Sansour and Oreet Ashery will talk about their work as Palestinian and Israeli artists and their collaborative graphic novel “The Novel of Nonel and Vovel”.

It’s all free, and you can come to all of the events or some of them.