Friedrich Engels celebrated his 190th birthday yesterday, not bad for a man whose work in philosophy and political theory continues to be widely read and highly influential today.
Manchester served as inspiration for some of Engel’s writings on child labour, unsanitary conditions and working class life in the 19th century. So, almost two centuries on, tonight the Urbis Research Forum will examine how the city is reflected in Engel’s work and how his Mancunian insights continue to be relevant in the 21st century.
This month’s contributors are: Dr. Leif Jerram (History, University of Manchester), Steve Hanson (Cultural Studies, Hereford College of Arts) and Mark Rainey (Urbis Research Forum).
Time: Monday, 29 November, 6.00 pm
Place: D07, Renold Building, off Sackville Street, Manchester
Free, No Booking Required.
Getting into the Christmas spirit early (or late if you look at the supermarkets) NOISELAB are having a ‘Secret Santa’ anonymous postcard sale on 20th November at their Market Street workshop space.
The fundraising sale consists of 200 original one-off postcard-sized artworks, all anonymised (as much as possible), that have been created and donated by leading artists including Wayne Hemingway, the legend that is Elvis Costello, Aardman Animations, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Mancunian DJ, Producer and Teamonger Mr Scruff.
On sale for one day only from 12-6pm on Saturday the 20th November all works are priced at £45 each, regardless of whether created by a famous name or an emerging artist from the NOISEfestival.com website. A fair price too considering the right punt on a postcard could, at best, land you a big name artwork to hang on your wall or at worst leave you the proud owner of an original, unique piece of work.
All proceeds of the sales go direct to NOISE who currently receive no core funding for their work promoting new talent. Considering if they sell out that’s only £9000 it’s a small gesture that could help keep the organisation afloat through tough times.
Turbulent times for funding, even amongst the big boys, calls for a proactive approach to avoid being stunned into an unhealthy state of shock and inaction. So it’s great to see Band on the Wall’s Najia Bagi and Eleanor Wotherspoon of Arts & Business coming together to provide a new space for arts professionals to get together and discuss the future of the Arts in Manchester.
They promise “No speeches, no agenda. Just an opportunity to get some talent together in the same room and create a network of young arts professionals”.
If you’re already a mover and shaker you should be there to support. If you’re looking for a way in then here’s the chance to join early doors and make new connections. Register your attendance on their eventbrite site here.
Manchester Young Creatives inaugural meeting
Friday 17th December
5pm – 7.30pm
The Picturehouse Cafe Bar
Band on the Wall (M4 5JZ)