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Cities of Hope: A Street Art Convention
21st to 29th May
Our expositions are designed to remind each and every one of us that we are not powerless and that it is and has always been the actions of ordinary people that change the world for the better.
All proceeds raised goes to support the work of our social justice partners
Street Art Tours
Tickets cost £20 + fees and the price also covers a copy of our launch brochure.
Opening ReceptionDate: 22nd May - Sunday
Venue: Northern Quarter secret venue
Date: 23rd May - Monday
Time: 6pm - 8PM
Venue: City Tower, Piccadilly Gardens
Tom Bloxham Chairman of the Manchester International Festival, CEO of Urban Splash and Tate Trustee.
Tom will be discussing "The Cultural Development of the City"
Thom Hetherington Founder and CEO of the Manchester Buy Art Fair,
Thom will be discussing "Developing Manchester as an art market city. challenges faced, and Buy Art Fair's role in changing the culture"
Dr. Lee Bofkin Founder and CEO of Global Street Art
Lee will be looking at "A New Environment for Street Art"
Marcus Willcocks Lectures at Central Saint Martins, Elisava, and IED universities and has recently published and presented papers on many of his research topics.
Marcus will be discussing "Street Art in a Moment of Social Change"
The Art of Hope: A round table discussion
Date: 24th May - Tuesday
Venue: Yard and Coop, Northern Quarter
Description: Hosted by Lee Bofkin, founder of Global Street Art. The round table discussion with the artists will look at what motivates the artists to create work in the streets, what they are hoping to achieve and looks at the power of Street Art.
Reflections of Hope: An evening with Shaista AzizDate: 25th May - Wednesday
Time: 6pm - 8PM
Venue: Ezra & Gil, Northern Quarter
Description: Shaista Aziz is an English journalist, writer, stand-up comedian and former international aid worker of Kashmiri-Pakistani descent. Shasta has worked as a newsroom journalist for Al Jazeera's English news website in Doha, Qatar, a broadcast journalist and producer for the BBC and has written for New Internationalist magazine. As well as media specialist for Oxfam, Amnesty International, Save the Children and Islamic Relief. She has travelled and worked all over the world from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Gaza and Yemen to, Haiti, Tajikistan, Burma, Russia, Pakistan and Indonesia.
Join Shaista as she reflects on experiences and shares with us remarkable stories of hope.
Portraits of Hope: A presentation by Lee JeffriesDate: 26th May - Thursday
Time: 6pm - 7.30PM
Venue: Takk, Northern Quarter
Description: Lee Jeffries is famous for his achingly beautiful and stark portrait photography of homeless people from around the world. Here he will be discussing his approach to work and why he is drawn to homelessness as a subject. The talk will be followed by a Q&A
Artists of Hope: An Axel Void Lecture
Date: 27th May - Friday
Venue: Manchester University
Description: Axel Void is widely considered by his peers to be one of the most important street artists working today. As well as creating a mural for us he will be delivering a guest lecture an Manchester University. He will be discussing a range of issues including the difference between the contemporary art scene and working in the streets
This will be his first public lecture in the UK.
Exhibition of HopeDate: 27th May - Friday
Time: 6pm - 8PM
Venue: Brownsfield Mill, Northern Quarter
Description: This is a big one. As well as exhibiting exclusive artwork by all the featured artists (and a few more) we'll also be turning the lights on the Faith47 mural on the side of the building for the first time. There is also a performance of 9 spoken word pieces by Young Identity - one of our partner charities
City of Queer HopeDate: 28th May - Saturday
Time: 2pm - 9PM
Venue: It's a secret.....
Description: In Partnership with Partisan Collective and to celebrate Faith47’s new mural in support of LGBT+ rights and the launch party of Partisan’s temporary space, we present an all-day event celebrating queer politics and culture in Manchester.
Featuring a panel discussion on the role of art for queer(ing) politics and activism, a film screening and Simpson’s based performances (“Homerpalooza”) hosted by Charlotte Davies and Marilyn Misandry of Thirsty Girls. This will be the opening event for Partisan Collective’s (www.partisancollective.net) temporary space. Partisan Collective is a workers’ co-operative working towards providing permanent space for radical politics, art and culture in Manchester.
This is our closing party so we're expecting a lot of fun!
Visions of HopeDate: 27th May - Friday
Venue: Secret Locations - On walls throughout the convention
Description: Throughout the convention in secret locations across the City, Syrian artist Tammam Azzam will use his own unique way of speaking out against the Syrian crisis. Using famous paintings from the Western world projected against bombed buildings, Azzam aims to “draw attention to the tragedy of Syria”. His most popular work, “Freedom Graffiti”, shows Gustav Klimt’s well-known painting “The Kiss” superimposed onto a bombed Syrian building. “I chose it as an icon of love, a way of looking for the stories of love behind this wall that was completely obliterated by the machinery of war,”
Keep your eyes peeled, we’re hoping to get Tammam up to some of these projections where passers by will have the opportunity to meet him. He might even paint a wall for us whilst he’s here.