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The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER
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Aug 17, 2019 - Aug 2, 2020
In the middle of the nineteenth century wallpaper design suddenly became diverse. English manufacturers began to excel at the quick production of affordable wallpapers. There was also an ever-increasing availability of things from abroad. This resulted in a dramatic explosion of choice.

Dec 14, 2019 - Jun 7, 2021
Founded in 1889 through Sir Joseph Whitworth’s legacy, the Whitworth was established to honour one of Britain’s greatest mechanical engineers. A proponent of standardisation, Sir Joseph revolutionised precision engineering through his development of interchangeable parts in machinery.
Standardisation is a theme that is woven throughout this exhibition, telling the history of the gallery and the development of its diverse and internationally significant collections. Alongside this, the exhibition demonstrates how the gallery has often deviated from standard models of practice, from its early collecting policies to its new vision; one that promotes the idea of the ‘Useful Museum’ and art as a tool for social change and education.

Jan 31 - Sep 27, 2020

Click to enlargeSUZANNE LACY : WE ARE HERE
Mar 27 - Aug 23, 2020
Suzanne Lacy is a pioneer of socially engaged art and public practice, promoting dialogue and collaborations with communities — artists, activists, organisations, schools — throughout her prolific career. Since the 1970s, she has used community organising strategies and media interventions to galvanise discussions about pressing social issues including feminism, violence against women, racism, immigration, and labour rights. These projects often culminate in large-scale, highly choreographed performances that bring together diverse groups of participants to share their stories.
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