On Monday night, actress and local legend Maxine Peake reads from The Masque of Anarchy in The John Rylands Library’s great hall. Written by Percy Bysshe Shelley, and suppressed until after his death, the poem was inspired by the events of the Peterloo Massacre and weaves biblical imagery alongside fierce, cutting rhetoric. This event is currently listed as Sold Out, but it’s worth checking for returns on the day and failing that the library will be livestreaming the reading on Facebook.
Two new exhibitions have opened this week at the People’s History Museum. From ____ To ____ explores the topic of state suppression from Peterloo to the present day, reflecting on the techniques used to silence marginalised voices, and asking how far we’ve come in the past 200 years. Rise! Is a large scale collaborative installation created by people from all over the region, where interlocking handprints give voice to the issues close to the contributors’ hearts.
Northern Quarter arts shop Cass Arts comes takes over HOME this Wednesday afternoon for a free, family-friendly art workshop. Part of the venue’s ongoing year-long Manchester Open Exhibition project, the two-hour workshop takes youngsters aged 5-11 through the basics of foam block printing. All materials are provided, and considerably fancier than the stuff you remember using in primary school.
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