Throughout Spring and Summer, there are many events taking place around the city commemorating the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre. Manchester Art Gallery’s take on this solemn anniversary, titled ‘Get Together and Get Things Done’, is on now. It features works from the Gallery’s own collection, as well as national and international loans from the 18th through to the 21st century. The exhibition examines the importance of public protest over the past two centuries in relation to issues such as empire, trade, and economics. Featured are satirical prints by William Hogarth, photographs of Suffragettes by Britain’s first female press photographer Christina Broom, and pictures from the Mass Observation survey of the 1930s. The exhibition is part of a wider discussion of art’s role in society and the civic function of the Gallery itself.
Manchester Art Gallery Remembers Peterloo, Open until Sun 29 Sep, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL, Tel: 0161 235 8888, 10am – 5pm, FREE, manchesterartgallery.org
- A. James Simpkin
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- Mon 20 May 2019