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DWAN & Instigate Arts Curate ‘Whose Festival Is It Anyway?’ at Manchester Central Library 11th March 2017 – Wonder Women

  Whose Festival is it Anyway? Wonder Women 2017  Whose Festival is it Anyway? at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 11 March 2017, free entry – Visit now As the 2017 festival draws to a close, Digital Women’s Archive North [DWAN] and Instigate Arts bring together this year’s contributing artists, producers, curators and groups for a lively and provocative panel discussion asking if feminist festivals are an act of disruptive activism in their own right, raising consciousness and introducing young activists to key moments in the history of their own movements and causes? It will look forward to 2018 and set out a bold vision…

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Instigate Arts Curates ‘Rebel Dykes’ at Home Manchester 12 March 2017 – Wonder Women

  Rebel Dykes at HOME, Manchester, 12 March 2017, from £4.00 – Book now This queer-punk documentary is in post-production, and HOME will screen the work-in-progress cut which sold-out at BFI Flare in March 2016. Created by a Manchester-based queer film crew, Rebel Dykes tells the story of a bunch of kick-ass women from London in the post-punk 1980s. The Rebel Dykes challenged norms ahead of the international riot grrrl movement, and the film features women’s punk music, animation, archive material and recreated footage. The film will be followed by a showcase of incendiary poetry and performance put together by For Books’ Sake, featuring…

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Instigate Arts Curates ‘Dolly Mixtures’ at The Royal Exchange 3rd March 2017 – Wonder Women

Dolly Mixtures at Royal Exchange Theatre, City Centre, 3 March 2017, £5A variety showcase of the most cutting edge feminist theatre and performance. From poetry to dance, from theatrical performance to cabaret and much more. Expect to be rattled and roused. But be warned: contents are not sweet! Curated by Instigate Arts. Featuring: Claire Roberts Rosie Garland Jane Bradley (For Book’s Sake) Steffanie Fetterman Kate Fox (Poet in residence at Quarry Bank Mill) Trish Dee Katherine McDermott Sara Minelli

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Instigate Arts Curates ‘Making The Strange Familiar’ at Manchester Art Gallery 2nd March 2017 to launch Wonder Women

Launching the 2017 festival, Instigate Arts takes over Manchester Art Gallery for a special one-night-only event called Making The Strange Familiar inspired by the exhibition Strange and Familiar, a portrait of modern Britain as seen through the lens of international photographers and curated by the documentary photographer Martin Parr. This is a one-of-a-kind evening, dedicated to making the invisible visible. The gallery spaces will be handed over to experimental and unsung artists, musicians and performers who will create bold, live-art events in response to the images and what they say about the social, cultural and political identity of women in…

Identity Live at Home – Event Film, Artist Spotlight Footage and Photos.

Completing our curatorial residency at HOME, on the 8th October 2016 6-9pm, we at Instigate Arts took over the main gallery again in HOMEmcr for ‘Identity’ to explore the anxiety between the hand we are dealt in life and and how we let this define us. How does this feed into our fragile sense of self; fuel our fury and flavour the way we fashion ourselves. We explored how our fears and subsequent ambitions form the building blocks upon which we base our fractured identity, and the fraught outward image we so fervently project? What forms our sense of identity, and what do…

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Michelle Hannah – ‘Identity’ – Artist Q&A

On Saturday 8th October 2016, 6-9pm, Instigate Arts take over the main gallery space at HOME in Manchester to host our ‘Identity’ pop-up exhibition. In this series of Q&A’s we get a little more insight into what makes some some of the participating artists tick. Here we speak with artist Michelle Hannah   Can you tell us about your practice? There is a strong sense of subverted romanticism in my work. Namely in the roles which image, sound and performance can be used as an outlet, to understand – in my own finite way- emerging technologies, cosmic pessimism and new ontologies of identity in a…

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Lizz Brady – ‘Identity’ – Artist Q&A

On Saturday 8th October 2016, 6-9pm, Instigate Arts take over the main gallery space at HOME in Manchester to host our ‘Identity’ pop-up exhibition. In this series of Q&A’s we get a little more insight into what makes some some of the participating artists tick. Here we speak with artist Lizz Brady Can you tell us about your practice? I create work to mirror the temporary malfunction of my mind, striving to create a ‘Cartesian Dualism’, and to challenge the links between physical ‘stuff’ and thinking ‘stuff’; through the building of installations, to form ‘The Moment’ where juxtaposed ideas permeates to fill the…

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Jez Dolan – ‘Identity’ – Artist Q&A

On Saturday 8th October 2016, 6-9pm, Instigate Arts take over the main gallery space at HOME in Manchester to host our ‘Identity’ pop-up exhibition. In this series of Q&A’s we get a little more insight into what makes some some of the participating artists tick. Here we speak with artist Jez Dolan   Can you tell us about your practice? I work across artforms, currently I work mainly with printmaking, but also installation, drawing and performance. My work centres around the exploration of Queer identity, and I work a lot with archival material as a leaping-off point in the creation of new…

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Celia Wickham – ‘Identity’ – Artist Q&A

On Saturday 8th October 2016, 6-9pm, Instigate Arts take over the main gallery space at HOME in Manchester to host our ‘Identity’ pop-up exhibition. In this series of Q&A’s we get a little more insight into what makes some some of the participating artists tick. Here we speak with artist Celia Wickham   Can you tell us about your practice? I primarily work with film, video and installation, exploring themes of memory, identity and sexuality. I am also involved with curatorial practice and writing, and am founder and editor of the feminist arts publication Milk and Honey.     How does your…

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Daniel Cockburn – ‘Identity’ – Artist Q&A

On Saturday 8th October 2016, 6-9pm, Instigate Arts take over the main gallery space at HOME in Manchester to host our ‘Identity’ pop-up exhibition. In this series of Q&A’s we get a little more insight into what makes some some of the participating artists tick. Here we speak with artist Daniel Cockburn   Can you tell us about your practice? I make moving images wrapped around a linguistic spine. I often perform in the work, in a mode that I started calling “somewhere between fictional character and autobiography” when people started saying, “that’s not actually the way you think, is it?”. If…