Thursday 16 May, 5-9pm.
With Richard Wentworth leading proceedings (thanks to everyone who voted), the city’s museums and galleries are staging a series of evening events (including this After Hours event) that celebrate the depth and diversity, the weirdness and the wonderfulness of the things that people are compelled to collect.
5-9pm: Build a cabinet of curiosities.
Donate your own object at special collections booths set up at Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery; it will be given an acquisition number and used the following night at Whitworth Art Gallery by the artist Richard Wentworth. Your object won’t be returned so it has to be something you’re willing to part with (or leave a photograph or representation of it instead). The Museum and Gallery are particularly interested in curious, strange and unusual objects, as well as things that you think should be in a museum but perhaps aren’t. If you'd like to share your object as part of #lovecollecting, just Tweet or Instagram an image of an object that you own, collect or that you’ve seen in a museum or gallery using the hashtag #lovecollecting and @MuseumsatNight. Tell us what the object is, where it is and why you like it (we’ve put a couple of examples up — find them using the #lovecollecting hashtag).
The best will be collated onto a Pinterest board, and two of those will win tickets to take a mystery bus tour below.
5.30, 6.30 & 7.30pm: Richard Wentworth’s mystery bus tour of Manchester.
Free bus tours run between Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery and follow a circuitous route devised by the artist Richard Wentworth. Buses leave from both venues at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm, are free and available on a first come, first served basis – just wait at the special bus stops outside both institutions.
6.30-9pm: Drop in activities with Jade Mellor, Jewellery Designer.
7pm: Manchester Minute Microlectures (M-Cubed).
7.30pm: Exhibition tour of All Other Things Being Equal by Johan Oldekop.
You can also meet our ornithologists and birds and view work curated by students from Stockport College (see below for more info). You can find out about local nature through our Nature and Me and Grey to Green projects and see a jewellery display by Jade Mellor, inspired by the Museum’s collection.
For full details of Museums at Night: Lost & Found, visit www.creativetourist.com/museumsatnight (or click on the link opposite).
Over the past three years, the Arts, Design and Media department at Stockport College has forged a reciprocal relationship with Manchester Museum, taking creative inspiration from its rich resources and producing visual material for display in the Museum and beyond. The work included in this After Hours event - by students, an alumnus and a member of staff from the BA Honours Contemporary Photography course – was originally a response to the theme of biodiversity, but has since evolved along a variety of related themes. Below is a brief account of each artist’s project.