Day With(out) Art: Manchester

Day With(out) Art: Manchester

01 Dec - 02 Dec

Since 1989, Day Without Art has taken place annually on World AIDS Day, December 1st. Originating in New York, founded by Visual AIDS, Day Without Art has led the art world’s response to HIV/AIDS for almost 30 years.

Each year, events and actions take place which seek to creatively divert attention towards HIV and AIDS; to remember and mourn the enormous losses to the creative world from AIDS; to celebrate the work of artists living with HIV; and to encourage new kinds of art and activism.

In its early years, actions on Day Without Art would include the closing of galleries and museums, dimming of lights, memorial silences, symbolically covering or removing works of art, gallery workers undertaking voluntary work at AIDS charities, the displaying literature on HIV and AIDS inside arts venues, staging readings, performances or interventions that respond to HIV and AIDS.

In 1998, for its 10th anniversary, Day Without Art became Day With(out) Art, to highlight the growing number of creative projects that actively focussed on HIV and AIDS, and to encourage the programming of artists living with HIV. Over time, Day With(out) Art spread to cities across the world, with an estimated 8000 organisations now taking part in this annual creative event.

This year, Superbia – the arts and culture programme from Manchester Pride – will co-ordinate Manchester’s first ever Day With(out) Art, in association with Visual AIDS in New York.

We have partnered with a number of arts venues, organisations and artists across Greater Manchester to find ways to creatively mark Day With(out) Art on World AIDS Day 2017, and to share them using the hashtag #DayWithoutArtMcr

We want this to be an engaging and informative project that we can build on together in coming years, including the commission of new pieces of creative work in future.

Please contact with any ideas or questions you might have and please follow the hashtag #DayWithoutArtMcr

Events on the Day With(out) Art programme:

HIVideo 2017: New short film work curated by Balaclava.Q and presented by The Penthouse at Paradise Works.

Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings: 7 new short films focussing on African-American experiences of living with HIV, commissioned by Visual AIDS, New York.

Drunk At Vogue: The Last Disco: Closing party for long-running disco night at Texture on Lever Street. This is a George House Trust fundraiser including video and music tributes to artists lost to AIDS.

Manchester Central Library will host a free lunchtime reading at 1.15pm by acclaimed poet, writer and performer Gerry Potter who will reflect on the themes of Day With(out) Art and World Aids Day. Introduced by Greg Thorpe of Superbia.

'Loss' at Bury Art Museum will stage a series of artist / curator interventions in their galleries reflecting on selected works united by the theme of 'loss', while artist-in-residence Jez Dolan will install a temporary piece in tribute to artist Félix González-Torres. The projection space will also show the film collection Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings from Visual AIDS.

Over at HOME – Manchester’s centre for contemporary art, independent film and theatre – the team wish to celebrate the talents of not only individuals who have passed from AIDS, but also the creative flair that frequently flows from male, female and non-binary persons whose fluid and non-heteronormative sexualities have influenced art, film and performance. Books, films and art monographs with queer themes and authorship have been wrapped as anonymous gifts* and will be distributed throughout the building for the public to find, from the café bar to the cinemas, galleries, theatre spaces, public areas, seating, bookshops and at the feet of Engels outside. HOME want to remind you of not only that which we have lost, but all that we have gained. At noon each day of The Return of Memory exhibition, both in the gallery and online, Declan Clarke and Sarah Perks reveal another person, group, or place they believe was betrayed by revolution. For #DayWithoutArtMcr this work will feature Patient Zero: French-Canadian flight attendant Gaëtan Dugas, who was falsely accused as being the first carrier of HIV into North America. Finally, a playlist of music selected by DJ Greg Thorpe of Superbia/Drunk At Vogue will be played in the venue throughout the day.

(*Hidden gifts include The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs, Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker, My Own Private Idaho (Dir. Gus Van Sant), Leigh Bowery: Photographs 1988-1994, The Orton Diaries, Entertaining Mr Sloane (Dir. Douglas Hickcox), Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, acting text for The Killing of Sister George by Franc Marcus, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, and AL and AL’s Incidents of Travel in the Multiverse.)

Craft to commemorate World AIDS Day at LGBT Foundation. In preparation for the Candlelit Vigil through the Village, you are invited to attend a craft event where you can decorate a candle holder which will  be placed in Sackville Gardens for Manchester’s World AIDS Day Vigil event. The event takes place on 1st December from 3pm at and is an opportunity to relax in a social environment and to be creative. Participants will then head to Sackville Gardens for the procession and vigil. Please register for this event with George House Trust here


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About Day With(out) Art

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7 incredible artists lost to HIV

A generation of artists were wiped out by AIDS…

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