Day With(out) Art: Manchester

Day With(out) Art: Manchester

01 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 welcome enquiries from any venues and individuals to help you to devise your own appropriate, inventive, engaging and impactful responses. 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.

Bury Art Museum will stage a series of artist and curator interventions in their galleries around selected works, while artist-in-residence Jez Dolan will install a temporary piece in tribute to artist Félix González-Torres.

HOME will integrate Day With(out) Art into their venue and current programming in a number of inventive ways, including digital, music and artefacts.


About Visual Aids

About Day With(out) Art

7 incredible artists lost to HIV

A generation of artists were wiped out by AIDS…

Database of work by artists with HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS literature