Every year since 1989, the art world has harnessed its creativity on World AIDS Day to turn attention to HIV and AIDS in an international day of events named Day Without Art. As effective HIV treatment develops, so too has the event, foregrounding and celebrating artists living with HIV. Re-christened Day With(out) Art, the project continues with an estimate 8000 events annually.
In 2017, Superbia initiated the first Day With(out) Art for Manchester. Poet Gerry Potter gave a lunchtime reading in Central Library. Disco night Drunk At Vogue dedicated their final party to World AIDS Day, screening visual tributes and littering the club with educational PrEP packs. At Paradise Works we partnered with Penthouse Arts to present short films from both Visual AIDS New York and the HIVideo project from Balaclava.Q. In Bury, the Art Museum covered up selected gallery pieces to prompt conversations about illness, loss and survival, while artist Jez Dolan installed a pop-up work in tribute to Félix González-Torres. At HOME, a series of books, DVDs and art monographs were wrapped as anonymous gifts and distributed throughout the building for the public to discover, while a playlist of HIV/AIDS-related music played in the venue throughout the day.
This year we are thrilled to find Manchester’s cultural calendar brimming with work around World AIDS Day that brings attention to the ongoing epidemic in diverse ways. Together with some specially instigated and Superbia-supported events, we are excited to present Day With(out) Art 2018. Please support this fantastic programme, stay tuned to Superbia social media for special online interventions, and follow the hashtag #DayWithoutArtMcr
CAPSID by John Walter
Now until 6 Jan 2019
The artist constructs a compelling and surreal world to explore how ideas pass between us, using the metaphorical model of HIV in this bold maximalist exhibition.
Riotous 1993 musical comedy which sets out to debunk the original ‘Patient Zero’ theory for the introduction of HIV into North America – with hilarious camp results. With an introduction by Dr Monica Pearl of the University of Manchester.
First Time by Nathaniel Hall, with post-show talk, workshop, HIV testing and party
29 Nov–1 Dec
Nathaniel Hall’s Superbia-supported bittersweet one-man show ‘First Time’ tells tales of virginity, sexuality and life with HIV, with charm and brutal honesty. Join Nathaniel in a post-show conversation on both the 29 and 30 November, with the latter chaired by Superbia’s Greg Thorpe. There is also a post-show party on World AIDS Day itself, 1 December, from 9pm. The venue will also offer free rapid HIV testing with PaSH Partnership on 1 December.
In Equal Parts
Ongoing until 4 Jan
Exhibition of a selection of work including extracts from ‘A mile of black paper’, a collaborative ongoing artwork that responds to an historical action by ACT UP New York. Also on show will be work by artist Jessica Loveday, the Positively Speaking collective from George House Trust, reflecting on timelines of their journeys with HIV, and young artists from Year 10 Wellacre Academy sharing their own original HIV activist posters.
Manchester Metropolitan University
A chance to hear real-life experiences from a group of diverse Mancunians living with HIV in a project based at George House Trust which uses personal storytelling as a model of successful community-led HIV education.
Alternate Endings, Activist Uprisings
LGBT Foundation 4.30pm
AIR Gallery, Altrincham, throughout the day
Castlefield Gallery, throughout the day
A collection of new short films curated by Visual AIDS New York portraying a broad variety of HIV activists, community organisers and support groups engaged in the fight against stigma and support for those living with the virus across the United States. The event will immediately be followed by the World AIDS Day Candlelit Vigil in Sackville Park.
HIV Activism Poster Workshop
This creative workshop will look at HIV activist posters of the past and invite you to design and make a poster for the future. You’ll design the logo, choose the imagery, slogan and colours for your poster and play your part in HIV+ awareness. Jessica Loveday, associate artist and curator of the In Equal Parts exhibition will be on hand to help you out. The most powerful posters will be exhibited in Gallery ’74 at Waterside Arts as part of In Equal Parts.
Manchester’s queer male voice choir The Sunday Boys are amongst the talent at Eagle Bar’s ‘Cabaretfest’ for a World AIDS Day fundraiser marathon with a huge array of performance including drag, stand-up and live music.
Kiss Me Again
Manchester’s favourite underground queer dance party is named after a song by Arthur Russell, the musical pioneer who died from AIDS in 1992. KMA honour his memory and work and dedicate their next outing to World AIDS Day, playing specially selected music and donating all profits from the event to George House Trust.
Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus
Manchester Piccadilly Station
The well-loved choir will fill the station with music for World AIDS Day in support of the National AIDS Trust.
Bolton Museum LGBT+ Trail
The LGBT+ Trail is a permanent feature of the Bolton Museum collection, and for World AIDS Day, significant artefacts on this trail will be signposted using a red AIDS ribbon, including works by Angus Suttie, the ceramicist who died from AIDS in 1993.
Avram Finkelstein – a New York artist, educator and ACT UP activist – recently instigated a Flash Collective with a group of Manchester artists and activists, as guests of HOME, around the subject of ‘the body’. You can see the results of this day-long creative intervention project if you look up at the HOME box-office screens …