Tag Archives: We Face Forwards

We Face Forward Catalogue

13 Jul

We Face Forward is a season of contemporary art and music from West Africa celebrated across Manchester’s galleries, museums, music venues and public spaces from 2 June to 16 September as part of London 2012 Festival.
The accompanying 128 page publication includes an introductory essay by the curators Maria Balshaw, Bryony Bond, Mary Griffiths and Natasha Howes which sets the historic context of the relationship between Manchester and West Africa and discusses the main themes which run throughout the exhibition.

Other essays by Christine Eyene, Lubaina Himid, Koyo Kouoh and Alan Rice explore the wider context for the exhibition including tracing the image of the thread, an engagement with British artists of African descent, a focus on independent contemporary art spaces in West Africa and an exploration of the history of African Atlantic residents in Cottonopolis. There are also texts on each of the 33 artists in the exhibition with full colour images of their work.

The book is available for a limited time only by mail order from the Whitworth Art Gallery Shop.

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A Guide To The Cultural Olympiad: 21 Art Events You Shouldn’t Miss This Summer via @HuffingtonPost

9 Jul

The full lineup for this summer’s Cultural Olympiad includes over 12,000 events, during which time Britain’s cultural map will boast everything from a bouncy Stonehenge to a musical Thames.

To help guide us all through, The Huffington Post has put together their top 20 tips on what to see this summer wherever you are, including We Face Forward; Art From West Africa at the Manchester Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery and Platt Hall.

Read more via huffingtonpost.co.uk

Print Your Own Fabric

12 Jun

Whitworth Art Gallery Shop is proud to be collaborating with Manchester Collage on West African themed merchandise for We Face Forward. The pupil’s hand-printed fabrics have been made into iPhone covers and laptop bags and are available for sale now!

If you fancy a go at printing your own unique patterned fabrics, try this fabric printing tutorial that Karina from Maple Ash and Oakshared on Poppytalk.

No need for large screens, squeegees, and emulsion. Beautiful prints can be created with simple methods and materials. Most of the supplies are household items and the rest can be found at your local art or craft store.

Who knew that printing fabric could be so easy? Head over to Poppytalk to see the full how-to.

Awesome Tapes From Africa

16 May

Brian Shimkovitz was on a Fulbright scholarship in Ghana when he got hooked on the cassette culture of the region.

Street vendors hawked West African recordings in myriad genres, from highlife to African disco, old left-field soul to curious local pop.

Shimkovitz started a blog, Awesome Tapes from Africa, and a record label to share his passion for this music, much of which is unheard outside of West Africa.

Want to find out more about West African music in Manchester this summer? Please check out WE FACE FORWARDS!