Might & Main is a project exploring the mechanisms and celebrating the outputs of the artist led- researching the importance of place and space to artistic production from Manchester city centre artist led studio and project space The Penthouse.
At the centre of Might and Main are artist residencies taking place at The Penthouse project space. The selected artists who have been working on a residency project taking into consideration the situation of The Penthouse are:
These artists are working alongside artists and directors Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp to explore the situation of The Penthouse- this can be geographically, architecturally, physically, culturally, politically or otherwise. Artists are encouraged to explore the geographic environment of The Penthouse- looking outward past the rooftops into the city beyond our walls.
Artists have responded to this project with works such as architecturally influenced speaker design and sound installation to light interventions, ready made sculpture, process led installations and parasite influenced video works. The open studio will present a diverse response to the situation of The Penthouse installed in this unique and unusual city centre tower block penthouse.
Symposium Event – Wednesday 5 October 6-9pm
70 Oxford Street (old Cornerhouse) . Free
The Might & Main overall project aims to pose questions such as- what does our city mean to the production of art and to artist led initiatives and in return what do we mean to our city? What does the current climate of Manchester’s regeneration and changes in cultural landscape mean- what space is there available for artists? How does space and architecture influence practice? By researching and producing new artistic activity on this topic we hope to be part of a wider effort in understanding and leading sustainable art practice- positioning artists as an important part of the cultural strategy conversation.
The Might & Main Symposium will open up this conversation with presentations from our resident artists and contributions from guest panelists on the topic of the artist led, space & place.
This is free event but booking is recommended