Narratives of Our Time

Join Celebrating Syria, Ana Lucia Cuevas, Underbank Studios and Short Supply with a performance by mandla rae, for a discussion around British Art Show 9.

HOME brings together artists, charities, academics and collectives to discuss censorship, politics, and the role of art and the artist as an action for social change.

Together in conversation will be Mustafa Alachkar (Rethink Rebuild/Celebrating Syria), Ana Lucia Cuevas (Film Director, writer, visual artist, campaigner), Luca Shaw and Heather Chambers of Underbank Studios and Mollie Balshaw and Rebecca Beasley of Short Supply.

As part of this event, we have a unique and special performance from queer Zimbabwean writer, performer and curator mandla rae who has created this one-off commission in response to the themes and ideas around the British Art Show 9.

This will an opportunity to be part of the narrative as it unfolds in the art gallery, explore other’s perspectives, and join in the conversation. Everybody is welcome.

This event is free but please book as spaces within the gallery are limited.

Dr Mustafa Alachkar, consultant psychiatrist and medical psychotherapist of Syrian origin who volunteers with Rethink Rebuild Society, a Manchester-based charity concerned with supporting and advocating for Syrian and other refugees in Manchester. Mustafa is one of the coordinators of Celebrating Syria, a Festival of Arts and Culture which takes place annually across the city.

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And Celebrating Syria Arts Festival: 2022 | Celebrating Syria

Ana Lucia Cuevas is a director and writer, known for The Echo of Pain of the Many. As an artist and activist Ana Lucía has made it her life’s work to right the wrongs of the Guatemalan people. Her work includes film making, sculpture, painting, design and more.

Underbank Studios is a community arts organisation based in Stockport ran by 3 female artists (Luca Shaw, Heather Chambers and Lily Windsor-Walker) that provides studio spaces, exhibitions, events, workshops and DIY printing.

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Short Supply

Short Supply is an artist-led organisation that acts as a bridge between emerging artists and arts organisations. They produce exhibitions, workshops and talks to create enriching environments that traditional education can’t – to platform, connect and exchange knowledge alongside emerging artists.


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mandla rae is a queer Zimbabwean writer, performer and curator. mandla is agender and uses mandla in place of pronouns. mandla’s work typically explores an intersectional existence enforced on the artists’ body as a result of the world we live in. mandla has been commissioned by many organisations across the country including the BFI, Contact, Journeys Festival International and Hope Mill Theatre to make written works. mandla rae is also an Associate Artist with Outbox Theatre.

1 hour and 30 minutes

Free, booking required.

Maximum capacity: 40

Please contact or call 0161 200 1500 for any access requirements.