Thursday 27 April — Saturday 3 June 2017
Made in Translation
Crafts Research Group at The Portico Library: exhibition and book launch
Supported by The Zochonis Group.
What is it to read?
What is it to write?
What is a living collection?
Made in Translation is a collaborative project between craft practitioners and researchers in Manchester Metropolitan University's Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and The Portico Library.
Manchester School of Art and the University's Manchester Writing School have joined colleagues in Humanities to respond to a chosen text or texts. From Captain Cook's travels, to the Shaker moment, hot air ballooning and fern collecting. The Portico Library has provided a rich source for creative response, With new writing and objects, performances and photographs, the exhibition will not only be a presentation of works but also an artist book catalogue.
As part of the library's 2016/17 Reading & Writing Non-Fiction project, they have drawn on subject areas from natural history and meteorology to colonialism and the industrial revolution to expand their practices and develop new pieces across disciplines.
A new book, commissioned for the project by The Portico Library and designed Jonathan Hitchen, will be published to coincide with the exhibition and will be available to by throughout. Featuring all the artists and writers new work and docummentation of their research, it features photography by David Penny and introduction from project leader Alice Kettle, Portico Library curator James Moss and writing lecturer Matthew Carlin - with support from The Paper Library.