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Arts, Events and Exhibitions: September 2017

As the summer draws to a close, what cultural delights are there to keep your spirits up? Here’s my pick, but please add your own suggestions to the comments.

Feral Spaces

2nd September, 11am-3pm, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent

Looking for a fun family-friendly event with bags of creativity? Then this one is for you! Check out the flyer below. And did I mention there was pizza? What more could you need?

Heritage Open Days

7-10th September

Want to learn a little more about the heritage in your area? How about if it was all free of charge? Well, Heritage Open Days is a national festival that partners with over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers to bring you just that. Check out the Heritage Open Days website (here) for details of events in your local area.

For those who have been following my posts on Stoke-on-Trent’s City of Culture bid (you’ve not read them? Well, have a look here) there is plenty on offer in the city. Check out the City of Culture website for details of what is on.

Exhibition: Legacies of Slavery & Abolition

15th September – 14th October 2017, Portico Library Manchester

As part of Black History Month this exhibition has been developed by Dr Natalie Zacek, University of Manchester, to explore the relationship between the city and slavery. The Portico Library itself acts as an apt venue, opening in 1806 month before the vote in Parliament to abolish the Atlantic slave trade. This exhibition brings together historic documents, artwork, and artifacts to explore the complex history of slavery and abolition in Manchester’s history.

The Great British Sewing Bee Live

21-24 September, London

I must admit, while everyone else was in the throes of Bake Off fever over the last few years, I have been more drawn to The Great British Sewing Bee. After hearing that its future on television may be in doubt, it was heartening to see that it at least lives on in this live event in London this month. They’ll be workshops and expert advice, as well as lots of fashion to see. A must for any sewers and budding fashion designers out there.

Pop Art Talk and Tour

27th September, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

If you love pop art, or are just intrigued to learn more about this vibrant art movement, then Wolverhampton Art Gallery are opening there stores to take you on a guide tour around their collection. Spaces are limited, but there are more dates planned in October and November.


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