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Events at The Manchester Museum

12 Jul 2011

Alternative life drawing class for all ages and abilities this Saturday, plus Festival of British Archaeology events.


Saturday 16 July, 1-2pm
Alternative life drawing class with Dr Sketchy

Dr Sketchy Manchester, the alternative life drawing class, presents an afternoon at the Museum. This hour long special taking place for the Not Part Of Festival features two models; Bambi La Beau as the Egyptian princess and Archie Greaves as the Roman centurion. This is a fun drawing class for all ages and abilities. Expect drawing games, sketching challenges and plenty of silliness

Drop-in, free, all ages


Festival of British Archaeology events:

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July, 11am-4pm
Discovering prehistoric tools

Meet experts from the Museum and Tameside Archaeological Society and uncover the processes behind archaeological finds discovered over the last 100 years in Greater Manchester and beyond, such as classifying, drawing and photography of finds. If you’ve found any flints, you can bring them in for identification. Part of the Festival of British Archaeology.

  • Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July, 11am-4pm: Guided tours
    Guided tours giving an insight into archaeological processes and with hands-on activities such as drawing and find washing.
    Drop-in, free, adults and older children
  • Saturday 16 July, 10-11.30am: Identification skills workshop
    Workshop on lithic identification by Ron Cowell Curator of Prehistory Archaeology, Museum of Liverpool. The archaeological material used will be from Tameside excavations in The Manchester Museum’s collections.
    Book on 0161 275 2648, free, adults with a keen interest in archaeology    

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July, 11am-4pm
The Ancients

Step back in time and meet our ancient ancestors by cave painting or by designing your own stone circle. Linked to the BBC's Hands On History – The Ancients and our Stonehenge: henge diggers exhibition and part of the Festival of British Archaeology.

Drop-in, free, all ages

Wednesday 20 July, 12.30-1.30pm
Hunting technology in the Mesolithic Period

Talk by Dr Andrew Myers, Assistant County Archaeologist for Greater Manchester.

Book on 0161 275 2648, free, adults


China talk:
Tuesday 19 July, 12.30-1.30pm
Confucius Institute China talk: Public engagement practice in Contemporary Chinese Arts

With Ying Kwok from the Chinese Arts Centre.

Many contemporary Chinese artists have become increasingly interested in engaging the public in their practice. Their works encourage the public to touch, participate, or even shape it from the beginning, providing a new kind of interactive experience. Ying Kwok, the curator of the Chinese Arts Centre, will share examples of some playful and provoking interactive projects from Chinese artists in the UK and China. Artist featured will include the following:

  • Utopia Group (China) – Live art engaging the city and its inhabitants
  • Foreign Investment (UK) – The work includes public involvement from inception; the success of the projects depend on the level of public engagement
  • Household (UK) – Interactive sculpture
  • Arrow Factory (China)- Artist-led organisation whose work always involves the surrounding neighbourhood

The Chinese Arts Centre is the leading organisation for the promotion of contemporary Chinese art in the UK. Working with the best creative talent they run a lively programme of exhibitions, residencies, engagement projects, festivals, international projects and events which support innovation and that reflect the dynamism of contemporary Chinese art.

Part of a series of talks by the The Confucius Institute at The University of Manchester.

Book on 0161 275 2648, free, adults and older children


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