Late night Thursdays at The Whitworth
Eclectic late-night openings until 9pm every Thursday, with music, performances, talks and screenings
Start the weekend early with our Thursday Lates – a series of sociable, after work and late night openings that are the perfect place to meet up with friends, explore the gallery and enjoy a specially curated selection of talks, performances, film screenings, live music and artist interventions.
Thursdays, 6pm-9pm. All events are FREE - unless otherwise stated
Queering St Ives
2 February, 6pm. Free
Join Dr. Ian Massey for an evening of discussion, in the first of a series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.
Dr. Ian Massey will discuss his research on the hitherto unexplored queer history of St Ives. Central to his project is the sculptor John Milne (1931-1978). Originally from Eccles, Milne lived in St Ives from the early 1950s onwards, where he worked initially as an assistant to Barbara Hepworth before setting up his own studio. From the mid-1950’s onwards, Milne’s house ‘Trewyn’ became a meeting place for an alternative subculture of both British and international artists, actors and writers. Within his talk Ian will read extracts from privately held letters and journals by Milne and members of his gay circle. He will also consider the encodification of queer identity in works from the Whitworth’s collection, both by Milne and by other gay visitors to St Ives, including Francis Bacon, Patrick Procktor and Keith Vaughan. The talk will also offer a rare private viewing of some of the artworks discussed in the talk.
6pm - 7pm
The Study Centre
Join Ian Massey and curator Poppy Bowers to view works from the Whitworth’s collection by artists to be discussed in the talk.
Please be aware that the Study Centre has limited capacity, and therefore entry will be staggered. As usual our café will be open throughout the evening.
7pm - 8.30pm
Queering St. Ives – talk by Dr. Ian Massey
Dr Ian Massey is an independent art historian, writer and curator. He is author of the monograph biography Patrick Procktor: Art and Life (Unicorn Press, 2010), and co-author with Anthony Hepworth of Keith Vaughan: The Mature Oils (Sansom & Company, 2012). He has written for PN Review, Printmaking Today, and Sight and Sound, and also writes on artists for Art UK. In 2016 he curated the show Patrick Procktor: The Last Romantic for Arts University Bournemouth, and Pure Romance, a group show of sixteen artists that included Jack Pierson and Derek Jarman, for The Redfern Gallery, London. He also co-curated the current David Tindle RA: A Retrospective at Huddersfield Art Gallery (ends 4th February 2017).
Throughout 2017 the Whitworth will give emerging gay artists, makers and thinkers the opportunity to develop and shape an evening of artistic intervention later in the year.
FK Alexander: (I Could Go On Singing) Over the Rainbow
16 February, 6pm. Free
FK Alexander sings live, with accompaniment from Glasgow based noise band Okishima Island Tourist Association, along to the recording of the last time Judy Garland ever sang Over The Rainbow, four months before he death. Visitors are invited to drop into the Whitworth for a unique one to one interactive live experience of undivided attention and love. Present by Contact and Word of Warning as part of Queer Contact festival.Read More