Vertical Futures - Exhibition and book launch
Jul
25
to Aug 17

Vertical Futures - Exhibition and book launch

Vertical Futures - Exhibition and book launch

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Please join us for the launch of a new publication Vertical Futures by Nick Coupland and an accompanying exhibition.

Vertical Futures is an illustrated journey around the UK's Modernist high-rise architecture. Containing 40 beautifully illustrated, removable A5 sheets and presented in a collectors box, this first volume focuses on the post war towers of Sheffield and Manchester with each building painstakingly hand drawn in pen and ink. 

The exhibition will feature prints from the publication and previously unseen work.

There will also be a free, limited edition Manchester print included with every purchase of Vertical Futures which is exclusive to The Modernist

Please RSVP to the launch via EVENTBRITE here

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Sheffield Mooch - From Park Hill to The Moor - SOLD OUT
Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

Sheffield Mooch - From Park Hill to The Moor - SOLD OUT

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Walk

Join Steve Marland, the Modern Moocher, From Park Hill to The Moor and much, much more!

Explore the Steel City on a thoroughly modern mooch - public art and public houses.

Where Big Bill Mitchell meets The Scottish Queen


Sunday 4th August

Meet 11.00 am outside of the the South Street Kitchen

Walk lasting approx two hours 

Regular Price £7

Modernist subscribers/ Concessions £5

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Manchester Mooch - East Side Story
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

Manchester Mooch - East Side Story

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Walk

Saturday 10th August

East Side Story - discover the secrets of the Co-op and the Cold War Tunnels (but we cant go down them.. too hush hush!) and take a walk on the eastern side of the city.

Join Steve Marland, the Modern Moocher.. for a walk around the east side, on a hometown mooch through Ancoats and Blackfriars and by the bonny bonny banks of the Irwell. We may even wander into Salford.


Saturday 10th August

1.00 - 3.00

Meet at The Modernist shop at 58 Port Street

Walk lasting approx two hours 

Modernist subscribers/ Concessions £5

Regular Price £7

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Manchester Mooch - West Side Story
Aug
17
1:00 PM13:00

Manchester Mooch - West Side Story

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Walk

Saturday 17th August

West Side Story - Take a walk on the west side, the sunnier side of the city.

Saturday 17th August 1.00-3.00 meet at the Modernist Shop Port Street Manchester.

Join Steve Marland, the Modern Moocher an explore a world of luxury hotels, modern education, estate pubs, multi-storey car parks, missing cinemas and much much more.


Saturday 10th August

1.00 - 3.00

Meet at The Modernist shop at 58 Port Street

Walk lasting approx two hours 


Modernist subscribers/ Concessions £5

Regular Price £7

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Layout
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

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How do you launch your own publication and succeed as an independent publisher?

In the first of what we hope will become a regular season of indie magazine based events The Modernist Magazine will be talking to North West Magazine makers about why and how they produce, print and publish their magazines.

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Join invited magazine makers from Manchester and Liverpool for an evening at Modernist Mag HQ during which we hope to answer some crucial questions about publishing an independent magazine.

Date: Wednesday 10th July 6pm-8pm

Tickets : £8.00 full / £6.00 concs and modernist subscribers

Venue: The Modernist, 58 Port Street, Manchester M1 2EQ

Experienced publishers will cover issues such as content gathering, design, pricing, funding, printing and distribution.

Subjects will include these crucial questions and more..

  • How to get into publishing?

  • How is a magazine funded and financed?

  • How is it distributed and to who?

  • How many can you sell?

  • How to source your designers and printers?

  • Does anybody get paid?

Confirmed speakers include:

Jacqui McAssey - Girlfans

GIRLFANS is a project intended to give female football supporters visibility and a sense of belonging in football culture. Since 2013 Jacqui has used photography and the traditional football fanzine as its platform, documenting the diverse fans of the English and Scottish Premier Leagues and the English Football League.

Neil Summers - Proper

Proper is a content and marketing agency based in Manchester, UK. Born out of a passion for fashion and culture, it began as a fanzine, grew into a magazine and continues to evolve today. We work with brands we love.

Lucy Chesters - Ethos

Ethos is a magazine for and about people who embrace new and innovative ways of doing business. We cover stories about the most progressive business leaders, their teams, ethos and ideas to give you a unique insight into how they’re changing how business is done.

George Brown - Siege

Based in Manchester but representing artists from all over the world; SIEGE is a new, glaringly obvious, platform for emerging artists to showcase their work amongst a plethora of other like minded creatives.

Tickets here

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Stretford House 50 launch
Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

Stretford House 50 launch

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Join us to celebrate the launch of our latest publication Stretford House 50 at our gallery 58 Port Street, Manchester. Friday 28th June at 6pm.

RSVP here

We are pleased to announce a new publication Stretford House and a short exhibition at our Manchester gallery to coincide with its release.

Stretford House is a collaboration between Stretford Local History Society and Manchester Modernist Society to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Stretford House, the 23 storey high-rise residential housing block which is situated at the junction of Chester Road and Barton Road in Stretford Manchester.

It is dedicated to all the original tenants of Stretford House, who like the 1960's astronauts were brave enough to venture into the unknown territory of high-rise living.

Full colour A5 photobook (44 pages) - available here or call in to our Manchester shop.

To celebrate this release we are holding a short exhibition at our Manchester gallery showing some of the images from the book. The exhibition will be on from Wednesday 14th June until July 13th. We are open Wednesday through Saturday 11am until 5pm.

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Stretford House 50
Jun
22
to Jul 20

Stretford House 50

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Stretford House

Two Hundred & Forty Feet High

Twenty Three Floors

Eighty Eight Two Bedroom Flats

Forty Four One Bedroom Flats

Two Lifts Odd & Even Floors

One Stairwell

Standing as a single solitary obelisk of hard concrete surrounded by softer sediments, the 23 storey high-rise residential block Stretford House has for fifty years acted as Stretford’s very own security guard. Scanning the busy skyline for planes at Ringway Airport, gazing over the ever meandering River Mersey flood plain, manning the historical border post between Lancashire and Cheshire, surveying the scene with its feet firmly planted in Triassic Sandstone as it watches for invaders from space with the help of Bernard Lovell’s radio telescope at Jodrell Bank, which is visible on the horizon.

Stretford House 50 is an exhibition and publication conceived and curated by Bill Mather and the Modernist Society.

Publication design by Wayne Fearnley.

All original photographs were taken by Derek Whitehead the former Borough of Stretford Engineer & Surveyor. They form part of the Stretford Local History Society’s Photographic Archive.

These and other artefacts will be on display alongside a limited number of very special items for sale from the modernist shop.  

the modernist

58 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ

Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 11am to 5pm

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Let's dawdle in Doncaster
May
25
1:00 PM13:00

Let's dawdle in Doncaster

Walk

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Come along and explore the rich modernist treasures of Doncaster

From Festival of Britain municipal optimism to  Frederick Gibberd's imposing brutalism, Donny has it all.

The fascinating mainline train station, the Deco delights of the high street, Waterdale Shopping Centre, Art gallery and Museum, St Peter in Chains church.

Please meet at Doncaster Station at approx 12.45 - the best trains for this are:

11.18 from Piccadilly Manchester

11.27 from Stockport

12.08 from Sheffield

11.21 from Leeds

Meeting point: Doncaster Station 12.45

Tickets : £7.00 full / £5.00 concs and modernist subscribers

Stout footwear and weather appropriate clothing essential.

Walk lasting two hours 

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ATL x The Modernist screening: Brazil + Metropolis
May
19
5:00 PM17:00

ATL x The Modernist screening: Brazil + Metropolis

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Above The Line & The Modernist presents:

Screening 11. Brazil & Metropolis

We’re proud to be collaborating with The Modernist for our eleventh screening, comparing and contrasting the key architectural and industrial signifiers present in both Fritz Lang’s pioneering sci-fi, Metropolis and Terry Gilliam’s dystopian satire, Brazil.

17.00pm: Brazil (1985)
(Director: Terry Gilliam)
(Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro)

In an Orwellian vision of the future, the population are completely controlled by the state, but technology remains almost as it was in the 1970s. Sam Lowry (Pryce) is a civil servant who one day spots a mistake in one of the pieces of paperwork passing through his office. Trying to correct the administrative error, the bureaucrat wrongfully becomes enemy of the state.

20.00pm: Metropolis (1927)
(Director: Fritz Lang)
(Cast: Alfred Abel, Bridgitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich)

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

FREE ENTRY

Venue: YES 38 Charles Street, M1 7BD Manchester, United Kingdom

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From Our Archives - Modernist Society 10th Anniversary Exhibition
May
2
to Jun 15

From Our Archives - Modernist Society 10th Anniversary Exhibition

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From Our Archives is the first exhibition in The Modernist Society’s new dedicated exhibition space at 58, Port Street. As 2019 is the 10th anniversary of the formation of the society, this exhibition features some of the team’s favourite items from the organisation’s project archive.

A residency at Manchester’s ‘Toastrack’ unearthed original blueprints as well as photographs of staff and students dating back to its early days as the ‘Domestic and Trades College’ with fashion shoots on the roof and butchering courses in the kitchens.

A long standing love affair with the UMIST Campus led the Society to unilaterally declare it as a Conservation Area in 2012. The Society became ‘uninvited artists in residence’ at the Campus and after awarding ‘degrees’ from their own Modernist University they designed and planted plaques and created a map to honour the very best cluster of 1960s architecture in the city.

In 2011 the team came up with a daft idea of publishing a magazine. Thirty issues, five designers and hundreds of contributors later, all the issues of the modernist magazine will be on display but please don’t ask to buy issue number one. 

These and a many other artefacts will be on display alongside a limited number of very special items for sale from the modernist shop.  

the modernist

58 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ

Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 11am to 5pm

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Glasgow Zine Fest
Apr
20
11:00 AM11:00

Glasgow Zine Fest

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We are thrilled to be attending the Glasgow Zine Fest again this year at the CCA.

We’ll be there on Saturday 20th of April with a brand new Modernist Mag and more newly minted modernist merch.

Glasgow Zine Fest 2019 is back at CCA, bringing its sixth zine fair and weekend long programme with it. This year’s events will include talks, workshops, performance, and zine fair. Focused as always on the revolutionary potential of DIY and community, GZF ’19 has something for everyone, from bookbinding to mural painting, from poetry to cataloguing.

Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3JD

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Apr
6
10:30 AM10:30

An American in Manchester - A Mitzi Cunliffe tour of Manchester and Bury

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Manchester Modernist Society & Twentieth Century Society NW Goup present:

An American in Manchester - A Mitzi Cunliffe tour of Manchester and Bury

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Mitzi Cunliffe (1918 - 2006) was born and educated in New York. She later travelled to Paris where she studied at the Académie Colarossi, famous for nurturing female students such as Camille Claudel. Returning to America she established a reputation for her lyrical sculptures in stone, wood and bronze. In 1949 she married the English academic Marcus Cunliffe and they moved to Manchester, living in Didsbury. She was swiftly selected as one of only six women sculptors for the Festival of Britain in 1951, launching her career in this country.

Mitzi Cunliffe is now best known for having designed the BAFTA trophy mask (1955) but she worked with a wide variety of materials and scale, from jewellery to panels for large buildings.   A talented designer, her design work included textiles for David Whitehead, as well as ceramics.  

The tour will give a good overview of Mitzi Cunliffe’s impressive work and we are pleased to announce that we will be joined by Antonia Cunliffe Davis, the artist’s daughter and Professor Ann Sumner, the leading Mitzi Cunliffe scholar.

£15. 00 Includes specially commissioned handout notes by Ann Sumner and the newly-published trail guide on Mitzi Cunliffe’s work in the region.

Itinerary

Start at 10.30, Fairfield Street entrance of Manchester Piccadilly train station.

Bury Art Gallery to see examples of the innovative Freeform ceramic bowls for Pilkington’s and five BAFTA mask trophies from their Victoria Wood Collection.

We then go to Heaton Park reservoir for the Grade 2 listed Haweswater Aqueduct bas-relief panels. We return to Manchester to see Threshold (Manchester High School for Girls) and then Cosmos 1, a rare example of her architectural work in fibreglass, at Owens Park. 

Lunch is an hour or so in Didsbury Village, and its many cafés and bars. Refreshed, it’s a short drive to 18 Cranmer Road for the commemorative plaque installed in 2018. We don’t visit the interior of the house. Finally we see the recently conserved Man and Technic in Wythenshawe.  Fully Mitzi-ed by now, we return to Piccadilly station by about 5pm. 

Tickets: £15

When: Saturday April 6, 2019

Venue: Leave Fairfield Street entrance of Manchester Piccadilly train station at 10.30am.

This is a ticketed event - please buy your tickets here beforehand. (n.b. physical tickets will not be issued.)

Organised by the Twentieth Century Society, Northwest in collaboration with the Modernist Society. Funded by generous support through Crowdfunder.

Image courtesy of the artist’s estate.

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A closing event:   'Drawing the Modern'
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

A closing event: 'Drawing the Modern'

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A closing event:

'Drawing the Modern: The Work of Gordon Hodkinson and Post-War Architectural Education in Manchester'

Thursday 4th April, 18.00-20.00

Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections, 3rd Floor All Saints Library

Drawing the Modern draws on the archive of Gordon Hodkinson (1928-2018), a student of architecture at Manchester Municipal School of Art in the 1940s-1950s. The exhibition explores post-war architectural education through a selection of Hodkinson’s drawings including sketches, gouache rendered plans and construction details, as well as project briefs and lecture notes.

This event is to celebrate the closing of our exhibition and to launch a publication with a short history of architectural education in Manchester. To accompany the launch architectural commentator Phil Griffin will chair a panel discussion about education and influences on practice. We will be joined by an esteemed panel of Architects - Rachel Haugh (Simpson:Haugh), Ian Beaumont (MBLA/Buttress) and John Walker (Walker Simpson) - who are invited to reflect upon their own studies and how it has informed their work.

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Mooch up the Crescent
Mar
31
1:30 PM13:30

Mooch up the Crescent

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Come along on this fascinating photo walk and unlock the secrets of Salford's recent past. Monoliths, myths and magic on an imaginative photo walk with enthusiastic amateur arch-modernist and moocher Steve Marland. Take better snaps, educate your eyes and mind.

Meet at Five Four Studios. The walk finishes at the Masonic Hall on Salford Crescent, where there is also an event taking place, curated by Grub Mcr. 

Presented as part of the Not Quite Light weekend.

Tickets : £7.00 full / £5.00 concs and modernist subscribers

Stout footwear and weather appropriate clothing essential.

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Mar
30
2:00 PM14:00

FROZEN MUSIC

Not Quite Light 2019 presents:

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WHAT HAS BEEN THE EFFECT OF PHOTOGRAPHY ON ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN? 

The use of photography in architecture has been fundamental in taking ideas and inspiration around the world. To explore this, the Modernist Society presents Frozen Music - a programme of film and discussion looking at Architectural Photography.

The event begins Eddy Rhead from the Manchester Modernist Society, who will present a short history of architectural photography and its role in the dissemination of Modernism.

This will be followed by a panel discussion looking at the techniques and disciplines of architectural photography and its role in the Instagram age.

FILM: VISUAL ACOUSTICS

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Finally there will be a rare screening of the 2008 film Visual Acoustics : The Modernism of Julius Shulman - a beautiful, intimate documentary of the architectural photographer Julius Shulman who's photographs came to define how we understand mid-century American architecture.

On the panel will be:

DANIEL HOPKINSON - architectural photographer  

JENNA JOHNSTON - Senior Heritage Consultant at Buttress Architects 

DR RICHARD BROOK - Reader in Architecture at MSA and @mainstream_modern on Instagram 

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MANCHESTER: Leading the Way?
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

MANCHESTER: Leading the Way?

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Hosted by our friends at the Twentieth Century Society:

A talk by Jonestheplanner – Adrian Jones & Chris Matthews

Date: 7 March, 6.30 – 8.00 pm

Venue: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS

Tickets: £8 (no concessions) at the door.

Jonestheplanner (Adrian Jones and Chris Matthews) take an irreverent and perceptive look at recent architecture and planning decisions in Manchester. They explore the character, architecture and urban design of what aspires to be England’s second city and consider the influences shaping its planning and transport policies. These include the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and ‘devoManc’, as well as the process and politics of development and regeneration. Drawing from the experience of other major cities they suggest that despite the impressive scale of new development, Manchester is really not being ambitious enough about its future.

Adrian Jones is a town planner and urban designer, formerly Director of Planning and Transport for the City of Nottingham and member of CABE’s national Design Review Panel. Chris Matthews is a local historian and graphic designer whose wry photographs reveal the unexpected in the urban landscape. They jointly blog as www.jonestheplanner.co.uk and published Cities of the North (Five Leaves Publications, 2016).

C20 members and non-members welcome.


A Twentieth Century Society Northwest event

Photo: Mancunian Way barriers, literal, psychological and metaphorical © Chris Matthews

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The Landscape and Architecture of British Post-War Infrastructure
Feb
14
to Feb 16

The Landscape and Architecture of British Post-War Infrastructure

Conference, Keynote Address and Field Visit

Manchester School of Architecture in collaboration with The Modernist Society

Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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In the post-war period large-scale infrastructural projects were built to match prevailing cultures, economic and political demands. The physically engineered landscapes that were produced signposted the rapid socio-economic and technological development following the cessation of conflict. The effect of such unprecedented and widespread infrastructural projects on both rural and urban landscapes was comparable to the impact of the industrial revolution in the UK. 

The scope of the work not only impacted on the physical landscape, but also the collaborative roles of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and planning professionals. Co-operation and co-production were key in the British context and this mode of working informed new ideas and methods which in turn produced exceptional landscape compositions.

This multi-disciplinary conference and accompanying keynote event, supported by the Paul Mellon Centre, in collaboration with The Modernist Society, and hosted at the Manchester School of Architecture, will explore the relationships between landscape and architectural design in the production of infrastructure. Over four sessions examining Power, Roads, Urban Infrastructure and Transnational Infrastructure, speakers will explore the form, type, material, topography, composition and the relationships of these topics with the socio-cultural, political and economic settings of the post-war period. 

Tickets can be purchased for all events separately, or there is also a combined ticket.

Conference full abstracts will be uploaded here in the coming weeks...

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The Landscape and Architecture of British Post-War Infrastructure

Keynote Address 

Thursday 14th February 2019, 17.30-19.30

BZ403, 4th Floor, Benzie Building, Manchester Metropolitan University

 

Elain Harwood (architectural historian with the Historic England division of English Heritage; the author of Space, Hope, and Brutalism: English Architecture, 1945-1975; specialist in post-Second World War English architecture)

Hal Moggridge (founding partner of Colvin & Moggridge; former Professor of Landscape Architecture at Sheffield University; past President of the Landscape Institute and commissioner of the Royal Fine Art Commission)

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The Landscape and Architecture of British Post-War Infrastructure

Conference

Friday 15th February 2019, 09.00-17.30

BZ403, 4th Floor, Benzie Building, Manchester Metropolitan University

 

Session 1 – Power  

Chair – Dr. Martin Dodge (Manchester)

Juliana Kei – Pylon-Spotting in Architectural Magazines c.1950

Linda Ross – Post-war planning in the nuclear north, 1954-63

Laura Coucill – Magnox: the Legacy of the CEGB

Luca Csepely-Knorr – Landscapes of coal as ‘third nature’

 

Session 2 – Roads

Chair – Bruno Notteboom (KU Leuven)

Megan McHugh - National Identity, Landscape and the Early Motorway in England

Peter Merriman – Motorway modern: landscape architecture, movement and the aesthetics of roads in post-war Britain

Richard Brook – Scammonden: Landscape Co-production in the Motorway Age

 

Session 3 – Urban Infrastructures

Chair – Prof. Nick Dunn (Lancaster)

Mike Dring - Wavy Concrete Panels - Cultural Anchors in the Post-War Urban Landscape

Janina Gosseye – Multimodal/Multifunctional Megastructures Reimagining Flows and Nodes in Post-war British New Towns 

 

Session 4 - Transnational Infrastructure

Chair – Prof. Stephen Graham (Newcastle)

Gary Boyd - Infrastructure in the making of modern Ireland

Neta Feniger and Roy Kozlovsky – The influence of Sir Colin Buchanan on the planning of Tel Aviv 

Awni Kirti Patni – Landscapes of dams in (independent) India 

(Refreshments and lunch will be included in the conference fee.)

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The Landscape and Architecture of British Post-War Infrastructure

Field Visit

Saturday 16th February 2019, 09.00-17.30

Meet outside Manchester School of Art, Benzie Building, Boundary St. West

The field visit will take us by coach to Heysham 2 nuclear power station, designed by Powell and Moya and opened in 1981. We will also take in the sights of Forton (Lancaster) Services on the M6 and a few other Lancastrian infrastructural gems. Ticket sales will close 15th January 2019 to enable security protocols for rare access to this site. (NB. lunch is not provided, so please bring your own.)

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ONE HUNDRED VIEWS OF THE ARTS TOWER
Feb
11
to Mar 30

ONE HUNDRED VIEWS OF THE ARTS TOWER

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Sheffield's original high rise, the Arts Tower is a landmark on the local landscape, its elegance admired for miles around and its ever-presence on the skyline acting as a handy navigation tool.

One Hundred Views of the Arts Tower brings together a hundred artworks – photos, embroidery, painting, ceramics, oral history, film and more – shared through an open call, and delves into the University of Sheffield Archive. It's inspired by One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji, a collection of woodblock prints by 19th-century Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, which captured the awe-inspiring peak that dominates the landscape around Tokyo from various perspectives and distances.

The exhibition is an extension of Sheffield Modern, an architecture festival organised by Our Favourite Places. The festival's 2018 highlight was a live concert in the Arts Tower's paternoster, a lift made up of 38 carriages that endlessly move between the building's 20 floors.

The Western Bank Library Exhibition Gallery is open Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm, Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 12pm-6pm.

#SheffieldModern

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Feb
2
12:30 PM12:30

Photo-mooch around Modernist Stockport

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Walk

SOLD OUT

Manchester Modernist Society present: photographer and Modern Moocher Stephen Marland leading a photographic meander around Modernist Stockport. (To coincide with our attendance at the Manchester Print Fair at Stockport Hatworks).

‘Let me take you on an exciting circular circuitous tour of Stockport's concrete, steel and glass modern architecture. A slightly hilly journey through Life on Mars and public art of international significance.’

Take better snaps - photo opportunities and advice available from the Modern Moocher.

Stout footwear and weather appropriate clothing essential.

Tickets: £7 full / £5 Modernist mag subscribers & concs

When: Saturday 2nd February at 12.30pm

Venue: Meet outside The Plaza Super Cinema in Mersey Square

This is a ticketed event - please buy your tickets here beforehand. (n.b. physical tickets will not be issued.)

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Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

LAUNCH OF THE MODERNIST 29 : INVENTORY + FILM SCREENING OF BRASILIA - LIFE AFTER DESIGN

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As we enter our 8th year of The Modernist magazine we are having a change of designer and a change of format. We say goodbye to long time collaborator Jonathan Hitchen and say hello to birthday + Rueville. We have also invited guest editors to take the reigns for the next 4 issues so that should add a new perspective to the content along with the new design format.

To celebrate the release of The Modernist 29 INVENTORY we are happy to be showing the documentary Brasilia - Life After Design This film sold out when it was recently shown at HOME in Manchester so we are giving you another chance to catch this lovely film , which follows the lives of some of the inhabitants of Brasilia and how living in a supposed Modernist utopia differs from living in any other city.

The INVENTORY launch and Brasilia - Life After Design film showing will be at WeWork, 1 St Peters Sq, M2 3DE on Thursday 6th December 6 until 8pm.

Tickets are £3 Full Price or £2 for Modernist members and concessions

Book TICKETS here

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Move to a New Town!
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Move to a New Town!

Screening

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Are you looking for a new home? A new job? A new life? In Move to a New Town! you will be presented with a rare opportunity to find out how Development Corporations promoted new town living to potential new residents via a series of short-films from the Northwest Film Archive and Liverpool Record Office. The New Towns were a key urban policy that shaped post-war Britain. There will be short introductions followed by the screening of select archival films that were designed to encourage people to move to these bold experiments in urban and social planning (featuring Skelmersdale, Runcorn, Central Lancashire).

18.30 Arrival and introduction

19.00 Archive Films:

- Welcoming Towns (1968)

- Prospect of Skelmersdale (1971)

- An Old Wives Tale (1971)

This event has been organised by Hannah Neate and Steve Millington (MMU Human Geography) in conjunction with the North West Film Archive, Liverpool Record Office and The Modernist Society.

The event is free to attend as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science

Register here

Venue: 70 Oxford Street, Manchester (former Cornerhouse building)

The 16th annual ESRC Festival of Social Science takes place from 3—10 November 2018 with over 300 free events nationwide. Run by the Economic and Social Research Council, the festival provides an opportunity for the public to meet some of the country’s leading social scientists to discover, discuss and debate how research affects their lives. With a range of creative and engaging events going on across the UK, there’s something for everyone including businesses, charities, schools and government agencies. The full programme is available at: esrc.ukri.org/festival

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Life of Buildings : Launch
Oct
31
5:30 PM17:30

Life of Buildings : Launch

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Life of Buildings

Website and Virtual Reality Experience - Launch Event

Manchester Reform Synagogue, Jacksons Row, M2 5NH
For several months researchers, led by Manchester School of Architecture, have been working with Jacksons Row Synagogue and Archives+ to make a digital record of the building, to collect memories, images and films and to combine them into a virtual reality experience. Join them to hear about the project, experience the VR using a headset, and for an extremely rare glimpse inside Manchester’s first post-war building and only city centre synagogue

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Visitors will be able to navigate the building in real and virtual ways. The team will be on hand to help guests using VR headsets encounter the history of the building as well as its digital record. Then visitors will be free to encounter one of Manchester's best kept secrets - the fine interior of this building from 1953. The synagogue was designed by Peter Cummings and Eric Levy, both members of the Reform congregation. Cummings was also involved in the design of Appleby Lodge (1939) in Rusholme and was the architect for the Cornerhouse Cinema (1935) and Apollo Theatre (1938) in Ardwick Green.


Free to attend

Those who wish to attend MUST REGISTER here via Eventbrite, guests must print their ticket and bring it to the event along with some ID.


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Sheffield Modern : architecture weekender
Oct
26
to Oct 28

Sheffield Modern : architecture weekender

Sheffield Modernist Society is excited to be working alongside Our Favourite Places to bring you Sheffield Modern.

Faded social housing utopias and fortress-like electricity substations. Iconic theatres and university tower blocks, all concrete and breeze blocks and glass. Pioneering post-war civic buildings, long-since demolished and to many sorely missed. Sheffield's experiments in modern architecture have played a significant role in defining the skyline and character of the city. This October, the first Sheffield Modern will celebrate this heritage of post-war architecture with a programme of talks, walks, film screenings, exhibitions, workshops and more.

Taking place over 26-28 October, the weekender aims to open up conversations about modern architecture in Sheffield – its merits as well as its minefields. It'll look at the past and present of the city's public realm, and get people thinking about the shape of Sheffield in new ways.

Following a very special launch event (details coming soon) there'll be an evening bike ride to modernist landmarks, talks hosted by the Sheffield Modernist Society held within the beautiful 1950s interior of Victoria Hall, tours behind the scenes at the Crucible, workshops for kids (big and small) to create their own cityscapes from cardboard or Lego, and much more.

Events will be announced from 10th September onwards.

Currently on sale:
FRIDAY

Friday Night Ride - cycling through Sheffield Modern

Sheffield Modern in C – revolutionary music in a revolving paternoster

SATURDAY
Modernists in Conversation – a day of talks on Sheffield's built environment

Backstage at the Crucible – a peek behind the scenes at the inner workings of the iconic 1970s theatre

Sheffield Drift - In the spirit of the flâneur…

Fantastical Cities – construct a fantasy cityscape from cardboard and Lego

SUNDAY

Brasilia: Life after design (plus shorts) - feature-length documentary will be screened alongside two short films on modernist architecture in Sheffield

Park Hil Photo Walk - 11.00am: Grab your camera and join professional photographer and card-carrying urbanist Stephen Marland for a walk around the grounds of mid-regeneration 1960s Park Hill.

Park Hill Photo Walk - 1.00pm: due to popular demand!

Come back in soon for more event announcements.

#SheffieldModern

Sheffield Modern is organised by Our Favourite Places.

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LEEDS MODERNIST SOCIETY LAUNCH | SHIPS IN THE SKY
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

LEEDS MODERNIST SOCIETY LAUNCH | SHIPS IN THE SKY

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Colours May VarytheCV and The Modernist Society present Ships In The Sky, a live Q and A with film-maker Esther Johnson and Twitter Mistress Leigh Bird who will be discussing their social history film and exhibition project about Alan Boyson's murals for the Hull Co-operative Department Store and the campaign to save them.

This is a launch event for the Leeds Chapter of The Modernist Society. On the night, there will be an opportunity to become part of the conversationabout the past, present and future of Modernism in Leeds by declaring an interest and signing up.

The event is FREE, but booking via Eventbrite is essential. Donations are welcome (suggested contribution £3).

LOCATION: Colours May Vary, Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds, LS9 8AG

Twitter: @modernistsocLDS

Instagram: leedsmodernist

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Tour: An education in concrete: The built works of Gordon Hodkinson
Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

Tour: An education in concrete: The built works of Gordon Hodkinson

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Tour

Manchester Modernist Society present: An education in concrete: The built works of Gordon Hodkinson

In tandem with an exhibition of the drawings of Gordon Hodkinson at MMU Special Collections, Dr. Richard Brook will lead a walking tour of some of Manchester’s university buildings that Gordon had a hand in designing during the 1960s, whilst he worked for Cruickshank & Seward.

We will visit the university first, then the former UMIST Campus and conclude our tour with a viewing of Gordon's student drawings and some selected material from the Cruickshank & Seward Archive.

Tickets: £3.00

When: Saturday 20th October 11.00am - 12.30

Meet: Oxford Road, outside the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, University of Manchester, M13 9PS

Finishing point: MMU Special Collections exhibition.

Presented in partnership with Design Manchester and MMU Special Collections

This is a ticketed event - please book your place here beforehand. (n.b. physical tickets will NOT be issued.)

 
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Manchester Print Fair
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Manchester Print Fair

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Once again, we'll be joining a plethora of creative types and we will all be hawking our wares to fulfil your Christmassy dreams.

This will be your opportunity to come face to face with the Moderrnists, handle our merch and feel the quality of our produce.

We will be releasing our inermost costermonger, so pop along and let us coster our mongers to you.

Venue: The Whitworth

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Bound Art Book Fair
Oct
12
to Oct 14

Bound Art Book Fair

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The Modernists will be showing off our publications at the:

Bound Art Book Fair 2018
Book Fair Preview: Opening party with DJ’s Sofie K (NTS) and Gary Bratchford (Beat Boutique). Refreshments provided

Friday 12th October 5:00pm-9:00pm

The Whitworth

Saturday: 10:30 – 17:00
Sunday: 10:30 – 16:00

Free

Bound Art Book Fair is an annual celebration of artists publishing from the UK and Europe, taking place for the second year at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The fair features stalls from independent and artist publishers alongside a free public programme of talks, workshops, music and new commissions. Bound seeks to contribute to and develop networks of engagement extending outside of London, with a specific focus on supporting projects and emerging practices in the North of England.

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Building Brum: Unbuilt Brum
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Building Brum: Unbuilt Brum

Hosted by D5 Architects

Join D5 Architects for a one-night exhibition hosted at their Digbeth studio.

Unbuilt Brum will be an exploration of the city’s unbuilt history that highlights lost projects that form a potential alternative to the built environment we inhabit today, and which celebrates the creativity of the city’s architectural and engineering designers.

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As a collaborative exhibition, the evening will feature a talk from guest speak Mike Dring of Birmingham Modernist Society and Birmingham and Five Counties Architectural Association, who will also be providing content for the exhibition. Additionally, an open call for submissions, will provide a platform for Birmingham practices and practitioners to exhibit their unbuilt projects.

There are no limitations on the type, scale or budget of the project; the only two conditions being that it must have once been a live commission that now has no prospect of future construction, and you must be satisfied that you or your company own the copyright to have the images displayed for the evening. All submissions should be sent to info@d5architects.net and should contain the following:

- Confirmation of copyright ownership.

- Company or individual name.

- Project name.

- Project year.

- A selection of project images.

Free - register here

Date and Time: Thu 20 September 2018 : 18:00 – 21:00

Location: D5 Architects, 71-77 Coventry Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5NH

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New Town Utopia
Aug
12
3:30 PM15:30

New Town Utopia

Introduced by our very own Eddy Rhead  - Screening at HOME

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15 Directed by Christopher Ian Smith

New Town Utopia is a documentary feature about utopian dreams and concrete realities… the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex.

A journey of memory, place and performance guided by the artists, musicians and poets of Basildon. Facing austerity, adversity and personal battles they are individuals driven by their creative spirit to improve their community through art, poetry, music… and some rather angry puppets.

New Town Utopia features Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent (Iris, Topsy-Turvy, Moulin Rouge) as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP. Directed by Christopher Ian Smith (citizensmith.net) and Executive Produced by Margaret Matheson (Scum, Sid and Nancy, Sleep Furiously). You can follow our progress on Facebook, Twitter + Instagram by clicking below.

Showing Sun 12 Aug 2018 at 15.30

Tickets and info.

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Manchester's Modern Churches - Bus Tour
Jul
7
10:30 AM10:30

Manchester's Modern Churches - Bus Tour

Bus Tour

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Organised in association with Art and Christianity , this day-long event will take in Modernist churches of the suburbs of Manchester, many of which are overlooked and underappreciated. A special focus will be on recent art commissioned as part of the church. The itinerary will be as follows:

10.30 Meet at Manchester Cathedral
12.15 St Michael and All Angels, Northern Moor
13.00 William Temple Church, Wythenshawe
14.00 Holy Rosary, Limeside Oldham
15.00 All Saints and Martyrs, Middleton

Open to all. Ticket price includes transport between churches.

Tickets £25.00 available here.

Modernists and concs £20.00 available here

Special thanks to Stephen Marland.

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magCulture meets...
Jul
5
6:30 PM18:30

magCulture meets...

Talk

We're off to London to meet the good folk at magCulture..come and join us!

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For July’s edition of magCulture Meets we’re delighted to welcome Eddy Rhead and Jack Hale, two of the founders of Manchester-based quarterly The Modernist. This smart little magazine examines 20th century modernist architecture and design through news, reviews and musings.

Issue 27’s theme is ‘High’ and features everything from Scottish high schools to the sky-high glamour of Concorde. The mag moves from small town America to Rotterdam and Naples eventually leaving earth behind completely and venturing off into the cosmos. As you might expect high buildings are also well represented, with a variety of artists each looking up, in their own very different ways. We’re looking forward to hearing from them at our shop, situated at the base of London’s first council-built tower block.

Inside the issue you’ll find the work of Chris Leslie, acclaimed photographic documenter of Glasgow; Carlos Traspaderne a Spanish photographer who only shoots with film cameras; illustrations by Nick Coupland; a trip up the Rotterdam Euromast with Pieter Kuster and a flight into space with Eddy Rhead.

As ever, the evening will see an illustrated talk followed by an audience Q&A, beers and a chance to browse and buy from the magCulture shelves.

Thursday 5 July
Doors opens at 6.30pm and the talk will kick off at 7pm

Book your ticket here

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Municipal Dreams in Birmingham
Jul
3
6:00 PM18:00

Municipal Dreams in Birmingham

Talk

Urgent, timely and compelling, Municipal Dreams brilliantly brings the national story of housing to life.

In this landmark reappraisal of council housing, historian John Boughton presents an alternative history of Britain. Rooted in the ambition to end slum living, and the ideals of those who would build a new society, Municipal Dreams looks at how the state’s duty to house its people decently became central to our politics. The book makes it clear why that legacy and its promise should be defended.

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Traversing the nation in this comprehensive social, political and architectural history of council housing, Boughton o ers a tour of some of the best and most remarkable of our housing estates – some happily ordinary, some judged notorious. He asks us to understand their complex story and to rethink our prejudices.

His accounts include extraordinary planners and architects who wished to elevate working men and women through design; the competing ideologies that have promoted state housing and condemned it; the economic factors that have always constrained our housing ideals; the crisis wrought by Right to Buy; and the evolving controversies around regeneration. Boughton shows how losing the dream of good housing has weakened our community and hurt its most vulnerable – as was seen most catastrophically in the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Tickets: £3/£4

When: Tuesday 3rd July 2018 at 6.00pm

Venue: Nest Gallery 321 Bradford St, Birmingham

This is a ticketed event - please buy your tickets online beforehand. (n.b. physical tickets will not be issued.)

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