Park Hill Mooch - Walk
Oct
23
11:00 AM11:00

Park Hill Mooch - Walk

Walk

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Join The Modern Moocher, Steve Marland, for a unique opportunity to see the redevelopment of the Park Hill Estate in Sheffield close up and personal. Flats stripped bare prior to refitting, finished dwellings and those awaiting care and attention. See the model and plans for the redevelopment, visit the construction site and a residents flat. There may even be time to visit the S1 Artspace.

Meet Steve at 11am South Street Kitchen, 19-20 South St, Sheffield S2 5QX

Spaces for this event are strictly limited no walk-ups please

Regular Price £7

Modernist subscribers/ Concessions £5

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SHEFFIELD SOCIAL #2
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

SHEFFIELD SOCIAL #2

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Join us for our second Sheffield Social on 24th October.

We had a great turn out last time, but we would still like to meet anyone from in or around Sheffield who would like to be a bit more active with the Sheffield group. We are looking for people who have good ideas about what sort of events they would like to see happening in Sheffield and we hope to gauge what level of interest there is from individuals and hopefully empower you to invigorate the Sheffield Modernist Society. This is also a chance for those we met last time to share ideas they may have developed.

As well as any ‘doers’ we would also like to invite people to come along who perhaps don’t have the confidence or inclination to organise or run an event but would just like to meet fellow Modernists in Sheffield. As last time, this is a very informal event - its not like we are signing you up a timeshare property in the Costa Blanca. Just come along and meet fellow Modernists.

We are meeting 6pm until 8pm on Thursday 24th October at Kollective The Site Gallery, 1 Brown Street S1 2BS

We hope to see some of you Sheffield Modernists there.

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Manchester Print Fair, Stockport
Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

Manchester Print Fair, Stockport

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Manchester Print Fair ‘Get Spooky’

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We are delighted to be returning to the Manchester Print Fair in Stockport. We’ll have a stall selling a selection of our modernist themed prints, publications, badges and totes. We’ll also be using this as an excuse to see the Alan Boyson designed Merseyway Car Park, of course! Keep checking back for more details, and for a special event which we’ll announce soon.

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Stockport Mooch - walk
Oct
26
1:00 PM13:00

Stockport Mooch - walk

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Walk

Saturday 26th October

Join The Modern Moocher, Steve Marland, for a walk around Stockport. You’ll encounter doomed foot bridges, deserted civic piazzas, pierced concrete car-park screens and much much more. This two hour walk up and down dale is your chance to take in Stockport's concrete heritage, with new features added daily. The walk culminates with a visit to the Manchester Print Fair at The Hat Works where you’ll meet the Modernists in real life!

Meet at 1PM outside The Plaza Stockport, Mersey Square, SK1 1SP

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Park Hill Mooch - WALK
Oct
30
11:00 AM11:00

Park Hill Mooch - WALK

Walk

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Wednesday 30 October, 11am

Join The Modern Moocher, Steve Marland, for a unique opportunity to see the redevelopment of the Park Hill Estate in Sheffield close up and personal. Flats stripped bare prior to refitting, finished dwellings and those awaiting care and attention. See the model and plans for the redevelopment, visit the construction site and a residents flat. There may even be time to visit the S1 Artspace.

Meet Steve at 11am South Street Kitchen, 19-20 South St, Sheffield S2 5QX

Spaces for this event are strictly limited no walk-ups please

Regular Price £7

Modernist subscribers/ Concessions £5

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Nordic Craft and Design - exhibition tour
Nov
2
12:30 PM12:30

Nordic Craft and Design - exhibition tour

Exhibition Tour

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Tour

Manchester Art Gallery, 2 November, 12.30pm

Join Curator of Art and Design, Fiona Corridan, for a tour of the Nordic Craft and Design exhibition which showcases the superb quality and creativity inherent in design from the Nordic region and features pieces from 1930 to the present day. Designers and crafts people from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are represented, as well as other makers who are inspired by Nordic design. The exhibition showcases furniture, fashion, lighting, ceramics, glass, metalwork and jewellery.

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Blade Runner - Manchester
Nov
3
4:00 PM16:00

Blade Runner - Manchester

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In purely aesthetic terms, Blade Runner remains one of the influential pop-culture creations of the modern age. It is certainly one of the most achingly beautiful, sumptuously art-directed films ever. As the story starts in a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019, we felt it was only right to show the entirety of the saga through to 2049, including the short films plus introductory talks from The Modernist.

4.30pm - [Introduction from The Modernist] Blade Runner (1982)

(Director: Ridley Scott)

(Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young)

Deckard (Harrison Ford) is forced by the police Boss (M. Emmet Walsh) to continue his old job as Replicant Hunter. His assignment: eliminate four escaped Replicants from the colonies who have returned to Earth. Before starting the job, Deckard goes to the Tyrell Corporation and he meets Rachel (Sean Young), a Replicant girl he falls in love with.

7.30pm - Blade Runner Black Out 2022 (Director: Shinichiro Watanabe) (2017)

2036: Nexus Dawn & 2048: Nowhere to Run (2017) (Director: Luke Scott)

In Blade Runner 2049, 30 years have passed since the events of the original Ridley Scott-directed Blade Runner, and to help explain some of the key story events that took place during those three decades, Villeneuve enlisted artists he respects to develop the backstory. Together, these three shorts set up the background and history of the world we’re about to experience in Blade Runner 2049.

8pm - [Introduction from The Modernist] Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

(Director: Denis Villenueve)

(Cast: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas)

Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who's been missing for 30 years.

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For The People: Day of Talks
Nov
9
9:00 AM09:00

For The People: Day of Talks

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For The People : The democratisation of modernist design

A day of talks

Saturday 9th November 2019

Leaf 113-115 Portland Street Manchester M1 6DW

We have invited a range of speakers, from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, to join us to have a day long series of talks looking at how modernist design has found its way into our every day lives.

From monumental concrete public sculpture through to tea spoons, from entire new towns down to litter bins, the twentieth century saw modernism go from an obscure and elitist theoretical practise into being an aspect of almost all our lives.

Our speakers on the day are:

Linda King

Irish Design Modernism: Negotiating a Post-Colonial Identity

Dominic Wilkinson

F.X. Velarde: Working with Artists.

Theo Inglis

Mid-Century magazine design and the Cultural Cold War

Simon Phipps

Concrete Poetry: photographing post-war public art

Dawn Pereira

Concrete too is Beautiful: How William Mitchell’s casting process humanised Post-War Urban Landscapes.

Corin Mellor

Teaspoons to Traffic Lights

Katrina Navickas

Keep Britain Tidy: Designing the National Anti-Litter Campaign

Rosamund West

Concrete Londoners: the LCC's sculpture and social housing

Vicky Jolley

Prime Movers: urban renewal through amenity dispersion in Central Lancashire New Town

Ticket Prices:

£20 regular price

£17 members and concessions

PLEASE NOTE NO PHYSICAL TICKETS WILL BE ISSUED - YOUR NAME(S) WILL BE ON A LIST*

Date : Saturday 9th November 2019 10am until 5.30

Location : LEAF

113-115 Portland Street

Manchester

M1 6DW

Event made possible by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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Praxis : a factory Anniversary Exhibition
Nov
9
to Dec 23

Praxis : a factory Anniversary Exhibition

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IIn 1978 the unlikely pairing of a jobbing actor and a Cambridge graduate-cum-TV presenter founded a record label in Manchester. Alan Erasmus and Tony Wilson released their first record on Factory Records in 1979 and during the period up until its demise in 1992 made a huge impact, not only on music but on popular culture and design.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Factory’s first release we are proud to present an exhibition, PRAXIS XL, showcasing the legacy of Factory. Curated and designed by stalwart of Factory’s design team - Trevor Johnson, alongside brother Craig - the exhibition will feature selected output from 40 of the label’s most interesting and sometimes esoteric projects.

 

Exhibition starts on 9th November at 58 Port Street, Manchester M2 2EQ

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Bauhaus Women with Lauren Rickards
Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Bauhaus Women with Lauren Rickards

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Bauhaus Women with Lauren Rickards

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Join Lauren Rickards for the second of a series of talks on the overshadowed women of the Bauhaus school.

When we think of the Bauhaus we inevitably think of names like Gropius, Klee and Kandinsky. Although undeniably important influences on design and architectural history, they are all men. So, what about the women students who attended the Bauhaus, and how did they become overshadowed? As we celebrate the centenary of the foundation of the Bauhaus this year, design enthusiast Lauren Rickards gives a series of informal talks on forgotten Bauhaus women. Over an Autumn series of monthly talks Lauren focuses on key individuals, their work, and how the experience of the Bauhaus for women was remarkably different from their male peers. 

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Blade Runner - Birmingham
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Blade Runner - Birmingham

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November 2019 is the setting for one the most stylish and influential sci-fi films of all time.

To commemorate this the Birmingham Modernist Society are holding an evening event honouring Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece.

Come and see what the future holds for us - as its happening.

Friday 29th November - 7pm for an 8pm screening

Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St, Birmingham B5 5RT

Membership to the Modernist Film Club - £3

Brought to you in association with the Tyrrel Corporation

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Bauhaus Women with Lauren Rickards
Dec
12
6:30 PM18:30

Bauhaus Women with Lauren Rickards

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Bauhaus Women with Lauren Rickards

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Join Lauren Rickards for the last in a series of talks on the overshadowed women of the Bauhaus school.

When we think of the Bauhaus we inevitably think of names like Gropius, Klee and Kandinsky. Although undeniably important influences on design and architectural history, they are all men. So, what about the women students who attended the Bauhaus, and how did they become overshadowed? As we celebrate the centenary of the foundation of the Bauhaus this year, design enthusiast Lauren Rickards gives a series of informal talks on forgotten Bauhaus women. Over an Autumn series of monthly talks Lauren focuses on key individuals, their work, and how the experience of the Bauhaus for women was remarkably different from their male peers. 

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Dudley Zoological Gardens: Tectons Tour
Oct
19
12:00 PM12:00

Dudley Zoological Gardens: Tectons Tour

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12pm, Saturday 19th October

Join the Birmingham Modernist Society for a rare opportunity to tour the famous Tecton buildings at Dudley Zoological Gardens with an expert guide. Ticket price also includes general admission to the zoo and grounds, so there’s also chance to see the animals, Dudley Castle, and ride on the UK’s only fully operational vintage chairlift.

The 12 listed Lubetkin designed concrete structures at Dudley Zoological Gardens were built between 1936 and 1937, are the greatest collection of surviving Tecton buildings in the world and some of the most important modernist buildings in the UK. As time has moved on and zoological practices have changed some of the Tecton structures have become unused and left to serve only as monuments.

Spaces on this specially organised tour are very limited, so book now to avoid disappointment. Meet at the main entrance by the gift shop.

Ticket price does not include transport connections, please make your own way to Dudley Zoological Gardens.

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Bound Art Book Fair 2019
Oct
19
to Oct 20

Bound Art Book Fair 2019

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Bound Art Book Fair 2019

The Whitworth, FREE

We are pleased to be taking part in this year’s Bound Art Book Fair. Since launching in 2017, Bound Art Book Fair has become the leading event for arts and photography publishing outside of London, providing a platform for a diverse selection of artists and practitioners to share their work and reach new audiences. We’ll be setting up our stall where you’ll not only be able to buy our magazines and publications, but also our much loved badges and totes. See you there!

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Bauhaus Women with Lauren Rickards
Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Bauhaus Women with Lauren Rickards

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Bauhaus Women with Lauren Rickards

BAUHAUS OVERVIEW / LUCIA MOHOLY-NAGY

Join Lauren Rickards for the first of a series of talks on the overshadowed women of the Bauhaus school.

When we think of the Bauhaus we inevitably think of names like Gropius, Klee and Kandinsky. Although undeniably important influences on design and architectural history, they are all men. So, what about the women students who attended the Bauhaus, and how did they become overshadowed? As we celebrate the centenary of the foundation of the Bauhaus this year, design enthusiast Lauren Rickards gives a series of informal talks on forgotten Bauhaus women. Over an Autumn series of monthly talks Lauren focuses on key individuals, their work, and how the experience of the Bauhaus for women was remarkably different from their male peers. 

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Special Sunday Opening
Oct
13
11:00 AM11:00

Special Sunday Opening

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Our gallery and shop will be open on Sunday 13 October to coincide with the Northern Quarter Makers Market. So pop in and say hi, browse through our lovely selection of modernist products, or chat to Eddy about concrete flyovers and industrial design (he loves it).

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Huddersfield Mooch - walk
Oct
12
1:00 PM13:00

Huddersfield Mooch - walk

Walk

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Join Steve Marland, the Modern Moocher on a day of crazy mosaics, closed Co-ops and colleges, oversized ceramics, civic centres, paraboloid markets and Mandy Paynes's paintings. And much much more!

All in all a day of pleasant surprises and concrete experiences.

Saturday 12th October

Meet 1.00 by Harold Wilson - still standing outside the railway station.

Walk lasting approx two hours 

Regular Price £7

Modernist subscribers/ Concessions £5

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Liverpool Mooch - walk
Sep
21
12:30 PM12:30

Liverpool Mooch - walk

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Saturday 21st Sept.

Meet Steve Marland, the Modern Moocher at 12.30 at Liverpool Lime Street station by the Ken Dodd statue, for a day exploring the modernist delights of Liverpool

Take a walk with the Modern Moocher from sky to shore.
The giddy heights of City Tower and its panoramic views.
To the murky, muddy banks of the mighty Mersey and its tunnels.
Encompassing sandcastles in the air, various ventilation shafts, listed banks, buckets of water and much, much more.

Modernist subscribers/ Concessions £5

Regular Price £7

(tickets do not include transport connections)

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Sep
1
12:15 PM12:15

Blackpool Mooch

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Walk

Sunday 1st Sept.

Catch the 11.04 train from Manchester Oxford Road or if you are travelling from other starting points, meet Blackpool North at 12.15

…for a day on the tiles in bright and breezy modern Blackpool

Explore hidden gems and obvious treasures - make a date with a brutish police station and Funny Girls, discover the long lost panels of Fine Fare - all this and more!

Join Steve Marland, the Modern Moocher to explore the modern Golden Mile.

There is lots to see so this is an all afternoon event - a couple of hours mooching, a break for fish and chips and then a couple more hours taking us up to tea time and maybe a stick around to see the lights.

Sunday 1st Sept.

12.15 - 5.00pm

Meet at Blackpool North Station 12.15

Event lasting approx 5 hours (including breaks)

Modernist subscribers/ Concessions £8

Regular Price £10

(tickets do not include transport connections)

(tickets do not include transport connections)

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SHEFFIELD SOCIAL
Aug
29
6:00 PM18:00

SHEFFIELD SOCIAL

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We love Sheffield here at The Modernist Society and we kind of get the feeling Sheffield loves us back.

But as with many love affairs it needs to be nurtured and worked at so with this in mind we are asking our Sheffield Modernists out on a date.

We would like to meet anyone from in or around Sheffield who would like to be a bit more active with the Sheffield group. We are looking for people who have good ideas about what sort of events they would like to see happening in Sheffield and we hope to gauge what level of interest there is from individuals and hopefully empower you to invigorate the Sheffield Modernist Society.

As well as any ‘doers’ we would also like to invite people to come along who perhaps don’t have the confidence or inclination to organise or run an event but would just like to meet fellow Modernists in Sheffield. This will be a very informal event - its not like we are signing you up a timeshare property in the Costa Blanca. Just come along and meet fellow Modernists and we’ll see where we end up.

We are meeting 6pm until 8pm on Thursday 29th August at Kollective The Site Gallery, 1 Brown Street S1 2BS

We hope to see some of you Sheffield Modernists there.

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Infrastructure - an exhibition by himHallows
Aug
22
to Oct 5

Infrastructure - an exhibition by himHallows

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Infrastructure


An exhibition by himHallows

A series of illustrated patterns created by himHallows in response to the increasing demand on the infrastructure that underpins our cities. This new body of work is presented as full colour, large format prints.


Subjects range from shipping containers to sub station pylons to air conditioning units; the patterns make use of scale to create images that appear logical in construction but abstract in their repetition.

Exhibition launch party - Thursday 22nd August - 18:00 > 20:00

Tickets via EVENTBRITE below

Exhibition runs from 22nd August until 21st September

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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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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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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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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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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

Bus Tour

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.

Please register via Eventbrite

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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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