Birmingham -Talk: Jones the Planner : From Municipal Enterprise
Jul
4
6:00 pm18:00

Birmingham -Talk: Jones the Planner : From Municipal Enterprise

Talk

Birmingham Modernist Society present: The author and bloggers Jones the Planner will present an illustrated talk about the historical and contemporary dynamics of planning in Birmingham.


Adrian Jones is an 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 lecturer in graphic design at Lincoln University.
 

Tickets: £5 full / £4 modernists & concs

When: Tuesday 4th July at 6.00pm

Venue: Nest Gallery, 321 Bradford Street, Birmingham B5 6ET.

Tom Dyckhoff in Conversation
Jul
6
6:30 pm18:30

Tom Dyckhoff in Conversation

Waterstones Deansgate and the Manchester Modernist Society are delighted to welcome Tom Dyckhoff to the store to discuss his most recent book, The Age of Spectacle.

Join us on Thursday 6th July at 6:30pm when Tom will be in conversation with Eddy Rhead from the Manchester Modernist Society, before answering questions from the audience and signing copies of his books.

In The Age of Spectacle, Tom Dyckhoff tells the story of how architecture became obsessed with the flashy, the monumental and the ostentatious - and how we all have to live with the consequences. Exploring cityscapes from New York to Beijing, and from Bilbao to Portsmouth, Dyckhoff shows that we are not just witnessing a new kind of building: we are living through a fundamental transformation in how our urban spaces work.

Tickets are £3, redeemable against a copy of The Age of Spectacle and for more information, email events.manchester@waterstones.com or tweet us @waterstonesm

Tickets £3.00

When: Thursday 6th July at 6.30pm

Venue: Waterstones, Deansgate Manchester.


We look forward to seeing you there!

From Boom to Best
Jul
13
7:00 pm19:00

From Boom to Best

Thursday Late at The Whitworth

From Boom to Best - fashion, art, culture and music in Manchester.

Join The Modernist Society on a virtual walking tour in and around King Street. Exploring places and personalities that have shaped Manchester's cultural scene in the last 50 years.

We will 'meet' such people as Ozzie Clark, Celia Birtwell, David Mellor, Terence Conran, Vidal Sassoon and George Best (amongst others)

This will be an informal panel discussion and Eddy Rhead of The Modernist Society will be joined by Dr Susan Atkin - Programme Leader of Fashion at Manchester School of Art, Phil Griffin - writer and curator and Frances Pritchard - Curator of Textiles at The Whitworth.

The Whitworth, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER

Free - just turn up

 

GM10 Bus tour -part 2
Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

GM10 Bus tour -part 2

The Modernist Society and Manchester Metropolitan University present: GM10

Not quite a mystery tour - we just don't know where we're going yet.

Two modernist architecture bus tours of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester visiting five selected buildings in the first and then second five boroughs.We are now accepting public suggestions for landmark 20th Century buildings in each of the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester via https://gm-10.org/. These ten buildings will then form the basis of two bus tours (five buildings in each tour) across the ten boroughs in May and June 2017.

Part 1 of the tour will be taking place on 27th May. Part 2 of the tour will be taking place on 24th June. Please book tickets for each tour separately.

Tour Bus departs Grosvenor Square, All Saints (outside Manchester School of Art)

GM10 part two from central Manchester Book here: From £10.00 – 24 June 2017

Birmingham : Barnabas Calder - On Raw Concrete
Jun
20
6:00 pm18:00

Birmingham : Barnabas Calder - On Raw Concrete

Talk

Birmingham Modernist Society present: Barnabas Calder, author of ‘Raw Concrete: The Beauty of Brutalism’ and lecturer in architecture at the university of Liverpool, joins the Birmingham modernist society to discuss his work. Calder makes a bold claim that Brutalism is the best architecture there has ever been, and perhaps the best there will ever be. This at a time when Birmingham’s ‘big boned’ urbanism, once at the frontier of the modern city, is being gradually eroded.

Tickets: £5 full / £4 modernists & concs

When: Tuesday 20th June at 6.00pm 

Venue: Nest Gallery, 321 Bradford Street, Birmingham B5 6ET.

 
Outskirts: An evening with John Grindrod
Jun
7
6:30 pm18:30

Outskirts: An evening with John Grindrod

Waterstones Manchester Deansgate and The Manchester Modernist Society are delighted to welcome John Grindrod to the city for the release of his much anticipated book, Outskirts. 

Join us on Wednesday 7th June, at 6:30pm when we'll be joined by The Manchester Modernist Society in welcoming John to the store. Tickets are £3, which is redeemable off a copy of Outskirts on the night. 

John will be in conversation with Eddy Rhead, from the Modernist Society, before answering questions from the audience and signing copies of his books. 

For more information, email events.manchester@waterstones.com or tweet us @waterstonesmcr

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets £3.00

 

GM10 Bus Tour - part 1
May
27
10:00 am10:00

GM10 Bus Tour - part 1

The Modernist Society and Manchester Metropolitan University present: GM10

Not quite a mystery tour - we just don't know where we're going yet.

Two modernist architecture bus tours of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester visiting five selected buildings in the first and then second five boroughs.We are now accepting public suggestions for landmark 20th Century buildings in each of the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester via https://gm-10.org/. These ten buildings will then form the basis of two bus tours (five buildings in each tour) across the ten boroughs in May and June 2017.

Part 1 of the tour will be taking place on 27th May. Part 2 of the tour will be taking place on 24th June. Please book tickets for each tour separately.

Tour Bus departs Grosvenor Square, All Saints (outside Manchester School of Art)

GM10 part one from central Manchester Book here: From £10.00 – 27 May 2017

Brutalist Liverpool: a walking tour
May
13
10:30 am10:30

Brutalist Liverpool: a walking tour

Presented by the Bluecoat and led by The Modernist Society, this walking tour charts Liverpool architecture’s long history of using concrete as a construction material, from the pre-cast concrete of the Liver Building (1911) to the ‘brutalism’ of the Metropolitan Cathedral (1967) and beyond.

This tour will start at the Liver Building.

Tickets: £5/£4

This event has been programmed to accompany Bluecoat's presentation of Pierre Henry: The Liverpool Mass at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedreal on Sat 13 May, 7.30pm. To find out more about this event please click here.

20th Century Society NW group : Herbert Rowse and Jazz Age Liverpool
May
6
10:30 am10:30

20th Century Society NW group : Herbert Rowse and Jazz Age Liverpool

Liverpool is famed for its late 18th and 19th century architecture but of equal merit and much less well-known, are the achievements of its architects during the 1920s and 1930s, In particular the work of Herbert Rowse who is our hero of the day.  Rowse (1887-1963) was responsible for many of the buildings associated with one of the major public works project of the period, the Queensway Tunnel, as well as the recently restored Dudokian Philharmonic Hall and the India Buildings, notable for its stylish ground floor arcade. His 1932 Woodside ventilation tower built in Flemish-style ornate brick, was justly described by Gavin Stamp as one of the best C20 buildings in England.   

The tour will venture across the Mersey to Birkenhead, returning via the Queensway Tunnel to Lime Street to see Lionel Budden’s Grade 1 listed Cenotaph with its masterly panels by H. Tyson Smith. Perhaps reflecting its status as a great port city, many of the buildings we will visit display a particularly American influenced version of Art Deco, emphasising scale and gritty dynamism.  A day to ‘aRowse’ our enthusiasm for Liverpool’s inter-war School of Architecture! 

Meet 10.30 in Lime Street station by the bronze statues of Ken Dodd and Bessie Braddock (Tom Murphy, 2009), opposite platforms 8 and 9. We will end the tour at Lime Street at about 16.00/16.30. 

NB This is a C20th Society tour - all bookings and information via: northwestc20thsociety@hotmail.co.uk

Liverpool Futurist: grandeur and frustration
May
4
6:30 pm18:30

Liverpool Futurist: grandeur and frustration

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Liverpool Modernist Society present: Jones The Planner lecture.

Liverpool Futurist, part of a journey through the Cities of the North for a book of the same name by Adrian Jones and Chris Mathews better known as Jones the Planner.

Through their books and blogs they explore the great post-industrial metropolises of Northern England including Liverpool:

“Certainly Liverpool is the grandest of the Northern cities but it is also the most inscrutable and the most frustrating. Here the disparity between past glory and present reality, between its potential and the banality of the actual outcomes in the built environment, are at their most extreme. In many ways Liverpool is less a Northern city than a World city.”

Come along to their talk on Thursday 4th May at 6.30 in LJMU Art & Design Academy.

Free to LJMU students & staff

Tickets: £5/4

Venue: LJMU Art and Design academy lecture room 1

Date: Thursday 4th May at 6.30

Glasgow Zine Fest
Apr
29
10:00 am10:00

Glasgow Zine Fest

Zine Fest

We had a lovely time at the the Glasgow Zine Fest last year and they have kindly invited us back. So, come and mingle with the Modernists.

This year its at the CCA at 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD.

When: Saturday 29th April

GALT, GAMES & GARLAND EXHIBITION & MODERNIST MAGAZINE LAUNCH
Apr
12
6:00 pm18:00

GALT, GAMES & GARLAND EXHIBITION & MODERNIST MAGAZINE LAUNCH

Exhibition & Magazine Launch

You are invited to the launch of GALT, GAMES & GARLAND our exhibition of our GALT toys, games and puzzles - designed and produced by James Galt and Co.Ltd in the 1960s and 70s.

The evening will also be the launch of GAMES, issue 22 of The Modernist magazine- The Modernist is a magazine about 20th Century architecture & design published in Manchester by The Modernist Society.

 

Based in Manchester, Galt revolutionised the nature of play in Britain, employing Ken Garland Associates to rebrand, package and produce an innovative product range, based on new modernist and educational principles. 

This is the first ever major retrospective of Galt's achievements, displaying over sixty varied examples, collected by the curators, along with catalogues, books and other artefacts and ephemera. 

Everyday modernism, new ideas for a new world from Bauhaus to your house

Exhibition: Devised and curated by Natalie Ainscough & Stephen Marland

VenueCentral Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD (1st Floor)

Date: 12.04.2017 at 6.00pm

Catalogue: available here - while stocks last

 
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Manchester Print Fair
Apr
8
10:00 am10:00

Manchester Print Fair

Print Fair

Once again we'll be mongering our wares at the excellent Manchester Print Fair. This time in the auspicious surroundings of the Manchester Central Library.

We'll have some very special new things to show you including a brand new issue of The Modernist themed GAMES.. you can also pop upstairs at the Library to see our exhibition focussing on the 1960 toys and games of the Cheadle based toy manufacturer GALT.

Galt, Games & Garland
Apr
4
May 27

Galt, Games & Garland

Exhibition

The Manchester Modernist Society are proud to present an exhibition of GALT toys, games and puzzles - designed and produced by James Galt and Co.Ltd in the 1960s and 70s.

Based in Manchester, Galt revolutionised the nature of play in Britain, employing Ken Garland Associates to rebrand, package and produce an innovative product range, based on new modernist and educational principles. 

Collaborative, non gender specific, graphically bold, brightly coloured, durable and fun - Fizzog, Octons, Montage and Connect were fresh and exciting in their use of high quality illustration and simple geometric design. A stripped back sans serif logo and crisp Swiss typography added to the modern feel of the brand. Widely distributed through a mail order catalogue they were a familiar sight in thousands of schools, and now some fifty years later, evoking fond memories for the generations of children and parents that played with them.

This is the first ever major retrospective of Galt's achievements, displaying over sixty varied examples, collected by the curators, along with catalogues, books and other artefacts and ephemera. 

Everyday modernism, new ideas for a new world from Bauhaus to your house

Exhibition: Devised and curated by Natalie Ainscough & Stephen Marland

Venue: Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD

Catalogue: available here - while stocks last

Wake-Up Call : Andrew Jackson
Mar
31
6:00 pm18:00

Wake-Up Call : Andrew Jackson

Exhibition Launch

For those who could afford it, Sheffield’s Trusthouse Forte hotels were the only places to stay and be seen- David Bowie, no less, would supposedly always insist on staying at the Hallam Tower when visiting the city. With the Hallam Tower now mainly occupied by pigeons and urban explorers and Grosvenor House being very publicly flattened, urbanist Andrew Jackson’s new exhibition Wake-Up Call checks you in at the Bank Street Hotel for a remembrance of these lost futures and a slowly-vanishing Sheffield.

Consisting of two very different representations of each hotel in their varying states of demolition, one paused and one in progress, Wake-Up Call opens on 22nd March. The show will be one of six exhibitions that you’ll be able to see in an open event that’s taking place on Friday 31st March from 6pm.

Open evening event: Friday 31st March from 6pm | Free admission

Exhibition continues: 22nd March- 1st April

Venue: Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS

tom keeley: birmingham - the architecture of two ecologies
Mar
20
6:00 pm18:00

tom keeley: birmingham - the architecture of two ecologies

Talk

tom keeley:
birmingham: the architecture of two ecologies


‘[Birmingham] has beautiful (if man-made) sunsets.’
Miles: International Times, 14 March 1969

Tom Keeley’s work takes Reyner Banham’s 1971 book Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies, and re-situates it forty-four years later in Birmingham, England. It engages with Banham’s text in both form and method from a number of different positions; inserting, as Anthony Vidler described in his appraisal of Banham in Los Angeles, “one into the other in a kind of montage.”

Tom is an architectural historian working between architecture, geography, landscape and culture through writing, situated research, and printed matter. Keeley studied landscape architecture at the University of Sheffield, before gaining an MA in architectural history from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

He holds Associate Lecturer positions at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, Kingston University, and Birmingham City University; and has previously worked for organisations including The Architecture Foundation (London, UK), and Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York, USA). His work is held in the collections of the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the School of Architecture Library at Princeton University.

This talk is cohosted with birmingham students of architecture society, BSAS, at birmingham school of architecture and design, birmingham city university.

 

http://www.tom-keeley.com

Venue: Parkside BCU

Date: Monday 20th March 2016 at 6.00pm

Barbara Brown: A special invitation...
Mar
16
6:00 pm18:00

Barbara Brown: A special invitation...

Private View

In partnership with Design Manchester and the Friends of the Whitworth, we invite you to a very special Private View.

Barbara Brown was the golden girl of Heal Fabrics in the 1960s and early 1970s. Talent-spotted as a student, her designs for furnishing fabrics are some of the most striking and unusual ever produced in the 20th century and won awards from the Council of Industrial Design. This is the first major solo exhibition of her work in the UK.

Thursday, March 16, 2017: 6.00-8.00pm 

Venue: The Whitworth
Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER

Feb
23
5:45 pm17:45

Drawing the Modern: A viewing of the student work of Gordon Hodkinson

MMU Special Collections, Thursday 23rd February, 5.45pm

In Manchester in the middle of the twentieth century there were two schools of architecture. One was based at Owens College (The University of Manchester) and another at the College of Art - the Municipal School. At the Municipal School, under the direction of Douglas Jones, modernism was central to teaching and design in architecture. Gordon Hodkinson was a student between 1944 and 1951 and has recently donated his entire set of student drawings to Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections.

After graduation Gordon went on to work for Cruickshank & Seward where he was project architect for some of their best known work, under the direction of partner William Arthur Gibbon. Gordon designed the infinitely fine staircases at Renold House in Wythenshawe and set out the sweeping curves of the roof top plant room on the Renold Building at UMIST. Gibbon trained at Owens in classics and vernacular studies and in some senses one might view their association as the coming together of two schools; Gibbon’s sense of proportion never left him and Hodkinson’s technically informed modernism flowered in some of the finest mid-century buildings in Manchester.

In advance of a full exhibition of Gordon Hodkinson’s work (scheduled for September 2018) and in collaboration with MMU Special Collections we are hosting a small table-top viewing of some of Gordon’s drawings.

A selection of projects, from day designs to thesis schemes will be presented and Richard Brook, who has spent many hours with Gordon, will talk about the teaching and practice of modern architecture at the school and in the city during the 1940s and '50s.

Due to the nature of the space and the artefacts this event is limited to 20 places.

Members & Concs £4.00 / Non-members £5.00

Venue: MMU Special Collections Gallery,
3rd Floor,Sir Kenneth Green Library , All Saints Park, Manchester M15 6BH

 
Feb
9
6:00 pm18:00

John Grindrod in Sheffield

Talk

Join John Grindrod author of CONCRETOPIA and publisher of Dirty Modern Scoundrel for his talk on Ten Buildings that Changed Postwar Britain.

How did blitzed, slum-ridden and crumbling 'austerity Britain' became, in a few short years, a space-age world of concrete, steel and glass? Discover the story of Britan's postwar rebuilding in this whistle-stop tour of ten extraordinary, brilliant or downright bizarre buildings that represent the story of this turbulent period of our history, from 1945 to 1979.

Travel from the days of prefabs and the birth of the Welfare State through to the concrete brutalism and ambitious plans that changed towns and cities up and down the country. John Grindrod is the author of Concretopia, a witty and revealing history of our postwar rebuilding, described by the Independent on Sunday as 'a new way of looking at modern Britain.'

This event is free to attend but please register here.

Venue: Arts Tower, Bolsover Street, Sheffield, S3 7NA

Feb
3
6:00 pm18:00

Downtown is for People

Exhibition / Private View 6–9pm

Downtown is for People

K4 Architects 122 Fazeley Street Digbeth Birmingham B5 5RS

K4 Architects hosts The Modern Gazetteer, a Co.Lab project operating across the Schools of Architecture and Design and of Art at Birmingham City University. Seen from our studio window weekdays from 9am until 6pm, we present a critical visual exploration of some of Birmingham’s lost spaces.

More info

Feb
2
6:30 pm18:30

John Grindrod in Liverpool

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Talk

Join John Grindrod author of CONCRETOPIA and publisher of Dirty Modern Scoundrel for his talk on Ten Buildings that Changed Postwar Britain.

How did blitzed, slum-ridden and crumbling 'austerity Britain' became, in a few short years, a space-age world of concrete, steel and glass? Discover the story of Britan's postwar rebuilding in this whistle-stop tour of ten extraordinary, brilliant or downright bizarre buildings that represent the story of this turbulent period of our history, from 1945 to 1979. Travel from the days of prefabs and the birth of the Welfare State through to the concrete brutalism and ambitious plans that changed towns and cities up and down the country. John Grindrod is the author of Concretopia, a witty and revealing history of our postwar rebuilding, described by the Independent on Sunday as 'a new way of looking at modern Britain.'

Tickets: £5 non members. £4 Modernist Society members and concessions.

LJMU Students & staff - free to attend but due to capacity must register here.

Venue: Lecture room 1, Art and Design Academy Mount Pleasant Liverpool L3 5RD

Jan
19
6:30 pm18:30

Tower Block Talk

Talk

We are excited to host a talk by Dr Miles Glendinning and Elin Jones from the University of Edinburgh about the Tower Block project.

"Tower Block is a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, bringing together public engagement and an open source image archive in an attempt to emphasise the social and architectural importance of tower blocks, and to frame multi-storey social housing as a coherent and accessible nationwide heritage."

Thanks to the generosity of Sheppard Robson architects this event will be held in their offices on the 27th floor of City Tower, Piccadilly Plaza.

Numbers are very limited so book early.

Cost: £5 non members. £4 Modernist Society members and concessions.

Thursday January 19th 2017 - 6.30pm - 8pm

Venue : Sheppard Robson, Floor 27, City Tower, Piccadilly, Manchester M1 4BT

Tickets available here.

Dec
15
6:00 pm18:00

Modernist Society Christmas party/ Launch of Volume 6 of The Modernist / Launch of Kickstarter campaign for Manchester Modern book

Christmas do

Christmas do

Launch

Come join us for a pint of fine beer (other beverages are available) upstairs at the Piccadilly Tap in Gateway House and celebrate that most wonderful time of the year - the arrival of a new Modernist magazine.

We are entering our 6th year with a smashing new design. The quality content stays the same - as does the price. Be the first to hold issue 21 GOVERNMENT in your hot little hands.

The Moderrnist - Issue 21

The Moderrnist - Issue 21

We are also launching the Kickstarter appeal for our most ambitious project ever - Richard Brook's tour de force book Manchester Modern..

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manchester Modern

So - expect good booze, good company and our latest Modernist magazine.

If you wanted more - there will be a raffle with rare and exclusive Modernist prizes that money simply cant buy.

When: Thursday December 15th 2016 - 6.00pm - 8pm

Where: Piccadilly Tap (upstairs), Gateway House, Piccadilly Approach, M1 2GH

Free to attend but please RSVP here

See you there

Nov
10
6:30 pm18:30

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Schulman

Screening

Visual Acoustics

The Manchester Modernist Society is proud to present a very rare screening of Visual Acoustics. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, an architectural photographer whose images did more to define the look of Mid Century Modernist architecture in the United States than anyone else.

This is a film that is as beautiful and seductive as both Shulman's images and the buildings he photographed. Essential viewing for fans of photography and Modernist architecture alike. 

Tickets: £5 full / £4 members & concs

When: Thursday 10th November at 6.30pm (starts 7.00pm)

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

This is a ticketed event - please buy your tickets online beforehand.

Nov
1
11:00 am11:00

Modernists at the Walker

Event

The Modernist Society will be setting up stall at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 1st of November between 11am and 3pm to tell you a bit more about the things that we get up to.

This event will be on the same day as artist Mandy Payne and Head of Fine Art, Ann Bukantas hold an “In Conversation” discussion of Payne’s work whose interests lie in marginal spaces, places that are often maligned or thought to be devoid of traditional aesthetic beauty. Payne's work 'No Ball Games Here' featuring Sheffield's Park Hill Estate is currently featured in the John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition. #ConcreteDay

This event is part of the John Moores Painting Prize event series.

Tues Nov 1st
Modernists in attendance 11am - 3pm
Artists Talk 1pm -2pm

Free to attend: More details:

 
Oct
23
2:00 pm14:00

Scan the [Modernist] World

Event

Birmingham Modernist Society, in conjunction with the Modern Gazetteer (a Co.Lab project at Birmingham School of Architecture and Design), invites you to join them on Sunday 23rd October between 2-4pm in making digital records of the city as a contribution to an ongoing work entitled 'Expanded City'.

We will be using DSLRs and/or smartphones to create 'photogrammetry' sets which will be added to the 'Scan the World' platform where they will be turned into three dimensional models (subject to experimentation!). The intention, along with the production of architectural models using archival material from www.bfcaa.uk, the online archive of the Birmingham and Five Counties Architectural Association, is to record and document the city, questioning;

Is the city a collections of static ‘objects’ to be consumed and discarded or a dynamic shifting landscape;

How do we evaluate past, present and future built form and urban space in a city that is synonymous with innovation and prototypical urbanism?

What might the impact of urban regeneration be on our sense of collective citizenship and personal memory?

We hope you can join us for this experimental day celebrating our modernist city! We'll meet at the Rep on Centenary Square at 2pm on Sunday 23rd October.

Free to attend - please RSVP here.

 
Oct
15
Oct 16

Design City Fair / Manchester Print Fair

The Manchester Modernist Society and Modernist Magazine are once again joining the Manchester Print Fair who are celebrating their 5th Birthday in style, at Design Manchester 16, as part of Design City Fair.

The Manchester Print Fair have relocated to the stunning surrounds of The London Road Fire Station, where there will be more than 100 creatives over two days with G.F Smith, The Manchester Artist Book Fair and Hot Bed Press. As well as a schedule of workshops including screenprinting, letterpressing, book-binding, frame-making and a special origami workshop.

In the courtyard we will have music with local DJs alongside food and drink including a special festival beer with local brewery Alphabet.

We'll have some lovely new things to show you - come along and see our wares.

Saturday / Sunday 14th / 15th October 2016

10am - 5pm

Free Entry and a chance to see inside the magnificent London Road Fire Station

Sep
23
6:00 pm18:00

Municipal Dreams - Liverpool Social Housing

Talk

Municipal Dreams on Liverpool Social Housing

Liverpool, home of the first council housing in Britain. In 1869 St Martins cottages became the first municipal housing in the UK, Municipal Dreams will take us on a journey through the formative developments of the cities social housing from Victorian slum clearance to the 1930's proto-modern apartment blocks inspired by Karl Marx Hof in Vienna. Innovation and a search for new forms and construction techniques would be driven by an almost continuous housing shortage which, post 1945, reached crisis proportions.

Liverpool's response, as elsewhere in the country, was slum clearance and new town displacement, in a postscript to Municipal Dreams talk we will discuss the city's Modernist legacy and the role of the City Architects department under Dr Ronald Bradbury, City Architect and Director of Housing from 1949 to 1970.

Tickets: £4 full / £3 members & concs

When: Friday 23rd September at 6.00pm

Venue: Lecture Room 1, Ground Floor, John Lennon Art and Design Academy, Duckinfield Street, Liverpool John Moores University L3 5RD

This is a ticketed event - please buy your tickets online beforehand.

 
Sep
16
6:30 pm18:30

Making Post-War Manchester - Vision of an Unbuilt City: Talk

Talk

Following on from their exhibition Making Post-War Manchester-Vision of an Unbuilt City held in June 2016, co-curators Richard Brook and Martin Dodge (from Manchester School of Architecture and the University of Manchester) will be talking about the 1950s and 1960s context of the the exhibition.

Martin's talk will be 'From Manufacturing Industries to a Services Economy: The Emergence of a 'New Manchester' in the Nineteen Sixties' whilst Richard will delve into (some of) the detail on the unbuilt schemes for the 6 Central Development Areas.

The exhibition catalogue is available to view or download here.

Tickets: £5 full / £4 members & concs

When: Friday 16th September at 6.30pm

Venue: The offices of BDP, 11 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2JP (a short walk from the Ducie Street side of Piccadilly Station)

This is a ticketed event - please buy your tickets online beforehand.

Thanks to:

Sep
10
11:00 am11:00

WE ARE MADE HERE

The Manchester Modernist Society and Modernist Magazine will be at Made Here, a new event showcasing designers, makers and creators at London Road Fire Station on Saturday 10th of September, with a full range of our modernist goodies.. and some new stuff to boot.

'Meet and buy from the people behind some of the finest hand made products in this great city. The Engine Room will showcase hand-crafted furniture, clothing, ceramics, prints and more whilst out in the courtyard they'll be local food and drink producers as well as DJs and bands performing throughout the day and into the evening.'

We are Made Here

Free entry and a chance to see inside the magnificent London Road Fire Station.

Aug
19
5:00 pm17:00

Back to Peckham: The Modernist Magazine at A.P.O.

Publishing Event

We're going back to our regular Summer haunt at Bold Tendencies in Peckham this August, but this year its a bit different, no Copeland Book Market but a new event A.P.O.  The Modernist will be making an appearance on the opening night at Show & Tell.

The opening night of About the Physical Object (APO) will be a one night only affair called: Show and Tell. A book fair, in which a wide variety of publishers display a wide variety disciplines on paper. Showing what they do and hopefully bringing along an artist or writer to do a book signing. Displaying In the hope of show the public that these books do not just come out of thin air. That there are individuals behind these words and pictures on the pages you read. So far, confirmed publishers consist of:

ABC, Bemojake, E.R.O.S. Journal, The Everyday Press, Fitzcarraldo editions, Loose Joints, Oddeye press, Nousvous, The Modernist, Morel Books, Rick Pushinsky / Hunter and James, South London Gallery, Hoxton Mini-press, The Plantation Journal, Trolley Books.

A.P.O. About Physical Object, a new eventhere to explore the physical aspects of book in all desired disciplines. Ranging from traditional publishing to performance arts.  Mini-click and Libreria/Robin Linde Production curate the Saturday and Sundays episodes, which will consist of unorthodox activities of producing publications of one kind or another. The events concentrate on the idea of the physical nature of publishing, photography and literature: All within the idea of the book and the physical object.

Free entry:

Show & Tell: August 19th 5pm - 9pm

at

Bold Tendencies, Levels 7-10, 95A Rye Lane, London SE15, 4TG

Aug
18
2:00 pm14:00

Manchester Modernist Heroines

Walk

image courtesy the Mitzi Cunliffe estate.

image courtesy the Mitzi Cunliffe estate.

Manchester’s Modernist Heroines is a collaboration between Manchester Modernist Society, Shrieking Violet arts and culture zine and The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement).  It was borne out of frustration that women are almost invisible in the history of 20th century Manchester.

We went on a quest, asking people to nominate remarkable women they wanted to celebrate and we uncovered many fascinating stories.  The emphasis of the project was on women with connections to the North West who made outstanding contributions to areas of work traditionally deemed male.  Those focused on during the walk span the fields of invention, aviation, media, science, design and architecture.  The first tour took place in 2011 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

A partnership approach was, and is, central to this project.  Manchester Modernist Society exists to raise awareness and appreciation of modern architecture and the urban environment through walks, talks and creative collaborations.  A special edition of Shrieking Violet was produced including creative responses to the subject.

The LRM have created a tour linking spaces associated with, or influenced by, this work. There are no blue plaques or stately homes on this tour; there is an absence of official monuments so we look for echoes, influences and wider legacies.  To The LRM history is permeable, participatory and opinionated, so please bring stories to share along the way.

Expect a guided walk that is equal measures of performance, rant, tribute and tour.

The small but important print: Please be advised this walk contains explicit feminist geography, frank discussion of sex, disability, abortion and swearing.  If you have any queries or concerns please contact loitering2016@gmail.com.

Full details here.