John Grindrod : How to Love Brutalism
May
30
6:30 PM18:30

John Grindrod : How to Love Brutalism

Talk

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How To Love Brutalism

by John Grindrod

It’s time to fall in love with Brutalism. 

In 1948 Le Corbusier chose not to clad the béton brut, or raw concrete his Unite d’habitation was made from, and a new architectural style was born. 70 years on, brutalism, typified by buildings such as the Trellick Tower and The National Theatre in London, remains controversial and divides opinion.

In How to Love Brutalism, John Grindrod shares his fascination for this strange and beguiling style of architecture and explores what it is that makes brutalism worthy of such passions. With never-ending enthusiasm, he takes the reader through the different elements that make brutalism so special: its history and ideals, design and construction; the culture that surrounds it and its global impact; its brief flowering, sudden death and strange afterlife.

Come along as we travel to find hidden brutalist gems around the world, searching out the ruins and the lost brutes. Look beyond the concrete to get to the nitty-gritty – the people behind the buildings, adventures in town planning, and the unlikely fetishization of concrete.

Whether you love Brutalism or are yet to be converted, John Grindrod brings humour, insight and honesty to the subject. 

John Grindrod is the author of Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt and Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain. He has written for the Sunday Times, Guardian, Financial Times, Big Issue and The Modernist. He runs the popular website dirtymodernscoundrel.com and can be found Tweeting at @Grindrod.

How to Love Brutalism is published by Batsford.

Tickets: £4 full / £3 modernists & concs

When: Wednesday 30th May 2018 at 6.30pm

Venue: OGS Works (Old Granada Studios) ***NB entrance via the Security Lodge on Quay Street.***

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

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PechaKucha Night -  'Magazines + Zines'
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

PechaKucha Night - 'Magazines + Zines'

Event

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PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 22 - 'Magazines + Zines'

Our own Eddy Rhead wil be talking at the second Manchester PechaKucha of 2018! 'The evening will celebrate Manchester's awesome magazine zine scene with a variety of speakers all taking the PechaKucha challenge: 20 images, 20 seconds per image, no stopping.'

The event will be at the Bright Building, a new space right in the middle of Manchester Science Park. 'It's our biggest space yet which means we can put on some exciting activities like zine-making with Tender Hands Press and live poster printing with Marc the Printers. We'll also be running a zine exhibition with Saffa Khan and a magazine stall with our friends at Rare Mags.'

Line-up

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Mitzi Cunliffe : An American in Manchester
Jun
30
2:30 PM14:30

Mitzi Cunliffe : An American in Manchester

Talk

A talk and conversation to commemorate the centenary of the ‘Sculptor for Architecture

Professor Ann Sumner and Antonia Cunliffe Davis

Ann Sumner will introduce the work of Mitzi Cunliffe, designer of the iconic BAFTA trophy mask, created while the artist was living in Manchester in the 1950s. She will trace her career from her early years in New York, through to her commissions for the Festival of Britain in 1951 and her art works for Liverpool and Leeds universities. 

The city is fortunate to have a number of important works by her including Threshold at Manchester High School for Girls, the Heaton Park Pumping Station relief (Grade II listed), Man and Technics: Fire and the Wheel for Wythenshawe West Secondary Technical School (now Manchester Health Academy) and the dramatic fibreglass Cosmos I wall sculptures at Owens Park, Universityof Manchester. 

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The talk coincides with the installation of a commemorative plaque on the house in Didsbury which was her home and studio (located in the former garage). It was here that she made a remarkable series of sculptures and also designed textiles and ceramics. There has recently been an increased interest in Mitzi Cunliffe’s work, culminating in the inclusion of her work in exhibitions this year in Leeds and Newcastle and the inaugural exhibitor in BAFTA’s Female Firsts. 

The lecture will be followed by an informal discussion between Ann Sumner and the artist’s daughter Antonia, who recalls life while in Manchester and offers a personal perspective on her mother’s achievements as a sculptor.

Professor Ann Sumner is currently researching Cunliffe’s life and work and curated the exhibition on her in Leeds in 2016. Antonia Cunliffe Davis studied architecture and has worked as curator, designer and consultant in the visual arts and design.

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

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The talk is free and open to all.

Booking is preferred but not essential: register here

When: Saturday 30th June 2018 at 2.30pm

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

Please register your tickets online beforehand. (n.b. physical tickets will not be issued.)

This event is presented by:

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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.

For a reduced members fee of £20, please email admin@artandchristianity.org

Special thanks to Stephen Marland.

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MAGICAL MODERNIST BUS TOUR OF SALFORD WITH NOT QUITE LIGHT
May
19
11:00 AM11:00

MAGICAL MODERNIST BUS TOUR OF SALFORD WITH NOT QUITE LIGHT

Bus Tour

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GUIDED BUS TOUR OF SALFORD ARCHITECTURE WITH NOT QUITE LIGHT

Salford’s architctural heritage is eclectic, to say the least. It’s not just Victorian mills and terraced housing, or shiny new development.

This guided tour on a double decker bus,  hosted by Eddy Rhead and Not Quite Light, will take you on a fascinating route through Salford’s modernist architectural history, including stop offs at Salford Precinct, Broughton Baths and Strangeways. The tour will end with a short walk around the Strangeways area.

The tour will last for approximately two hours, and will finish in time for those wishing to attend the event ‘The Changing Face Of Salford’

Tickets: £10/£8 concs

When: Saturday 19th May, 11am

Where: Meet Greengate Square, M3 5AS

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Municipal Dreams in Manchester
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Municipal Dreams in Manchester

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.

***This event is now sold out / fully booked***

When: Thursday 3rd May 2018 at 6.00pm

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, 70 Oxford Street (the former Cornerhouse), Manchester. M1 5NH

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

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A C20 Society Northwest Tour:  Manchester City Centre: Architecture Between the Wars
Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

A C20 Society Northwest Tour: Manchester City Centre: Architecture Between the Wars

Walk/Tour

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***This tour is now sold out / fully booked***

If you have booked a place but are not able to attend, please email C20NW@ outlook.com so we can offer it to someone else. 

Manchester’s cotton trade was a world leader in 1911, but a decade later, it began a period of decline. Despite the consequences of this and the world depression that followed into the 1930s, some of Manchester’s most remarkable buildings were constructed during this time.  Indeed, ‘…there was still considerable wealth in the city and in the period between the two world wars, Manchester erected some of its most notable, and expensive, buildings.’

Scale and lavish materials were distinguishing features. Innovative construction methods were combined with quality stone facing to give an impression of permanence and solidity, yet often reflecting something of Art Deco and the Jazz Age in detailing. Towards the end of the period, architects began to use materials like glass and Vitrolite in new ways so that overall, architecture in Manchester between the wars is marked by a fascinating eclecticism.

Our morning tour will start in the shadow of the First World War, at C. S. Jagger’s powerful memorial in the lobby of the present-day Britannia Hotel. We will explore the Northern Quarter and the area around Shude Hill/Victoria station before heading up Bridge Street. There will be quite a few familiar landmarks but you can also expect to  see some not so well-known buildings, like the Co-operative Wholesale Society offices on Dantzic Street, noted for their highly characterful brickwork.  

Meet

Meet 10.30 am in the foyer of the Britannia Hotel, Portland Street (formerly Watts Warehouses, 1855-58).  The hotel is adjacent to Piccadilly Gardens and about ten minutes walk from Piccadilly station.  We expect to finish around 1.00 pm at the magnificent former Midland Bank on King Street – now Jamie’s Italian restaurant. Walking is generally on the level. 

Booking

  • The fee for the tour is £5 (no concessions). Pay on the day, cash only. Numbers are limited so booking recommended but not essential.  
  • To reserve a place email C20NW@outlook.com  Emails will be acknowledged.  

Open to all, C20 members and non-members.  

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Apr
26
6:15 PM18:15

Brasilia – Life After Design at the East End Film festival

Film and discussion

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Director: Bart Simpson

Country: Canada/UK

Running Time: 88′

London Premiere

Year: 2017

Post film discussion chaired by our very own Eddy Rhead. The panel will discuss the film, the legacy and future of Brasilia and modernist projects in Brazil, the UK and beyond. 

With The Barbican, Robin Hood Gardens and Thamesmead, East London is home to some of the great modernist architectural projects of the 20th Century. Perhaps no project however quite rivals the scale of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasília: a utopia in the desert designed to birth “the new Brazilian citizen”. Accompanied by a haunting, poetic score, director Bart Simpson’s camera moves meditatively through the beautiful concrete connecting individual stories of isolation, struggle and hope with the ambitious tale of the city itself. Brasília: Life After Design brings a human face to a utopian ideal and asks the question: What is it like to live in someone else’s idea?
~Will Swinburne

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Director Bart Simpson, Producer Aimara Reques, Hattie Hartman (Sustainability Editor at the Architect’s Journal) and Ricardo de Ostos of the Bartlett School Of Architecture at UCL.

Venue: Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA, UK

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Preston Bus Station and Market Hall Tour
Mar
8
4:00 PM16:00

Preston Bus Station and Market Hall Tour

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Tour

Preston Bus Station and Market Hall

Join us for a tour of the recently regenerated and refurbished Grade II Listed Preston Bus Station and the Market Hall.  The event will be led by the Main Contractor, Conlon Construction and Preston City Council.

Tickets: The event is free to attend but please register your interest with Lisa Mcfarlane by e-mailing lisa.mcfarlane@sevenarchitecture.co.uk to secure your place.

When: Thursday 8th March 2018 at 4.00pm

Venue: Meet outside The Tithbarne Public House at the corner of Tithebarn Street and Lord Street

This is a joint event with the IHBC and the Modernist Society

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Liverpool - Talk: Elain Harwood on New Towns
Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

Liverpool - Talk: Elain Harwood on New Towns

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Talk

New Towns

Liverpool Modernist Society present: Elain Harwood, the author of Space, Hope, and Brutalism: English Architecture, 1945-1975; Elain is an architectural historian with Historic England and a specialist in post-Second World War English architecture.
 
£4.00 full £3.00 members and concs (free to LJMU students & staff)

Tickets: £4 full / £3 modernists & concs / free students & staff

When: Tuesday 16th January 2018 at 6.00pm

Venue: LJMU Art Academy, John Lennon Art and Design Building, Duckinfield Street, Liverpool, L3 5RD

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

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A Tour Led by Roger Stephenson
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

A Tour Led by Roger Stephenson

Tour presented by the Twentieth Century Society, Northwest Group

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Chetham’s School of Music: Daniel Hopkinson (© Daniel Hopkinson

Roger Stephenson is one of the most respected architects working in Manchester today.  His practice has won over 40 national awards and was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 1998 for the Quay Bar, Castlefield and again in 2013 for Chetham’s. 

Starting at the award-winning extension to Chetham’s and the Stoller Hall, the city’s newest space for the performing arts, the tour then goes on to an apartment conversion of the Grade 11 listed Finlay’s Warehouse in the Northern Quarter.  Stephenson is justly acclaimed for his meticulous approach to design and construction and the sensitivity with which he relates progressive new build to its context.  Focussing on a major educational/cultural project in the city centre, this is a rare opportunity to share his insight into his own work. 

Early booking is essential. 

To reserve a place email Barry Clark: books@chorlton21.co.uk 

Charge £5 (no concessions); pay on the day.  Open to C20 members and non-members.

Meet 10.00 at the Chetham’s School Gatehouse on Long Millgate.  This the main entrance, at the security gate opposite the lower end of the National Football Museum.  The walk to Finlay’s Warehouse takes 15 – 20 minutes.  The tour finishes around 12.30.

For general enquiries only email northwestc20thsociety@hotmail.co.uk

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DESIGN CITY WEEKENDER
Oct
21
to Oct 22

DESIGN CITY WEEKENDER

Once again we'll be at the Manchester Print Fair at the Design City Weekender displaying our wares for all to see. We'll have a selection of Modernist magazines, prints, badges, totes and publications. So, pop in and see us.

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Saturday 21st October 10am-6.30pm
Food & drink open till 9.00pmSunday 22nd October 10am-6pm

UPPER CAMPFIELD MARKET HALL

Liverpool Road, Manchester.

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Manchester Modern Book Launch
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Manchester Modern Book Launch

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Twenty years in the making, followed by a painstaking, exacting and at times frustrating design process..

...and manchester Modern - a book celebrating the city's modernist architecture - is finally about to be unveiled.

Join author Richard Brook with designer Vaseem Bhatti and publisher The Modernist Society to celebrate the launch of manchester Modern.

The project had already been on ice for about 7 years as publishers laughed the pair out of their offices when they proposed a concrete cover - however The Modernist Society took up the challenge.

Masses of print proofs, photos, sketches and mock-ups will be on display to unfold every aspect of the production and design process. Even the music will have a concrete-theme, with the social following the Q&A featuring musique concrète, kindly provided by Conor Thomas of Boomkat.

18.00 arrivals (and bar)

18.30 panel discussion - chaired by Eddy Rhead

19.15 musique concrète from Conor Thomas (Boomkat)

21.00 close

FREE to attend - please RSVP

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Bound Art Book Fair
Oct
7
to Oct 8

Bound Art Book Fair

Book Fair

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The Modernists will be showing off their publications at the:

Bound Art Book Fair 2017

The Whitworth
7th and 8th of October
11am – 5pm. Free

A celebration of artist books from across the U.K and Europe.

The Whitworth will be hosting a selection of contemporary independent publishers alongside artist talks, exhibitions and workshops.


Featured stallholders:

Andrea Allen / Bluecoat / Bronze Age Editions / Catalogue Library / Corridor8 / Desire Press / Dewi Lewis / Dizzy Ink / Fashion Art Direction (MSoA) / Forme / Girlfans / Henry Press / Helena Gregory & co / Tuukka Kaila / Loose Joints / Magma / Mishka Henner / Modernist / Palm* Studios / RRB Books / Snoar Press / Stanley-Barker / Sylvia Waltering / Team Trident Press / Tide Press / Then There Was Us / Village-PPP / We Are Willow


Artist Talks:

Ewen Spencer in conversation.

Peter Mitchell showcasing his work on a slide projector.

Loose Joints hosts a book design talk alongside portfolio reviews.

Jason Evans, The Photobook: Another History


Additional:

Riso bookmaking workshop led by Team Trident Press.

We will have decks setup and the weekend will be soundtracked by the stallholders.

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St. Marks Broomhill & Trinity United Reform Church - Heritage Open Day
Sep
9
1:00 PM13:00

St. Marks Broomhill & Trinity United Reform Church - Heritage Open Day

Informal meet-up

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Modernist Friends. This coming Saturday, 9th September, is a Heritage Open Day and some of us are going together to look at St Mark's Broomhill and the Trinity United Reform Church on Ecclesall Road. You are very warmly invited to come join us.

We will meet at St Mark's at 1pm have a look round and then walk down through the Botanical Gardens (20 minutes downhill) to the URC 'Concrete Church' where there is a talk at 2.30. Then we'll go for a sociable drink, probably in The Lescar on Sharrow Vale Rd (which although not Modernist does have nice deco features). Maybe a bag of chips from Two Steps... (timeless).

St Mark's is set back from Glossop Rd just above the Hallamshire Hospital with pedestrian access from St Mark's Crescent or Beech Hill Rd. Closest bus stop is the 120 at the Hallamshire Hospital, a few minutes walk. There is no easy parking.

Any queries or bright ideas, do shout. Look forward to seeing you! I'll be toting a Sheffield Modernist Society tote bag just in case you need help spotting us.

Free event to attend.

Sue Cook

 
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A New Cathedral
Jul
27
to Sep 10

A New Cathedral

A New Cathedral, 1960: Designs from the architectural competition for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

 

A new exhibition showcasing unrealised designs for Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral will open in the city this summer. Taking place as part of the cathedral’s golden jubilee celebrations, the exhibition will include newly commissioned physical models of some of the key proposals. The 1960 competition to design Liverpool’s Roman Catholic cathedral (pictured above) attracted huge attention with 299 entries submitted from around the world. Architects were invited to design a cathedral for Liverpool which would relate to the existing Crypt, be capable of construction within five years and cost no more than £1 million for its shell. Of the 299 entries, Sir Frederick Gibberd’s design was chosen, and building began in October 1962. Less than five years later, on the Feast of Pentecost, 14 May 1967, the completed cathedral was consecrated.

‘A New Cathedral, 1960: Designs from the architectural competition for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral’, which has been curated by Dominic Wilkinson of the Liverpool Modernist Society and Liverpool John Moores University, will be located within the main entrance porch of the cathedral from 27 July until 10 September.

 
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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

 
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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

 
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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

 

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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Galt, Games & Garland
Apr
4
to 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

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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

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