Special Events

  • Dark Lines workshop

    Dark Lines – Satirical Illustration Workshop

    Join artist Stephen Nuttall and discover a darker side of illustration. Taking inspiration from Dark Matters, you’ll be guided to create your own illustrations and even the beginnings of your own graphic novel. Continue reading

  • Elin O' Hara Slavick Talk

    Artist Talk – Elin O’Hara Slavick

    Free talk by American artist Elin O’Hara Slavick to mark the end of the exhibition Dark Matters To mark the end of the exhibition Dark Matters: Shadow_Technology_Art at the Whitworth , we are delighted to welcome participating American artist Elin… Continue reading

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    Shadow Lab

    Make a world of shadows, using light as your creative tool. Enter the Shadow Lab for a range of fun activities using light and shadow as your inspiration. Continue reading

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    Dark Matters Teachers’ Pack

    Dark Matters Educators’ Pack: An educator’s resource is available for KS3-KS5 students, teachers and lecturers. Contact Contact Denise Bowler for further details: telephone: 0161 275 8455 email: denise.bowler@manchester.ac.uk Online Preview You may also view the resource online by clicking the… Continue reading

  • Dark Matters Exhibition Booklet

    Dark Matters Gallery Booklet

    A publication to accompany the exhibition is available to download as a PDF document at the link below: Dark Matters Exhibition Booklet (PDF, 2.5MB) If you have trouble opening the document, you may download Adobe Reader from Adobe free, for… Continue reading

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    Dark Matters: Works from the Whitworth Collection

    This display of works from the Whitworth’s collection reveals ideas surrounding shadow as captured by the artist in a variety of medium. Some of the works selected demonstrate how artists have employed tone and darkness to render solidity and structure… Continue reading

  • Elin O’Hara Slavick Bark from an A-bombed Eucalyptus Tree, 2008 Cyanotype

    Dark Matters: Shadow, Technology, Art

    Exploring the impact of scientific and technological invention upon visual culture, Dark Matters brings together the work of ten international contemporary artists who engage with a range of technologies. Continue reading

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    Film Noir Movie Night – M

    Part of a series of chillers programmed in response to Dark Matters, where shadows play the lead role in creating drama, magic and beauty.

    M 1931
    Director: Fritz Lang
    Certificate: PG Continue reading

  • Families – Shadow Play Grandparents’ Day

    Bring along your grandparents for a fun afternoon of shadow play and create your own puppet to take home. Part of a series of fun family events inspired by Dark Matters

  • After Hours – An Evening with BlackLab

    In response to Dark Matters, join us for an evening with BlackLab, “…experimenting in collaboration with artists, musicians, film-makers and designers. Create spaces in which images can collide and collude with film, soundscapes, slogans and texts.” Continue reading

  • Families – Dark Drawings

    Meet an artist and explore different drawing techniques. Cast shadows and create your own ‘dark drawings’. Part of a series of fun, free family events inspired by Dark Matters. Continue reading

  • Families – Arty Experiments

    Bring your family and become scientists! Enjoy a range of arty experiments and create your own artworks to take home. Part of a series of fun, free family events inspired by Dark Matters

  • After Hours – Arts & Science Talk

    Join Manchester Science Festival and Northern Arts & Science Network in the Gallery as they explore the crossover and boundaries of science and the arts. Continue reading

  • Families – Spooky Shadows

    Get prepared to scare! Bring your family and create some spooky shadow art. Create your own frightening mobile to take home Part of a series of fun, free family events inspired by Dark Matters

  • They Made Me a Fugitive

    Film Noir Movie Night – They Made Me a Fugitive

    Part of a series of chillers programmed in response to Dark Matters, where shadows play the lead role in creating drama, magic and beauty.

    They Made me A Fugitive (A.K.A I Became a Criminal), 1947
    Director: Alberto Cavalcanti. Certificate: PG, Doors open 6pm for 6:15pm start Continue reading

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    After Hours – In Memory of ‘Chroma’

    Exploring the role of colour within science and visual art. Through live chemical experiments by Dr Frank Mair and a narrative of art, history, memory and science from Jenna Carine Ashton, this lecture-event invites an audience to revisit, and remember… Continue reading

  • Night of the Hunter Event

    Film Noir Movie Night – Night of the Hunter

    Part of a series of chillers programmed in response to Dark Matters, where shadows play the lead role in creating drama, magic and beauty.

    Night of the Hunter, 1955
    Director: Charles Laughton
    Certificate: 12

    Doors open 6pm for 6:15pm start Continue reading

  • Families – Dark Tales and Gruesome Games

    Join us if you dare, for dark tales and gruesome games. Come dressed as your favourite grisly character, listen to scary stories and create your own petrifying puppets. Part of a series of fun family events inspired by Dark Matters

  • Alternative Camera Club

    A series of photographic talks, discussions and critiques, co-curated with BlackLab. Get away from stale chat of f-stops and focal lengths and simply revel in images old and new! Continue reading

  • Screening – Animations

    Presenting a three-week screening of work by contemporary animators who make use of a variety of techniques and technologies to engage with themes of loss, memory and darkness. Continue reading