What's On

 

What’s On at the Old Bank Residency?

Our current calendar of open public events, screenings and exhibitions which you might be interested in.

 
 
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NOW SHOWING CLUB: 16 SEAT DOCUMENTARY CINEMA

Every Monday and Tuesday at 7pm.

Now Showing Club is Manchester’s first dedicated documentary cinema, showcasing 50 films from Dogwoof’s back catalogue in 2019. Visitors can expect a curated selection of titles which have received 24 Oscar nominations, including Free Solo, Minding the Gap, RBG, The Act of Killing and Blackfish.

Screenings are every Monday and Tuesday at 7pm; tickets are limited to 16 people per show and available to purchase now! Follow the link below to see full listings and to book tickets.

ONE DISH ROOM

Every Friday from 12pm.

Down tools and reclaim your lunch break at studio kitchen One Dish Room. Serving every Friday from 12pm.

£4.50 a dish and vegan by default.

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RUTH MURRAY: THE BLUE HOUR

Launching Friday 20th September 6-9. Exhibition continues until Wednesday 16th October

The Blue Hour is Ruth Murray's second show inspired by the work of Jean Rhys. This exhibition takes its name from Jean Rhys’s favourite perfume, L’Heure Bleue, a melancholic fragrance intended to evoke Paris at dusk. According to Lilian Pizzichini's biography, while Jean Rhys saw herself as an underdog by day, the blue hour was when she became a wolf. Underneath the mannered surface lurks a predator, and wolves hunt best during twilight. She was always concerned with what lay beneath the top notes.

Ruth Murray's paintings are about the experiences of women - most of her paintings are of women in a scene. Sometimes the viewer is confronted with enigmatic behaviours (there's always something private and inaccessible about the subjects); and at other times rituals, symbols and tokens are used to disrupt the reading of the image. It's not a radical effect: more a gentle skewing. Sometimes it's the slightest gesture that feels most significant.

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HELEN MANDEL: OUT OF THE FRAME

Launching Friday 20th September 6-9pm. Exhibition continues until Friday 11th October

“I’m always making, unmaking and re-making things. The works displayed here are old canvases… mine and ones kindly donated by a friend. Quite often you create something, and you’re not quite happy with it and have to come to terms with disposing of it, changing it or reusing it. We all work in different ways. For a lot of people, getting rid of work is painful and it’s tempting to hang on to things indefinitely. Others prefer to just rip things into bits immediately. So what to do? Well, you can paint over it... but all the time you’ll know what’s lurking underneath. This exhibition is my way of coming to terms with these feelings. In this little collection of ‘old stuff’ pieces are moving out of the frame and in search of another composition.”

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MANCHESTER’S HIDDEN STORIES: DROP-IN SESSIONS

Wednesday 2nd / Friday 4th / Wednesday 9th / Friday 11th October, 10am

Come and join in with painting Meha's latest mural, a project exploring Manchester's Hidden Stories, supported by NOMA Manchester. Drop in anytime between 10am-4pm to get involved.

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MANCHESTER’S HIDDEN STORIES: WORKSHOP

Tuesday 9th October, 6-8pm

Come and join in with painting Meha's latest mural, a project exploring Manchester's Hidden Stories supported by NOMA Manchester. This is a guided workshop.

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HOW TO ENGAGE YOUR DIGITAL AUDIENCE

Wednesday 24th October, 8:30-10:30am

Are you part of a small business? Or looking to build and engage your digital audience? The Co-operative Bank Digital Team are here to support you. Come along to our event on 24th October at the Old Bank Residency in Manchester for some exclusive presentations, talks and insights into the digital landscape. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with like-minded business owners in the North West.

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THE BREAKFAST CLUB

The last Wednesday of every month, 7.30-9am.

An opportunity to gather, inspire and be inspired by people in our community over a shared breakfast.

Next event: Wednesday 30th October

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PUMPKIN PARTY

Thursday 31st October, 12-8pm

We are gathering together the city's leading creative talent to use the pumpkin to build neighbourhood spirit at NOMA this Halloween - and that includes you!

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MANCHESTER CARES CLOTHES PARTY

Thursday 7th November, 6-9pm

Join Manchester Cares for an evening of fashion and pampering in aid of the charity.

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LATE LATE BREAKFAST CLUB

Wednesday 27th November, 6-9.30pm

Get festive together for a late late version of the Breakfast Club!

MANCHESTER MAD GRAPHIC NOVEL GROUP

The second Monday of every month, 6.30-8.30pm.

A discussion group for those looking to discuss graphic novels, comics, comix and web-comics.

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SHE CHOIR

Every Wednesday, 6-8pm.

Join SHE Choir, a vibrant collaborative choir community for all who identify as women.

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RETHINK MENTAL ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP

The second Thursday of every month, 6-7:30pm.

A volunteer run support group for anyone in Manchester who is affected by severe mental illness, whether as a carer or service user. Affiliated to the national charity Rethink Mental Illness. No referral necessary - just turn up.

 

Past Events

 
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COLUMN GALLERY PRESENTS: BREAKDOWN

Launching Thursday 6th June, 6 - 8pm. Exhibition continues until 21st June.

'BREAKDOWN' is an exhibition of the work of 4 artists Chatize Achmet, Emmeleia Filippopoulou, Jamie Kirk and Emily Wills currently studying MA Fine Art at Manchester School of Art.

This exhibition considers the breakdown as the starting point. With an eye to current socio-political issues, which include networks of memory and history, the artists speculate the multiple nuances that breakdown itself implies.

Using a diverse range of media and a variety of practices, the works showcase the physical, optical and conceptual tensions and forces of materials, targeted in tantalising charges of energy to be released.

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IDEAS SCHOOL: DRAWING IS DISCOVERY

6 week course, starting Wednesday 3rd July.

This is a drawing short course that encourages the use of drawing as a tool for discovery and to help make sense of the world around us. Drawing is the oldest artistic medium, it is also the most intimate and immediate - this short course will help you to forget about visual correctness (whatever that means) and focus instead on exploration and freedom. Fully booked.

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MURAL PAINTING WORKSHOP: MANCHESTER’S HIDDEN STORIES

Wednesday 10th July 6-8pm

Throughout July, artist and illustrator Meha Hindocha will be creating a participatory mural at the Old Bank in an open studio setting, using the theme of Manchester’s hidden stories. We invite you to get involved and help create Meha’s latest mural, to be displayed at various locations around the NOMA neighbourhood.

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FLY: THE SHOW

Thursday 11th July, 7pm

The debut of solo show Fly, as part of GM Fringe 2019.

One day she’ll fly away but right now she needs to be on a conference call.

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LESSONS FROM A JOURNALIST: HOW TO SECURE MEDIA COVERAGE

Wednesday 24th July 2:30-5:30pm

Suzanne Bearne is a freelance journalist for the likes of the BBC, the Guardian and the Observer and runs the Guardian Masterclass 'What journalists want: A masterclass for PRs, marketers and business owners'. Ticketed event - booking is essential.

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MURAL PAINTING WORKSHOP: MANCHESTER’S HIDDEN STORIES

Wednesday 24th July 6-8pm

Throughout July, artist and illustrator Meha Hindocha will be creating a participatory mural at the Old Bank in an open studio setting, using the theme of Manchester’s hidden stories. We invite you to get involved and help create Meha’s latest mural, to be displayed at various locations around the NOMA neighbourhood.

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GIRL GANG: SPEED MATE-ING #15

Thursday 25th July, 6.30-9pm

Speed Mate-ing uses conversation starters, challenges and games a go to encourage you to be your most authentic self and connect with yourself and the community around you!

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COLUMN GALLERY PRESENTS: THERE’S A CRACK IN EVERYTHING - AN EXHIBITION BY CINTHIA BASELER

Exhibition continues until 2nd August.

This exhibition draws upon concepts by the Philosopher Marshal McLuhan to investigate photography’s ability to self-reference as a medium. Borrowed from a Leonard Cohen song, the title of this exhibition refers to the visual phenomena of ‘light leaks’ - an occurrence central to the concept of this exhibition, but which is usually considered a technical flaw.

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FILM SCREENING: SHOOT THE MOON RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES

Friday August 2nd, 7pm

Brooklyn-based filmmaker Graham L. Carter’s low-budget film is unabashedly romantic -- full of colour and soaring musical segments. Set in a hazy movie-world of conmen, private detectives and smoky neon-lit bars, Shoot the Moon Between the Eyes was also the winner of the Special Jury Prize at Indie Memphis.

The film is presented here as a UK Premiere at Now Showing Club in association with local film programmers Bigger Than Life.

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VESTIBULE GALLERY PRESENTS: DEPOT ART STUDIOS AT THE OLD BANK

Exhibition continues until 2nd August.

The current members from Depot Art Studios show their work together in public for the first time. The space at the Old Bank Residency gives the group the opportunity to experiment and test their practices, drawing links between their ideas within the context of this repurposed, public space in Manchester. Part of Manifest Arts Festival 2019.

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MURAL PAINTING WORKSHOP: MANCHESTER’S HIDDEN STORIES

Wednesday 7th August, 6-8pm

Throughout July and August, artist and illustrator Meha Hindocha will be creating a participatory mural at the Old Bank in an open studio setting, using the theme of Manchester’s hidden stories. We invite you to get involved and help create Meha’s latest mural, to be displayed at various locations around the NOMA neighbourhood.

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SADLER’S YARD SUMMER JAM 2019

Saturday 10th August, 12-7pm

A celebration of DIY culture.

The world is yours for the making.

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EXHIBITION: OBR: BINARY ARCHIVE 2019 BY MEGAN COWLEY

Launching Friday 16th August 6-9pm.

Exhibition continues until Friday 6th September with a special closing party.

Megan Cowley is a research-based designer, specialising in waterjet and kiln formed glass. Working from information extracted from both architectural features and social history of the Old Bank, Megan transfers this information into binary data, which is then encapsulated into glass panels. Binary is an integral part of our lives, like the veins of a human, binary code runs through all of technology. This exhibition takes place in both gallery spaces, with the Column Gallery showcasing Megan’s extensive archival research into the history of the Old Bank Building.

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STEPPING OUT: LUNCHTIME COFFEE TASTING

Thursday 15th August, 12.45-1.30pm.

Join Old Bank residents With Love and Swan Song for the next Stepping Out event.

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MURAL PAINTING WORKSHOP: MANCHESTER’S HIDDEN STORIES

Wednesday 28th August, 6-8pm.

Get involved and help create Meha’s latest mural, to be displayed at various locations around the NOMA neighbourhood.

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MURAL PAINTING WORKSHOP: MANCHESTER’S HIDDEN STORIES

Wednesday 4th September, 6-8pm.

Get involved and help create Meha’s latest mural, to be displayed at various locations around the NOMA neighbourhood.

MURAL PAINTING WORKSHOP: MANCHESTER’S HIDDEN STORIES

Wednesday 11th September, 6-8pm.

Get involved and help create Meha’s latest mural, to be displayed at various locations around the NOMA neighbourhood.

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SIP AND STITCH

Thursday 5th September, 6:30-8:30pm.

Join Becky Stevens for an embroidery workshop where you will have a chance to learn some traditional embroidery stitches then apply them to a landscape design. More importantly, it's a chance for you to switch off and enjoy a mindful activity that is being recognised as a hobby that contributes to staving off depression and anxiety. All materials and refreshments will be provided. Ticketed event - advance booking is essential.

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STANDARD POTTERY: MAKE A MUG

Thursday 12th September, 6-8.30pm

Ever wanted to make your own mug? Look no further than this session with Standard Pottery.

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A NIGHT OF ENTERTAINMENT

Thursday 26th September, 7-9pm

Join She Choir at Old Bank Residency for a free and fun-filled evening of SHEs, tees and hobbies and witness the variety of talents that SHE members have to offer at our special OBR event, supported by NOMA.