£4.71 – £6.82
GUT HEALING is a live event delivered by artist and curator Amy Lawrence with invited local artists, in response to the themes and texts of The Portico Library’s current exhibition ‘Bittersweet: Legacies of Slavery & Abolition in Manchester’. It includes among other elements an immersive all-female participatory work created by Lawrence herself, influenced by her ongoing research into the relationships between women’s voices and the abolition, in particular Sojourner Truth’s iconic ‘Ain’t I a Woman’ speech of 1851. A diverse selection of participants redirect their voices into The Portico Library, where in 1807, the all-white, all-male membership discussed the abolition of slavery and signed petitions on either side of the debate. GUT HEALING takes back these histories and re-situates them to engage with complex issues of race, gender and identity politics.
Amy Lawrence is a Manchester-based artist, creative producer and facilitator of participatory events in a variety of settings, and co-founder of LEGROOM. She recently completed an Emerging Artist Fellowship with Manchester International Festival and the Jerwood Foundation.
Portico Library M2 3HY