A Convention of Hope 2018
Exhibited in the biggest gallery, street art is the most observed art movement in the world. Few can ignore the 20 stores high murals that now grace city skylines or the intimate pieces on the corner of buildings. Street art is inclusive, it has no barriers and lacks pretence. At its most powerful it is the voice of the people, the champion of the powerless, daring to speak out against injustice.
Our 2018 convention builds on what we achieved with our first attempt. Standing defiant, our artists will produce a new street gallery that forces witness to how ordinary people achieved the extraordinary, overcoming adversity, building resilience and strengthening their communities to make the world a better place.
Cities of Hope 2018 | A Convention of Hope | Spring 2018
A gift from Manchester to cities across the world that have overcome adversity.
Our patron Axel Void will launch the convention by unveiling a statue that pays homage to the achievements of the ordinary citizen. A tribute to those that came forward during a time of need and at risk to themselves in support of those at need.
The message is that there is a hero in each and every one of us and that the world is made a better place through the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people. Those that raised their voices and made sacrifices to improve the lives of others. Sculpted using concrete, the material of the street, the anonymity of the statue is intentional, it appeals to all people from all backgrounds, this is everyone, this is anyone, this is you.
Alongside the statue, Axel will unveil our signature wall, our Tribute to Hope. A gift from Manchester to cities that have overcome adversity, a message of solidarity to people from across the globe. We do not stand alone.
In 9 neighbourhoods of Manchester we will champion the voices of people on the issues that matter to them.
Our team of artists will step in to these communities and paint a wall that has been co-designed with the communities that live within them. We will celebrate their heroes and tell their stories of hope.
Through a series of workshops, we will bring together these 9 communities, to share these stories and strengthen bonds. Together we will co-design a series of educational resources, to inspire children and young people of our city, that it is the actions of ordinary people that change the world.
We have reached out to nine world renowned artists. They will visit Manchester and produce a street gallery of hope.
Their work will raise awareness of where hope endures, where hope has prevailed. Each of our artists will work to one of our nine themes.
We will announce our artists over the coming months. In 2016, we secured our line up from a series of emails and convinced some of the world's best to travel across continents and stand by our side. Rest assured, our line up is epic.
Our nine themes for 2018
Each of our artists will work to one of our themes:
7. Post Truths
streets of hope
Our Street Gallery will have a programme of complementary exhibitions and workshops in traditional art spaces across the city.
Working in partnership with both The Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery, our most ambitious development, we are expanding to include artists that have a specialism in other areas including sculpting, photography, film making and music. Taking their work to the streets, we will create street installations, exhibit their work and even support street performances of music, dance, theatre and film.
Our street gallery will have a programme of complementary exhibitions and workshops in traditional art spaces across the City. Growing audiences from the street to the galleries and vice versa.
stories of hope
Our message comes from a different place, it is a message born in streets across the globe where our saviours have been ordinary people.
People of not just words, but also of actions and deeds. These are our leaders, the people we look to. Those that everyday make sacrifices to be the change that they want to see.
These leaders will join us to deliver a programme of lectures, workshops and exhibitions. From across the globe they come to stand alongside us and the people we serve. Local activists, community organisations, schools, colleges and youth groups will also have opportunities to meet with them separately. They will share their stories and inspire the people of our City.
We have already reached out to Nobel Peace Prize winners, Pulitzer Prize Winners, global NGOs that are working in the most challenging environments, leading scholars, journalists, authors and political activists. We will announce our line up over the coming months, rest assured, it is spectacular.
embers of hope
We are excited to announce that each world renowned artist will be matched with a local artist, aged between 18-25.
These local artists will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to be mentored by, assist and learn from a globally recognised expert in their field. We will further help nurture local talent through a programme of masterclasses, targeting young people aged 14-19. These workshops will be delivered by a team of world renowned specialists and focus on a range of fundamentals and specialist techniques.
Through a programme of digital seminars and workshops, we will also continue to support local artists to network with and learn from leading street artists from across the world.
Legacy of hope
Once the convention ends, for an additional period of 2 years, we will deliver a programme of street art tours accompanied by workshops that raise awareness of these global issues that define our time. We are working with a number of local organisations to train people with experiences of the streets to lead these tours and deliver workshops. People labeled as sex workers, drug users, the homeless and much more will lead in sharing our work. Their voice not just limited to a tour of the Street Gallery but also issues that they have direct experience of, in addition to their perspectives on the wider challenges that our city faces.