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So Many Voices: live performances and exhibition tour

The Portico Library
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Responding to The Portico Library’s commitment to develop an accessible public programme, and our current exhibition In So Many Words: Roget's Thesaurus & the Power of Language, artists Jez Dolan and Rowland Hill have composed new live performance works with audio description and British Sign Language elements from 7pm on Tuesday 8th May. These pieces draw on the artists’ own experiences and collaborations with Mind’s Eye Description Services and Manchester Deaf Centre to begin to explore the obstacles that we as a society impose on many people’s freedom to engage with language on their own terms. Preceding this, from 6pm, Anne Hornsby will deliver the library’s first ever audio described exhibition tour for blind and partially sighted visitors.

So Many Voices
Tuesday 8th May 2018, 7pm–9pm
Non-members £6 • Members £5 • Students/unwaged £4 • Deaf, blind and partially sighted visitors FREE. With audio description & BSL elements.

Jez Dolan and Rowland Hill have each worked with experienced collaborators including composer Michael Betteridge and members of Manchester Deaf Centre to compose ambitious new performances from their researches at The Portico Library, expanding their artworks beyond text and print into original works in sound and gesture. All tickets for this one-off event are subsidised through the generous support of the Zochonis Charitable Trust and can be booked by calling 0161 236 6785 or at www.theportico.org.uk.

Audio described exhibition and library tour Tuesday 8th May 2018, 6pm–7pm
Free. No ticket required
Anne Hornsby from Mind’s Eye Description Services introduces The Portico Library’s building and collection, and describes the current group exhibition In So Many Words: Roget's Thesaurus & the Power of Language

We will be taking this opportunity to learn how to build an accessible programme of future events and invite all our visitors to join us in this conversation. Please contact us or speak to a member of staff at the library if you would like to give feedback or get involved.