Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections

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Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections is a museum, gallery and reading room and is open to the public to browse or research the unique collections, attend an event or to see our exhibitions.

The Special Collections Gallery features 3 exhibitions a year, showcasing our collections and artwork by regional and internationally acclaimed artists. We also have a programme of events each year including talks, workshops and tours.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00
Term Time only:
Thursday 10.00-19.00
Satuday 12.00-16.00

Closed: Sunday

Admission charges

Free Admission

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Poster advertising a sit-in at Manchester Polytechnic around 1970

We Want People Who Can Draw: Instruction and Dissent in the British Art School

  • 31 July 2015 10am-4pm

This exhibition brings together manifestos and other forms of subversive literature that explore aspects of the history of British art schools since the Second World War. It includes items relating to The Slade School of Fine Art Women's Group, Icteric from King’s College, Durham University’s Fine Art course, the Royal College of Art student journals Ark and Ostrich, and the Hornsey and Guildford sit-ins of 1968 and positions these past episodes of dissent in relation to present concerns in art education in the UK.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections
Sir Kenneth Green Library
All Saints
Greater Manchester
M15 6BH




0161 247 6107

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