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.
The Ballad of Persse O'Reilly (detail) by Clinton Cahill

Drawing the Wake: Reading 'Finnegans Wake' through drawing

  • 17 March 2017 10am-4pm

'Finnegans Wake' took James Joyce seventeen years to write. Published in 1939, it was his last and most extraordinary prose work. Despite influencing diverse creative fields, it remains more referred to than actually read. Its experimental language discourages many from discovering the book’s lyricism, depth and outrageous humour. Often regarded as the preserve of scholars, it has a reputation for requiring guides, annotations and other interpretive aids to understand it. So what happens if we read it simply for itself, as a novel?

Drawing the Wake presents practice-based research by Clinton Cahill, Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Manchester School of Art, using notational drawing to capture interior visual impressions in the moment of reading. The exhibition includes items from the International Anthony Burgess Foundation archives and original drawings for images posted in the Illuminating The Wake blog for the James Joyce Centre, Dublin. The exhibition is an outcome of a PhD research project funded by Manchester School of Art through MIRIAD.

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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