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School of Integration

During the MIF opening weekender you can join me on Sunday the 7th July for some banner making at Manchester Art Gallery- part of Tania Bruguera’s world premier of

' School of Integration'.

Art as Activism: Banner Making

By Lotte Karlsen

Manchester Art Gallery, Sunday 7 July


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Class Description

An introduction to the Art as Activism toolkit – message making and banner design. Students are invited to take part in making a group banner, displaying a collective message to promote the School of Integration’s ethos.

Additional to displaying the collective message, all students are invited to add their own personal touch by adding further writing, drawings or symbols to the banner with non-permanent felt tip pens. Why non-permanent? The idea is to take advantage of the Manchester rainy weather and deliberately make the felt tip colours run, weathering it into something unexpected. Individual contributions will become one colourful integrated background.

Class Exercise

30 min – Art as Activism introduction and message making

60 min – Banner design and making

Class Notes

Teacher’s Biography

Lotte Karlsen’s Art as Activism toolkit was originally designed as an educational resource to instruct children about how the arts intersect with and can be used to support causes of liberty and justice, in alignment with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The toolkit  was born out of the 2018 UK Women’s Centenary as well as Alexandra Arts’ Pankhurst in the Park 2014-18,a socially-engaged platform for female artists in Manchester’s Alexandra Park. Pankhurst in the Park involved an extensive programme of community arts events and an international artist residency, accompanied by St. Mary’s CE Primary school’s UNICEF Rights Respecting initiative. St. Mary’s is significant as it auspiciously sits right next to the birthplace of iconic Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Tania Bruguera’s powerful, provocative and inspiring new work draws us nearer to those who’ve made this city their home, inviting us to discover and embrace the diversity in our midst.

During MIF19, the school will offer over 80 classes on a wide-ranging curriculum that includes food, customs, ethics, politics and many other forms of knowledge – classes given by local people originally from countries around the world, from Zimbabwe to Tibet. These are not only instructional lessons, but something more personal and vivid. Each teacher will pass on their own experiences, sharing skills, knowledge and culture in a different kind of communal integration and learning experience in the heart of Manchester.

Open and free to all, School of Integration fosters cohesion and builds bridges of cultural understanding – encouraging us to eliminate the idea of strangeness and cherish a plurality of voices, and integrating us with the world.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Manchester Art Gallery.