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Exhibition: Drawing Out the Monastery

The Monastery

september, 2024

This is a repeating event

sun29sep2:00 pm4:00 pmExhibition: Drawing Out the MonasteryA stunningly original exhibition, performance, immersive artwork and music presentation2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Event Details

Drawing Out The Monastery is a 12-month Manchester Monastery residency which will culminate as an exhibition and performance, a new immersive artwork which will act as a stage for a music presentation – and we’d love you to join us.

Sept 29th – October 3rd, 2024

About the project

This project is particularly focused on The Monastery as a site in reference to a sense of belonging and history, utilising drawing, walking and song making processes. The Drawing Out The Monastery performance will act as a way of interpreting and presenting the drawing as a one-off performance event.

Drawing is central to Simon Woolham’s practice and graphite rubbing, a traditional process of taking brass rubbings in churches. It is utilised to engage with layers of time and space, heightening multitudes of histories, textures of narrative through seams of investigation.

About the performance

The performance will be a collaboration between Simon’s band L.A.S.H., Gorton Voice Choir and The Monastery’s organ player, Stephen Mann. For the unveiling performance, a series of songs will be presented as a way of interpreting the drawing, heightening the narrative and the processes and experiences involved in building the artwork.

Key dates

The unveiling of the Drawing Out The Monastery exhibition and the performance will be on Sunday 29th September 2024, 2-4pm with the performance at 3pm.

The Drawing Out The Monastery exhibition will be on until Thursday 3rd October, 2024, 10am-4pm.

Who is this event suitable for?

Drawing Out The Monastery is for anybody interested in music and art.

What can I expect?

Participants can expect an immersive visual and music experience and the audience will benefit from engaging with drawing and music in relation to the textural histories of The Monastery.

Do I need any special clothing or equipment?

No, materials or equipment is needed by attendees to participate in the Drawing Out The Monastery event.

Are there any costs?

No, this event is completely free to attend.

Do I need to book?

Booking is recommended as space is limited, particularly if you wish to attend the inauguration event on Sunday 29th September.

Click here to reserve your space.

Enquires to

About Dr Simon Woolham

Dr Simon Woolham MA, PhD, FHEA



Lecturer – University of Huddersfield

Rogue Artists’ Studios

Curator/Artistic Programmer at PAPER


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