Click on dates in the calendar to find out about events and activities at the Engine House; details of each event are listed underneath.
Exhibition Preview: The Use and Abuse of Books - Savoy, Lord Horror and Corridor8Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 6:00 pm | Free
Curated by writer and publisher Michael Butterworth and the Exhibition Centre for the Life and Use of Books, tonight's preview reveals material from Savoy's often controversial archive in a new exhibition, The Use and Abuse of Books. Spanning Butterworth’s career from New Worlds, Corridor, banned publications, police raids and David Britton’s imprisonment with Savoy, through to his most recent art and writing journal Corridor8, this exhibition features rare comics, graphic novels and books from the Savoy back catalogue and examines whether the depiction and description of horrific acts is justified in satire. To join us for a drink and an advance look at the exhibition, contact [email protected].
Exhibition: The Use and Abuse of Books - Savoy, Lord Horror and Corridor8Friday, August 15th, 2014, 10:00 am | Free, until 5th September
Throughout August and September the Burgess Foundation exhibition space will be home to material from Savoy Books’ vast and often controversial archive. Curated by writer and publisher Michael Butterworth and the Exhibition Centre for the Life and Use of Books, The Use and Abuse of Books exhibition spans Butterworth’s career from New Worlds, Corridor, banned publications, police raids and David Britton’s imprisonment with Savoy, through to his most recent art and writing journal Corridor8. Featuring text, images and rare promotional content from Savoy’s infamous 1989 publication Lord Horror, the exhibition tackles the question of whether the depiction and description of horrific acts is justified in satire. In 1992 Lord Horror was declared by Judge Gerrard Humphries as ‘a glorification of racism and violence’ whereas writer Michael Moorcock believed the book to belong to ‘a tradition of lampoon, of exaggeration. Its purpose is to show up social evils, and the evils within ourselves.’ Displaying artwork from Sinister Legends and Meng and Ecker alongside other panels from rare comics and graphic novels (including Reverbstorm), The Use and Abuse of Books also examines the relationship between text and imagery within Savoy’s publications, revealing how artwork from John Coulthart, Kris Guidio and James Cawthorn supplements and enhances the storytelling through visual references to architecture, cultural figures or specific works of art. The exhibition will be open 10am-4pm weekdays and in the evenings during events from Friday 15th August until Friday 5th September. Preview on Thursday 14th August, 6pm. A series of events, including a screening of seven short films commissioned from artists and collectives in response to the seven Corridor zines published between 1971 and 1976, will take place during the exhibition. Check out www.lifeanduseofbooks.org /@ECLUB, www.anthonyburgess.org/@misterenderby or contact [email protected] to find out more.
Talks & film screening: Lord Horror - the Dark and Silver AgeTuesday, August 26th, 2014, 6:00 pm | Free, advance booking required
To celebrate the latest exhibition at the Burgess Foundation, curated by Michael Butterworth and The Exhibition Centre for the Life and Use of Books (see above for details), we invite you to attend an evening of talks, discussion and a long-awaited public screening of Gareth Jackson's Lord Horror - The Dark and Silver Age, an experimental film based on the Lord Horror oeuvre, described by Savoy as 'a solid hour of monochrome menace, Hitlerian hubris and rock’n’roll'. Prior to the film screening there will be three short presentations from broadcaster and art critic Bob Dickinson, art historian and journalist Michael Paraskos and academic Jonathan Barlow discussing Lord Horror, the culture surrounding Savoy and their tumultuous history. Visit Eventbrite to book your place. Bob Dickinson is a Manchester based broadcaster and art critic who has produced a number of documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and 1 on subjects relating to music, art and local history. He has been published widely in the local and national press including Corridor8, Michael Butterworth's current publishing project. For this event he will situate Savoy within the context of Manchester's counterculture and alternative cultural scenes during the 1970s and 80s. Michael Paraskos was born in Leeds, studying at the School of Fine Art at the University of Leeds and later gaining his doctorate focussing on aesthetic theories of Herbert Read from the University of Nottingham. He is now lecturer in Art History at the City and Guilds School of Art in London, and is the founder and lead organiser of the annual conference Othello’s Island. Michael will be giving a talk based on his review of Reverbstorm, published in The Spectator in 2013, in which he approaches the graphic novel from an art historical perspective. Jonathan Barlow is currently working on his Masters in English Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research interests relate to the interaction between visual art and prose put forth in his paper New Worlds and Reverbstorm, delivered at the University of East Anglia for the Science Fiction 'New Wave' At Fifty conference. Gareth Jackson is a conceptual artist, experimental filmmaker and occasional author. He is also the producer of Speculative Fictions, an e-annual that aims to marry conceptual art with science fiction writing.