UNSEEN: Simultaneous Realities

Venues across Greater Manchester

Past Project

Exploring visibility and understanding...

We are proud to present a programme of poetry, performance, film, live art and installation across Greater Manchester that examines LGBT+, South Asian and disabled communities in recovery from substance use.

The spirit of UNSEEN: Simultaneous Realities is to explore the viability of and desire for these communities to become more visible and better understood within Greater Manchester.

Work has been commissioned from artists David Hoyle, Sutapa Biswas and Invisible Flock which is being exhibited and performed across a number of venues across Greater Manchester including HOME Manchester and Touchstones in Rochdale.

Film Still.. Fruit Bowl. courtesy Amanda Ravetz & Huw Wahl

5 Minutes of Peace

26th August - 28th August 2017 

Our contribution to Manchester Pride's big weekend, 5 Minutes of Peace, sees Manchester's very own David Hoyle in residence on Chorlton street in the Gay Village.
As part of UNSEEN, 5 minutes of Peace offers some momentary respite from the festival hustle and bustle with free hand and shoulder massage by artist, Another Adele, plus an apple to help sustain you on your way.

Project launch

Please join us for our project launch at Ezra & Gill.

Friday 1st September 6.30 - 8.30pm

20 Hilton Street, Manchester M1 1FR

There'll be Canapés, poetry by Sutapa Biswas, a recital by Greg Thorpe and a taster performance by the legendary David Hoyle.

Image copyright PORe
Film Still.. Fruit Bowl. courtesy Amanda Ravetz & Huw Wahl

Apples & Other Fruits

Fri 22 Sept -  8.00pm @HOME Manchester

A one off live art walkabout performance in HOME’s gallery space presided over by high-wire avant-guardian and force of nature, David Hoyle in collaboration with artist Jackie Haynes​.

Expect a night of laughter and bravery that's anything but dry.


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Sutapa Biswas: silver grey against dark navy, 2015. courtesy the artist

Out of the place and at the margins: one hundred songs for Kneeze and Vijay

Friday 15th September - Saturday 21st October @ Rochdale Bus Station & Touchstones Gallery Rochdale

Sutapa Biswas presents her two piece, site specific, neon installations.

Inspired by Rumi's Sufi poetry the pieces draw on the oral narrative and lived experience of people from the Rochdale area.


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Friday 29th September @HOME Manchester

We're having a picnic in HOME's gallery space! Bring some vegan food, a blanket or cushion and join us in conversation and performance.


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Artists in conversation...

Saturday 7th October, 1-3pm @Touchstones Rochdale.

Sutapa Biswas will discuss her new work One hundred song for Kneeze and Vijay with Sunny Dhadley and Dr Anandi Ramamurthy


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Sutapa Biswas

The Lost Weekend

Showing 6.10pm on Monday 25th September @HOME Manchester.

Directed by Billy Wilder


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UNSEEN: Simultaneous Realities is curated by Mark Prest, PORe, founding director and delivered in partnership with the projects academic lead, visual anthropologist, http://www.art.mmu.ac.uk/profile/aravetz from the Manchester School of Art at MMU

A big thank you...

UNSEEN is financially supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Cultural Capital ExchangeExchange Programme and SUPERBIA, supporting LGBT+ cultural events as part of Manchester Pride’s commitment to cultural events happening all year round across Greater Manchester.