The Precarious University


The Precarious University will be addressing questions concerning the commodification and privatisation of education, gentrification social exclusion, and public art throughout Chorlton Arts Festival.



Saturday 21st May, 7pm, (Starting from) the Royal Oak pub, 440 Barlow Moor Rd, M21 0BQ

Dérive through the historic public houses of Chorlton

Inspired by the psychogeography of Guy Debord, this event situates the pub crawl as a form of experimental behaviour resistant to the present conditions of urban society.

Sunday 22nd May, 12pm – 3pm, Symposium: ‘Towards a New Concept of the Art School’, at ‘World’s Smallest Sculpture Garden’, 4 Corkland Rd, Chorlton, M21 8UT

This symposium will form a critical discourse on the art school’s history and potential, and construct a radically open and popular concept of the art school for the 21st Century. The sculpture garden will be open to visitors throughout the day, whose contribution we invite to this ongoing dialogue.

NB This event has limited capacity, so please let us know if you are planning to attend.

Sunday 22nd May 4pm, Seminar: ‘Conditions of Class in Manchester’, The Beech’ pub, 72 Beech Rd, M21 9EG

This seminar will raise questions concerning the Manchester’s spectacular gentrification and the ways in which artists and art educators have responded. Readings for this event are available at

All events are free


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The LCAC Shop


The LCAC shop opened temporarily in the summer of 2015.

It was a high street hub of radical thinking, hosting meetings, discussions and a series of coordinated arts events – mostly on Levenshulme Village Green.

We worked with different sectors of the local community to address the relationship between land use, constructions of community, accessibility to the arts and the possibility of an urban commons.

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Chris Hamer – Border Paintings, Bankley Studios

On the Gorton border the runoff from the carwash stains the pavement by a fence that has collapsed. Over the A6 the broken stones are rearranged nightly, bridging the floodwater in the space of the tunnel after it rains. Time seems to be patchy around here, and can alter strikingly from one street to the next: it can be the time of the city, sometimes of the suburbs, sometimes it has a more rural quality. This temporal jumble can come into my studio, where water dries in washes, or crusts on the canvas- these works are mostly produced by the paint itself. I am more visible, as an author, when I leave tracks on the surfaces with a finger or with a brush. The contrast between these two means of applying paint allows processes of personal memory, and a more collective accumulation of material processes on the surfaces around the area to enter my practise. On installing this exhibition various works are left flat on the table by the window. Slowly the view from the project space begins to interact with the surfaces and structures outside and so returns them partly to the ruined fabric of Levenshulme, and in doing so questions their completion.

Work No. 2

Photo by Gautam Narayanan

LCAC interview, Work No. 2, text and performance, 2015

Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre is a gallery without walls in Levenshulme, south Manchester. In this interview we discuss the impetus for the project and some of the themes it explores, focusing upon the institution’s first project ‘Work No 1’ produced on the 8th August 2014 and as part of the A6 Dialogue exhibition at Bankley Studios Gallery.

The context of the work is post-austerity suburban Manchester. The work seeks to operate between two aspects of urban development. In the first, council budget cuts (totalling £250,0000 since 2010) mean that Levenshulme residents have had to fight to retain their library and swimming pool. These services were saved in 2013 through a series of protests and occupations. In the second, city planning is still dominated by large scale architectural projects aimed at attracting investment such as: First Street North Development, ‘the first piece of the city designed to connect art with business and enterprise’; the proposed HS2 hub designed by Bennett Associate Architects; & the proposed conversion of the former Granada Television studios into Factory Manchester.

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Work No. 1

Photo by Gautam Narayanan

On the 8th August 2014 and as part of the A6 Dialogue exhibition at Bankley Studios Gallery Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre was inaugurated. The production of the institution was realised through the contextual deployment of a wooden box featuring the lettering LCAC within this exhibition at Bankley, then on a signpost along the A6 at the corner of Pennington street. The act of production was completed by the participation of the audience members from the A6 exhibition in our intervention. They attended the opening ceremony of the art centre in a patch of waste land just off the A6, and through their engagement with the events unfolding around them they became our audience. Thus, if only for a moment Levenshulme had a public art gallery, because a group of people within that location asserted its existence. Imagined or otherwise the people in attendance recognised a frame had been drawn around them and their acknowledgement that they now occupied a site of artistic display was materialised in their willingness to consider this otherwise forgotten space anew.