Nothing Abandoned

Is a series of talks, workshops and an exhibition, inspired by ideas of surplus, suspension, usefulness and incompletion. How can stories be relinquished and retold? How do we render new narratives from abandoned material?

Our aim is to instigate conversation across the schools of the arts and humanities. Please see below for our full programme.

Guest Speaker Events

The following speakers have been invited to present on the ideas around Nothing Abandoned as part of a festival organised by the post-graduate community at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The morning consists of an open reading group discussion, based on texts sent by each speaker ahead of the session (please see reading list for all texts) plus an afternoon public presentation.

Click on the speaker’s name to book your place via eventbrite. Spaces are free but booking is recommended to ensure a spot.

And click Speaker Bios for a full bio on each speaker

31 May, 10-4pm; Sophie Woodward, Benzie Building, 3.03
14 June, 10-4pm; Katy Deepwell, Geoffrey Manton, 234
27 June, 10-4pm; Mishka Henner, Righton Building, 1st floor open space
28 June, 11-4pm; Katie Goodwin, Geoffrey Manton, 107
5 July, 10-4pm; Nina Power, Benzie Building, 3.03
12 July, 10-12pm; Maria Fusco, 70 Oxford Rd, Annexe G09


As part of our Nothing Abandoned programme, we were delighted to be hosting a pop up exhibition at one of Manchester and Salford’s newest artist studio locations. Irwell House (soon to launch as Paradise Works) is home to a collection of pro-active local artists, who have come together following the recent flurry of city based studios closing as a result of regeneration and urban development in the city centre.

The exhibition will took place in the project space at Irwell House,  East Phillip Street, Salford, M3 7LE, between 7-9 July 2017. The exhibition formed part of the city wide Manifest Arts programme.

Thanks goes to Manchester School of Art and MMU research fund for supporting this project.

Photo installation shots C. Rebecca Howard, 2017