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A free exhibition celebrating the small things that get us through.

An Anthology of Joy will bring together the small joys that we have turned to for support to create a celebration of our collective coping strategies. The exhibition will be a playful take on a museum dedicated to showcasing a variety of experiences of the pandemic.

It will be a space of sharing and inspiration, to take forward positive lessons and celebrate our resilience as individuals and a wider community.

The Museum of Half-Truths have been working with artists and participants across Greater Manchester to build a community archive to celebrate the small things that got us through. Activating these mechanisms and critically showcasing and reflecting parts of our collective experience.

8th – 23rd of October 2021 | Price: Free | Just turn up.

The project welcomed submissions from anyone with a connection to Manchester to share the place, memory, food, song, anything that has provided joy, comfort or support. All the submissions will be showcased alongside new work from Aliyah Hussain, Dionne Pajarillaga, Hannah Whitlow, Jessica El Mal, Maria Fernandez De Osso, Polly Palmerini and Rachael Burns. The work on show tackles mindfulness through design, reflections on habits and rituals, and experiments in collaborative making.

The project as whole aimed to connect people, makers, thinkers and artists from across GM to build an archive which broadly reflected on this time in our life. Throughout all the workshops and activities, we aimed to create an active discussion of positive methods of working, thinking, making and moving during-post pandemic. A small museum and archive of stories made to answer questions, incorporate play in the everyday and celebrate the collective experience which brings us together.

How to attend

An Anthology of Joy is free to the public and open during standard Contact opening hours (10am-6pm Monday to Saturday)

Friday 8th October – closed all day for private event

Friday 15th October – closed from 5pm for private event

Thursday 21st October – closed from 4pm for Black Gold Arts Festival

Friday 22nd October – closed from 4pm for Black Gold Arts Festival

Curated by

Polly Palmerini and Rachael Burns as Museum of Half Truths

Funded by

Manchester Independents.

Supported by Contact.

Follow the Museum of Half-Truths:

Twitter: @MuseumHalf

Insta: @museumofhalftruths

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  • Venue


  • Ages
    Suitable for all ages
  • Running
    You can experience An Anthology of Joy during Contact's opening hours from Fri 8 Oct — Sat 23 Oct 2021
  • Booking info

    This exhibition is free to attend at Contact. On Friday 22 October a reduced version of the exhibition will be open from 10am – 4pm. The full exhibition is open from 10am – 7.30pm on Saturday 23 October for its final day.

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