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Ancient Objects New Writing

4 Artists - 4 Objects - 4 Locations - 4 Unique Stories

Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, ArtReach, producer of Journeys Festival International Manchester, commissioned four North West based artists to develop new writing in response to objects they selected from within the Manchester Museum collection. These new works were presented for the first time along with each selected object at four Manchester Libraries throughout the Festival in 2018.

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Manchester Museum Takeover


Journeys Festival International Manchester popped up at Manchester Museum to celebrate the launch of our Ancient Objects – New Writing project. There was the chance to meet the four artists who created new pieces of work inspired by ancient objects in the Manchester Museum’s collections. Audiences were invited to come along and learn more about the artist’s creative processes. People also had the chance to respond to the artists work by creating their own piece of writing and making origami cranes, all inspired by the artists’ work.

Libraries Live Performances


Throughout the Festival the Museum objects were displayed alongside the new writing in four local Manchester libraries. The artists performed their work and talked about the project along with members of the Journeys Festival International and Manchester Museum curatorial teams. 


A Message of Peace

By Mahboobeh Rajabi

Performed at North City Library.

The Object's Whisper

By Abas Eljanabi

Performed at Wythenshawe Library.

The Persian Bow (A Trilogy)

By Vahid Davar

Performed at Longsight Library.

I'm Torn To Pieces Dear Poet, Come to my Resuce

By Firoozeh Fozouni

Performed at Central Library.

The Zine

The new work was compiled and presented in a limited edition zine that we distributed throughout the festival at the libraries and museum. Please have a look at the digital version of this below and please download your own copy too.

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