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Thursday Lates: My Recoverist Family presented by Portraits of Recovery

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Thursday Lates: My Recoverist Family

14 December 6pm - 9pm

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Portraits of Recovery present the film launch of My Recoverist Family, starring the performance artist David Hoyle and his LGBT+ Recoverist collaborators, directed by Amanda Ravetz and Huw Wahl.

6pm

Study Centre


Before the film, meet artist David Hoyle and PORe director and curator, Mark Prest with a private viewing of artworks selected by them from the Whitworth's collection.


7pm

Grand Hall

Presided over by high-wire avant-guardian and force of nature, David Hoyle, in collaboration with artist and makers Jackie Haynes, Another Adele, Justin Freeman, Mark Prest and Greg Thorpe, the film follows an LGBT+ group from Greater Manchester, exploring non-linear journeys through recovery from substance use and beyond.

8.15pm

Grand Hall

Post screening panel discussion with artist David Hoyle, author Will Self, film makers Huw Wahl and Amanda Ravetz, and curator Mark Prest; and chaired by Professor Jackie Stacey from the University of Manchester.


Arrived at through a process of nomadic art making with ideas generated via trips around the north west, these artists, Recoverists’ and makers came together to confront the existing narratives of recovery and ask “what lies beyond?”.


Through poetry, performance, film, music and installation, the project culminated in a once only live arts performance, the encounter creating a frame for the traces of lived experience, directed by Nick Blackburn at HOME, Manchester. The film reflects on David's unique perspective on what we need to recover from and on diverse recovery narratives.


50 years since the partial decriminalisation of Homosexuality, LGBT+ people are still at risk of criminalisation and a loss of freedom. The rising and current phenomenon of Chemsex is a visible symptom of the underlying trauma. It’s time to act and time for transcendence, healthier forms of hedonism and alternatives to a greater social connectedness towards a truer collective freedom.


Ravetz and Wahl’s film is commissioned as part of UNSEEN: Simultaneous Realities, a Portraits of Recovery project curated by founding director Mark Prest to explore the viability and desire for Greater Manchester, LGBT+, disability and South Asian recovery communities to be visible and better understood.


UNSEEN is delivered in collaboration with the projects academic lead, visual anthropologist, Professor Amanda Ravetz from the Manchester School of Art at MMU.


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

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