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Part of Meet the Neighbours: The Weekend

Sunday 10 November, 12 noon – 5pm
Sachas Hotel, Northern Quarter, Manchester, UK

An open meeting addressing neighbourliness as an artistic and social practice.

Join us in the iconic Sacha’s Hotel for an exhibition of artworks, provocations and guided conversation.

What is the role of the artist in our growing cities? Marking the culmination of the three-year, international Meet the Neighbours project – which invited artists into the heart of rapidly developing neighbourhoods in the UK, France, Poland, the Netherlands and Morocco – join project partners, artists and researchers as they reflect on their experiences and open up the conversation.

Over the course of the three-year Meet the Neighbours project, a cohort of artists from across the world, who make work in a variety of artforms but all directly with people, have been invited to take up residence across five cities, often in domestic spaces. They’ve gotten to know their neighbourhood and their neighbours, and made work in response.

We’ll spend an afternoon discussing how artists and arts institutions relate to the people and place around them, especially in the context of rapid urban development; neighbourliness as an artistic and social response to change; and the effect urban growth is having on the arts ecology.

The day will be documented by Ladies of the Press


12 noon: Arrivals with refreshments and a chance to look around the exhibition of artworks

Welcome and introduction to the day by researcher Ben Dunn from the University of Manchester

Provocations and ‘In conversation’ with Meet the Neighbours project partners

2pm: Lunch and another chance to look around the exhibition

A Glossary of Meet the Neighbours – Presentation by researchers Abi Gilmore and Ben Dunn from the University of Manchester

Guided roundtable conversations on issues that have emerged over the day

5pm: The day will end with aperitifs and a final chance to look around the exhibition after a sharing from Ladies of the Press

About Meet the Neighbours

Co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, Meet the Neighbours has taken place in Manchester and Salford, UK; Béthune, Lillers & Bruay-la-Bussiere, France; Lublin, Poland; Marrakech, Morocco; and Groningen, Netherlands. Quarantine’s partners on the project are: La Comedie de Béthune, France; Galeria Labirynt, Poland; LE 18, Morocco; and Grand Theatre, Groningen, Netherlands, with Florian Malzacher as curatorial advisor and University of Manchester, UK, as research coordinator.


Sunday daytime ticket: £12 (£6)
Full weekend ticket: £35 (£17.50)

The price of the Sunday ticket includes lunch, the full weekend ticket also includes lunch and dinner on the Saturday (all dietary requirements will be catered for).

The 50% off concessionary rate is available to seniors (aged 60+), under 18s, students in full-time education, job-seekers and those with disabilities.

Quarantine do not wish price to be a barrier to anyone attending. A number of free places are available for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. To enquire about a free place, please email

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