Updated 16 August 2021
Emergency is our annual platform for live art and contemporary performance, usually showing about 30 short works over a day/night in Manchester each Autumn — the upcoming 21st edition takes place in its seventh home, Contact, and is necessarily a bit different…
Emergency 21 is a socially-distanced live walkthrough event at the brand new Contact on Saturday 25 September — audiences will be guided on a one-way journey through the refurbished building, pausing en route in gallery fashion.
N.B. we sought approximately 10 works to fit these conditions: durational, performance installation, looping + intervention-based live works that can run over a minimum period of 4 hours. We realised it wouldn’t be for everyone as the ask was constrained by circumstances — but we really thought we should give it a damn good go! Shifting regulations meant we postponed from Nov 2020 to Sep 2021.
Emergency StopGap was a new iteration for 2020 — a small informal platform to bridge the gap between gallery + theatre, and to fill the empty months of winter… Taking place on 27 February 2020 in Manchester’s NIAMOS, it was an informal ‘Thursday Late’ style evening featuring 13 durational live works + interventions in and around the building — see our gallery of images.