Emergency 22

A day out for the curious.

artists · details · access · about · websites · Updated 5 Jan 2023

Presented by Word of Warning + Contact

Manchester’s twenty-second micro-marathon of the bizarre, the bold, and the beautiful takes over Contact on Saturday 1 October — with a Daytime of performance installations, one-to-ones, and interventions from Noon — followed by an Evening full of short shows from 5pm.
See artist’s images — and now that it’s over, see images from the event.


Daytime, Noon-5pm · Charlotte McShane · Clodagh Chapman & James Varney · Hazel Lam · Julie Burrow · kane stonestreet · leon clowes · Malandra Jacks Creative · Maya Chowdhry · Nathan Walker · Nicky Murmann · Ran · Sweætshops® · Tania Camara · Ursula Troche
Evening, 5pm-10pm · Bitterroot · Bold Mellon Collective · Christian Asare · DNA Studio · Emergency Chorus · Jian Yi · Josh Coates & Alicia Jane Turner · Kellie Colbert · Kerensa Diball
Participating artists subject to change.


Entry: no need to book, just turn up and Pay What You Decide by cash or card.
NB some works have limited capacity on a first-come first-served basis.
Times: Saturday 1 October 2022 · Daytime, Noon-5pm · Evening, 5pm-10pm
Location: Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA


Age Advisory: 16+ (mainly aimed at adults, parental/guardian discretion).
Content Warnings: some works may disturb, please click here.
Features: Live Art + contemporary performance works with varied content.
Covid measures: we encourage audience members to wear masks within Contact unless exempt; please get in touch if you have any queries.
Queries: please call Contact on 0161 274 0600 or email BoxOffice@contactmcr.com


Our annual platform for Live Art and contemporary performance, Emergency offers a sneak preview of new live work over a single day every Autumn — this 22nd edition presents 23 short works throughout Contact’s spaces.

Probably England’s longest running Live Art event, Emergency aims to be:
— a free to access public micro-festival and open submission platform;
— an opportunity for artists to meet, show, and peer review work;
— a selection event for a number of small Works Ahead commissions to be produced by hÅb + Contact.

Emergency 22 produced by hÅb + Contact.


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Performance Programme 2022

Wed 4 May, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Dead Cats
Thu 26 + Fri 27 May, 7pm. PWYD | Contact
Works Ahead 2022
Sat 20 Aug, Noon-4pm. Free | St Ann's Square
Sat 1 Oct, Noon-10pm. PWYD | Contact
Emergency 22