Haphazard 2023

A free day out for the curious of all ages.

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Updated 8 February 2024

Presented by Word of Warning + Z-arts

Playful, quirky, engaging, and sometimes plain daft: Haphazard is for kids and their adults, adults and their adults — anyone looking for a different day out!
Look at some of our artist’s images & read their programme notes — and now it’s over, see images from the event.

A free Live Art takeover of Z-arts on Saturday 22 July from Noon to 3pm. Turn up at any time, come and go as you please… and expect the unexpected!

Lasers firing, slinkies dancing, book-learned mime, and a shower of confetti.
A flock of birds — scoundrels of the sky, laying woollen eggs, making dreams come true.
A bold pink giant spinning jellyfish.
One small nibble for mouse, one giant bite for micekind.
Magical bananas and a micro(wave) puppet show.
A nice big tower held together with cream.
Touch, mess, and play with everything — things are popping…


Gemma Lees · Jana Aizupe & Gi Vasey · Joe Beedles · Julie Burrow · Kitunda Argyle · Krissi Musiol & Amy Vreeke · Luna Ælflæd · Maddie Wakeling & Rowan Szulek · Nicola Smith · Orla Collier & Magdalena Górnikiewicz · Puppetfingers · Thomas Daniel Byrne
Participating artists subject to change; Plaster Cast unable to perform due to change of circumstances.


Entry: free, no booking required (come and go as you please).

Times: Saturday 22 July 2023, Noon-3pm (turn up at any time).
Location: Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA
NB with artists located in multiple spaces, and some works having a short duration and/or repeating, you may not get a chance to see everything.


Age Advisory: suitable for all ages (parent/guardian/carer discretion).
Allergy Warnings: latex (balloons) / popcorn.
Content Warnings: flashing light, laser & haze, loud/sudden noise; some works involve interaction, some may disturb; please click here for specific warnings.
Features: Live Art, performance, and participatory works with varied content.
NB takes place in a number of different spaces and formats — some seated, some standing, some spoken word, some visual, some participatory.
Queries: please contact Z-arts, 0161 226 1912 or boxoffice@z-arts.org


Haphazard is our frequent foray into ‘all ages’ Live Art, with intriguing images and offbeat oddities dotted around and about Hulme’s historic Z-arts building.

After a 4-year hiatus, this sixth edition presents thirteen works — previous editions have seen ping pong balls and squeaky toys; a singing fish and a sax-playing bear; paintball golf and human quoits; a giant periscope, a golden toilet, and a tiny bee-shaped world…

Get a feel for it by looking at image galleries from 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013 — and programmes from 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013.


Haphazard 2023 produced by hÅb with Z-arts; supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and by Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
Header image: Nicola Smith at Haphazard 2019


haphazardmcr.org · #HaphazardMcr
 Gemma Lees — Facebook gemmathepoet · Insta gemisace
 Jana Aizupe — Insta 1001create
 Joe Beedles — joebeedles.com · Insta joebeedles
 Julie Burrow — Insta juliesusieb · @juliesusieb
 Kitunda Argyle — danielhunt.live
 Krissi Musiol — krissimusiol.com · Fb KrissiMusiolPerformance · Insta krissi_musiol_performance · @KrissiMusiol
 Amy Vreeke — amyvreeke.com · Fb Amyvreekecomedian · Insta amyvreeke · @amyvreeke
 Luna Ælflæd — Insta snot.grrrl
 Maddie Wakeling — Insta maddie.wakeling
 Rowan Szulek — roszu.weebly.com
 Nicola Smith — nsartist.myportfolio.com · Insta access_friendly_performer
 Orla Collier — Insta orla.collier
 Magdalena Górnikiewicz — Insta gornik.iewicz
 Puppetfingers — puppetfingers.com · Insta puppetfingers
 Alison Whitehead — Insta a.whthd

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Performance Programme 2023

Fri 10 Mar, 7pm. PWYD | Contact
Turn 2023
Wed 3 May, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Unnatural Cycles
— A Ghost Story
Thu 18 + Fri 19 May, 7.30pm. PWYD | Contact
Works Ahead 2023
Sat 22 Jul, Noon-3pm. FREE | Z-arts
Haphazard 2023
Sat 30 Sep, Noon-10pm. PWYD | Contact
Emergency 23