Haphazard 2024

A free day out for the curious of all ages.

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Updated 11 July 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!

2023 saw lasers, slinkies, silver birds, woolly jellyfish, a shower of confetti… Join us to see what 2024 might bring and look at some of our artists’ images.

A free Live Art takeover of Z-arts on Saturday 27 July from 1pm to 4pm. Turn up at any time, come and go as you please… and expect the unexpected!


Chanje Kunda · Chicken Shop Hermits · Chris Sav · Failed Artists Society · Jana Aizupe & Company · perfectly serviceable · Porcelain Delaney · Sohail Khan · Thomas Daniel Byrne & Aimee Williamson
Participating artists subject to change.


Entry: FREE, there’s no need to book… just turn up!

Times: Saturday 27 July 2024, 1pm to 4pm (turn up at any time).
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.

Location: Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA


Age Advisory: suitable for all ages (parent/guardian/carer discretion).
Content Warnings: some works involve interaction and/or participation, some works may disturb; any specific warnings will be listed here.
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 via 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.

This seventh edition will present nine works — we’ve previously seen ping pong balls & squeaky toys; singing fish & a sax-playing bear; paintball golf & 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 2023, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013 — and programmes from 2023, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013.


Haphazard 2024 produced by hÅb with Z-arts; supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and by Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
Image: Puppetfingers at Haphazard 2023


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