Works Ahead

A sharing of Live Art.

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Updated 23 May 2024, 18:05

Presented by Word of Warning + Manchester School of Theatre

Eight very different artists come together to hothouse ideas over the course of one weekend… confessions, shoeshine, border crossings, pin-pricking, unmade recipes, endurance, space exploration, and horror films will all be in the mix.

We invite you to join us on Friday 24 May for an informal evening sharing of this work, before the artists embark on a path of shared exploration…

Look at some of our artists’ images and read their programme notes.


Ash Cox · chris brown · E.M. Parry · Heather Alice · ITZATNA · Jamil Keating · Kelvin Atmadibrata · Lauren Greer
Participating artists subject to change.


Entry: FREE, there’s no need to book… come and go as you please.

Times: Friday 24 May 2024, 5pm to 7pm (turn up at any time).
NB with some works having a short duration and/or limited capacity on a first-come first-served basis, you may not get a chance to see everything.

Location: MMU Grosvenor East (GF.11 Lecture Theatre), Cavendish St, Manchester, M15 6BG


Age: 18+
Content Warnings: some works may disturb, please click here.
Features: eight Live Art and contemporary performance works with varied content; six static live works, one video work, one roaming work (chris brown).
Space: on Grosvenor East’s ground floor with step-free access from Cavendish St, GF.11 is a rectangular studio with no daylight, white walls, black drapes, black floor; sited within are seven static works and rest point, each with chairs.
Viewing: the event requires moving around the space to explore the works; each work requires either standing or sitting on chairs/the floor.
Queries: please contact Word of Warning via


Each year since 2012, Works Ahead has invited artists to dig deeper into work presented at Emergency — usually presenting a show the following May. This year we’re doing things a little differently — Works Ahead: Radiator invites a group of artists to an incubator weekend, exploring their own Live Art practice. What may come of it, nobody knows… join us here on the first step of the journey. Read their programme notes.

Works Ahead is a project developed out of the old Method Lab & SeedFund schemes which hÅb ran with greenroom until 2011; since 2012 it has offered over 35 small, supported, work-in-development commissions for artists.


Works Ahead: Radiator (2024) produced by hÅb; supported by Manchester Metropolitan University and using public funding by Arts Council England.
Project Mentor: Peader Kirk

 Ash Cox — · Insta @ash_tronomy_ · X @ash_tronomy_
 chris brown — · Insta @christopher.p.brown · X @ChristopherActB
 E.M. Parry — · Insta @e_m_parry · X @e_m_parry
 Heather Alice — Insta @heatheraliceartist · YT heatheraliceartist
 ITZATNA — · Fb itzatna.arts · Insta @itzatna.arts · X @itzatna_arts
 Jamil Keating — Insta @jamil.k1011
 Kelvin Atmadibrata — · Fb kelvin.atmadibrata · Insta @kelvinatmadibrata
 Lauren Greer — · Insta @_i_am_lauren_g_ · X @_i_am_lauren_g_

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