Emergency


Days out for the curious.

Updated 23 Jun 2022

Emergency is our annual platform for Live Art and contemporary performance — offering a sneak preview of new live work over a single day in Manchester every Autumn and now resident at Contact, its seventh home.

Manchester’s twenty-second micro-marathon of the bizarre, the bold + the beautiful takes over Contact on Saturday 1 October 2022 — with a daytime of performance installations, one-to-ones, and interventions, followed by an evening full of short shows.

The call for artist’s proposals is now open (and we expect to present about 20 short works throughout the building) — so if you would like to take part in what is probably England’s longest running Live Art event, please read on…

Emergency 22 Call-out

Artists working in Live Art, contemporary performance, time-based media, and interdisciplinary arts are now invited to submit proposals; work can be in any relevant artform/medium, though some live presence is desirable.

For full details and to apply please go to bit.ly/Emerg22.
Proposal Deadline: Friday 5 August, 5pm.

Emergency 22 presented by Word of Warning + Contact; produced by hÅb + Contact.

Enquiries: emergency@habmcr.org · EmergencyMcr.org · #EmergencyMcr

Past Editions

Get a feel for Emergency with last year’s 21st edition, 2019’s programme + gallery of images, and 2018’s programme + gallery.

Emergency 21 was a socially-distanced live walkthrough event at a re-opened Contact on 25 September 2021 — with audiences guided on a one-way journey through the refurbished building, pausing en route in gallery fashion.

Emergency StopGap was a new iteration in Manchester’s NIAMOS on 27 February 2020 — a small informal platform to bridge the gap between gallery + theatre, and to fill the empty months of winter… An informal ‘Thursday Late’ style evening with 13 durational live works + interventions throughout the building — get a feel for it with our gallery of images.