Haphazard


Live Art for the curious of all ages.

Updated 21 June 2024

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.

Playful, quirky, engaging, and sometimes plain daft: this is Live Art for kids and their adults, adults and their adults — anyone looking for a different day out!

Haphazard 2024 is our seventh free Live Art takeover of Z-arts, presenting nine works on Saturday 27 July, 1pm-4pm — turn up at any time, come and go as you please… and expect the unexpected!

Get a feel for it with 2023’s programme and gallery of images.

Haphazard 2024 Call for Proposals has Closed

Artists were invited to submit proposals for inclusion in this event:
this is not Live Art for children, but Live Art for ALL AGES — and we mean from tot to timeworn, 8 months to 80 years — so work should have appeal for adults and children alike (even if the kids need to explain it to the adults!)

From experience, what works best are big surreal images, interesting repetitive movement, and nothing too text heavy. We have access to a number of spaces within Z-arts, and work immediately outside the building may also be possible. Durational, intervention, and ‘come and go’ work seems to work the best — we’re not really looking for sit-down theatre shows.

For details and to apply please visit haphazard.posthaven.com
Proposal Deadline: Friday 31 May 2024, 5pm

Haphazard 2024 presented by Word of Warning + Z-arts; produced by hÅb with Z-arts; supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and by Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Enquiries: haphazard@habmcr.org · haphazardmcr.org · #HaphazardMcr

Past Editions

Taking over Z-arts irregularly since 2013, Haphazard has 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.

Image: Nicola Smith at Haphazard 2019