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Welcome to AHEAD

AHEAD (Arts and Humanities Engagement And Dialogue) is the public engagement programme of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University.

AHEAD – Arts and Humanities Engagement and Dialogue, aims to elevate the Faculty in national discussions, advocating for the significance of arts, humanities, and social sciences in addressing contemporary challenges and making a positive difference.

Our research areas include Art, Media and Design (Manchester School of Art); Digital Technologies, (SODA – School of Digital Arts), Humanities, Languages and Social Science; and Fashion (Manchester Fashion Institute).

AHEAD presents a rolling programme of events and collaborations on a range of topics, disciplines and research areas from across the faculty and throughout the year.

Please join us in making a positive impact through research.

We hope you enjoy the programme!

Events Programme

Our Researchers are sharing their creativity and wisdom across the university all year round. Here are a selection of ways you can hear about their impact and conversations

Highlights from the Faculty

Conversations with History: Past, Present and Futures of Manchester’s Art Ecology

Dani Child, Senior Lecturer in Art History brings together historians and creatives working in Manchester and local regions on the occasions of the 200 year anniversaries of Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Met and the 40th anniversary of Castlefield Gallery for two public events. These events initiated important conversations about the past, present and future of Manchester (and the North)’s art ecology.

Bunker Talks – Spring/Summer

Curated by the Performance Research Group at Manchester School of Art, Bunker Talks explore geopolitical, ecological or economic concerns. The talks create space for critical encounters, presentations, provocation and dialogue.