Haphazard


Haphazard is our occasional foray into ‘all ages’ live art, with intriguing images and offbeat oddities dotted in and around the historic Z-arts building in Manchester’s Hulme. Playful, quirky, engaging, and sometimes plain daft: this is a free day out for kids + their adults, adults + their adults — in short, anyone looking for a different day out!

Artists: save the date and get your thinking caps on!

Haphazard 2019 — a free day out for the curious of all ages.
Sat 27 Apr, 12noon-3pm at Z-arts. FREE

hÅb/Word of Warning + Z-arts are getting together again for the fifth Haphazard, taking place on Saturday 27 April 2019 in Manchester. There’ll be a call for artist proposals in the New Year, but we know ‘all ages’ can be a challenge — so we want to give you a heads-up and some thinking time!

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!

To date, Haphazard has seen ping pong balls and squeaky toys; a singing fish and a sax-playing bear; paintball golf and human quoits; a giant periscope, a golden toilet, and a tiny bee-shaped world… Get a feel for it with our gallery of images + programme from 2017, or delve further with a look at 2016’s images + programme, 2015’s images + programme, 2013’s images + programme.

From experience, what works best are big surreal images, interesting repetitive movement, and nothing too text-heavy. We have access to a variety of spaces throughout the Z-arts building: a café, an atrium, some small spaces, some stairwells, and a big black box. Durational, intervention, and ‘come + go’ work seems to work the best — we’re not really looking for sit-down theatre shows.

If you’d like to talk to us about your ideas first, please email haphazard@habmcr.org, or call 0161 232 6086 and talk to Tamsin or Cat.
Enquiries: haphazardmcr.org (artists only: haphazard.posthaven.com) | #Haphazard

Haphazard 2019 is presented by Word of Warning + Z-arts; produced by hÅb + Z-arts; supported using public funding by Arts Council England.