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Nikhil Chopra – New North and South 48-hour art performance

6pm 29 September – 5pm 1st October 2017

  • The Power Hall will be open 24 hours, except between 9am – 10am and 5pm – 6pm. Bar available 6pm – 10pm on 29 and 30 September.
  • Various age restrictions apply
  • Free (tickets required for entry after 6pm, over 18s only)
  • Power Hall

  • Step-free access throughout. Wheelchair-accessible toilets between Power Hall and Station Building. Read our facilities guide.

From 29 September to 1 October, we welcome performance artist Nikhil Chopra to the museum. Chopra will create a one-off 48-hour performance based around Vulcan locomotive 3157 in the museum's Power Hall.

Vulcan locomotive 3157

The engine was built in 1911 at the Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside. Many locomotives built in the North West of England were exported to countries of the former British Empire. The Vulcan served on the North Western Railway of India. It was later transferred to Pakistan Railways after Partition in 1947, where it ran until 1982.

The complex history of this impressive locomotive will form the symbolic centre of Chopra's performance. Well known for these long duration performance pieces, Chopra's work will include changing, costumed personas; intricate, detailed graphic drawing; and a live soundscape from DJ Masta Justy. The museum's Power Hall will be open overnight so visitors can follow Chopra's unique work at any time of the day or night. 

The performance marks Chopra's return to Manchester after his piece Coal on Cotton at The Whitworth in 2013 (pictured above).

New North and South

This performance is part of New North and South, a three-year programme of co-commissions, exhibitions and intellectual exchange across a network of 11 arts organisations from the North of England and South Asia. The network, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England's Ambition for Excellence programme, will bring prominence to the work of leading Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and UK artists and include new artistic commissions, exhibitions and performances in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool and in Colombo, Dhaka, Lahore, Karachi and Kochi.

New North and South partners are: Manchester Art Gallery, the Whitworth, Manchester Museum, Liverpool Biennial, The Tetley in Leeds, Colombo Biennale (Sri Lanka), Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh), Karachi and Lahore Biennales (Pakistan), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India) and the British Council.

All ages are welcome between 10am to 5pm. However, due to licensing restrictions entry from 6pm will be ticketed and over 18s only. We apologise for any disappointment caused. 

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Image credit: The Whitworth

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