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We are temporarily based at Vulcan Works from which we are delivering our limited programme. For any inquiries, please contact us via this page. 

Weaving, Iconography and Voice Workshop with Jennifer Reid

Artist, singer and performer Jennifer Reid will lead a workshop exploring the relevance of work songs, dialect and print culture.

About this event

Artist, singer and performer Jennifer Reid will lead a workshop exploring the relevance of work songs, dialect and print culture. This event will be delivered in two parts: the first half will involve a performance and talk about the legacies of 19th century industrial culture, and in the second half participants will create a community banner. We will explore the human voice as a means of occupying space and empowering individuals, as well as its capacity to reconnect us with the past and shape contemporary identities.

Through this workshop participants will find tools to reconnect with the past, and will be encouraged to identify and research local archives to find songs from working class traditions.

About the Artist

Jennifer Reid is an artist, singer and performer of nineteenth century Lancashire dialect and Victorian broadside ballads. After volunteering at Chetham’s Library and the Working Class Movement Library, she completed an Advanced Diploma in Local History at Oxford University. Her research is focused on nineteenth century music, social history and the alternative pedagogies. Jennifer teaches students from all levels (primary school to higher education) and has delivered talks and seminars for history groups and other non-specialised audiences.

Her work has taken her to Venice, Croatia, New York and lately Bangladesh, where she tested the idea that the Industrial Revolution never stopped, it just moved to Dhaka. She spoke at the first ethnomusicography conference on the Indian sub-continent about her research into Bangladeshi and Mancunian weaving songs. Jennifer researches ballads and applies them to contemporary life.


The event will happen in NN’s temporary space at Vulcan Works.

Instructions on how to access the venue will be emailed to attendees. The venue is wheelchair accessible – please specify any access needs when booking your ticket. Registration is mandatory, no walk-ins possible.

For any inquiries please email paula@nncontemporaryart.org.

The event will be photographed and filmed for archival purposes. By signing up, you agree for the photographs and videos to be used for future promotional purposes.


Public Programmes Curator: Paula Zambrano



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