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Dab Hands Craft Workshop

9 Aug 2023 -16 Aug 2023 2:00 pm -4:00 pm

Wednesday 9 August, 2-4pm
Wednesday 16 August, 2-4pm

The Top Floor, Manchester Museum, Oxford Road

Free, drop in

Dab Hands

Drop-in Craft Workshop

You won’t want to miss our drop-in ‘Dab Hands’ themed craft workshops during the summer holidays!

The ‘have a go’ demonstrations are delivered by our Artist-in-Residence, Lucy Burscough, so you will be able to find out more about the Dab Hands exhibition while you try out new crafts.

Wednesday 9 August, 2-4pm
Wednesday 16 August, 2-4pm


Dab Hands is an art exhibition on the Top Floor at Manchester Museum, which celebrates the extraordinary relationship that we have with our hands. It reveals the value of the skills that can be acquired by repetition and practice, whilst acknowledging the grief and frustration that can disrupt that relationship when illness, trauma, or old age affects our dexterity. Human hands are remarkably sophisticated and adaptable tools, unparalleled in the natural world for the breadth of their capability. Whatever use we put them to, they act as our primary connection with the physical world and with each other.

In spring 2020 Lucy Burscough became Manchester Museum’s Artist-in-Residence. Throughout the pandemic and while the museum has been closed for renovation, she has been meeting collaborators, making artworks for the Dab Hands collection and planning a stimulating programme of crafting activities and workshops which will be available to take part in during spring and summer 2023. The workshops explore both our collections and themes of Lucy’s exhibition and will be an opportunity to talk to the artist, learn crafting skills and feel renewed pride and satisfaction in what we can do with our hands.

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