Sunday, 13 September 2015

The LRM at The People's History Museum: Call for Contributions

Loitering With Intent (working title)
Call for Submissions

We are delighted that between July-September 2016 The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement) will be curating an exhibition in the community gallery of The People’s History Museum. We want its content to be exciting, inspiring and diverse, reflecting the nature of psychogeography, and so we are inviting applications from anyone who wishes to take part.

We are looking for original art work and archive material that explores any of these themes:
O  Psychogeography (however you choose to define it)
O  Creative walking, walking art and walking as a cultural or political practice
O  Public / private space and the right to the city
O  DIY, creative, activist and other interesting maps and map making
O  The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement) and our events
O  Radical, emotional and hidden histories, especially of or linked to Manchester
O  The Situationist International and their legacy
O  Critical geographical responses to urban issues and inequalities such as surveillance, gentrification, homogenisation etc.

Any kind of art or artefact is welcome – photos, prints, painting, drawing, film, audio, sculpture etc. We also have some capacity to include events, performances and walks etc. There will be an accompanying blog and possibly other literature so we welcome writers who wish to contribute as well.  We are very open to new ideas so please do get in touch.

Things to consider:
The Peoples History Museum is family friendly and all work must be suitable for a wide audience. There are also some logistical restrictions due to the nature of the space, more information about this will be provided where relevant.

The majority of the material in the exhibition will be focused on Greater Manchester and the North West but we hope to include some work from farther afield.
You do not have to be a professional artist, and applications from groups / collectives are also welcome.

Previous involvement with The LRM isn’t essential, but we envisage the majority of work featured will have some link, however tenuous. This can include attending, or reacting to, any of our walks or other events or contributing to an online conversation via facebook or twitter.

The LRM is a not-for-profit collective and everyone gives their time for free so we are unable to pay anyone to exhibit. However, we don’t want anyone to be out of pocket or unable to contribute because of expenses so if you need any resources to participate (eg transporting work to the exhibition or to meet access requirements) please let us know and we will do our best to help. We currently have a small budget from previous fundraising and will actively seek more if necessary. Please don’t spend any money on this application without checking with us first.

Please be aware we have limited space so decisions will be made by a panel. We will consider the quality, intent, originally and relevance of every application as well as how it fits within the overall exhibition. We will let applicants know our decision as soon as possible after the closing date.

Background Information

The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement) is a Manchester based collective of artists and activists interested in psychogeography, public space and the hidden stories of the city. Formed in 2006 we still can’t agree on what psychogeography means but we all like plants growing out of the side of buildings, looking at things from new angles, radical history, drinking tea and getting lost. We believe there is magick in the Mancunian rain. Our city is wonderful and made for more than shopping. We want to reclaim it for play and revolutionary fun…. On the first Sunday of every month we go for a wander of some sort. These derives, or drifts, help decode the palimpsest of the streets, uncover power structures and discover the extraordinary in the mundane. We also organise occasional festivals, exhibitions and other random shenanigans. These have included building cake maps, playing CCTV bingo, tracing lost rivers and collaborating on projects like Manchester’s Modernist Heroines. Our events are always free and open to everyone.

The People’s History Museum in Manchester is the national museum of democracy.  They aim to engage, inspire and inform diverse audiences by showing ‘There have always been ideas worth fighting for’. This exhibition will take place in The Engine Hall.

How to apply

To apply please complete the pro forma – do not send us your work. You can download the form from  or you can email
The email address to send applications to is
The deadline for receipt of applications is noon on Monday 7th December 2015

For more information

contact Morag Rose  
Email  tweet @thelrm or call 07974929589


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