Future Libraries Commissions
The Festival of Libraries 9th-13th June 2021, is organised by Manchester City of Literature to celebrate Greater Manchester’s 133 libraries and the role they play in civic life.
Three Squad graduatess – Charlotte Wetton, Ruth Yates and Lydia Hounat – have been commissioned to work with digital artists/creative technologists to create work exploring what the libraries of the future might be like. The commissions are being delivered in partnership with FutureEverything.
Ruth Yates will be working alongside Chris Ball on a project that coincides with the 50th anniversary of The Turnpike Centre (home to Leigh Library and the Turnpike), and looks at the imagined future of libraries in 50 years time.
Lydia Hounat is paired with Izzy Bolt – their work will explore truth and impartiality and will be shared at Central Library.
Finally, Charlotte Wetton is collaborating with David MacFarlane on a project that will be shared at the brand new Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University.
FutureEverything is an award-winning innovation lab for digital culture, established in 1995. They host an annual festival, and aim to explore the meeting point of technology, society and culture.