Be Strong, Live Happy and Love: 350 Years of Paradise Lost.

6 Jan 2017 – 11 Feb 2017

Event times

Mondays & Fridays 9.30-16.30
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 9.30-17.30
Saturdays 11.00-15.00

Cost of entry


The Portico Library

Manchester, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Piccadilly Gardens
  • Piccadilly Gardens
  • Manchester Piccadilly

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Historic texts and contemprary responses to John Milton's 'Paradise Lost', 350 years after its publiation in 1667.


One of the seminal works of English literature, Paradise Lost and its themes have inspired generations of artists, writers and thinkers. A mural portrait of its author, John Milton, sits opposite that of William Shakespeare in The Portico Library’s main space and the collection holds a first illustrated copy of the text from 1688. To mark 350 years since its initial publication 350 years ago in 1667, we have invited responses from a group of contemporary female artists, addressing the historical gendered imbalance of depictions of its central stories of Adam & Eve and the Fall from Grace, including Chloë Manasseh, Helen Mather and Ilona Kiss. Their works will be shown alongside historic illustrations and associated books from the collection and partner libraries.


James Moss

James Moss

Exhibiting artists

Chloe Manasseh

Ilona Kiss

Kate Shaw

Helen Mather


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