The Portico Library’s first Secretary, Peter Mark Roget, was a medical doctor, inventor, linguist and mathematician. His contribution to the English language is hard to overstate, with over 30 million copies of his eponymous Thesaurus empowering generations since its first publication in 1852. As part of the library’s 2018 Information is Power project, funded by The Zochonis Charitable Trust, three contemporary artists including Jez Dolan, Rowland Hill and Jonathan Hitchen have created new works based on research into Roget’s legacy - role of vocabulary in the 21st century; the power of words; the uses and abuses of text and speech.
Join us for our public launch evening on Thursday 29th March 2018, between 7pm-9pm. Preceding the opening event, Nicola Dale’s artist film, Close Readings, will premier at Manchester Art Gallery at 6pm. Made during her residency at The Portico Library, it shows the results of her research into literary archives around the UK, and her unique response to their structures.