In the Face of Adversity
17/10/19 -
Time: 6:30 pm - 5:00 pm

In the Face of Adversity

A unique and immersive exhibition exploring the power of healing.

In the Face of Adversity is co-produced and curated by LGBT artists Andy Hicklin and Jo Whalley and supported by Islington Mill, with funding from Superbia at Manchester Pride.

Andy Hicklin is one of eleven artists in residency at Islington Mill Art Academy. Both Andy and Jo have experienced trauma in their lives and through their journey in developing this project have met other artists who themselves have faced adversity or who work to help others exploring the many challenges and issues we can face in life, using art.

About the show…

This exhibition has been both a collaborative and a personal healing journey.With the onset of Autumn, as the trees shed their leaves to preserve themselves during the winter months and make way for new growth and beginnings in Spring, we hope that this immersive and inclusive experience will encourage reflection, healing and personal growth.

With adversity comes strength and when we are able to show gratitude, in turn we can receive peace and acceptance.

Through having compassion for ourselves and others we can help each other to find freedom and peace. Our hope for this exhibition is to enable participants to appreciate the light, power and magic within us and our capacity to heal.

All are welcome to our very special launch on Thursday 17 October, at 6.30pm with performances
starting at 7pm.

In the spirit of collaboration, we are inviting everyone coming along to the launch night to bring along cushion, something you feel drawn to. The cushion will provide you with comfort during the performances and we will also create a patchwork of beautiful cushions to be photographed on the night.

Members of Manchester charity Back On Track’s art group are also exhibiting work and donations to Back On Track are invited.


In the interests of self-care, please be aware that some of our exhibits contain explicit language and content which might cause upset and distress to some.

Opening hours:

Launch event: Thursday 17 October, 6.30–9pm, performances start 7pm

Friday 18 October, 6–9pm, as part of All We Have

Sat 19 and Sun 20, Open from 12–5pm

On Sat 19 October the artists will be on site for a critique session from 3–5pm, in which the public is welcome to view the work and have conversations with the artists.
Event takes place at Unit 4, Regent Trading Estate behind Islington Mill.