David Lynch will host a live audience Q&A via video link at HOME in Manchester on Saturday 6 July to mark the opening of David Lynch at HOME – a special season of art, film, concerts and talks offering a rare and fascinating insight into the mind and work of the internationally renowned director, presented by Manchester International Festival (MIF) and HOME, Manchester.
Joining live from his studio in Los Angeles via video link, Lynch will discuss his diverse artistic practice, from his iconic film and TV work to his paintings, drawings and sculptures and answer pre-submitted questions from the audience. Ticket holders will be contacted with details of how to submit their questions along with further information about the evening. The in-conversation will be hosted by Sarah Perks, curator of My Head is Disconnected – the first major UK exhibition of visual art by David Lynch, a practice he has been developing over five decades.
Before becoming an internationally renowned filmmaker, Lynch trained as a painter at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and has gone on to produce a prolific body of work across painting, sculpture, photography and drawing. The visual art of David Lynch is key to understanding his creative universe; this exhibition focuses on his impressive wall-based works, the majority of which have never been seen before in the UK.
As part of David Lynch at HOME, the exhibition will be accompanied by a special season of art, film and music running until 29 September. An extensive film programme – It’s a Great Big Wonderful World – spans the many high points of Lynch’s unique oeuvre (6 July – 25 August), from his earliest forays into short filmmaking to the seminal TV series Twin Peaks. In September, a programme of films chosen by Lynch, David Lynch’s True Favourites (13 – 29 September) will include screenings of cult films including 8½, The Wizard of Oz, and Sunset Boulevard. And musician, actress, and Lynch collaboratorChrysta Bell will host a three-night series of one-off and specially prepared live shows from Lynch-inspired musicians, with headline acts Anna Calvi, These New Puritans, and Oliver Coates.
As previously announced, Lynch will also participate via video link in a panel discussion in partnership with Guardian Live, The Power of Transcendental Meditation (Saturday 13 July), with musician Tim Burgess and the executive director of the David Lynch Foundation UK, Deirdre Parsons.
The events that David Lynch participates in are co-productions with Manchester International Festival, HOME and the David Lynch Foundation UK (davidlynchfoundation.org.uk), and in partnership with Lifeshare, a voluntary organisation established to help meet the needs of homeless and vulnerable people in Manchester and Salford (lifeshare.org.uk).
John McGrath, MIF Artistic Director and Chief Executive said: “I am delighted to be bringing David Lynch’s unique sensibility to Manchester for MIF this year. Although he is primarily known for his film and TV work, Lynch is an artist with an incredible range. It is particularly exciting to be able to showcase that range with the takeover at HOME. At the centre of that will be his truly extraordinary body of paintings, presented in the exhibition My Head is Disconnected.”
HOME Director and CEO, Dave Moutrey, said: “Many of us are familiar with David Lynch’s unique on-screen vision, whether that’s from classics such as The Elephant Man, cult favourites like Blue Velvet or the surrealist Twin Peaks. In David Lynch at HOME this vision will spill out into our galleries and onto our stage, taking you even deeper into the mind of this masterful, multi-faceted auteur. We’re honoured to be presenting the first major UK exhibition of his work in collaboration with MIF.”
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and HOME, Manchester, in association with David Lynch Foundation UK. With thanks to David Lynch Studio and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles. MIF19 runs from 4–21 July 2019 with artists from across the globe premiering a variety of new work in spaces throughout the city.
For more details about this year’s programme, please visit mif.co.uk
Artist Talk: David Lynch (via video link)
Saturday 6 July, 8pm
HOME Theatre 1
Tickets £12 / concessions £10
Book tickets at homemcr.org/ lynch-artist-talk