Adopt a slide

How to adopt a slide:

  • Visit the Visual Resources Centre in Room G22 on the ground floor of the Grosvenor Building at All Saints. It’s open from 9.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri.
  • Browse the collection and pick a slide that means something to you.
  • Photograph it.
  • Write something about it – doesn’t have to be much, just the reasons for your choice.
  • Email it to the Adopt a Slide blog. It will go live immediately, so please follow the email instructions below.

How to email your slide:

  • In the email heading, enter your name, followed by a colon, and the slide reference number. Eg. Mary Smith: ZC.17.06
  • Attach your image as a jpeg.
  • Write your response in the body of the email. Please put your name and who you are at the bottom (see other posts here for an example).
  • Delete any other text that you don’t want to appear (such as email signature).
  • Send to goco855buwi@post.wordpress.com.
  • Now share your adoptive slide as widely as you can – on social media (#adoptaslide), your own blog, word of mouth etc.

If you aren’t able to visit the library in person but want to adopt a slide, you can view a small selection from the library on the VRC flickr page or follow the VRC on twitter. You can also send us a statement of support. Here’s one we received earlier:

“I no longer live in Manchester but I strongly support calls to preserve Manchester School of Art’s Visual Resources Centre as a physical thing. An image is not just an image but is embodied in the medium in which it was created or exists. Of all places, an art school should understand this.”
James Lupton

Thankyou. All adopted slides will be incorporated into a physical artwork/exhibition/publication in the autumn.

xr 036

4 thoughts on “Adopt a slide

  1. Is there anything we can do if we are no physically in Manchester? I’m tempted to ask if some online versions of images are going to be made available but realise that might defeat the object of the exercise…

    Alternatively, are you creating a dedicated page for people to express their support?

    If so (or if not), please use this statement in any way you wish:
    “I no longer live in Manchester but I strongly support calls to preserve Manchester School of Art’s Visual Resources Centre as a physical thing. An image is not just an image but is embodied in the medium in which it was created or exists. Of all places, an art school should understand this”.

    James Lupton

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  2. My son told me about this. I live in Victoria, Australia. I believe it is vital to preserve this collection. My ex husband is a descendant of Antony van Dyck so we are following this campaign.
    Kate van Dyck

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  3. I am just so sad that, yet again, the slide collection is threatened.
    What can one say? How short sighted is this?
    Will try to come up to MMU and actually adopt a slide – but if I fail to do that – its not because I am not passionate about keeping this collection.
    What are the powers that be thinking?

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  4. I would like to express my support for the campaign to save this unique and irreplaceable archive. It is not only extremely short-sighted and narrow minded to break up such an important resource for present and future students (of all ages) but it is also a very sad reflection on the state of mind of so many in positions of authority who are forcing, or being forced to make, these decisions on purely economical grounds. Closing the the collection will not help to pay any debts – it will simply make the country poorer in the things that matter.

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