The Art of Gentle Protest in Manchester lets you create your own cloud to dream of a better world

22 September 2019, Drop-in Craftivism Workshop #DaretoDream, Heritage Open Days @ People's History Museum © Photo by Robin Prime. All images courtesy of People’s History Museum

A craftivism workshop on the art of "gentle protest" will take place at the People’s History Museum in Manchester next month.

The #DaretoDream event will be led by award-winning activist and founder of the global Craftivist Collective, Sarah Corbett, and forms a creative highlight in a year during which the museum is exploring the past, present and future of protest. After all, this is a city poised to commemorate 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre.

The workshop considers the power of dreams to affect real change in society. Looking to dreamers of the past who worked to shape our future, you'll get to choose a personal message for positive change to stitch onto a fabric dream cloud. This will be a really special craftivism experience with the setting of the national museum of democracy, where ideas worth fighting for are celebrated, as the inspirational backdrop.

Ethically sourced fabrics and threads will be provided to create the clouds which, once completed, can be hung in public to provoke thought, or kept at home as a reminder of the dream of a better world you want to become a reality.

No craft skills are required, just an open heart and mind! Pictures of the finished clouds and conversations will be shared using the #DaretoDream hashtag.

The free drop-in workshop is taking place from 11.00am to 2.30pm on Sunday 22 September, with each session lasting approximately 20 minutes. Suitable for ages 16+. It is funded by support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Following the #DaretoDream workshop, there is the opportunity to hear Sarah Corbett in conversation, to find out more about her books, campaigns and protest philosophy. Book your space via www.phm.org.uk.

22 September 2019, Drop-in Craftivism Workshop #DaretoDream, Heritage Open Days @ People's History Museum © Photo by Jonathan Cherry

22 September 2019, Drop-in Craftivism Workshop #DaretoDream, Heritage Open Days @ People's History Museum © Photo by Jonathan Cherry

22 September 2019, Drop-in Craftivism Workshop #DaretoDream, Heritage Open Days @ People's History Museum © Photo by Jonathan Cherry

22 September 2019, Drop-in Craftivism Workshop #DaretoDream, Heritage Open Days @ People's History Museum © Photo by Jonathan Cherry

22 September 2019, Drop-in Craftivism Workshop #DaretoDream, Heritage Open Days @ People's History Museum © Photo by Jonathan Cherry

22 September 2019, Drop-in Craftivism Workshop #DaretoDream, Heritage Open Days @ People's History Museum © Photo by Jonathan Cherry

Sarah Corbett, 22 September 2019, In Conversation Heritage Open Days @People's History Museum © Jenny Lewis 2018

Sarah Corbett, 22 September 2019, In Conversation Heritage Open Days @People's History Museum © Jenny Lewis 2018