Special Events

Interested to hear more about how the imagery from the exhibition came about?  Join Jill  in May and hear about her experiences drawn from five decades of photographing the music scene along with special guests whose careers have been steeped in the music industry.

Both talks will be held at Manchester Central Library. Attendees will be welcome to visit the exhibition following the events. Check below for more details and to reserve your place!

9 May. 6pm. Photographing the Invisible with Jill Furmanvosky and Jon Savage.

Photo by Kevin Westenburg

Join one of the UKs most celebrated music photographers reflect on her life through the process of curating  Photographing the Invisible in this special talk with Professor Jon Savage from the British Pop Archive. Attendees will be able to view the exhibition following the talk.

Professor of Popular Culture at the University of Manchester, Jon Savage is is an award winning author and film writer. His books include England’s Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock and This Searing Light: The Oral History of Joy Division. Films include the BAFTA winning The Brian Epstein Story, Teenage and Joy Division.

11 May. 6pm. My Life in Music with TV music producer Mark Cooper and Jill Furmanovsky

Mark Cooper and Jools Holland at Glastonbury 1998

Former Head of Music at the BBC and founding producer of Later with Jools Holland, Mark Cooper joins long-term friend and colleague Jill Furmanovsky in an entertaining evening comparing stories and revelations about their lives working in the music industry. Attendees will be able to view the exhibition following the talk.

Mark Cooper began his career as a music journalist in the pages of Record Mirror, Q and Mojo and was BBC Studios’ Head of Music from 1999 to 2019. As the founding producer and presiding spirit of Later.. with Jools Holland, Mark booked and shaped the programme for 26 years without missing a single recording. From Stormzy to Björk, from Smokey Robinson to Norah Jones, from Sir Paul McCartney to Mary J. Blige, from Britpop to trip hop, the programme welcomed musical legends alongside the next generation of superstars including Adele, Ed Sheeran and Amy Winehouse. He also led the BBC’s TV coverage of Glastonbury from 1997 until 2020 and executive produced over 250 BBC music documentaries. His  book, Later…with Jools Holland: 30 Years of Music, Magic and Mayhem, is published by HarperCollins.

‘It was Mark who had to explain to Jay-Z why he couldn’t just do his numbers and split, who told Seasick Steve why he had to play ‘Dog House Boogie’ on the Hootenanny and persuaded Johnny Cash that he simply had to come in, even when The Man in Black wasn’t feeling well.’        Richard Williams review of Mark Coopers book.

Tickets :  £8