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Quarantine was established in 1998 by directors Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea with designer Simon Banham. We make original theatre, performance and public events with and about the people who are in it. Whatever form it takes, our work begins and ends with the people in the room. Over the last 20 years, we've collaborated with a shifting constellation of artists, performers and people who've never done anything like this before. Our work seeks to create the circumstances for a conversation between strangers...

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Nitty Gritty – Artist talks with Hetain Patel

Monday 23 – Friday 27 September 2019
Live-streamed on Facebook

 Photo of Hetain

Artist Hetain Patel dives into the nitty gritty of being an artist. Every morning for a week, Hetain invited someone new to have tea and a chat in the kitchen of our Tenancy house.

Anyone interested was invited to tune in via Facebook Live every morning at 10am to hear Hetain talking with local artists, curators and producers. They discussed what it is to be an artist – how to balance making art with paying the bills and navigating the institutional system. They asked what about the ecology is working and what isn’t, and discuss how change can be brought about.

Watch the videos back via Hetain’s Facebook or below.


Hetain, a London-based visual artist and performance maker, was resident in Quarantine’s Tenancy house on the border of Manchester and Salford from 15 to 28 September 2019.

He is interested in connecting marginalised identities with the mainstream in an effort to destabilise notions of authenticity and promote personal freedom. With an autobiographical starting point, his work uses humour and the languages of popular culture to highlight familiarity within the exotic; recognition within the unknown.

Hetain’s live performances, films, sculptures, and photographs have been shown worldwide from the Venice Biennale, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing and Tate Modern, London to Sadler’s Wells, where he is a New Wave Associate. Hetain made his first dance company work for Candoco in 2014, which continues to tour internationally. His video and performance work online have been watched over 35 million times, including his TED talk of 2013 titled Who Am I? Think Again.


Monday 23 September – Matt Fenton, Artistic Director of Contact, and Keisha Cyc, theatre artist, writer, producer and Young Peoples’ producer at Contact


Tuesday 24 September – theatre artist Chris Brown

Wednesday 25 September – Natasha Howes, Senior Curator at Manchester Art Gallery

Thursday 26 September – visual artists Leo Hermitt and Rachel Goodyear

Friday 27 September – artists Jez Dolan and Amy Lawrence

Curated and produced by Quarantine, Tenancy is a direct response to rapid growth and urban development. Through a series of artists’ residencies, projects and events, Tenancy is exploring how the cities are changing and what this means for the people who live here. Tenancy is part of Meet the Neighbours, a three-year cross-artform project co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme.