Curated by Jessica Loveday

First Time: In Equal Parts


Photo credit: Mario Popham, FLYING FREE by Jim

Part of a series of events developed with Nathaniel Hall and Dibby Theatre to mark the 30th World AIDS Day.


A community led, collaborative exhibition.

A collection of work responding to HIV from personal, educational and activism viewpoints. In Equal Parts is an outreach project made in response to First Time; a one-man show by Nathaniel Hall. First Time portrays his experience of a HIV positive diagnosis, just weeks following his seventeenth birthday and subsequent aftermath. First Time is a contemporary representation of life with HIV in the twenty-first century.

The exhibition unashamedly challenges the stigma, dispels myths and encourages us to talk positively about HIV.

The following groups and individuals have worked on the project and are exhibiting pieces.

George House Trust - Positively Speaking Programme members

George House Trust’s ‘Positively Speaking: HIV Awareness Training’ offers an opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of HIV with a range of courses, and include a collection of trained speakers who are living with HIV, who share their personal experiences.

Wellacre Academy, Year 10 Art Students

Wellacre is a school for boys, based in Flixton, Trafford, who are dedicated to high standards and excellence, giving every boy who passes through their care the very best opportunity to achieve their full potential. They aim to educate students and inspire them to learn, allowing them to reach their goals and enjoy their time at school.

Greg Thorpe

Greg Thorpe is an artist, writer and curator in Manchester. He will be showing extracts from 'A mile of black paper', an ongoing collaborative artwork that responds to an historical action by ACT UP New York in the 1980s. The artist constructs teach-ins, screenings or workshops around themes of HIV, AIDS, history and activism and invites participants to make work that responds to what they have learned and their emotions.

Jessica Loveday

Jessica is a visual artist and has worked as the associate artist on the First Time project accumulating in the curation of this exhibition. She often explores and references contemporary political and scientific issues in her own work through a variety of mediums from immersive installations to illustration and print-making and has worked extensively as a facilitator and community-based artist.

Jessica is the winner of Ply x Absolut Emerging Talent Award and has been nominated for the Manchester Be Proud Awards.


Associate artist, Jessica Loveday will be leading a free workshop on World Aids Day - 01 December 2018, 12:00 - 16:00 at Waterside. We welcome participation from all ages including children and young people.


George House Trust provides confidential support for those living with, or affected by HIV. Call 0161 274 4499, email or visit


In Equal Parts has been made possible through the support of Jessica Loveday, Waterside Arts, Creative Industries Trafford, Nathaniel Hall, Dibby Theatre, Chris Hoyle, Mario Popham, Ross Carey, Superbia by Manchester Pride, Arts Council England, Manchester Airport. George House Trust, PASH partnership, Wellacre Academy and Greg Thorpe.


Friday 23 November - Saturday 12 January.


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