Formations: Tino Sehgal and Juan Mata in Conversation

29 Jun 2023

Book tickets – in person LIVESTREAM AVAILABLE FROM 7PM
Photographs of Tino Sehgal and Juan Mata Photographs of Tino Sehgal and Juan Mata
29 Jun 2023
National Football Museum, Cathedral Gardens, Todd Street, Manchester M4 3BG


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Book tickets – in person LIVESTREAM AVAILABLE FROM 7PM

Age Guideline: 14+, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult aged 18+
Running time: 60 minutes

Accessibility features available for this event: BSL Interpreting Wheelchair Access

Internationally acclaimed artist, Tino Sehgal, and Champions League and World Cup-winning footballer, Juan Mata, discuss all things art and football in a talk hosted by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist

The two masters of their craft have been brought together as part of The Trequartista – Art and Football United– which will invite 11 pairs of contemporary artists and iconic footballers to work together.

Kicking off at MIF23 with a world premiere of This entry – a new work by Tino Sehgal made with the involvement of Manchester United legend Juan Mata – The Trequartista will culminate in a group show at the 2025 edition of Manchester International Festival.

In this exclusive talk at MIF23, art and football fans will be able to dive into Tino and Juan’s different worlds. Steered by renowned curator Hans Ulrich Obrist – who is co-curating the wider project with Juan Mata – they’ll chat about how the beautiful game and contemporary art can riff off each other.

The talk is the first in the Formations series of one-on-one conversations between some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists and legends of the game.

The natural home for our very first Formations event? The National Football Museum of course. The conversation will also be livestreamed so you can tune in wherever you are in the world.

This entry is presented at the National Football Museum and the Whitworth throughout MIF23. The Trequartista – Art and Football United runs from MIF23 to MIF25 and is co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Juan Mata.


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Access information

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The main entrance to the museum has automatic door access. There is step free access throughout the building, via lift that takes to all floors of the building and ramps to all raised areas.

Induction loops are located at the reception and information desk.

Wheelchairs are available for public use, free of charge. Please book in advance.

Accessible toilets are available at the National Football Museum. They are located on the ground floor and levels 1, 2 and 4.

Assistance animals are welcome at the museum, and water bowls are available upon request.

BSL interpretation of this talk will be provided in person by Lizzie Wharton.

Travel information

Below you can find information on how to get to the venue/event.

The closest stations to the National Football Museum are:

Manchester Victoria station: 0.1 miles

Exchange Square tram: 0.1 miles

St Peter’s Square tram: 0.7 miles

Manchester Piccadilly station: 0.9 miles

Click on the links above to find detailed access information for each station.

Piccadilly Station is a 20-minute walk (0.9 miles) to the museum. Alternatively, you can take a short Metrolink tram ride to Victoria Station and then a 2-minute walk (0.1 miles) to the National Football Museum entrance.

There is a bus stop (Printworks stop NP) right outside the museum on Corporation Street served by many different routes. Bus: 100, 135, 2, 41, 59.

The free city centre Metroshuttle service number 2 stops at the museum and links directly to Deansgate and Oxford Road train stations as well as other Metroshuttle services.

There are five bike racks located on Corporations Street next to the museum. The nearest cycle parking facility can be found at the City Tower Cycle Hub next to Piccadilly Gardens, a 10-minute walk from the museum.

Q-Park Deansgate – 0.4 miles away from museum. Has 23 accessible bays.

Q-Park Deansgate North, 2 Chapel St, Manchester M3 7WJ

Accessible Parking:

Market street (5 bays) – 0.2 miles (Opposite Marks and Spencer)

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