Manual Labours (Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards) is a practice-based research project exploring physical and emotional relationships to work. Since 2013 Manual Labours have carried out research with workers in different fields of work, including call-centre workers, people working with complaint procedures, commuters and cultural workers. The research process has included workshops, performances, reading groups, film screenings, collaging, writing and artists’ commissions. Each phase of the research culminates in a published Manual.
Manual Labours have exhibited their research in London (Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck University and The Showroom); Worcester (Movement); Warsaw (Museum of Modern Art) and published in the European Journal for Cultural Studies, Red Pepper and Third Text.
Manual Labours collaborated with In Certain Places on their third research phase entitled The Complaining Body.