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Arc in the Park.

I’ve been helping out on a project for the past six weeks or so. It’s a collaboration between Arc and The Whitworth Art Gallery.

The project was called ‘A Love Letter to Whitworth Park’ and was facilitated by an extremely talented artist by the name of Wendy Hunter and project managed by Annette from Arc.

For four weeks, the aim was to engage older people with the nature of the park and the art of the gallery. (At least, that was my take on it.) Then, via the mediums of painting, printing, collage, photography, cups of tea, poetry and prose; participants expressed their ‘love’ for the park in a variety of techniques.


The project culminated in an exhibition in the gardens of The Whitworth Art Gallery in Arc’s very own Geodome! (Which is a bugger to put up, believe me.) Thousands upon thousands came to view… okay, maybe not thousands. But there were loads. Certainly more than you could count on an abacus.

It was a beautiful, sunny day and lots of kids came along to colour in bird stencils and stick them on the tree Wendy and the participants made. They also did a nice job of polishing off all the cupcakes. (Maybe that was just my kids.)








Anyhoo, onwards and upwards – don’t forget it’s the Saturday Art Club at Arc this Saturday 29th July. 11am – 4pm. Free parking. Great for families/kids.

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Other shout-outs and credits go to: Daisy and Francine from The Whitworth Art Gallery; Ruth from The University of Manchester; Annette and Jacqui from Arc, and last, but not least, The A-Team: Becky, Kath, Mark and Tim. (Oh, and Becky’s Mam and Dad for the sarnies and help packing up.)


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The Walls are Talking

The mass majority of wallpaper I usually see is that produced by Ad Agencies. So it was refreshing to see a whole art gallery dedicated to wallpaper designed to inspire. And no, not the latest Halifax ad campaign. This is ‘The Walls Are Talking’ at The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester – a collection by over 30 artists including: Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Thomas Demand and Allen Jones.

This isn’t wallpaper you’d find round the mother-in-law’s bungalow. (Unless, she’s a part-time dogger.) No, this stuff is subversive, sexy, subliminal, surreal and loads of other words beginning with S.

But most importantly, it’s original. Unlike most advertising which is, in fact, wallpaper.

It’s a must for Art Directors, Graphic Designers and Illustrators. Heck, it’s a must for everyone – including the Mother-in-law. But you’ll have to be quick – it closes on 30th August.

Damien Hirst - Pharmacy wallpaper

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