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A Walk in the Park

A brand-new podcast series from the Whitworth's Cultural Park Keeper Francine Hayfron

A Walk in the Park

A brand-new podcast series from the Whitworth's Cultural Park Keeper Francine Hayfron, each episode takes a look at what is happening inside and out at the Whitworth.

Episode 1

In the first episode we take a closer look at the new work from Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama called ‘Parliament of Ghosts’, as part of Manchester International Festival 2019 and learn more about the new outdoor health and wellbeing programme, the Natural and Cultural Health Service.

Episode 2

In this episode we are introduced to the ‘Queering the Whitworth’ project led by the Visitor Team staff member Dominic Bilton.  ‘Queering the Whitworth’ started as an online project, via social media, in the summer of 2018.  The project examined works of art from the Whitworth’s Collection that have an LGBTQ+ connection.  The Whitworth’s collection spans centuries and is prime placed to tell the history of the LGBTQ+ community through history.

The project was then developed into a tour which expanded into curated tours including, one for LGBT History Month which showed a chronological sequence of artworks from the Renaissance to the present day.  Since then, the gallery has conducted over 10 specific queer tours of the collection, which are currently on display.

For our Spotlight feature in this episode, we take a closer look at the role of the Landscape Sustainability Technician at the Whitworth and discover how much work goes into looking after the gallery’s green spaces.

Next, we head to the north-east of England to visit MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) to find out more about their gardening project and the impact on the community.

Episode 3

In the latest episode of ‘A Walk in the Park’ from the Whitworth, the podcast takes a look at how the gallery works with young people. Exploring the latest exhibition “Utopia” co-curated by the Whitworth Young Contemporaries and curator Leanne Green, we hear from one of the Whitworth Young Contemporaries Artist-in Residence Annabel Taylor-Munt to find out what utopia means for young people today. We chat to Sally Thelwell to find out more about her role as Youth Engagement Coordinator and we also hear about the gallery’s new outdoor arts training programming “Park Pioneers” created in partnership with Walk The Plank.