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Open House Events

Open House is a project that connects life lived in front of the wallpaper the 10,000 wall coverings looked after at the Whitworth.

Open House Events

Open House is a project that connects life lived in front of the wallpaper with the 10,000 wall coverings looked after at the Whitworth. Across 2022, we are holding a series of events to help launch the project, hear your stories, gather photographs, and help strengthen these connections.

Find out more about the Open House exhibition here

There are events planned throughout the year – take a look at the calendar below... 


Past event | Welcome tea party‚Ä®
Saturday 9 April 2022, 12-4pm

Open House is a project that connects life lived in front of the wallpaper with the 10,000 wall coverings looked after at the Whitworth. Across 2022, we gather your photographs and stories. A volunteer team will photograph the wallpaper collection at the Whitworth and link these patterns to the memories of our daily lives. The Open House exhibition and microsite will grow with your photographs, stories, objects and more. Find out more at our special launch event: Curator Tours – Collection Show and Tell – Tea and Cake. Bring your photos and memories to share in our first family album drop-in.

Family album drop-ins
Monthly, Fridays, 2-4pm, free, no need to book
13 May, 10 June, 8 July, 12 August, 9 September, 14 October

We are creating an archive of memories about wallpaper. Explore objects from the Whitworth’s 10,000 strong collection of wallpapers and share your photographs and stories. Selected contributions will go on display in the exhibition and into the Open House ‘family album’ book and online microsite.

Reading group
Every other month, Fridays, 1-1.45pm, free
Dates: 27 May, 29 July, 30 September, 25 November 2022
Click here to book your FREE ticket for the next group

Get stuck into stories spanning 50 years of home life with our friendly reading group. Sam Selvon, The Housing Lark (1965); Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2000); Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia (1990); Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit (1985).

Open House reading group #1
Sam Selvon, The Housing Lark (1965)
Friday, 27 May 2022, 1-1.45pm 
Click here to book your free ticket – and to find out more

Join our friendly book group to chat about The Housing Lark (1965) by Sam Selvon. The Open House reading group explores novels about home life in the UK from the 1950s to today. Come and join our informal friendly chat to discuss the books! May's book The Housing Lark is by Trinidad-born author Sam Selvon who moved to London in the 1950s


Where is Home?
Pop up exhibition, August-September 2022

Where is Home?
Film screening and performances, Thursday 22 Sept, 6-9pm, free

Booking details will be posted here closer to the date

Over summer we host Inspireate’s Where is Home? The project shares stories about Indian migration to the UK and setting up home in a new place, through interviews, objects and archive materials.


Open House symposium
Friday 18 November, 10-4pm, free
Booking details will be posted here closer to the date

Reflections on wallpaper and home life from artists, researchers, and project participants. Including screenings, performances, and Open House’s Family Album book launch.


Closing celebration
Saturday 3 December, 10-4pm, free
Booking details will be posted here closer to the date

Join us to mark the end of the project. With food, music and more.


Volunteering opportunities

We will be recruiting volunteers to help photograph and document our collection of 10,000 wallpapers.
Click here to contact Fiona Cariss, our volunteer manager, and register your interest.

 

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The Open House collection research project has been developed with the generous support of Arts Council England’s Designation Development Fund.

The exhibition has been made possible through Art Fund Respond and Reimagine.

Image: Vinyl-coated washable wallpaper, 1966, designed by Evelyn Erlbeck for Howarths Limited, Manchester. Courtesy the Whitworth, The University of Manchester