When I visited at The Whitworth, a festival of music, performance and workshops was underway in the park, celebrating the unveiling of a permanent public sculpture by Anya Gallaccio. The sculpture reconstituted in steel the ghost of a tree that had been felled.
At the Gallery’s Grand Hall children were seated around computers playing Minecraft together.
In the Landscape Gallery I wandered through Nico Vascellari’s sound, mirror and shadow installation. The exhibition was titled ‘Bus de la Lum’ and took as its theme the folklore, mystique and dark history of a dense patch of Italian woodland.
Exhibitions on the first floor were themed around post-war interior style and design. Featured was a Libor Reich retrospective plus a collection of wall-papers from the 1950s and 60s and designers such as Willy Hermann, Lucienne Day and Guy Busby.
There was also a touring exhibit curated by artist Elizabeth Price titled “IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY.” It took inspiration from horizontally constituted things states and appearances and displayed work from artists, such as Katrina Palmer, Andy Warhol, Simon Bedwell, Carolee Schneemann, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Constantin Brancusi, Edward Burra, Alice Channer, John Flaxman, Edward Onslow Ford, Henry Fuseli, Rodney Graham, Anthea Hamilton, Richard Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Hilary Lloyd, The Lumière Brothers, Giulio Paolini, and more.
After touring the gallery, I asked Dominic at reception where I could locate the Blake exhibition as I hadn’t chanced across it.
Dominic told me that the Blake exhibition had ended a month earlier. The current exhibit was titled “visions from the front” and remembered the centenary of the Battle of the Somme via work from world war one artists, such as: Paul Nash, Henry Lamb, James McBey, David Bomberg, Christopher Nevinson and Frank Brangwyn.
I told Dominic what I was doing and he gave the assemblage a brochure for the Warp festival underway in the park and then sent me to go to Home for a pint of IPA and said to ask the staff there for my next mission.