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Ancoats Photography walk with 42nd Street / The Horsefall

  • 42nd Street / The Horsefall 42nd Street, The Space 87-91, Great Ancoats Street Manchester, M4 5AG United Kingdom (map)

One of four photo walks with artist Rod Kippen (creative producer The Horsfall).

For ages 13-25 | Free but please reserve your space here

Explore the city through photography. Taking time to really slow down and notice the details that often pass us by in our busy lives.

Part of 'Ruskin in Manchester’: 19th Century art critic John Ruskin had an unusual history with Manchester, he deplored the over industrialised nature of the city and famously wrote 'I perceive that Manchester can produce no good art and no good literature.' A close friend of our namesake Thomas Horsfall, Ruskin approved of the theory behind Horsfall’s artistic endeavours in the city but implored him to spend his 'artistic benevolence on less recusant ground' than Manchester.

Thomas Horsfall whilst respecting Ruskin greatly felt that Manchester did indeed hold artistic potential and decided not to take his friends advice on this point. Horsfall’s Ancoats Art Museum was opened in 1886 and due to Horsfall’s passionate belief in the redemptive power of art was created in order to provide local workers and children with time and space for them to explore art, nature and beauty despite the conditions they lived in.

As part of the Ruskin anniversary we will be running a series of photography walks from our base at The Horsfall Gallery and around the surrounding area.

The first session will concentrate on noticing - photography can support our ability to be aware, awake and present in the moment. To see small details and experience the city in a different way. The walk will encourage different views of the city, the uses and history of spaces and architecture.

Rod Kippen has been exploring the city through photography for the past 20 years. From his website junk photography through a series of self published books and to exhibitions at contemporary six, Gallery Oldham. His photographs find beauty in the forgotten, and record the changes within the cities surfaces . Instagram @rodkippen @thehorsfall_42ndstreet

Please bring your camera/phone etc and enjoy some time noticing the city around you. Meet At Horsfall gallery - each walk is two hours long and fully accessible.

There will be various prompts for those who would like. There is no set path for the day but more of a wander - taking routes which we decide on the day.