Monday, 13 September 2010

Parsonage Gardens

Big Blue Post Box
St Marys Parsonage
M3 2DE

The park is situated just off Deansgate, which houses such buildings as The gardens are built on the site of the former historic St. Mary's Church and Yard, which was erected in 1756 by the Wardens and Fellows of the college on land owned by the Foundation. For many years Parsonage Gardens enjoyed the patronage of gentry who lived in the houses that once surrounded the square. The Church remained on the site for 134 years until 1890 when the doors were closed for the last time.

All Saints Park

Big Red Post Box
All Saints Park,
Grosvenor Square,
Oxford Road
M15 6BH

This park is located directly outside Manchesters school of art (Manchester Metropolitan University). The park has been the subject of paintings by Adolphe Valette who also taught at the school.

All Saints Church gave its name to an area of Manchester just south of the city centre. It is no longer with us because heavy damage during the Manchester Blitz led to its demolition some years later. The graveyard which surrounded the church has been converted into a children's playground as early as the 1930s. Today a fine park stands in Grosvenor Square with only a plaque to remind us that the church once stood here.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Sackville Gardens

Big Pink Post Box,
Sackville Gardens
Sackville St,
M1 3WF

Whitworth Gardens (also known as Sackville Park, and more recently Sackville Gardens), is situated in Manchesters gay community, Canal Street. The Garden is home to a statue of Alan Turing who is acclaimed as being the "Father of modern computing" and whos life work was significant in ending World War II. The park also contains the "Beacon of Hope", which is the UK's only permanent memorial for people who have, or have suffered from, HIV/AIDS.

Peace Garden

Big Yellow Post Box,
Peace Garden,
St Peter’s Square,
M2 4EG

Manchester became a the world’s first nuclear-free city in 1980 at the height of world nuclear paranoia. Today the world is no more safe and the garden isn’t especially peaceful, bordered as it is by the busy Princess Street and a tramline. Still, centred around the Messenger of Peace statue and sheltered by the Town Hall, it offers a lunchtime refuge for City Centre office staff.


Whilst the use of technology, texts and social networking sites allows us to keep in touch more freely, being faster and more convenient, it lessens the need for an actual physical realm. This work aims to claim back the lost space and force actions from knowing and unknowing participants, eventually creating an archive of written word or sent objects to create a sense of chaotic coming together.

This site specific work only exists outwardly whilst the physical objects are in place. Once they are removed from the spaces they inhabit the work will continue to exist for an unspecified time and will always remain specific to the site.

The work aims to engage an audience by provoking an action which then spirals into the unknown, provoking other actions which will go unrecorded in the delivery process.

A social experiment with contradictory perimeters.

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The collection of interesting objects, letters and postcards will be on display at:

Location: Piccadilly Place, M1 3BN (just 2 minutes from Piccadilly Gardens).
Preview: Fri 1st 6 - 8pm.
Open: Sat - Thurs 11am - 4pm daily.