Whitworth Young Contemporaries are a collective who produce creative events for young people in Manchester. In February, the Whitworth Art Gallery reopened its doors following a redevelopment project, and staged a weekend of events at the gallery to celebrate. Central to this, were three events curated by WYC:
6.30-7.30pm Whitworth Young Contemporaries (WYC), our programme for young people, stage a performance and workshop in the Grand Hall in collaboration with Manchester Hip Hop band The Mouse Outfit.
7.30-8.30pm Video Jam: a five-act programme of musicians and film responding to the collection and the building.
8.45pm Whitworth on Fire: Fire performance in the Art Garden from a team of young people who have come together to learn circus skills through Whitworth Young Contemporaries.
Circulate members from Tate Collective Liverpool travelled up to Manchester to take a look, make a film and evaluate the event:
The Whitworth Young Contemporaries event for the Whitworth reopening threatened to rumble, bounce and shake the building back into a state of disrepair; such was the boisterous atmosphere. While I think it would have been interesting to extend out of the event space and have something within the galleries or outside for a wider audience to see, what they did do was really effective.
It was great that the event was part of the reopening rather than at another time. This shows that the young people’s group is a significant part of the gallery and also worked in favour of the event as it could tap into the buzz and publicity generated by the reopening. The hectic business of such a big opening lent itself perfectly to the kind of event the Whitworth Young Contemporaries created. The galleries were mostly too busy to experience any art and so the atmosphere around the building was the main thing to enjoy. The atmosphere generated within the Young Contemporaries event stood out as the most exciting.
Review by Steven of Tate Collective Liverpool
Film by Nzimah of Tate Collective Liverpool