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5795333The Reno At The Whitworth
DateFriday 15th March 2019 to Tuesday 31st March 2020
DescriptionThe Reno at the Whitworth For a period of one year Linda Brogan and a group of local residents, who went to the Reno nightclub in the 1970s and 80s, will occupy the Whitworth. The Reno, located in Moss Side, was known as a space for young mixed-race Mancunians. The project stems from Brogan's recordings of Reno regulars reminiscing about their experiences of the club, and the subsequent archaeological excavation of the site led by Salford University Applied Archaeological unit. This work was celebrated on November 23rd 2017 at the Whitworth, when the idea for a sustained relationship between the Reno and the Whitworth was born. Artefacts, video, works from the Whitworth's collection, music and other materials developed over the residency will be on display in the gallery which will also be used as a space for developing further ideas. The Reno @ the Whitworth is led by playwright Linda Brogan, with the Reno Regulars Barrie George, Brian Thorn, Carmen Jones, David Trigg, Dionne Richardson, Ivan Smith, Jeff Bassey, Myra Trigg, Persian, Philip Collins SNR, Steve Cottier, Susie Prouse, Suzy Mousah, and includes the photography of Karen Rangeley, films by John Lloyd, digital support by Sean Clarke, curatorial support by Nikita Gill, and a forthcoming publication by Bound Books. The Reno @ the Whitworth The bridge between the ghetto and the arts has to be two-way traffic. 1970s, The Reno was a soul & funk, cellar club in Moss Side. Stronghold for us half-caste teens born in 1950s no blacks, no Irish, no dogs, stigmatised by the 1930s Fletcher Report: 'offspring of interracial relationships are born with mental and physical defects.' Demolished 1987. 2016 we filmed Reno memoirs. October 2017 we excavated the Reno. November 2017 we colonised the Whitworth obliterating their art with our memoirs. Our teen photos walked up their stairs. Excavation footage played on their huge exterior screen. Our artifacts lay in museum cases,while we danced to Reno DJs in their main hall. March 2019 to March 2020 the Reno and the Whitworth will collaborate as a living exhibition to tell the Reno story through its generated materials and Whitworth art. Memoirs and excavation are available on
Time(s)From Mar 15, Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-9pm, closed Dec 24-26, Jan 1, ends Mar 31 2020
LocationWhitworth Art Gallery
Telephone No.0161 275 7450
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Whitworth Art Gallery
AddressOxford Road
Greater Manchester
M15 6ER
Telephone No.+44 (161) 275 7450
Opening timesMonday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-4pm.

The Gallery is open on Bank Holiday Mondays at Easter, in May and August. The Gallery is closed on Good Friday, and between Christmas and New Year.

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