The Whitworth & Whitworth Park The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M15 6ER
Imagine a city where animals of all kinds, including human beings, live together as equals.
Animals of Manchester (including HUMANZ) pictures what life might be like if dogs, hogs, cats, bats and other creatures lived alongside us not just as our pets but as our peers –our companions. On the Festival’s final weekend, trace a trail through the Whitworth’s galleries and Whitworth Park and take part in some absorbing animal encounters.
There’ll be a university where dogs do the teaching, an edible Arndale Centre for squirrels and birds, a film studio run by beetles, an interspecies family centre with rescued hedgehogs, a conference of animals led by a cow, a living memorial for extinct species, and a Life Art Library honouring animals as artists and performers. We’re inviting animals of all ages and species to explore this fascinating cultural experiment –including humanz…
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival with support from the Whitworth, The University of Manchester.
Sibylle Peters – Lead Artist & Curator
Lois Keidan – Curator
A project by Theatre of Research & Live Art Development Agency
With Katharine Araniello, Angela Bartram, Ansuman Biswas, Rebecca Chesney, Marcus Coates, Katharina Duve, Andy Field, Krõõt Juurak & Alex Bailey, London Fieldworks, Martin O’Brien, random people, Benji Reid, Barbara Roberts, Joshua Sofaer, Tim Spooner.
Animals of Manchester (including HUMANZ) takes place at The Whitworth (Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER), the first English art gallery in a park. The gallery building is fully accessible.
The Whitworth is located on Oxford Road, around 20-30 minutes walk from Festival Square along a flat, paved route. The gallery is on a major bus route (you can take any bus in the 40s from Piccadilly Gardens). It is 20 minutes’ walk from Oxford Road railway station and St Peter’s Square Metrolink.
There is a limited amount of accessible Blue Badge parking close to the venue. On Denmark Road (adjacent to the gallery) there are 5 disabled bays, 9 spaces for car / bus drop-off and 7 double yellow line areas that can be used by Blue Badge holders. There are also three designated Blue Badge bays directly beside the Whitworth’s park entrance on Denmark road, from which there is a short, step-free path from the park gates to the entrance. There are an additional 2 disabled bays further along Denmark Road serving the surrounding buildings. If using these, you can enter the gallery via the main gates up shallow gradient ramps.
If you need any assistance upon arrival, please contact the Whitworth Visitor Team on 0161 275 7450.
From Denmark Road there is step-free access to both the Park Side and Oxford Road entrances. From Park Side, there is a short, step-free path from the gates to the entrance. From Oxford Road, you can enter through the main gates and up shallow gradient ramps to the entrance.
The main doors are automatic and open inwards.
There is step-free flat floor access to all areas of the gallery building. There is lift access to all areas.
There are accessible toilets inside the gallery. There is no Changing Places facility at the Whitworth – the nearest Changing Places is located across the road at the University of Manchester building directly opposite the end of Denmark Road. There is also one at Manchester Aquatics Centre.
This is a drop in event, and visitors can look around at their own pace. There is seating inside and outside the gallery, as well as free portable stools for use inside.
Buggy locks are available from the visitor team and there is a coin-operated buggy park and lockers on the lower ground floor.
There are 4 baby change areas with space for a large pushchair. You can collect an emergency baby supplies kit (nappies, wipes and other essentials) from the Oxford Road reception desk.
You are welcome to breast or bottle feed babies in our gallery spaces, where there is ample seating. Please ask a member of staff for suggestions if you’d prefer somewhere more private.
Assistance dogs are welcome at the Whitworth.
Many of the elements of this event involve audience participation.
Please be aware that there will be live animals and birds involved in the event.