Animals of Manchester



Sat 20 July -
Sun 21 July

Starting time



The Whitworth & Whitworth Park
The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M15 6ER

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Admission Free


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Imagine a city where animals of all kinds, including humanz, live together as equals.

Animals of Manchester (including HUMANZ) is a Live Art experience that explores what life might be like if dogs, cows, pigeons, squirrels and other creatures lived alongside us as our peers – our companions.

On the Festival’s final weekend, we hosted absorbing activities, workshops and encounters in the Whitworth’s galleries and Whitworth Park.
There was a palace for mice and for humans, a film studio run by beetles, a hedgehog hospital, a conference of animals led by a cow, living memorials for extinct species, a Bestiary Beauty Parlour and a Life Art Library honouring animals as artists and performers.

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
Featuring specially commissioned artworks by Angela Bartram, Ansuman Biswas, David Caines, Rebecca Chesney, Marcus Coates, Katharina Duve, Andy Field & Beckie Darlington, Krõõt Juurak & Alex Bailey, Bruce Gilchrist & Jo Joelson (London Fieldworks), Martin O’Brien, Esther Pilkington & Daniel Ladnar (random people), Benji Reid, Joshua Sofaer, Tim Spooner & Dmitri Logunov (Manchester Museum), and lectures by Jack Ashby, Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca, Antony Hall, Kerry Morrison, Kira O’Reilly, and David Weber-Krebs & Maximillian Haas
Presented in collaboration with the Withington Hedgehog Care Trust, Dogs4Rescue, students from Claremont Primary School and Holy Trinity CE Primary School, and children from Greater Manchester Home Educators.

To learn more about animal welfare at Animals of Manchester (including HUMANZ), click here

Illustration: Rob Bailey