The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M15 6ER
This major installation reflects on the half-forgotten history of Ibrahim Mahama’s home country: Ghana, whose journey from British colony to independent nation was completed barely 60 years ago.
The heart of Parliament of Ghosts is a haunting assemblage of lost objects, rescued and repurposed to form a vast parliamentary chamber in the heart of the Whitworth. Abandoned train seats and faded railway sleepers, scrapped school furniture and documents from governmental archives: Mahama lends powerful new context to this residue from a nation in transition. Also encompassing painting, sculpture, photography and film, Parliament of Ghosts beautifully evokes the histories and memories of a country and its people asserting their independence.
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and the Whitworth, The University of Manchester.
With thanks to Hawkins\Brown and Civic Engineers.
Parliament of Ghosts is located 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 with baby changing 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.
There is seating inside and outside the gallery, as well as free portable stools for use inside. Wheelchairs are also available for public use.
Buggy locks are available from the Visitor Team.
The Whitworth provides audio descriptions for the gallery, building and spaces. These are designed to help visually impaired visitors to hear about the spaces ahead of their visit or on arrival. You can download or listen to these files on Soundcloud.
Large print information about exhibitions is available throughout the gallery.
Assistance dogs are welcome at the Whitworth.
There may be low lighting in some areas of the gallery due to the vulnerable nature of the exhibits.