Guest post: Ed Watts on remixing Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery

Good morning all, and welcome to another day of mounting Museums at Night excitement! We spotted this lovely piece about the campaign in the Telegraph, I’ve just had the happy job of contacting our Faber Archive competition winners, and in a change from my usual role of commissioning guest blog posts, I’m now writing guest posts for other blogs about the campaign.

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Today’s guest post comes from Ed Watts, the Adult Programme Coordinator at the Whitworth Art Gallery, who has devised an unusual Museums at Night live performance event in collaboration with a festival and a local theatre!


I hope everyone is starting to feel the excitement as we now build up to the last week before the Museums at Night weekend. I’m in the midst of the final arrangements and the last push of promotions of what will be the Whitworth’s biggest After Hours evening to date.

I’ve always supported and been interested to get involved in Museums at Night, and here at the Whitworth Art Gallery we often have. I started my position at the gallery in May last year, so just missed out on having the chance to arrange something last time. However, I’ve spent the last year developing a new range of events and learning experiences at the gallery specifically for adults – one of these being our popular After Hours events. These evenings see the gallery open its doors to an array of local artists, musicians and performers who respond to our exhibitions, collections and spaces.

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Liam Frost performs at the Whitworth Art Gallery After Hours, December 2010. Photo (c) Gwen Jones

This time, on Saturday May 14th, we’ve teamed up with our friends over at Future Everything festival and Contact to make this evening extra special. We’ll be hosting a range of musical performances within three of our best-loved exhibitions and spaces.

The evening kicks off with intimate acoustic performances within our Private Paradise exhibition, we’ll then hand over to Contact who will conduct a beat box choir to perform a specially made response to the current video installation, The Fireworks. Topping the bill we have Manchester favourite Denis Jones. This unique performance will see Denis “remix” one of our historic collection displays…

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Visitors to the Whitworth Art Gallery After Hours, photo (c) Gwen Jones

I’m really looking forward to the event and hope that everyone who’s organizing an event, or is simply going along for an interesting evening somewhere, has an amazing time!

For more information on this event and other events for adults at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, please visit

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Ed Watts

Ed Watts is the Adult Programme Coordinator at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. He can be contacted by email at or through Twitter as @Ed_Watts_Photo.

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