Taking a Walk on the Wild Side: 1-3rd July 2011
In 2003 when Ancoats — the world’s first planned industrial suburb — in the east of Manchester was pretty much a wastelands, artist Dan Dubowitz embarked on a project to get to know what made Ancoats Ancoats. Interviewing people he came across, he began to record a series of ‘Ancoats Stories,’ which became a snap-shot of the area’s transformation at the time from what it had been to what it was becoming. These stories were broadcast on the Piccadilly Metrolink platform, to unsuspecting passengers in 2003-2004.
In 2011 there are new stories to be told by archaeologists, architects, artists, developers, regenerators, engineers, journalists, poet and a professor of artificial intelligence that together begin to tell another story across the last decade: What Ancoats has become.
I am inviting 25 or so people who have worked on the area’s transformation to give a series of short guided walks of Ancoats free and open to anyone during the weekend of the 1-3rd July, the same opening weekend as the Manchester International Festival.
Over the coming months this website will be an opportunity to see and to contribute to an artwork in progress, with the posting of stories from the guides, but also an opportunity for anyone to tell their own Ancoats Stories.
These can be personal tales, but they can also be the story told in an object or a photo. Definitely No Rubbish Here is also about the extraordinary objects, which Ancoats revealed during the peeling back of layers during the regeneration. The exhibition at The Ice Plant in Ancoats during the 3 days of walks, 1-3rd July, will have a selection of these strange and curious items recovered from Ancoats.