The free public exhibitions will be open from Thursday 20th May until Sunday 20th June 2021. The walking trail will continue and be a legacy of the project.
The People’s River project was a community-led programme working with people who live and work along the River Irk in Manchester. It was inspired by Friedrich Engels writings of the River Irk in his seminal text ‘The Conditions of the Working Class in England’, the project reveals and creatively shares the often hidden histories and stories of people’s own local heritage.
Manchester Histories commissioned Artist and Photographer Liz Wewiora to collaborate with people from Friends of Angel Meadows, HMG Paints Ltd, No. 93 Wellbeing Centre, weekly walking groups, Many Hands Craft Collective and Collyhurst Big Local to work together to co- produce this creative and thoughtful exhibition of local people’s stories.
During the photography sessions with Liz people had the opportunity to take part in creative heritage walks to explore the local area and shared stories about the hidden histories of the Irk Valley from Angel Meadows to Collyhurst and Harpurhey.
People took photographs of what they saw by the river today. These images reflect the area’s ever changing landscape, exploring ideas of personal journeys, community, nature and regeneration.
For more information please visit www.manchesterhistories.co.uk/thepeoplesriver