Artist Jason Minsky

What a privilege to hear Jason Minsky talking the other day about some of his projects including Pick Your Own. Jason was artist in residence at The Greenroom a few years ago (before the sad closure of that Manchester institution, a place of experiment and innovation in art and theatre) During the Greenroom residency, Jason carried out a survey of green spaces in the city centre. Manchesters suburbs are blessed with numerous parks and gardens, but the centre of the city has precious little public greenspace. As an artist who works with ideas and responds to places, his artistic comment was to create a greenspace in the theatre - by literally laying turf and opening the doors to passers by,

Joyous Pictures in a Quiet Space

Yesterday saw the opening of Brian C's exhibition in St Luke's Church, Longsight. A series of twelve artworks of Churches, Houses and Transport that Brian has been working on in St Luke's Art Project. Well done Brian - it looks absolutely fantastic! The exhbition can be seen by arrangement on Tuesday afternoons - call 07767356302

Ardwick Green Revisited

How fleeting are the blossoms and seasons changing... On the first of May we walked down to Ardwick Green to see the cherry blossom (see our previous blog post and featured partnerhsip workshop: It was cold and windy but beautiful to see the blossoms in their full bloom, everyone felt uplifted and enthused by our walk. One week later on the 8th of May most of the blossoms had fallen into a carpet beneath the trees, it was windy and wet and people voted not to walk out in the rain, luckily I captured the carpet enroute to work: Yesterday was two weeks since the blossom glory of May 1st and there was hardly any cherry blossoms to be seen, but the white and red hawthorns were out, and other May

Mindful Marks

We have really enjoyed a couple of Mindful Marks workshops with Naomi - this is definitely one of Manchester's precious quiet spaces and well worth taking part in - a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Here is the information: "Mindful Marks is a Wellbeing workshop inspired by mindfulness and drawing techniques, it has been running for three years at Manchester Art Gallery. The workshop gives you the opportunity to take time out of your day to enjoy noticing different music (inspired by the gallery exhibitions) and make marks in response, this is a lovely relaxing process which also helps to bring your mind into the present moment. There is definetly no need for drawing experience, it i

Nightingales past and present

The BBC Radio 3 Slow Radio broadcast of Nightingales responding to six soloist muscians played on Monday early morning this week is now available to listen again: Click here for the program As part of the same slow radio series you can also take part in their quiz to see which bird song you can recognise - click here to test your knowledge Listening to this Nightingales responding to musicians in Surrey also put me in mind of one of the first ever field recordings of wildlife on national radio, which had a huge effect on the nation. On 19th May 1924 a recording was played on BBC radio of Beatrice Harrison a famous cellist playing in the woods near to her home and a nightingale responding

International Dawn Chorus Day Event at Parrs Wood Environmental Centre

"This global event began in 1984 when wildlife enthusiast and local broadcaster Chris Baines, decided to celebrate his birthday by inviting friends and family to listen to wildlife wake up with him at Moseley Bog. The event grew and was promoted by the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, where Chris Baines was Vice-President. The annual event now takes place on the first Sunday of May and hundreds of events are organised around the world." Now people across the globe gather on the same day each year to listen to the wildlife in their own environments wake up and start their day. Mapping Manchester's Quiet Spaces partnered with Parrs Wood Environmental Centre today to offer a

Cherry Blossom, Ardwick Green

Wrapped up warm and walking briskly we set off from St Lukes Church in Ardwick and walked down the Stockport Rd to visit the Cherry Blossom at Ardwcik Green, Certainly a good hour spent appreciating the little oasis in the approach into Manchester City Centre. Once a private garden for residents, Ardwick Green is a restored and well used green public space. We came back with our spirits soaring and ready for Carol's hot dinner! Please click HERE to see the full post in our Partner Workshops Page

Mapping Edges

Check this out - tonnes of interesting research, posts and images: Image: Rae Story

Dawn Chorus

This Sunday is the first Sunday in May, in recent years this has been the date for International Dawn Chorus Day As part of Mapping Manchester's Quiet Spaces we have organised a Dawn Chorus event this Sunday 6th May, so watch this space for reports of what we get up to! Many people aren't able to get up and join us at such a time on a Sunday morning - so one option is to set an alarm for about 4am and get up, open your bedroom window and then go back to bed and from the comfort and warmth of your own bed you can hear your very own unique Dawn Chorus ! RTE Radio 1 will broadcasting recordings of the Dawn Chorus from midnight to 7am on Sunday 6th May from across Europe and beyond: https://www.

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