Together We Move 2019


Together We Move is an on-going programme of responsive events and exhibitions, which celebrates Everything I Have Is Yours by Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive).

Since January 2019, one half of our creative producer team Liz Wewiora, has been working with artists Sally Gilford and Ben McDonnell, and over 60s residents from across Greater Manchester to explore music, visual culture and social history of the period 1952-1962.

Following a series of creative workshops including screen printing, collage, music and how to develop a ‘visual score’, the participants and artists have developed a collective artwork. This new installation opens on Wednesday 3rd July at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery, and fills the stairway representing visual scores drawn from tracks including Moon River by Danny Williams (HMV) 1961, Oh Carol by Neil Sedaka (RCA) 1959, and Because You’re Mine by Nat ‘King’ Cole (Capitol) 1952.

Thanks to additional funding from project grants, Arts Council England, the artists and local residents will continue to work together to develop workshops, events and products throughout the exhibition period, including some for the general public. From 3 September 2019 the installation at Salford Museum and Art Gallery will also be accompanied by an audio piece animating the space further.

We will also be hosting a one-off set of live music at MIF19 Festival Square from 5:30pm-7pm on Wednesday 10 July. This will include music from the 1950s and 60s, ranging from Jazz and pop to Rock and Roll, and spoken word, with performances from the Jazz Crackers, Emperors of Rhythm, Ged’s Music and more. The performers have all been involved in either the new film commission with Open Music Archive or through the wider activity during the earlier engagement process. You can find out details about the event HERE

Together We Move is supported by project grants, Arts Council England, in partnership and commissioned by Salford Museum and Art Gallery, University of Salford’s contemporary art collection, Castlefield Gallery and Film Video Umbrella.

Image: screen print design workshop with Sally Gilford with local residents from Victoria Square & Butler Court, Ancoats (2019)