A Walk amongst Urban Ruins

To coincide with the Living Ruins exhibition at

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

Saturday 9 November 2019

On Saturday 9 November artist Andrew Howe invites families to explore Worcester’s living ruins in a fun walk and workshop using photography, creative writing and drawing. The Urban Tour is part of the Living Ruins exhibition currently showing at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum.

From 11am – 2pm Andrew will lead a gentle walk around Worcester identifying layers of history and noticing how the city is in continual process of change, decay and renewal.   Tour participants will get up close to buildings to make texture rubbings or tracings of surfaces and signs and be encouraged to take photographs, looking for beauty in often-overlooked details.

Andrew Howe's photograph of Urban Ruins in Worcester - Scala Theatre.

The old Scala Theatre, Worcester. Credit: Andrew Howe

After the walk there will be a fun, creative workshop at the Art Gallery & Museum to gather the findings into a fabulous giant collage celebrating the story of the city today.  Participants can also bring their own photographs of Worcester buildings and architectural details and share their memories as part of making a final collaborative artwork.

A walk amongst Living Ruins is suitable for all (recommended age 7+, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult). Places can be booked at the Art Gallery or call 01905 25371. The tour and workshop costs £6.50 adults and £5 children and concessions. Find out more on the event page of the website.

The Living Ruins exhibition features artworks from the eighteenth century to the present day which explore the lure of the ruin and our fascination with what has passed. Curated in partnership with Meadow Arts, the exhibition brings to Worcester a series of exciting works on loan from Tate, displayed alongside important artworks from the museum’s collection, including archaeological artefacts.

The programme of family activities to celebrate Living Ruins at the Art Gallery & Museum also includes The Big Draw on Tuesday 29 October when families can drop in between 11am – 3pm and get involved with creating a huge artwork with artist Kay Mullet. For a full list of Living Ruins activities please visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk/events/living-ruins/

Worcester residents are also asked to nominate their Living Ruin on Instagram and Twitter using #livingruins

Living Ruins is free and open Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm.

This exhibition has been made possible through the Ferryman Project: Sharing Works of Art which is supported by National Lottery Players through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the John Ellerman Foundation and Art Fund.

Meadow Arts and Museums Worcestershire