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Wandering Around The Toilet

Wandering Around The Toilet

A walking tour exploring the impact of toilets on the city

15 September 2016

15 September 2016, Wandering Around the Toilet. Image © Smizz

Time 13:00 - 15:00

Duration 2 hours

Cost In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3

Walk: 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Installation: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Join The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement) on a tour around the toilet, exploring how it has impacted Manchester.  The tour will explore the history of spending a penny and how lack of public loos impacts on who can use the city.  There will be tales of public health, gender inequality, the blurring of public and private space and the fight for fair access to the toilet.

The tour is inspired by Around The Toilet, a cross-disciplinary, arts based research project exploring public toilets and issues of access and social inclusion.  It is a collaborative project co-designed and carried out by a team of academic researchers (from Sheffield Hallam University, University of Sheffield and University of Leeds); three Manchester based community groups (Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, Queer of the Unknown and Action for Trans Health); as well as independent artists (Sarah Smizz and Nicky Ward) and architecture students from University of Sheffield’s Live Project.  As the project has progressed other groups and individuals have been closely involved, including The LRM, Gemma Nash (a disabled artist), and Venture Arts (an arts organisation for people with labels of learning disability).The LRM

In the gallery space you can meet members of the Around The Toilet Team, and see a toilet inspired art installation designed by Architecture Masters students as part of their Live Project at the University of Sheffield.  The construction is based on the materials and design of public toilets (including copper pipes, plumbing fittings, white panels), but reimagined in such a way as to challenge assumptions and provoke a rethinking of issues of gender, ‘ability’, access, surveillance and the meanings of ‘public’ itself.  The installation can be used in versatile ways as a creative performance space, a ‘disobedient’ activist object and campaigning tool by the affiliated community groups.

A BSL sign language interpreter will accompany the walk.  Part of the Loitering With Intent events programme.Arts Council England

Suitable for all ages

  • Treat yourself to 15% off in The Left Bank cafe bar and 10% off in the museum shop when you attend an event at the People’s History Museum
  • Book a City Centre Trail for your group and explore Manchester’s hidden history

Booking Requirements:

No booking required to see the installation – just pop into the Loitering With Intent exhibition

Booking required for the walk via Eventbrite

  • Please note event attendees must arrive at least ten minutes before the start time of the event, otherwise their booked space will be given to someone on the reserve list
  • Please contact the museum as soon as possible if you wish to cancel your reservation so your place can be given to another visitor
  • Please note all donations are non refundable
  • For further information please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or email events@phm.org.uk