During the academic year 2012-13, Arts & Heritage collective Manchester Modernist Society are ‘Creatives-in-Residence’ at the Toastrack, also known as the Hollings Campus of Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). They will act as a catalyst and instigator of a programme of collaborations and explorations involving a variety of artists, writers, researchers, students, staff and members of the community.
In MMU’s final year at Hollings, the Modernists will re-discover and reveal Toastrack.
The wider aim is to investigate and celebrate the city’s 20th century landscape – in particular the role of City Architect (and architect of Hollings) L.C. Howitt in the creation of the post war infrastructure of the City. By embarking on an ‘archaeology’ of Hollings they aim to uncover the influence and legacy of Howitt and his team, and to highlight and discover underlying relationships that shaped the City of Manchester.
slaughter / judge / educate
L.C. Howit was the City Architect, and along with his team was responsible for a variety of public buildings for very different uses. Although some have been demolished, a number are very much in use today:
slaughter: The Manchester Abbattoir
Jack Hale & Nicholas James – Project Curators
Eddy Rhead – talks and tours
John Merrill – photography
Matthew Steele – Architectural Research
Haleh Moravej & Colin Renfrew of MMU Hollings Faculty for support and facilitation.
the mms also publish a quarterly magazine… click on the logo to have a look!
Here’s a bit of press and publicity about the project…