January 29, 2024
Artist Lowri Evans recently undertook the first of hopefully many art protects at Swinton Square as she worked with our local community. She spent a week mapping memories and restaging some old photos of our shopping precinct.
This event was in collaboration with Salford City Council.
During that time, she held two public workshops, carried out various photoshoots and met local historians, shopkeepers and shoppers. She spent her time walking, talking, writing, drawing and studying the shopping centre. The residency culminated in an evening event on the precinct with a presentation and exhibition of the artwork that had been created.
Lowri used old photographs as a starting point for her research – to start conversations and to understand the many different pasts of Swinton’s shopping precinct. The images she discovered inspired her to reconstruct the photographs, and with help from the general public and the architecture in Swinton Square, Lowri was able to work out where those old images were taken.
Members of the community and passersby got involved and contributed to an incredible experience for all.
It was a real team effort – and many of the people who had been involved in recreating those rediscovered images from the past, turned out to see an exhibition of the finished photographs and come together for a celebratory party. That night, those people added their own memories to a set of blueprints of the precinct, some of them inspired by the many old photographs on display.
Take a look at these incredible recreations
Photo credit: Simon Buckley
Watch this space for upcoming information about Lowri’s summer theatre plans at Swinton Square!