A group of male residents at Anchor’s Beechfield Lodge care home in Salford have been working with the Whitworth on a new exhibition entitled: Danger! Men at Work.

The residents were visited by a team of curators and conservators from the Whitworth as well as artist Antony Clarkson and consulted about the new exhibition which explores notions of masculinity, identity and ageing.

The group, made up of a retired postal worker, a civil servant, teacher, crane engineer and bus driver, helped to decide which exhibits and artefacts should feature in the exhibition, which has been funded by the Baring Foundation to tackle isolation and loneliness in older men.

On 8th May the Whitworth invited residents along to a special preview of the new display in the Collections Centre.

Debbie Sharples-Kirkbride Anchor’s Customer Engagement Advisor commented: “The residents have really enjoyed working with the Whitworth on this amazing project. They have particularly enjoyed discussing the things they are personally interested in, as men, and in working together to create an exhibition aimed at other men in the community.”

Ed Watts, Engagement Manager at the gallery commented: “Everyone here at the Whitworth is really impressed and happy with the way the project has turned out and that the exhibition is proving extremely popular with visitors.”

This exhibition runs from 8 May until 12 July 2015 2015 and entry is free.

Find out more about the exhibition here.

[Photography by David Oates]

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