A Walk amongst Urban Ruins - Saturday 9 November 2019

Scala-Theatre-for-Urban-Tour Image shows the building that was the Scala Theatre in Worcester

 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 11.00am – 2.00pm 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.

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.

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

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. For more information contact the Art Gallery and Museum on 01905 25371 or visit or follow @worcestermuseum

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.

Exhibition Listing:

Living Ruins

26 September - 30 November 2019

Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Open Mon – Sat 10.30am – 4.30pm
Information via 01905 25371 or

The lure of the ruin has excited people for centuries, prompting us to visit and explore the leftovers of distant or recent civilisations. Co-curated by Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum and Meadow Arts, Living Ruins explores ruins in art from the 18th century to the contemporary, drawing on work by artists such as Ged Quinn alongside artworks from the museum's collection and a series of exciting works on loan from Tate.

Living Ruins Events and Activity Programme at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

The Big Draw

Tuesday 29 October 11am – 3pm

£3. Drop in, no booking required

Take a family tour of Urban Ruins in Worcester

Followed by a fun Ruins themed activity

Saturday 9th November 11am – 2pm*

£6.50 adults, £5 concessions

*book in advance at the Art Gallery & Museum or call 01905 25371

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