We Got The Art's Council Funding For Our Whitworth Residency

TheReno@The Whitworth lives. In it we will make a photo-book, a film, an art exhibition, and explore our musical. The photo is Mr and Mrs Pereira and their little ones.



Invited because of their loyalty to the excavation. In no particular order.

Linda Brogan

Myra Trigg

Carmen Jones

Susie Prouse

Suzy Mousah

Dionne Richardson

Dave Trigg

Ivan Smith

Jeff Bassey

Brian Thorn


Phil Collins Snr


Steve Cottier

Barrie George  

Steve Rouf



John Lloyd: excavation filmmaker

Karen Rangeley: excavation photographer 

Sean Clarke: digital artist 

Rob Parkinson: book designer



Nikita Gill: assistant curator

Sam Lackey: senior curator

Ed Watts: head of learning


Our residency consists of three main stages.

Stage 1: We prepare: Thursdays 6-30 till 8-30

Led by Karen Reno Regulars edit excavation photos.

1] 25-10-18:  Excavation photo slide show

2] 01-11-18:  Excavation photos week 1

3] 08-11-18:  Excavation photos week 2

4] 15-11-18:  Excavation photos week 3


Led by Sean Reno Regulars edit Reno photos.

5] 22-11-18: Celebration photos

6] 29-12-18: Whitworth colonization photos

7] 06-12-18: 3 stills from our memoirs

8] 13-12-18: 3 photos of ourselves as teens


Led by Rob Reno Regulars design our photo-book.

09] 03-01-19: We work by ourselves to structure our photo choice.         

10] 10-01-19: We work in pairs to redraft.           

11] 17-01-19: We work as a team to draft our photo-book.

12] 24-01-19: We work as a team to redraft.

13] 03-02-19: Artisitc team join Reno 12 to redraft into photo-book blueprint.


Led by Nikita we transform our gallery into an office, studio, and gallery.

14] 07-02-19: design, plan and budget.

15] 14-02-19: order sofas etc.

16] 21-02-19: order art materials etc.

17] 28-02-19: furnish our space.


I film our 2 hours sessions. And post excerpts here on Fridays.

Stage 2: We move into the Whitworth

Daily, we are a living exhibition, chilling to our Reno soundtrack. John films one day a week to capture our evolutionary story arc. Karen photographs our static evolution once a month. Footage and photos are edited into daily excerpts to post here. 


We move into our gorgeous space. And Invite Reno memoirist, excavation participants, old and new audience to come join us. To bring their Reno relevant  photos, films, memorabilia, archival photos. We make it our space. I film new more honest memoirs.


Led by Sam Lackey each individual Reno participant, including me, choose a work of art from the Whitworth’s collection that speaks of their Reno experience. They are physical metaphors, masks. The participants are grandmas and granddads now. Maybe they won’t ever be able to splash their past around, but they can embody it in a work of art. The 13 items are hung in our space. Each, individual builds their own Reno exhibition around their metaphor, using teen photos, memoirs, excavation footage, photos, and artefacts. 

They are neurons in one brain. ‘Long-term memories are stored throughout the brain as groups of neurons that are primed to fire together in the same pattern that created the original experience.’  

May and June

Led by John and Linda, each of the Reno 12 choose a day of excavation footage and edits their 6 hours down to 4 minutes of dynamic action. Led by Karen the Reno 12 photograph our artefacts. We add them to our photo-book blueprint.


Each chooses 2 professional photos from our process. Each takes 2 photos of our individual exhibitions. We add them to our photo-book blueprint designed in the 2 hours sessions. We design our photo-book with Robert, Nikita, and Karen. Send it to be published. We stitch our individual 4 minutes films into one film.


We perfect our exhibition to ensure our connected neurons on the wall tell our nuanced story. Our film tells how we excavated it. Our photo-book is a catalogue of our entire journey.


We launch our exhibition with a marquee celebration


Stage 3: Inside our exhibition

October, November, December [maybe Jan, Feb, March]

Our exhibition runs for 3 months, maybe 6. In teams of 4 the Reno 12 host 3, monthly panels in our space for their audience, other artists, and arts organizations, in which they evaluate what they have learnt and invite questions.

Move out

Jan 2020 [maybe March]

I remain at the Whitworth till March 2020, continuing my role as a critical friend, disseminating what I have learnt, debrief and receive feedback.  


Our photo-book is launched in the Bound Book Fare, and sold in the Whitworth, before global distirbution by Village Books. Our film is submitted to global film festivals. 

The exhibition will incidentally design our musical’s set. International theatre company Gecko will be joining us for 3 separate weeks during our residence to help us explore how to write our musical. That experience will also feed our exhibition.  

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