Steve McQueen: Ashes
22 September 2017 – March 2018
Ashes (2002-2015), a double video projection, tells the story of a young Caribbean man known by this name. On one screen we see a film portrait of him, young and handsome, standing on the prow of a boat.
The other side of this screen shows the building of Ashes’ tomb after he has been murdered by drug dealers on the island. Life, death, despair and hope are presented by McQueen in this perfectly crafted elegy. An important new addition to the Whitworth’s collection, the showing of Ashes will be the cornerstone of a new programme of engagement work with young men in Manchester.
The acquisition has been made possible by the Art Fund, the Arts Council England / Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, Friends of the Whitworth and John Williams.
Caption: Steve McQueen, Ashes, 2002-2015. Video still
- Opening hours: daily 10.00 am-5.00 pm (until 9pm on Thursday)
- Location: The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER
- Getting there: Walk: 20-30 minures from Manchester city centre; Bike: Sheffield stands and lockers (£1 coin, refundable) both available at the gallery; Bus: 15, 41, 42, 43, 140 – 143, 147 – ask for bus stop nearest MRI, Oxford Road; Tram: St Peter’s Square (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot); Train: Oxford Road (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot); Car: On-street parking (maximum stay, 2 hours) on Denmark Road. Nearest car park Cecil Street
- Admission is free