The Reno at the Whitworth

15 March 2019 – 19 April 2020

For a period of one year Linda Brogan and a group of local residents, who went to the Reno nightclub in the 1970s and 80s, are occupying the Whitworth.


The Reno, located in Moss Side, was known as a space for young mixed-race Mancunians. The project stems from Brogan’s recordings of Reno regulars reminiscing about their experiences of the club, and the subsequent archaeological excavation of the site led by Salford University Applied Archaeological unit. This work was celebrated on 23 November 2017 at the Whitworth, when the idea for a sustained relationship between the Reno and the Whitworth was born.

Artefacts, video, works from the Whitworth’s collection, music and other materials developed over the residency will be on display in the gallery which will also be used as a space for developing further ideas. The Reno @ the Whitworth is led by playwright Linda Brogan, with the Reno Regulars Barrie George, Brian Thorn, Carmen Jones, David Trigg, Dionne Richardson, Ivan Smith, Jeff Bassey, Myra Trigg, Persian, Philip Collins SNR, Steve Cottier, Susie Prouse, Suzy Mousah, and includes the photography of Karen Rangeley, films by John Lloyd, digital support by Sean Clarke, curatorial support by Nikita Gill, and a forthcoming publication by Bound Books.

The Reno at the Whitworth
Book launch
Thursday 12 November, 6-9pm
Free, booking required click here for details

The Reno, simply put, was a legendary, rocking, funk and soul, 1970s, cellar club in Moss Side, Manchester. This book launch celebrates ‘Excavating the Reno’ in print, limited to 500 copies, ever! Discover how the Reno exhibition has evolved during the first nine months of its year-long residency at the gallery, with a DJ Set from Persian (the original Reno DJ).


Caption: Alex Darke, The Reno 1971-81 Collage, 2017. Courtesy,


Further information:
  • 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: By foot: 20-30 minures from Manchester city centre; By Bike: Sheffield stands and lockers (£1 coin, refundable) both available at the gallery; By Bus: 15, 41, 42, 43, 140 – 143, 147 – ask for bus stop nearest MRI, Oxford Road; By Metrolink: 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); By Car: On-street parking (maximum stay, 2 hours) on Denmark Road. Nearest car park Cecil Street
  • Admission is free