Loitering with Intent, People's History Museum, Manchester (group show)

Thomas Spooner

Research output: Non-Textual OutputExhibition


The People’s History Museum is launching a new exhibition and events programme celebrating the art of wandering to mark the 10th anniversary of the Loiterers Resistance Movement (LRM), a Manchester based collective of artists and activists interested in psychogeography, public space and uncovering the secret stories of the city.

Since 2006 the LRM, a not for profit collective, has been organising free public walks, derives (drifts), games and spectacles in Manchester, eschewing the concept of simply getting from A to B and helping people embrace the beauty of loitering whilst giving them new ways in which to explore the streets.

The exhibition, with funding from the Arts Council England, will bring together artists, activists and loiterers from Manchester and beyond, all exploring the concept of ‘psychogeography’ in a celebration of what it means to ‘go for a walk’. Walking is often taken for granted as an everyday activity but it can also have extraordinary resonance and the exhibition will explore how, from protest marches to lone expeditions, walking can be a work of art or a political act.

There will be films, drawings, sound installations, paintings, DIY maps, photographs and even tools for the public to take away and begin creating their own exploration. The Loiterers Resistance movement will also share unique material from its own archives documenting its expeditions, including posters, found objects and hand crafted items used to guide walks such as CCTV Bingo Cards, game pieces made from metal salvaged from car manufacturing and maps transformed into fortune tellers.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2016


  • Walking
  • Walking arts
  • Psychogeography
  • People's History Museum


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