29 Jun - 16 Jul 2023
We took a quest across the city in search of artist Ryan Gander’s latest works.
Look up from your phone, wander through the streets and keep your eyes peeled. Hundreds of thousands of coins were hidden in plain sight across Manchester throughout MIF23...
But The Find used a different kind of currency. These weren't your bog-standard copper coins – they're collectable artworks, lucky charms and decision-making tools rolled into one, created by artist Ryan Gander.
There were three designs to collect, each embellished with nuggets of wisdom to guide you and even help you make big, small or medium-sized decisions.
They were hidden in key locations across the city... left on park benches, walls, steps, in food courts and libraries or tucked away in parking ticket machines. Think of them as your invitation to go out and explore.
With The Find, Ryan Gander injected mystery into our everyday encounters, encouraging us to see the world around us differently. Known for creating work that makes us question what we see, Ryan’s practice takes on many forms. The common thread between them? A real knack for storytelling.
And like a good story, you could decide whether to hold onto your coins forever or pass ‘em on. Finders’ keepers.
Photography: Lee Baxter
Ryan Gander’s collectable coin artworks were hidden in the following locations:
- Aviva Studios and Festival Square
- Alexandra Park in Moss Side
- Broadfield Park in Rochdale
- China Town
- Crumpsall Park
- Gay Village, Sackville Gardens and Vimto Park
- Heaton Park in Higher Blackley
- Northern Quarter (at Cutting Room Square and New Islington Marina), Fred Aldous and Ancoats
- Mayfield Park
- Peel Park in Salford
- St Anne’s Square and Exchange Square
- St Peter’s Square, Central Library and Spinningfields
- Wythenshawe Park
Commissioned and produced by Factory International for Manchester International Festival.
The Find take places across Manchester. The coins will be placed in a variety of accessible public but hidden places (at different heights) so that everyone is able to engage with the project.