Rose Queen Re-imagined

Performing the "Haarlem Shake" at the 2013 Rose Queen celebrations at Manley Park Methodist Church, by members of the 2nd Alexandra Park Guides.

The Court of Queens.

Rose Queen Tanith, crowned by 1966 Manley Park Rose Queen, Janet Smith.

Rose Queen Tanith and Rosebud Megan from the 2nd Alexandra Park Guides.

Meenu and Shivani dancing.

Eva, Maggie and Molly.

Official coronation photograph.

Rose Queen costume, made in collaboration with Sidnie from Sidnie Co Couture.

Rose Queen crown.

Rosebud costume and crown.

Archive photographs from the Manley Park Rose Festival.

Workshop with 2nd Alexandra Park Guides.

Workshop with 2nd Alexandra Park Guides.

Rose Queen dress designs by Megan, Eva and Zara.

Programme designs by Zara and Aisha.

Participatory art project with members of the 2nd Alexandra Park Guides. South Manchester (2013).

A participatory art project exploring contemporary traditions and community-making, undertaken over a period of six months in 2013 with members of the 2nd Alexandra Park Guides from Whalley Range, South Manchester.

The project staged a consciously contemporary revival of the historical Manley Park Rose Queen Festival, which took place annually in Whalley Range during the 1930s - 1970s. Drawing on conversations with local people who had previously taken part—in particular with Janet Smith, who was crowned Rose Queen in 1966—participants re-envisaged the event at a “coronation” held in front of a local audience at Manley Park Methodist Church in July 2013.

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