On a damp and cold day in January, I was fortunate enough to experience a guided tour of the London Road fire station and Coroner’s court in Manchester city centre. The site is to be transformed into a hotel and apartments. In 1999 I visited the site as a possible venue for a group exhibition. At this time, the police cells were accessible but now the upper floors of the building are deemed unsafe. They have been left to rot during years of decision making and planning applications.
It’s fascinating when you realise the different reasons why people attend such tours. For me, it was to immerse myself in the degeneration and tired appearance of its interior; the peeling paint, wallpaper, once trodden floors and traces of forgotten generations. It is experiences like these which provide for me, excitement and enthusiasm and ultimately the ever expanding inspiration for my ever growing bodies of work.