unturned stones

an exhibition

Part of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival 2017.

This exhibition remains on show at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

Artist: Caroline Howitt
Poet: Angelika Sivyer

The Unturned Stones exhibition is a synthesis of image and poetry that explores the cyclical patterns in nature and their relationship to our experience.

past events from the unturned stones project

tracing paths

a performance

Sunday 22nd April 2018

The Monastery, Gorton Lane, Manchester M12 5WF

Tracing Paths is an exciting new production from the Unturned Stones project exploring innovative ways of performing.
It is an invitation to experience a sensory connection through the beauty of voice, word, sound, colour and movement.
This new collaboration performed for the first time at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival 2017.

This performance piece traces the path of the Initiate through three well-defined cycles.

In cycle one we see how the Initiate establishes their habitual pattern of creating an identity and believing it to be who they are in the world.  Something then happens which shakes them and they are forced to leave something of this behind.

In cycle two we see how the Initiate enters the space between.  They lose connection with who they thought they were and their sense of identity begins to dissolve.  All that has been created is loosened and eventually undone.

In cycle three we see how the Initiate moves into their unknown future.  This is a place of possibility where they come to perceive the world in a whole new way.  We watch and listen as they come home to their self, their heart and their soul.

At the end we see that the Initiate is attuned to their own unique nature and their true purpose.

This performance comes from a dynamic, evolving and collaborative process with contributions from all the performers.  We are very grateful for their creativity and patience working with an ever-changing project.

Janet Wolstenholme: Composition, Keyboard, Voice
Angela Cooper: Composition, Voice and Bowls
Grainne Gordon: Composition, Voice and Drums
Wendy Scott-Kay: Dance and Choreography

“Lay Your Burden Down” by Janet Wolstenholme
“Sunshine” by Grainne Gordon and Janet Wolstenholme
“Roots” by Angela Cooper
“Home” by Angela Cooper

Creative Directors: Jackie McTaggart and Grainne Gordon.

We were delighted to welcome Carol Donaldson who played the keyboard before and after the performance.

tracing paths

a performance

Friday 7 July – Sunday 9 July 2017

Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

This new work had its first five performances during the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival.

Creative Directors: Jackie McTaggart, Grainne Gordon


Janet Wolstenholme: Composer, Piano, Harp, Drums
Anjali Chatterjee: Dance and Voice
Angela Cooper: Voice and Percussion
Grainne Gordon: Voice
Wendy Scott-Kay: Dance

Responses from the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival Performances:

“Last night was amazing! So healing to see such a soulful powerful performance with such integrity.  Total soul food!”

“My friend and I watched, heard and experienced your performance ‘Tracing Paths’ this afternoon and we wanted to share with you that it was fantastic.  The energy from each of the performers was strong and the music very emotional.”

“An inspiring and extremely moving performance.   The tempo of music, lyrics of the songs as well as the voices of the singers and the grace of the dancers, all just so beautiful.  Wish I could absorb it all over again.”

See Testimonials for more responses to the performances.

Click here for a review of Tracing Paths by Reverend Cody Coyne from Cross Street Unitarian Chapel.

stepping into the pattern

a small group session with Wendy Scott-Kay

Sunday 22nd April 2018

The Old Chapel at the Monastery Manchester M12 5WF

An invitation to breathe into our feeling bodies using somatic movement

Wendy encourages and supports connection and exploration of the pattern to see how it shapes our lives.

Please contact us to be kept informed of future events.

Unturned Stones

The first series of images, Unturned Stones
The Elk, Beech Road, Chorlton, M21 9EG
June 2016 – November 2017

Images from this series can be viewed in Gallery 1

They are available for purchase from the Shop.

Everything is Connected

The second series of images and haiku, Everything is Connected
Barbecue, Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, M21 9HS
November 2016 – March 2017

Series 2 are not currently available for purchase but you can see them here.

Unturned Stones at Chorlton Arts Festival

Unturned Stones exhibited the first series of images and haiku at Chorlton Arts Festival in May 2016.

Unturned Stones at Keele University

Unturned Stones exhibited the first series of images and haiku at Keele University in September 2015.

See Testimonials for some of the responses.