MIF23: Ryan Gander, The Find at various locations around Manchester

Maja Lorkowska, Exhibitions Editor
MIF The Find

Ryan Gander: The Find, 29 June–16 July 2023, free entry - Find Out More

Take a walk through the streets of Manchester and join the excitement of a treasure hunt in The Find, a new commission from artist Ryan Gander for MIF23.

If you don’t fancy getting competitive, fear not – hundreds of thousands of coins will be hiding in plain sight across various locations in central Manchester. From park benches and steps to food courts and libraries, or even tucked away between tram seats, these coins offer more than just the thrill of the find. Each one is a collectible artwork with some words of wisdom designed to guide its owner in any decision-making process.

The Chester-born artist already has a connection with the North, and more specifically with Manchester, where he studied at Manchester Metropolitan University. Gander’s practice is an incredibly varied one, ranging from sculpture and performance to film, writing and graphic design.

Ryan Gander, Photo by Philip Sinden
Ryan Gander by Philip Sinden.


His work will often make you look and look again as you spot a familiar reference with an unexpected twist. Gander’s interested in the everyday, but his works often involve a process of finding clues and unravelling the mystery of its meaning although he is adamant that there is no single answer and that his work can be interpreted however the viewer chooses to do so. His only desire is to make us question what we see.

So join The Find, and if you do indeed find a coin, keep it as a talisman, pass it on to a loved one, or snap a photo to boast about your discovery. There are three designs to collect, too, so leave your phone in your pocket and look around – the opportunity is too good to miss.

Ryan Gander: The Find

29 June–16 July 2023
Free entry

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