– First ever ‘window’ trail will shine a light on the work of Manchester’s artists and makers

– Part of Manchester City Council’s recovery programme and supported by the private sector

– Raising money for us at We Love MCR Charity and the artists involved

This autumn, Manchester will host 50 Windows of Creativity, a new art trail showcasing the work of artists and makers through displays in a series of windows, venues, businesses and spaces across the city centre. The displays will feature multiple art forms. from fine art and photography to ceramics, crafts, mosaics and murals, and will be curated by well-known and emerging artists and collectives – all with a connection to Greater Manchester. Some displays will also be curated by the city’s cultural venues and festivals which haven’t been able to take place this year.

Artists and makers taking part include: Welcome Trust prize winner Benji Reid, Manchester born mixed media landscape artist Sarah Connell and contemporary creative studio Lazerian. The project culminates with an auction which will see a selection of pieces available to bid on, with proceeds going to their artists and makers, giving a much needed boost to the city’s creative community and to us at the We Love MCR Charity.

Global public art producers Wild in Art have previously worked with us and Manchester City Council on delivering the award-winning Bee in the City art trail which took over our city in 2018, raising over £750,000! Read here about the award won at the North West Charity Awards 2019. They will again be working with the Council to build on Manchester’s reputation for innovation and the key strategic role that art and culture plays in the social and economic life of the city. The event will help residents to reconnect with places and spaces in the city centre again as part of the Council’s recovery programme.

Bees from the 2018 Bee In The City Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Langhorne, Co-founder and Managing Director of Wild in Art said 

“The team is delighted to be back in Manchester working with the city, its businesses and the creative community to produce this event. It is a slight departure to our traditional sculpture trails and it will be our first ever ‘window’ trail – firmly putting the spotlight on the city’s artists and makers.”

One of Manchester’s unique qualities is its ability to bring people together and we hope 50 Windows of Creativity will enable Mancunians to rediscover the city in a safe and socially distanced way, while enjoying a new type of outdoor event.”

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, executive member for skills, culture and leisure, said: 

“Bee in the City was a captivating example of the power that the arts and culture can have for the people of Manchester. Culture is the beating heart and soul of this city and as a Council we are proud to champion this sector. This latest offering will allow people to engage with and enjoy culture after months of lockdown where our favourite venues, whether they are galleries, museums, parks or libraries, have been off limits for many.”

“…Now more than ever it is so important that we show support for the arts community, and I hope that when this project is ready people will take the time to explore it and appreciate the incredible talent that Manchester has to offer.”

There are a number of opportunities to get involved. 

Businesses interested in providing a window space or having an installation in their premises should contact 50windows@wildinart.co.uk

Wild in Art  would also like to hear from new and established Greater Manchester based artists who have an idea for an installation. Please contact them at 50windows@wildinart.co.uk by 5pm on 9 September 2020.

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