Last month, we shared the fantastic news that the Wild In Art team are back in Manchester with the 50 Windows of Creativity art trail from 26th October to 5th December 2020.
The trail celebrates the rich and varied culture of Manchester itself, with many artworks nodding to the musical heritage of our city, the sporting pedigree we maintain, and some of the most famous Mancs to have ever lived. The trail covers not only historical Mancunian landmarks like Canal Street, Exchange Square and Central Library, but also popular contemporary haunts such as HOME, Hatch and various dotted across the Northern Quarter. We’ve got artistic talent falling our of our earholes in this city, so expect to see a vast range of miniatures, mosaics, murals and more on display this Autumn!
Wild In Art are the team behind the award-winning Bee in the City event, which raised a massive £700,000 for us nearly exactly 2 years ago! They excelled themselves back then, and we’re sure they will do the same this time around. 50 Windows of Creativity will transform Manchester into an innovative art gallery taking you on a colourful, inspiring and safe journey around the city centre. The trail, supported by Manchester City Council and event partners Auto Trader and Dandara Living, will raise money for the artists involved and ourselves at We Love MCR Charity.
All pieces on display will be available to buy directly from the artist or maker and the project culminates with an auction on 10 December 2020 streamed live from the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel. The event will see a selection of pieces auctioned with proceeds going to their artists and makers, especially important in times like now when creative industries are suffering at a huge cost due to the current crisis, and to us to continue improving the lives and life chances of Manchester communities and individuals.
Visitors to the trail will be able to explore via the 50 Windows of Creativity app the purchase of which will give a percentage of proceeds to ourselves, available to download from 26th October, and an interactive trail map, available now at beeinthecitymcr.co.uk/50windows
The 50 Windows of Creativity displays are in windows and spaces around Manchester city centre and can be enjoyed within social distancing regulations. All visitors are encouraged to maintain a safe distance, wear a face covering when appropriate and be respectful to other trail visitors.
Ben Reed, Head of Creative Development at Wild in Art said
“We are delighted to have the privilege of working with the many incredibly talented artists, designers and makers and we are excited to reveal their work and displays. This project will transform the city’s windows and spaces into an innovative art gallery taking people on a creative journey around Manchester.”
Councillor Luthfur Rahman OBE, Executive Member Culture Leisure and Skills, Manchester City Council said,
“Now more than ever it is so important that we show support for the arts community and I hope that people will take the time to safely explore 50 Windows of Creativity and appreciate the incredible talent that Manchester has to offer.”
Download the 50 Windows of Creativity app from the App Store or on Google Play from 26 October 2020.
Interactive trail map at beeinthecitymcr.co.uk/50windows
Full list of artists includes:
Akse, Amy Coney , Apapat, Jai-in Glynn, Atelier Bebop, Benji Reid, Caroline Coates, Caroline Daly,
Caroline Dowsett, Charlotte Smithson, CJTaylord Art, Creative Design & Manufacture UK, Danielle
Rhoda, Daren Newman, Dave Draws, DREPH, George Gibson, Izzy Kroese, Guy McKinley, Hammo ,
Helen Middleton Studio, Ibukun Baldwin, Instruct Studio, Jack McConnell, Jodie Silverman,
Jonnybentley360, Justin Eagleton, Kaper, Kelly Stanford, Kim Hubball, KREK, Laura-Kate Chapman,
Lazerian, LeiMai LeMaow, Lizzie Rose Chapman, Lydia Meiying, Manchester Craft and Design Centre,
Manchester Cultural Education Partnership with Stephen M Campbell, Manchester Digital, Music
Archive, Manchester Pride, Mancsy, Mark Kennedy, Mary Goodwin , Matt Sewell, May Wild Studio,
Meha, MHHA Manchester Hip Hop Archive, Moovin’ Festival Visual Art Collective, Neil
Lorenzo,Fernandes Makes, Peter Naish, Phil Constable , Rachel Ho Ceramics, Ric Facchin, Richard Dean ,
Richard Shields, RP Roberts, Sarah Connell, Sasha Ray Art, Seashell Trust & Lauren Mullarkey, Sneaky
Raccoon, Sonia Sharma, Sumit Sakar aka KrikSix, TANKPETROL, Tara Collette, The Playhouse Competition
Team , Thomas Wolski, Tim Denton, Tony Walsh and Trevor Johnson, Venture Arts Presents featuring
Jennie Franklin; Ahmen Mohammed; Barry Anthony Finan, Verdure Floral Design.