50 Windows of Creativity
10 Sep 2020
50 windows of creativity is the concept of Art in Wild, the brains behind the recent city success that was ‘Bee in the City’
Wild in Art is one of the leading producers of spectacular, mass-appeal public art events, which connect businesses, artists and communities through the power of creativity and innovation.
Since 2008 Wild in Art has animated cities across the world including Sydney, Melbourne, Cape Town and São Paulo, and created trails for the London 2012 Olympics, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Historic Royal Palaces and Penguin Random House.
The trail will be a showcase of the work of artists and makers displayed in a series of windows, venues, businesses and spaces across the city centre. In conjunction with Manchester City Centres recovery programme the aim is to help to ignite the areas creative community and also building 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 displays will feature multiple art forms, from fine art and photography, to ceramics, crafts, mosaics and murals. They will be curated by both well-known and emerging artists and collectives – all of whom have a connection to Greater Manchester – and also by the city’s cultural venues and festivals which haven’t been able to take place this year.
Artists confirmed to be taking part so far are Wellcome Trust prize winner Benji Reid, Manchester-born mixed media landscape artist Sarah Connell and of course, Lazerian
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.
Charlie Langhorne- Co-Founder of ‘Wild in Art’
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. A huge amount of work has gone into helping Manchester recover economically; what we need to see now is the same level of support to see the city recover culturally, a sector which is intrinsic to the city’s economic recovery. This is why we must engage with projects like 50 Windows of Creativity.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman-executive member for skills, culture and leisure
Another aim is to reconnect residents with place and spaces in the city centre again, in a way to adhere to the social distancing rulings. People obviously haven’t been out and about as much as usual which is inevitably having a negative effect on the retail and hospitality sectors. To give these sectors a much needed boost as well as boosting the creative industry will be an added extra.
All pieces on display will be available to purchase direct from the artist or maker- ensuring an improvement for the arts and culture sector.
The project culminates with an auction, which will see a selection of pieces auctioned with proceeds going to their artists and makers, and to The Lord Mayor of Manchester Charity Appeal Trust – We Love MCR – which aims to help improve the lives and life chances of Manchester people.
For more news including details about displays and information about artists contact Bee in the City and Wild In Art
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