SAC32 summer exhibition 30-6-17
The SAC32 summer exhibition showcased 40 local artists including 13 resident SAC artists located at Stretford Public Hall. Organised and curated voluntarily by the SAC32 team. The idea behind the exhibition was to engage with local creatives and highlight the wealth of talent often hidden from public view. They didn’t need to be professional. The call to artists was open to anyone with the view to boost their confidence in their work. Our youngest exhibitor was 10. We welcomed entries from musicians, writers, sculptors, painters, print makers, dress makers, graphic designers, fine artists, illustrators, textile artists, installation work, you name it, we had it. We also displayed the work of 25 students from the Manchester School of Architecture as they had produced designs based on new concepts for the local town centre. another idea behind the exhibition was to inspire others to create their own work and become involved in the workshops we hold for the community. Stretford isn’t known for its artistic community but that is beginning to change.
This exhibition differed from the very first exhibition in November as it allowed the artists to sell their work. On the opening night we had a live tattooing event and an art auction, each artist in the exhibition donated work to help raise funds for our community workshops.
25 volunteers from the community came together to help build display units, hang work, run the bar, keep reception, work the sales desk and invigilate the entire art weekender. The event attracted over 1000 visitors to the grade two listed John Rylands building. The audience reach came from the local community and wider area of Greater Manchester.