As part of this years Northern Art Carbooty, The Wewiora Project Sisters were delighted to commission local artist Emily Speed to respond to the location of our site venue, 1 Primrose Street, which is based within the heart of the Ancoats conservation area.
The artist was particularly taken with the Victoria Square Housing building, where Northern Art Carbooty was in residence with fellow artists Claire Tindale & Liz Wewiora (as Common Ground Collective), Nicola Colclough and Li-En Yeung delivering workshops to create work for resident community stalls.
What came from this point of interest from the artist was a site-specific architecturally inspired performance which appeared in and around the Northern Art Carbooty venue, working as an not only an intervention but also a celebration of Ancoats on the day!.
About Emily’s Commission:
‘The Homes of Real Men and Women’
Women and men, real men and women, on Sundays had regular ‘up and down’ pitch battles, women with breasts bare and petticoats turned up, cock fights and dog fights were held here as lately as 1866. Yet by the 1890s it was said (rather sadly, perhaps) “You hardly ever see a street fight”
Rushton, Peter, ‘Family Survival Strategies in Mid-Victorian Ancoats’,
Last week the Cross Acres Knitting group from Wythenshawe, came for a site visit and workshop to see the Victoria Square garden and meet with local residents to develop their current garden game board piece which will be unveiled and played with on the Northern Art Carbooty day event!
Trevor, the Victoria Square resident who has built up the beautiful garden from a car park to the glorious green spot it is today showed the knitting ladies around before they went along to work with a few other residents and Common Ground Collectives, Claire Tindale and Liz Wewiora, on the garden game board patches.
Slugs, pigeons, cats and a flurry of insects took over the Victoria square community centre room that day!
As part of this year’s Northern Art Carbooty programme, we have commissioned a number of local artists to deliver a series of workshops with and for the residents of Ancoats Conservation Area – the home of the Northern Art Carbooty events!
Residents from Northward’s Housing Victoria Square and regular user groups of local Charity organisation Mustard Tree have been invited to explore the Ancoats Community gardens to develop a growing based board game! The structure will exist as a sculpture in its own right but also a social tool for groups in Ancoats to use in the communal garden spaces.
You will be able to have a go at the Garden based game yourselves, live on the Northern Art Carbooty event day and meet some of the local residents who have worked to create this new interactive work!
Common Ground Collective’s Claire Tindale has been leading on the sessions each Monday, supported by Common Ground and Northern Art Carbooty’s Liz Wewiora.
A massive thank you to all of those who have taken part so far and we look forward to having a go at that game!
These workshops have kindly been supported by the Ancoats Community First grant scheme – Community Development Foundation