Northern Art Carbooty

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About NAC/ Carbooty 

Northern Art Carbooty (NAC) is a developed project from local artist Tasha Whittle’s original and on-going ‘carbooty’ events. Working in partnership with Tasha, Wewiora Projects and Whittle will bring a new public realm focused Northern Art Carbooty project to the streets of Manchester.  NAC has taken up home across Manchester, Salford and Blackpool, including at venue partners Unity Radio headquarters in Ancoats, in partnership with Squirrel and Tiffin & LeftCoast at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, and smaller carbooty events Islington Mill, Salford, Fred Aldous and Wonder Inn, Manchester.  NAC acts as a new arena for local artists to come together and explore the idea of all things car boot. Artists and makers involved will also be encouraged to consider the social and often hidden world of such events where stories are shared, friendships are frequently forged and even shared experiences occur. The idea of the ‘affordable arts market’ as well as how value is attributed and commodity is defined, will be challenged.

Working within the remit of the traditional car boot fair, where bargains, trash, treasure and an exchange of personal objects and stories are shared, NAC brings together the best of local creative talent and shares it all at very reasonable price for the public. A long term collaborative engagement programme also sits within the overall NAC model, working each year with local craft group, Many Hands Craft Collective and wider residents from Northward’s social housing Victoria Square, an over60s residence based in Ancoats, Manchester. Elizabeth Wewiora continues to work with the group, and is currently photographer in residence creating a new body of collaborative work as part of her Masters By Research at Manchester School of Art, exploring the role of photography in socially engaged practice.

For more information please feel free to visit the NAC tumblr page or check our regular post blogs about the project as it develops on our site here!

*Our Carbooty and Northern Art Carbooty programme is currently taking a break for the first half of 2017 whilst we make big plans for projects in 2018 – More information to follow shortly!

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