Art with a Heart to launch at A Taste of Trafford

September 14, 2012 3:11 pm

Art with a Heart Altrincham

Trafford Council has teamed up with local artist Karen Wroe to breathe life back into one of the town centre’s vacant units – a move which supports Altrincham Forward’s strategy to bring empty spaces back into use, attract new facilities to the town and engage with the community.

The council-owned space, in Shaws Road, will be temporarily used for Art with a Heart, an exhibition which will launch at this year’s A Taste of Trafford festival on Sunday 23 September.

Local volunteers worked with the council to get involved in repair and decorative work on the run up to the launch, to bring the space up to scratch for the exhibition.

Leader of Trafford Council and Chairman of Altrincham Forward, Cllr Matt Colledge, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to find an innovative way of bringing to life the former café on Shaws Road. The Council is committed to revitalising Altrincham town centre, and here – with the help of volunteers who have shown real passion for their local town – we have been able to use our own assets to make a difference.

“The exhibition will draw people in, brighten up an otherwise empty space, and also raise money for a worthy cause at the same time. Following the exhibition, there is the potential for the space to be used in a number of different ways, bringing variety for those who visit our town centre.”

Visitors to Art with a Heart will be able to view and purchase art that has been donated from around the world, to raise money for the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust. Soprano Scarlett Quigley, aged 14, who reached the regional finals of Open Mic UK, will be performing at the launch and also at preview evenings – visit www.artwithaheart.org.uk to find out more.

Trafford’s flagship food festival A Taste of Trafford is a fantastic celebration of the area’s finest food and drink, visited by thousands of people each year. New producers and restaurateurs will join returning favourites to showcase a huge range of mouth watering treats, with highlights including a pop-up vintage tearoom and live cookery demonstrations.

This year, the festival has become an official partner of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, a move which will ensure that Trafford’s food heroes are celebrated across Greater Manchester. To be incorporated into the brand new Altrincham Food Festival planned by Altrincham Forward for 2013, A Taste of Trafford 2012 promises to be a fitting finale to what has become a key event in the borough.


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