A big thankyou to teaching assistant Susan Naylor for bringing the young people who asked lots of questions about the displayed work, and for also providing us with these wonderful images of the occasion.
Group member Freda Wallwork and Group Volunteer Janice Bonner were present to help provide a guided tour of the many elements of valuable visual local social history of Gorton and Abbey Hey, that our work continues to provide for young people, new comers to the area and the community.
The exhibition at Rogue Artists’ Studios Project Space {Old Varna St School Building} continues to receive many visitors and so many powerful positive comments.
We are due to welcome more visitors and local schools before the exhibition closes on Wednesday evening the 27th March.
If you would like to visit, please email – mac_art2002@yahoo.co.uk to arrange.



An opportunity for us to encourage visitors to our exhibition to print and take home their own combined screen and woodcut print, which celebrates the once existence of the world-famous Belle Vue {Playground of the World}.
Great fun and much laughter!!!
Many thanks to David Straker for kindly providing the images.

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Our last outreached “let me introduce myself” project session at Thomas Regan Court, tea, biscuits, tea, biscuits and PAINT!
The sun was shining outside and the warmth felt inside was much greater.
As we packed up and said our goodbyes, the cry was “when are you coming back?”

We now have up to 100 painted portraits of local people, these will be carefully composed together and photographed for submission to be reproduced on large PVC Banners to be displayed along the railings of Debdale Park facing out towards Hyde Road next Month.


Well our retrospective exhibition at Rogue Artists’ Studios on Friday evening went down a treat!
We were told up to 150 people attended the event, mainly people from the local community, the entertainment was magical. BIG thank you to group volunteer and musician Mark Sutcliffe and a BIG shout out for Gorton Voice Community Choir.
Feedback from the exhibited work as been overwhelming and so positive. All that hard work by Artist Andrew McKay, group volunteer Janice Bonner, Husband David and the group members ,have been rewarded.
A huge thank you to Dr John Miles for travelling up from “the smoke “and speaking with such passion ,Rogue Artists Jan Chlebik for the wonderful captured images of the occasion and Jenny Steele for helping to create more awareness of the exhibition.
Already we have two local schools booked in to visit the work and receive a guided tour.
The exhibition remains open until Thursday the 28th March by appointment only.



What a start to our offer 4 February sessions at Gorton Library last Thursday, and its FREE!!
Much tea, coffee, laughter and biscuits to help keep us all going, great fun!
So, come and join us, doesn’t matter that you consider you can’t draw or paint, we are there to help you to freely express yourselves and enjoy an afternoon of relaxing enjoyment.
This Thursday the 14th Feb, 2.15 -4.15pm at Gorton Library, continuing on the following Thursdays the 21st, and the 28th.
The Project is funded by Manchester City Council’s -Neighbourhood Investment Fund

Our BIG show !!!


Private View: Friday 1st March 6-8.30pm
Open Day: Saturday 2nd March 12-4pm, with Free Workshop 1-3pm
Exhibition continues until Thursday 27th March, by appointment only

Rogue Project Space, 4 Barrass St, Manchester, M11 1PU

You are cordially invited to the Private Viewing of Gorton Visual Arts Retrospective Exhibition, It is What it is. The work to be exhibited is from 13 years of delivered community visual art projects, related to the rich social history of Gorton and surrounding areas. This exhibition is supported by Manchester City Council. For further information visit Gorton Visual Arts website or contact Lead Artist Ian McKay at mac_art2002@yahoo.co.uk.


After outreaching our “let me introduce myself “project at The Oasis Centre, Gorton, The Dell Residential Care Home, Gorton and The Owl and the Coconut in Levenshulme, we are back in the studio, putting together the gather portraits of local people to formulate a collective continual piece of Public Art.
Wherever we go, we continually are asked the same question ….” WHEN ARE YOU COMING BACK”!!!!!!!!!