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Unpicking Contemporary Art was an 8 week eight programme during October – December 2013 ,that is developed in partnership between  a group of older people and Manchester City Art Gallery , based around two contemporary exhibitions. The aim was to help people feel more comfortable with using the whole gallery space.

Gorton Visual Arts were the lead group and used “All that is solid melts into air” by Jeremy Deller and  ” the vanity of small differences ” by Grayson Perry as inspiration for their own project titled “Beer Mats and Log Ends” which will focus on the once existence of the continual Public Houses dotted along the Hyde Road location of Gorton.

The programme engaged the group members in a diversity of continual practice using ceramics.securedownload securedownload10 securedownload11 securedownload12 securedownload13 securedownload3

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The concept was to produce a visual project that highlights and celebrates the once existence of the areas industrious past ,celebrated churches, and leisure activities provided in the area of Gorton, East Manchester which outreached to the world.

The produced mosaic panels will be donated to 4 local Gorton Schools during October 2014.

The aim of the project is to visually celebrate Gorton s Heritage and Culture ,with an objective to produce an inter generational project that formulates a strong creative educational resource for young people.

Mosaic Panels feature images of Belle Vue , Gorton Monastery , Beyer Peacock Engineering Company ,  Brookfield Church, Gorton Rushcart Festivals, St Marks Church West Gorton {the origins of Manchester City Football Club]securedownload6 securedownload7 securedownload15 securedownload16

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DSCF1450DSCF1453DSCF1493DSCF1449DSCF1451Research material is presently being gathered , stories are slowly being submitted. A  great deal of support as been offered by Frank Rhodes and the Gorton Local History Group which as  now  enabled  the group to  generate coloured layouts developed using the many Brewery Company colours of the Hyde Road Pubs.
Each layout contains an element of shapes using architectural features of the Interiors /exteriors of the many pubs.
Over the coming weeks these full size layouts will be knitted to formulate individual Beer towel Mats , size 460mm x 200mm.

Beer Mats and Log Ends Project 2014

Beer Mats and Log Ends Project 2014

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“We Need Your Stories“  about Hyde Road and surrounding  Gorton Pubs

“Beer Mats and Log Ends” Project  –    by Gorton Visual Arts

Our Project titled “Beer Mats and Log Ends” is a reminiscent project that aims to produce a symbolic representation related to the social activities which existed in the past and present Public Houses within the Hyde Road and surrounding location of Gorton. During these present times there is a National concern, that the daily continual closure of Public Houses throughout the country is a loss of British identity and culture, our concern is to visually document our immediate surrounding environment.
The research element of the project requires written and recorded dialogue gathered from local residents in the community alongside working closely with the Gorton local History group, all Gorton groups/residents and the Gorton Public Houses.
We aim to engage older participants involved in our targeted outreached programme to share their stories to formulate a created locally exhibited educational resource for all residents and young people in local schools. The Project using textiles to produce beer mats and various other art forms which will concentrate on producing work relevant to the Manchester Dart Board the “Log End” this combined work will visually portray how pubs socially engage people using text quotations from the submitted written stories and recorded interviews.
Our Project related outreached programme, is delivered by a Lead Artist, Support Artist and the group members, together we will offer people in the community a diversity of contemporary visual practice, sharing the group members increased knowledge, skills, and training recently developed from “Unpicking Contemporary Art ” Programme with Manchester City Art Gallery.
Our objective is to focus on delivering a project that creates increased opportunities for local people experiencing isolation and vulnerability, and engage more active citizens working together to tackle these problems.
The Project will begin in September 2014 and continue until March 2015.

Ian McKay Project Co-ordinator and Lead Artist 07752126007
Email – mac_art2002@yahoo.co.uk
http://www.gortonvisualarts.org.uk

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