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The Northern Art Carbooty

  • Ancoats 1 Primrose St Manchester, M4 United Kingdom (map)

A car boot with a twist, The Northern Art Carbooty returns to Ancoats this August Bank Holiday Sunday.

Following last years’ success, this year’s event will be an even bigger day-long extravaganza of art, craft, live performance, and food and drink to tempt even the most strong willed! 

"Seek and yee shall find wonderful things to open your mind"

Northern Art Carbooty 2014 will host over twenty stalls of beautiful and thought provoking artworks from some of the most promising artists and makers in the North West. The Northern Art Carbooty offers the public the opportunity to buy original pieces of work starting from £1 with prices capped at £50. If you love original art and craft and like buying it even more, then this is an event not to be missed!

To name just a few, stall take overs will include Manchester’s celebrated Stanley Chow; artists and makers Richard Shields, Lydia Meiying, Makers Dozen and Lucy Harvey who will be offering visitors the chance to take away their very own souvenir of Manchester’s industrial heritage; Open Music Archive’s vinyl, CDs and print; TryB4Udie; Karl Doran; 42nd Street’s Horsefalling shop; the very special Scarab Boutique who take donated clothing with sentimental stories attached to them, up-cycle them and translate these stories onto the clothing tags for the next owner to read; as well as members of popular Salford based Hot Bed Press.

There will be opportunities to participate, with the much loved One69a returning. With bespoke Northern Art Carbooty designs, One69a will be on hand to help visitors create their own screen printed T-shirts and bags. Naomi Kashiwagi will be encouraging people to get involved in and buy her contemporary origami making, while artist Chris Paul Daniels will be offering visitors a chance to make their own 16mm film loops that they can manipulate and see animated before taking away with them as their very own piece of celluloid.  

Significantly this year artists Common Ground Collective plus Li-en Yeung and Nicola Colclough have been working with Ancoats based older 60s residents of Victoria Square and people using charity Mustard Tree’s donated shop stock and the Victoria Square’s own community garden as inspiration for their works. The artists and residents at Victoria Square also invited Cross Acres Knitting & Crochet Group from Wythenshawe who are part of the #Knitterfeed project to join in. Local residents will have their own stalls sharing their wares with the public.

Performances on the day will include the premiere of Northern Art Carbooty 2014 commissioned work by artist performer Emily Speed: The Homes of Real Men and Women. Taking inspiration from the architecture, history and people of Ancoats, Emily Speed’s The Homes of Real Men and Real Women is an unassuming dress made for a fellow performer. In time dressers will unfold the garment, inserting dowel rods to eventually construct something that is between architecture and a book. As the costume unfolds, painted sections will be revealed, showing details from architectural pattern books which trace the changes in the local buildings of Ancoats, and particularly since the erection of the renowned Victoria Square in 1889. The dress and the history it contains are then folded back up and the dowels removed. This will be a must see performance. 

Also playing on the day will be Manchester’s popular Jonny Dub who will be digging around the crates playing eclectic rhythms and sounds, and PRP DJs Unity Radio 92.8fm will be hosting a live broadcast on the day looking for visitors to get involved from 3-5pm.

Food and drink will be available from the likes of The Serving Coffee Corp, Love From The Streets, and more. So folk can either take away, take part or just sit back, relax and take in the vibe. Something for all ages, even a bouncy castle, in the heart of the Ancoats conservation area and at car boot prices! 

Sisters Helen and Liz Wewiora explained why they’ve sited their annual Northern Art Carbooty in Ancoats:  

“Why Ancoats? Ancoats in the 1800s was central to the city’s textile production and trade was king.  Ancoats is hugely significant to Manchester’s industrial heritage. During this period, the area was heavily populated by Italian migrants actively trading, performing and socialising on the streets of what is commonly understood as one of the UK’s first industrial suburbs. Northern Art Carbooty couldn’t think of a more fitting place to invite the public and artists alike to bring along their wares, and through trade, exchange and gifting, be encouraged to explore and celebrate the social aspects, hidden worlds and stories behind car boots and table top sales. The notions of trade and exchange will permeate and visitors should be ready to haggle.”

The Northern Art Carbooty takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday 24 August 2014, from 12noon – 5pm, at 1 Primrose Street, Ancoats, M4 6AQ.

Entry is free but with a £1 suggested donation, and original art and craft will be on sale priced from £1 - £50.

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