50 Windows of Creativity at Great Northern

26 Oct - 05 Dec

50 Windows of Creativity, a new art trail celebrating Manchester’s rich creative culture will see a huge array of spectacular mosaics, installations, fine art, photography, craft, murals and more pop up in windows, venues, businesses and spaces across the city centre from 26th October to 5th December 2020, and we are proud to be hosting two windows here at Great Northern.

Created by the team behind the award-winning Bee in the City event, 50 Windows of Creativity will transform Manchester into an innovative art gallery taking you on a colourful, inspiring and safe journey around the city centre. The trail,  supported by Manchester City Council and event partners Auto Trader and Dandara Living, will raise money for the artists involved and The Lord Mayor of Manchester Charity Appeal Trust – We Love MCR Charity.

You can explore the trail from 26th October using the 50 Windows of Creativity app (available to download from 26th October), and an interactive trail map, available now at beeinthecitymcr.co.uk/50windows

The 50 Windows of Creativity displays are in windows and spaces around Manchester city centre and can be enjoyed within social distancing regulations. All visitors are encouraged to maintain a safe distance, wear a face covering when appropriate and be respectful to other trail visitors.

The trail celebrates the rich and varied culture of Manchester itself and visitors passing ChriSalon, Princess Street might spot Ric Facchin’s miniature Manchester Builds, which immortalise some the city’s best buildings at their moment in time, whilst Kimpton Clocktower Hotel will display a mosaic work by Mary Goodwin featuring a tryptic of historical Mancunians – famous by name, not so famous by face.

Classic Football Shirts will present mosaicist Mark Kennedy’s replica of the 20/21 Premier League Manchester City Football Club shirt, the design of which was inspired by his work, and Sarah Connell’s Manchester cityscapes of the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford can be seen in the old Wesley Barrell unit on Great Northern’s Deansgate Terrace.

All pieces on display will be available to buy directly from the artist or maker and the project culminates with an auction on 10 December 2020 streamed live from the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel which will see a selection of pieces auctioned with proceeds going to their artists and makers, and to The Lord Mayor of Manchester Charity Appeal Trust – We Love MCR Charity (registered charity number 1066972) which supports disadvantaged communities and individuals to be the best they can be.

Using the app you can unlock offers across the city including a lovely 10% off at the new Alex’s Bakery at Great Northern. See the app for more details.

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