Art with a Heart mission is to contribute to the regeneration of the Heart of the Town centre using the Arts by making art more accessible to a wider audience, supporting emerging artists irrespective of age, background, religion or culture and encouraging participation by the local community, societies, groups and schools in the deployment of programmed events.
7 reasons for Art with a Heart are:
1. Encourages dwell time in the Town Centre
2. Its time to get the art out of the school corridors and into a public exhibition space to be appreciated by a wider audience
3. Encourages and support emerging Creatives, encouraging diversity
4. Facilitates the change in the mindset and perception of Art in the Real World, it is a valid career choice
5. Mentors volunteers in the Arts, it is about skills and experience
6. Complements not competes with other organisations
7. Raises the awareness of local charities, groups, societies and associations through a series of programme events
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Art with a Heart delivered 6 exhibitions over 4 months attracting 6,000+ visitors in its previous temporary unit in the Town. It increased footfall and encouraged dwelltime. This unit had been empty for over two years, one of many creating a negative attitude and impression of the Town.
Opening to the public in Sept. 2012, the feedback from local community was positive and encouraging. Following is an extract from the visitors book:
This facility is a very valuable one for Altrincham, Mr. & Mrs. L, Bowdon
Excellent addition to the desert of Altrincham, Mr. R, Altrincham
This is what Altrincham needs – a central arts events place & an energetic & nice people to run it, Mrs. L, Altrincham
Fantastic work and a brilliant use of an empty shop, thanks, Mr. N, Alderley Edge
Always looked for something like this, Ms. G, Bowdon
Fantastic idea, will call again, Mr. & Mrs. F, Sale
A must for the community, Mr S, Newhon- le-willows
Great opportunity to début young artists, Ms. E, Manchester
Steps to get it done:
The licence was not extended by the Council, owners of the building, as they wanted the building for a Town Team. Recognising the success of Art with a Heart, the Council is planning to implement a considerably smaller display area in the unit.
Art with a Heart has been offered a new location by a local business on a 12 month rent free lease. Art with a Heart will moved into the unit early April. An empty unit of more than 15 months, the unit is a blank canvas requiring modifications to make it exhibition ready.
Following extracts from the Visitors Book illustrates why Art with a Heart is still needed in the Town
Exciting and needed, Mrs. D, Altrincham
Make it permanent, Mr. Y, Bowdon
Please continue with this programme for the Town, Great work, Mrs. P, Altrincham
Excellent, deserves to be a permanent feature, Mr. E, Timperley
Awesome! Keep it going, Mr. B, Flixton
Excellent. Keep it going we need it, Mr. F, Altrincham
Great for Altrincham. An excellent showcase, Mr. K, Sale
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