Answers on a Postcard Please!” Exhibition in Shop Windows along Ayres Road – February 2020

“A patchwork of ideas, images and thoughts, sewn together to make a fingerprint of the community.”

‘Answers on a Postcard please’  was OT creative SPACE’s first community art project supported by Arts Council England and demonstrated our mission to bring together professional artists and the community. Ayres Road in Old Trafford became a 2000 foot long  gallery exhibiting the fabulous art made during this project. 

“This project gives locals a voice , a chance to share with others, be creative and be part of something that reflects the whole community”

This Project was supported by an Arts Council National Lottery project grant.

Heres what the community thought about the Exhibition

During the Two Week Exhibition Lynda Sterling led ten Guided walks along Ayres road open for anyone interested to join in with and find out more about the whole project from initial postcard making and collaborative workshops through to the Models wearing the garments and the individual shops.

‘…it’s been great to see such a wide variety of people from our community come together and create art, I can’t wait to see how people respond when they see their creations in shop windows.’     

The project initially worked with 15 different groups from Old Trafford  including refugees, parents and toddlers, youth and sheltered housing residents to create a thousand postcards which shared their thoughts and views on Old Trafford, celebrating everyone’s uniqueness.

Through four collaborative workshops held at key community venues,  OT creative SPACE worked with  Artist Sam Hull to bring together all the individual postcards. Two Postcard garments were made by inviting participants to fold, stitch, cut and connect the postcards together. These are on display as part of the exhibition alongside images taken by Documentary Photographer Alys Kay of community members wearing the garments in different locations across Old Trafford that are important to them. 

Further Workshops with local residents in partnership with Clay studio Manchester, THE BACK gALLErY and DudhaDesigns contributed to the final exhibition. 

Illustrator Oliver East created a map of the participating shops along Ayres road to support the Exhibition .

Answers on a Postcard Please Video

A short video sharing the journey of ‘Answers on a postcard Please’ from workshops through to Exhibition Created by Alys Kay.