OT Art Trail is a new project funded by Arts Council England that is designed to bring the community together, much needed after months of isolation and distancing.

A series of six large new artworks have been created on walls and the gable ends of 5 buildings and one park wall around Old Trafford all within a ten min walking route of OT creative SPACE, inspired by the community.

OT Art Trail is a new project funded by Arts Council England that is designed to bring the community together, much needed after months of isolation and distancing.

A series of six large new artworks have been created on walls and the gable ends of 5 buildings and one park wall around Old Trafford all within a ten min walking route of OT creative SPACE, inspired by the community.

The new murals will add to murals and artwork already seen around Old Trafford to create the OT art Trail.

With a theme of ‘Community Togetherness and diversity’ OT creative SPACE set out to engage the community in gathering their ideas, designs and drawings of what they would like to see in the new Artworks.

Despite several Lockdowns and social distancing restrictions members of the community were invited to discuss the theme and add to it and develop a range of ideas , words and images that represent Old Trafford.

This was done through Online workshops with groups, two schools and open invites, social media campaigns, workshops in the parks, window displays and postcards as well as distributing 300 creative packs through local extra care facilities, food banks, social prescribing teams and giveaways in the local parks.

In January 2021 we ran a Prize draw with prize donations from local cafes and takeaways to encourage maximum participation and feedback. In total we received over 300 responses from all different members of the Old Trafford Community.

This information was then collated and categorised by the OT creative VOICE group to draw out the key themes and images represented in all the entries. These were presented to the five artists to translate into artworks that make up the final murals within a walking trail around Old Trafford.  To accompany the trail is a piece of spoken word and sound art by local Poet and Spoken word Artist Isaiah Hull.

To accompany the OT art Trail there is a Discover Arts Award booklet that participants from local schools who took part in initial workshops can use when following the trail. On completion of the pack Children and young people will gain a Discover Arts award. 

The project has been documented by Lance Hargreaves from Spit the Atom Media via Drone so The murals can still be viewed if residents are unable to leave their homes. At each mural Location there is an info board with a QR code giving access to the audio poem, more video footage, interviews, and images from the community that inspired the final piece.