A community art project which is set to bring a splash of colour to the temporary hoardings around Wythenshawe Town Centre was unveiled to the public today.
The project, commissioned by developer St Modwen, was undertaken by local-born artist Amanda McCrann with the help of schoolchildren from Newall Green High School to liven up sections of hoardings that were erected following the demolition of Park and Violet Court flats, a site earmarked for retail and office development.
Amanda and 60 children from the local high school spent a series of days out and about in the town centre talking to residents, market traders, visitors and workers in the community, capturing their thoughts and memories of Wythenshawe. The results have been brought together into a striking, contemporary piece of art by Amanda and the finished work has been transformed onto the hoardings to brighten up visitors’ trips to the town centre over the coming months.
Sue Smith, Town Centre Manager, commented:
“When the hoardings first went up, there were a few requests from the local community for them to be brightened up. Developer St Modwen felt that Amanda McCrann, a Wythenshawe-born-and-bred artist, would be ideal for taking on this task and she has done the town centre proud; we hope local people will enjoy seeing the masterpiece during their trips to the town centre!”
Councillor Glynn Evans, Chair of Wythenshawe Area Committee, said:
“The project that Amanda and the schoolchildren have produced is fantastic and really adds vibrancy to the town centre. It’s wonderful to see Wythenshawe’s sense of community spirit captured in the artwork. With work on the next phase of development in the regeneration of Wythenshawe, Haletop East, also recently starting, these are clearly exciting times for the town centre.”
Amanda McCrann said:
“Producing a community art project for my home town was something I was delighted and flattered to have been asked to do. The schoolchildren and I had great fun immersing ourselves in the daily hustle and bustle of the town centre and we’re really grateful to all of the people in the community that took the time to talk to us and get involved in the project. I’d encourage everyone to get down to the town centre to see the results and even see if they can spot any of their friends and family – or themselves – on the hoardings!”
Notes to editors:
• Wythenshawe Town Centre Masterplan, adopted by Manchester City Council last summer, envisages up to £130 million of predominantly private investment in the town centre over the next decade. It has already delivered a £20 million Asda superstore with further substantial improvements on the way. St Modwen is the Council’s Town Centre Development Partner, appointed to roll out the retail element of the masterplan.
• The hoardings were erected following the demolition of Park and Violet Court flats. Outline planning permission for a new 50,000sqft retail and office development on the site – all part of the wider master-plan for the town centre – was granted by Manchester City Council in January 2008.
• Amanda McCrann is a local artist who specialises in community art projects. Her work has been a huge success with six panels of mosaic art works, based on paintings from Manchester Art Gallery, already in the heart of the town centre.
• Haletop East comprises nine ground floor retail units ranging from 285 sq ft to 1,350 sq ft and four first floor office suites comprising 830 sq ft to 2,500 sq ft. This phase will see further capital investment of £3,000,000 in Wythenshawe Town Centre, and when complete, will provide 14,750 sq ft of mixed-use space.
• St Modwen is the UK’s leading regeneration specialist and operates across the full spectrum of the property industry through a network of six regional offices and a Birmingham based head office. The company is wholly focussed upon regeneration with expertise in town centre regeneration, partnering industry, brownfield land renewal and heritage restoration.
For further information, please contact:
Rana Bhutta, Roland Dransfield
0161 236 1122 or email@example.com
Stephen Knowles, Senior Development Manager
St Modwen Properties plc
01925 825 950