In partnership with Castlefield Gallery, Spinningfields’ hosts the launch of a new artwork, ‘a place lived’ by Maddi Nicholson. This new commission invites visitors to reflect on the history of the area by using cast iron and enamelled sculptures that bring to life the people who had previously lived in Spinningfields before it became a hub of bars and restaurants. Back in the day, it was full of terraced housing. The surprising history of the area will be examined in the series of sculptures. The sculptures are intended to showcase the lives of women who lived in the houses, including Martha Berry, a washerwoman, and Maria Spencer, keeper of the mangle. The website, aplacelived.co.uk will allow visitors to go further in depth into the lives and stories of the people who existed in the area. Spinningfields is set to welcome its third in the series of Spinningfields Art Commissions for the site, and first permanent piece of public art, following two successful temporary projects- the 2015 Liz West sculpture ‘Through No. 3’, a six metre long triangular corridor of light and colour, and ‘HOST’ by Hilary Jack, which comprised of nine bronze sculptures of wild urban flowers dotted around Spinningfields. The sculptures have been since exchanged for donations to the Street Support homeless charity.
Launching with a public preview on Friday 19 July, the series, based in Hardman Square, will be introduced by the artist at 5pm and will be followed by a family-friendly celebration day from 2pm-5pm on Saturday 20th July.
Preview Fri 19 Jul, a place lived, Hardman Square, Spinningfields, M60 1PR, Free, 5pm, www.aplacelived.co.uk
- Joe Daly
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- Sun 21 Jul 2019