A huge public art project has taken over Eccles town centre, transforming its public spaces and venues.

We Live Here features work from notable artists and members of the community living and working in the historic market town as part of a huge regeneration programme for the area.

The Salford City Council commission sees global art producer Wild in Art work with local artists, residents and community groups to deliver a showcase of artwork that ranges from striking installations, murals, powerful photography and paintings.

Manchester’s own painter and illustrator, Hammo, has created a mural on the side of Eccles Market, celebrating the history of the markets and shining a light on present-day traders, while street artist Qubek has also produced a mural that showcases how Eccles has welcomed diverse communities over the years and played a key role in the industrial revolution.

Internationally acclaimed Manchester-based street artist Aylo (Nomad Clan) has created a stunning artwork inspired by old botanical drawings, highlighting the beauty of Eccles’ wildflowers and the need to protect our local wildlife.

Working with Salford Youth Service LGBTQ+ youth club and pupils from The Arbour Academy, multi-disciplinary artist Lauren Mullarkey has created a colourful textile installation, producing flowers and fruits from hand-dyed silk and knitted flora from Smiths’ Knits to create a spectacular installation inspired by the flora that has historically grown in cottage gardens in Eccles.

Based at the Puzzle Factory in Eccles, contemporary artist Stephen M Campbell has produced a mural on Church Street which features the landmarks around Eccles, celebrating the historic market town as a pioneer of engineering.

Councillor Mike McCusker, Lead Member for Planning, Transport and Sustainable Development, Salford City Council, said: “The We Live Here art trail in the retail heart of Eccles will be an exciting addition for local residents and visitors alike to explore the vibrant artworks in spaces that they may pass by each day – from the Eccles Shopping Centre up through to Eccles Market, looping round to Eccles Gateway and library, and along Church Street.

The art trail runs until Sat 30 Sep. Printed trail maps will be available to pick up at locations around Eccles and an online trail map is also available to download.
Fri 21 Jul
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Tue 25 Jul 2023