50 Windows of Creativity: Art Trail in Manchester

Holly Eliza Temple

Cover image via Bee in the City MCR on Facebook

Running out of books to read? Shows to binge-watch? Do you wish you could just see something new and exciting, that would get you out of the house during lockdown? It’s a shame galleries and museums are closed…
Bee in the City is here with a solution. With no need to actually enter any venues, 50 Windows of Creativity brings the art to pavement-view, with a series of artists, designers and makers exhibited in the windows of spaces across the city of Manchester. And with all that time spent at home you might be looking for some new artwork to brighten up your walls – all pieces exhibited in the art trail are for sale, so you could discover a new favourite painter, illustrator, banner maker, photographer or ceramicist and own a piece of their handiwork.
Selected pieces will be going up for auction on 10th December, proceeds of which will be split between the artists exhibiting and the We Love MCR Charity – you can register your interest here
Produced by Wild in Art and Manchester City Council, the city-wide exhibition is around to explore until 5thDecember 2020, stretching from Bridge Street to Ancoats, Sadler’s Yard to Castlefield – you can download a trail map here, or download the app to track down locations.  Keep reading for a round up of some of our favourite pieces to look out for.


Beyond Diagnosis There Is A Full Moon, by George Gibson and Izzy Kroese
Castlefield Gallery, Hewitt Street

This delicate piece of leathercloth hanging in the window of Castlefield Gallery was created by George and Izzy of Shy Bairns, and links the experiences of chronic illness with those of a werewolf, “from symptoms to diagnosis to treatment”. The piece explores invisible illnesses, and the feelings of frustration experienced by those with a chronic illness. 

Take Your Time, by Caroline Dowsett
Hatch, Oxford Road
Taking over a unit at Hatch, local illustrator and artist Caroline Dowsett has transformed the space into an immersive painted mural, that encourages us to take some time out of our day to enjoy the colours and shapes all around us. 


No one is illegal, by Tara Collette
HOME, Tony Wilson Place
Tara Collette is a skilled textile artist and banner-maker, and her piece exhibited in the façade of HOME is a large scale statement against the mistreatment of non-white people and groups. You can read more about the inspiration behind the piece here


Cosmos, by Atelier Bebop
Selfridges, Exchange Square
The studio of Corbin Wood, Atelier Bebop focuses on playful design and use of colour. Wood’s artwork “Cosmos” nestles into the glass front of Selfridges overlooking Exchange Square, brightening the concrete landscape with an arrangement of coloured shapes and pattern.
50 Windows of Creativity is being displayed across Manchester city centre until 5th December 2020.

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