A Mancunian Artist has created an art piece celebrating the city’s iconic venues.
Forever Manchester Ambassador Alison Bell, a Manchester-based artist who create Name-Chains designs, has created a piece for the charity with the help of its supporters and followers.
Ms Bell’s Name-Chains are themed collections of names which are cleverly researched and joined together in a crossword/scrabble-style design with Alison’s unique, hand-drawn font. Her first set of designs were all based around the theme of Manchester: Manchester Bands, Manchester City FC and Manchester United FC.
And this new design also has a Manchester theme (if it ain’t broke don’t fix it) and depicts the city’s iconic buildings and music venues from the past to the present day, integrated with the Manchester Bee.
A spokesman for Forever Manchester said the piece came about after the charity asked its fans and followers to share suggestions of favourite iconic buildings and gig venues to make up the chain last September.
The spokesman said the shout out received a fantastic response and as a result, the finished artwork features more than 300 historical buildings, including The John Rylands Library and Salford Lads Club, as well as some modern landmarks like The Haçienda and HOME.
Nick Massey, chief exec for Forever Manchester, said:
“As a truly Mancunian charity we have a deep connection with our city’s cultural landmarks and we know how important they are to our supporters. This makes work like Alison’s really important to us.
“Not only does it help us raise vital funds to support groups across Greater Manchester but it celebrates one of the many things that make Manchester the city it is. I hope that anyone who wants to support us will take a look at the Name-Chains design and enjoy the memories it evokes.”
This Forever Manchester Name-Chains design is available in prints and t-shirts on the Forever Manchester online shop. For more information click here.
Forever Manchester is the only charity that raises money to fund and support community activity across Greater Manchester. All of the money raised for Forever Manchester is used to fund and support over 1,000 community projects in Greater Manchester each year.
Every year Forever Manchester raises money by hosting a wide range of innovative and enjoyable fundraising activities. The remainder comes from generous donations from individuals and local business. To learn more about the charity, click here.
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