The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair has a little sister…

Come and visit the Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Altrincham Town hall on Sunday 4th December 2016

10.30am -4.30pm

Buy unique gifts from statement jewellery pieces to beautiful things for the home.

Pebble rings and full cup ring with sky blue enamel


Fishink at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2016 Part 1


Wow has it been a year already since the last Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair , I don’t know where the time goes, but I do know where the beautiful designers hang out… read on to discover for yourselves : )

As usual I try to cover the new designers I come across with work that catches my eye for one reason or another.  One such person was ceramist Jasmine Simpson with a new range of lions, dogs and birds.


I loved her curled up watercoloured fox (below) and her anxious lions and slightly starey looking dogs, best of all.


Melissa Montague had an interesting range of metallic objects, some functional, some decorative.


I watched Rhian Malin patiently draw out the design in pencil onto her pot, before creating these intricate designs with blue glaze, all with such a steady hand. Simplistic, stylish and sophisticated. The stand looked great.



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Free Art workshops for 13-24 yr olds

Photo of Reading Hack does #LoveToReadBe part of something big. BBC #LoveToRead is a national campaign to get people reading and sharing the books they love. 


Reading Hack event on Monday 24 October at Manchester Central Library.  

It includes digital workshops, screen printing and 3doodler pen sessions, and a visit from internationally best-selling author Samantha Shannon.

and 2 screen printing workshops  – 2-3.30pm  and 5-6.30pm. 20 attendees per workshop, with Mandy Cleveland.

Make a poster based on the cover of your favourite read, or design your own front cover.

Learn the technique of hand pulled screen printing and make striking professional looking posters for you bedroom wall!

This is an event aimed at 13-24 yr olds

 there are also lots more things to do at this flagship event find out more at


Ready Steady GO!

Exciting times… The weekend of the trail has arrived!

This evenings preview starts at 7.30pm at the new fabulous venue Village Point, Heaton Moor. The trail begins tomorrow at 11am, the tuk tuk will do the first pick up at St pauls Church.

Everyone has been working hard at all the venues to get ready for the trail …

Blue Door Flowers- Art in Unusual Places

It’s a hive of industry as artists Tone  Von Krogh, Mia Calderisi-Phelan and Ruth Hartmann prepare the window display ready for the trail.

Featured Venue – Village Point

This Year another exciting new venue to join the arts trail is Village Point

“a brand new events venue for the Heatons, featuring two iconic rooms suitable for a variety of occasions, and a co-working space for local freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Located on Heaton Moor Road in the heart of the village (next door to the Elizabethan Pub), this beautiful 19th century building is currently undergoing a major renovation to restore its original glory whilst providing 21st century facilities.”

The Preview Night will take place here on Friday 24th June.

Artists exhibiting at Village Point are – Jane Mitchell, Meha Hindocha, Catherine Mahe, Kiran Leekate O’Brien, Jo Concannon and Jessica Wood

Today’s featured venue -Arc


Heatons Arts trail would like to introduce and welcome Arc, a venue new to the trail. Arc is a little bit off the beaten track and well worth a visit.
It is a huge space that has recently been renovated and the result is a fresh, contemporary space which will enable them to offer refreshments through the week. There’s a fantastic workshop space and a great gallery.They have added two new rooms during the renovation.

Arc is a fully accessible building.

Exhibiting artists for the Arts Trail weekend are Josephine Gornall, Mandy Cleveland, Michelle Cullen, Joanne Bull and Lucy Burgess.

Workshops and activities at Arc

Saturday 25th June -workshops are  Minecraft mask-making workshop from 11am-1pm and Josephine Gornall will be leading  3d needle felting from 3pm- 5pm both workshops are free.

Sunday 26th June -groove to the sounds of the Heaton Moor Ukulele Band 4pm -5pm

Ways to get there

By car– Arc has free parking Sk5 7BR

By Tuk Tuk – if you see a Tuk Tuk in the area, it’s probably the Trail Tuk Tuk, wave your leaflet to catch it!

By Bike – Cycle along Heaton Moor road, onto school lane, right onto Broadstone Hall rd south and left onto Greg street

By Bus from Heaton Moor 84, 42a

Arc, Unit 33m, Vauxhall Works
Greg Street

0161 480 7731