For two days and one night only, Ordsall Community Arts and the adjoining Neighbourhood Office was crammed with artworks by Salford's very best talent – from University trained artists to local kids.
The Syd Turner Room in the Neighbourhood Office turned gallery to host works by a range of groups and artists. The `New Lowry' Joe Coffey exhibited his Salford head sculpture, plus sketches, paintings and a new Ordsall themed picture showing his trademark hoodies hanging out on Robert Hall Street in front of the old offy.
Jo Carlon, who goes under the name of Salford Artist, only had two pieces on display but each one has about a hundred intricate paintings inside. They both have Salford street and the river maps as a background to a million angsts and expressions, with powerful words and images flying out of them. This is fucked up, political, wonderful Salford at its (Irlam O'th) height – a canvas for everything.
Meanwhile, Sarah Louise Parkes' installation was just a list of words on acetate streaming down a wall, representing her son's vocabulary when he was two years and eight months old. This work stood side by side with more conventional watercolours, paintings, sketches and word driven art books by Salford LIDS, START in Salford Senior Art Group and many others. And some stark foreboding black and white photos by former Primrose Hill Primary School worker, Eleanor Kallaher.
Over in the Ordsall Community Arts workspace, Amber Sanchez, an ex artist in residence at Cambridge University and now a resident of Ordsall, had a top `pissed up' badge sculpture which made everyone smile. Gears+ also had some ace interactive sculptures crashed together out of old car parts.
Along the corridors were workshops helping kids to make jewellery, badges, and cartoons, while the totally chilled out acoustic band Beautiful Distractions provided the perfect ambient backdrop. Outside was the Ordsall Community Arts BMW, given the Ordsall treatment and ready for its new life as a plant holder…
For more details on Ordsall Community Arts and its work see www.ocarts.co.uk