Launched in July 2015, I C ART is a programme created and funded by Hamilton Davies Trust (HDT) to bring art to Irlam and Cadishead. It aims to create sites of interest across the area through the introduction of artwork in various forms, which can help to connect to the area’s heritage and environment, celebrating the present and past whilst simultaneously looking forward to the future. It can complement regeneration and be a showcase for local skills, brightening up some unloved or run down spaces, and enhancing pride through volunteer participation in the programme. It is also a great way of raising aspirations and fuelling the imagination.

Extremely passionate about urban art – HDT believe it will provide pleasure to local people; further enhance the appearance of the local environment and also attract visitors to the area. With the majority of projects planned as outdoor attractions, it will also be visible, accessible and free for everyone across the district to enjoy and get involved.

HDT engaged the services of local artist Rachelle Cleary, who recruited a team of 15 volunteers to complete the first major piece of art for the programme. Entitled ‘Bridging the Gap’ the piece tells the story of the areas industrial heritage and railways depicting a link between the people from the past through time to the present day, with the bridge as a central theme. The artwork is displayed on the Liverpool platform at Irlam Station, with a replica featured at what was once Phulphil Garage on the corner of Dudley Road and Liverpool. Why not pop down and take a look?

For further information about the programme visit the HDT website.

Interested in getting involved? Then why not get in touch? Anyone can be part of the team, it doesn’t matter if you can’t paint or draw. Creative ideas for future pieces or potential sites, help to research and prepare artwork or an extra pair of hands for its installation are all welcome. If you do have art skills however, these are most definitely welcome too.

Call: 0161 222 4003 / Click: [email protected]

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