An exciting new art installation designed and created by local youth group 0161 Community has been installed at New Bailey as a tribute to the NHS.

The mural, which sits on the wall of the old Mark Addy pub on the banks of the River Irwell, gives a nod to the NHS with its colourful rainbow design and also features a worker bee, synonymous with the spirit of both Salford and Manchester.

0161 Community brings young people of all backgrounds together and encourages them to take control of their neighbourhoods through sports and creative workshops. Working across Greater Manchester, the group’s ethos is to ‘empower the unheard’ and provide people with skills, guidance and confidence through various activities including Muay Thai, yoga, graffiti, sculpting and documentary-making classes.

“New Bailey has a history of working with local artists to create focal points for the site and we’re thrilled that New Bailey is now home of this fantastic installation from the team at 0161 Community.

Salford is very much a proud city, both of its heritage and future, and Greater Manchester was also where the NHS was founded back in 1948. Over the past few months due to the unprecedented situation, we find ourselves in, that sense of pride in our city, region, communities and keyworkers has increased massively, so we had to pay tribute to it. It will no doubt now be an iconic part of Salford’s streetscape for a long time to come.”

(Phil Mayall, regional director at The English Cities Fund, the team behind the New Bailey scheme)

“This project has been really fun. The team at New Bailey initially reached out because they’d seen what we’d been doing on social media and they wanted to show some support.

The art we’ve created is in a really prominent location, so it made sense to do something super bright, that draws the eye. If you’re walking past you can’t miss it!”

(Jahoer Seph, The primary artist on the New Bailey project)

The fund and 0161 Community Art hope to collaborate later in the year on more events at New Bailey.

As a non-profit organisation, 0161 Community is funded through donations to go towards materials for its sports and arts programs via their website and is hoping to be running selected classes in the near future.

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