A Rusholme community arts organisation is celebrating the heritage of the area through a calendar of images by local artist and photographer Phil Barton.

The ‘Treasures of Rusholme 2017′ calendar, produced by Creative Rusholme, is on sale now. It features striking photographs of 12 key locations from across the area, including Georgian properties on Moon Grove, Manchester Central Mosque in Victoria Park, Whitworth Art Gallery, modernist icon The Toastrack and The Curry Mile.
Through the calendar Creative Rusholme aims to raise the profile of the local community and develop the huge cultural potential of the neighbourhood on Manchester’s Southern Corridor. The arts organisation believes Rusholme has so much to offer: two galleries, three parks, a major conservation area, and residents from all over the world including many thousands of young people.
Phil Barton gave his photography free of charge for the production of the calendar. He explained why he was so keen to get involved in the Treasures of Rusholme calendar project. Phil said:

“We are proud of both the area’s heritage and its vibrant present, and the Treasures of Rusholme 2017 calendar celebrates this.

“I was happy to provide my images free of charge to the project and work with Creative Rusholme to see it come to fruition. We hope that the calendar will encourage people to look anew at our wonderful neighbourhood and appreciate just how much there is to see and do in Rusholme.”
The calendar is being sold by volunteers from a variety of Rusholme community organisations. All money raised from the sale of the calendars will go straight back into the local community.
Local resident Elaine Bishop explained:

“Local groups will share the proceeds from the sale of the calendars to help ‘green’ Rusholme, through tree planting and the planting of bee friendly plants, local food growing and arranging community clean-ups.”

The calendar was designed and printed by Scott Dawson Advertising of Burnley, a full service marketing agency. Scott Dawson Advertising did the work free of charge as part of their commitment to supporting community endeavour.
To find out how to get your hands of a copy of the 2017 calendar, e-mail elainebish@gmail.com. They cost £10 including P&P and orders will be limited to three copies.


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