The displays featured multiple art forms from fine art and photography to ceramics, crafts, mosaics and murals and were curated by well-known and emerging artists and collectives – all with a connection to Greater Manchester.
Many of the pieces on display were available to buy directly from the artist or maker, giving a much needed boost to the city’s creative community.
The project concluded with an auction on 17 December 2020 which saw a selection of pieces auctioned with proceeds going to their artists and makers, and to The Lord Mayor of Manchester Charity Appeal Trust – We Love MCR Charity (registered charity number 1066972) which supports disadvantaged communities and individuals to be the best they can be.
50 Windows of Creativity was live for six weeks from 26 October – 13 December 2020 across Manchester city centre.
Wild in Art was responsible for delivering all aspects of the event, from securing the sponsorship, curating the art programme and organising the operations and logistics, event management and marketing.
We are living in unusual times and the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic have reached every corner of the world. We wanted to create a new type of art trail for Manchester to help people to feel part of the city again. We hope that 50 Windows of Creativity went some way to help to support Manchester’s creative community during this uncertain time, and helped to bring people back into the city centre safely, built trust and confidence and gave people a reason to enjoy art and enjoy creativity.
Sponsorship is an opportunity for businesses to show their support to the creative community of the city and to raise their profile, develop key stakeholder relationships and gain access to new customers. It’s also an opportunity to engender employee loyalty, help promote health and wellbeing, and to be a part of a fun and family-friendly initiative that promotes community cohesion and showcases the creativity of Manchester.
The money from the purchase of sponsorship packages has gone towards covering the artists fees, the entire event infrastructure, operations and logistics and marketing and communications.
50 Windows of Creativity was supported by Manchester City Council as part of its post Covid-19 recovery programme.
We are also delighted to have had the support of our Event Partners Auto Trader and Dandara Living and our Supporters, Hobs Repro, Ocean Outdoor, Jamieson Contracting, Transport for Greater Manchester and the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel.
50 Windows of Creativity was developed in consultation with Manchester City Council’s Events and Culture Teams and the city’s cultural sector. We also engaged with some of the city’s cultural festivals which weren’t able to take place this year to ensure that the process was as inclusive as possible. Due to the production timescales it was not possible to carry out a wider open call to artists.
The artists received a contribution of between £300-£5,000 towards their displays. They also had the opportunity to sell their work directly to the public and receive 50% of the proceeds from auction sales.
Through its high-profile events Wild in Art provides a platform for professional and amateur artists to showcase their work.
The events transform spaces into fun family-friendly galleries, helping people experience art out of traditional settings. Thousands of people will encounter an artist’s work through the displays and learn more about the artist through the event’s marketing channels.
It’s also a great way for artists to help an event’s charity beneficiary through the auction.
The events are positive and fun to be involved with – helping artists to expand their networks and make connections with fellow artists, as well as businesses and community groups.
The displays were in windows, venues, businesses and spaces across the city centre. Some displays were curated by the city’s cultural venues and festivals which haven’t been able to take place this year.
The project concluded with an auction which saw a selection of pieces auctioned with proceeds going to their artists and makers, and to our charity partner, The Lord Mayor of Manchester Charity Appeal Trust – We Love MCR Charity (registered charity number 1066972) which aims to help improve the lives and life chances of Manchester people.
The 50 Windows of Creativity Auction has now closed. If you were a winning bidder Wild in Art will contact you about payment and collection of your lot. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Over 100 giant Bee and 130 medium-sized Bee sculptures were on display as part of this free, family-fun trail, taking in the city’s landmarks and undiscovered gems. Each Bee was designed by a different artist and celebrated the unique buzz of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene. An inspirational learning project gave schools, colleges and youth groups the chance to take part and design their own medium sized Bee.
The sculpture trail covered the city centre and also reached into Manchester City Council’s wards, ensuring that sculpture locations were easily accessible to everyone. A trail map and app were be produced to help people navigate around the trail.
The event’s aims supported the overall aims of the ‘Our Manchester’ strategy, which has set a long-term vision for the city’s future.
Manchester City Council recognises the key strategic role that culture plays in the social and economic life of the city. Wild in Art is ‘buzzing’ to have the Council’s support to present a fun and innovative cultural event that makes art accessible to everybody.
The bee emblem took on extra resonance in the aftermath of the Arena attack when it was widely used as a symbol of the city’s solidarity and resilience. Whilst Bee in the City is not part of the commemorative programme around the 22 May, it took place in this enduring spirit and recognises the extra poignancy of the bee symbol.
Although the project received initial funding from Manchester City Council, companies in the private sector further supported the project through sponsorship packages.
The money from the purchase of these sponsorship packages goes towards covering the cost of manufacturing the sculpture, paying the artists who decorate the sculptures, and the entire event infrastructure, operations and logistics for putting the sculptures on the streets, and all Bee in the City associated events.
After that, the Bees took centre stage at a glittering Auction in October 2018 to leave a lasting legacy for various local charitable causes via The Lord Mayor’s We Love MCR Charity.
This is to protect the value of the Bee in the City sculptures that were auctioned to help raise funds for the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity.
Please note: The We Love MCR Charity should not be confused with the similarly named We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which was set up following the Manchester Arena attack to help support victims.