Don’t you just love going to events in unusual places? I went to a gig last week at Manchester’s Albert Hall on Peter Street and not only was the gig really good but it was extra special because of the venue.
The Albert Hall was built as the Methodist Central Hall in 1910. It closed in 1969 and was re opened as a club for a while and is now a venue for concerts. The hall has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.
One of my first events that I will be exhibiting at this year is in April called Home Is In The North in Ancoats and this will be at Halle St Peters, Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester on Saturday 18th April, 11am – 4pm.
The building an old Anglican church located on Blossom Street in Ancoats, is a Grade 2 listed deconsecrated church which was built in 1859. The church closed in the 1960’s and by the time the Hallé acquired St. Peter’s, the building had stood empty for decades.
After a big refurbishment Hallé St. Peter’s is now a rehearsal and recording space for the Orchestra, Choir and other Hallé Ensembles, as well as a space for education projects and the local community.
The Home is in the North event is a collection of designers and artists showcasing modernized traditional crafts and art forms. Come along to see such work as intricate wirework, typography, jewellery, up-cycled furniture, illustration, bespoke lighting, ceramics and more!
On the day there will also be complimentary creative workshops, master classes and talks.
While on the topic of great buildings and spaces in Manchester I have to mention Stretford Public Hall which is now owned and will be run by the community. All the hard work to get it to this stage started in 2013 is down to the Friends of Stretford Public Hall.
The Friends of Stretford Public Hall is a community led not-for-profit organisation with a board of super local and dedicated supporters now working to take it to the next level.
“Our vision is to open the Hall as a self-sustaining multi-purpose Arts and Community centre. We have spent the last year consulting with local residents, and key partner agencies to gain a good understanding of the needs and wants of the community. We have a strong, passionate board, and working committees with the necessary skills and experience required to move our project forward.”
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