The proposed location for Chorlton Art Market in the shopping precinct:
Before this area was recently cleaned up and whitewashed, it had just been left as an empty space for years. Ever since I moved to Chorlton in 2006 I have wanted to use the space for something positive so it has taken a long time to get to this point.
Alongside organising the market, I have also formed the group, Chorlton Revival, with one of the aims being to raise funds to regenerate neglected areas. Our first project is to commission local artists to create large scale murals on the walls in the photo above, as well as four carved oak benches. We realised that instead of this area being used for nothing during all the days the market isn’t on, it had the potential to be used as a meeting spot and a focal point which was accessible to everyone.
Our other main aim is to work towards utilising vacant shop units and operate temporary pop up shops to further give small businesses a high street presence and create awareness of their brands and work.