Sale Arts trail prize giving at ‘Emerge’ Exhibition


The Sale Arts Trail team were out and about on Friday night for the launch of ‘Emerge’ at the Craft Shop at The Royal Exchange Theatre. ‘Emerge’ exhibits work from the first ‘Open Competition’ by the Craft Shop including jewellery, ceramics, textiles, print and more from emerging craft makers from Greater Manchester.

Sale Arts Trail last night awarded a prize to an ‘Emerge’ exhibitor of a free place at this summers Art Trail and are delighted to announce that the winner was Scott Millar and his ‘bird hangers’.

Watch this space for more news on Scott Millar and his birds!

Pictures below of Scott Millar’s work.

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Sale Arts Trail chats to Cheryl Law from Sallow Tree Concerts


Tell us about yourself 

My name is Cheryl Law. I am a professional musician who lives in Sale. I’m also passionate about bringing the world of music to the town where I live, and five years ago I set up a professional concert series called Sallow Tree Concerts at the Waterside Arts Centre. Since then I have promoted over 50 concerts, including a popular children’s series called Fiddlesticks, and brought hundreds of professional musicians, from all over the globe, including Australia, Switzerland and Germany, to our town to perform. Sallow Tree Concerts is thriving, and now has a vibrant Friends Group who are actively involved in fundraising and marketing, and we are already planning our 2015-2016 series.

Were you involved in Sale Arts Trail last year? Describe how you were involved. How did you get involved? pictures?

I organised a Chamber Music Jam at the Kings Ransom pub. During the afternoon around 30 musicians performed, including lots of professional classical musicians from the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and other professional orchestras, but also including a singer from Iran (he was a friend of Omid Asadi – an artist at the SAT) that we met at the Friday night launch event! Some of the string players joined in with his songs, and this spontaneous cross-cultural collaboration felt like an amazing opportunity.

The Chamber Music Jam was great fun, not only for the punters in the pub, who got to sip a pint whilst watching Mozart and Beethoven being performed live, but also for the musicians involved, as we rarely get to perform in an environment such as a pub, which is usually the domain of amplified rock music rather than live classical. It was quirky, and felt like live music is very much alive and appreciated.

Did you attend the preview at Sale Waterside Arts Centre?

Yes it was great fun. I drank too much wine, and felt like I was at a New York gallery rather than in Sale!

What was the best part of the trail?

I simply loved getting a map and walking round the town where I live and unearthing its secrets! I had no idea that there was so much creativity behind the walls! There were people on every street corner clutching maps, talking to each other and discussing the arts. I felt it connected so many people.

One amazing thing happened on the trail though, as a musician I work with, John Purton, who was involved in the Jam came to Sale early to see some of the trail, and found himself in the house his parents had lived in before he was born. The artists owners of the house had bought it from two musicians (his parents) in the Hallé, before John was born, and the remarkable coincidence only came to light when they mentioned this fact!

What was the word on the street from customers about the trail ?

Everyone who came to see the Chamber Music Jam that I spoke to loved it.

What would you like to see at this years trail?

EXACTLY THE SAME! It was perfect.

Give us 5 words to describe the trail

inspiring, local, connecting, classy, encouraging

Thank you Cheryl Law
No thank you – for creating this amazing event!


It is going to be a good one!


A huge thank you to all the very talented and creative people that have applied to exhibit at the second Sale Arts Trail this summer.

As predicted we had a busy day yesterday receiving applications before the midnight deadline and we are absolutely delighted with the response.

Tomorrow we will begin to sift through the applications and start putting together the line up for Sale Arts Trail 2015.

Put the date in your diary and spread the word!

Watch this space!!!

DEADLINE TODAY for #SaleArtsTrail 2015


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Not long left for artists and makers to apply to be part of this years Sale Arts Trail. You have until midnight tonight to get those applications in for the second Sale Arts Trail 10-12th July and it is going to be a good one including more open studios, more exhibitors, two Sale Arts Trail exhibitions one at Waterside Arts Centre and the other at the Royal Exchange Craft Shop and a fabulous programme of events. 






4 days left to apply for #SaleArtsTrail

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4 days left to get your application in for this summers second Sale Arts Trail. We have had a fantastic response at HQ and getting really excited for this years trail.

Remember the DEADLINE day is strictly this Monday and applications are open to #ceramics #painting #wood #glass #jewellery #drawing #printing #photography #textiles #mixedmedia #stonecarving.

The application is open to predominantly trafford artists, but we are are accepting applications from the Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire areas.

Good Luck!


Sale Arts Trail chats to one of last years exhibitors jeweller Eve Redmond

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Eve Redmond a jeweller based in Manchester Craft and Design Centre was one of the jewellery exhibitors on last years trail.

Tell us about yourself 

Eve Redmond, contemporary jeweller. I’m based in Manchester Craft & Design Centre, Divinity Studio 1st Floor. I’m originally from Ireland and came to Manchester to study jewellery design. I then went to London to do my degree at and returned to Manchester, as it’s a fantastic city to live in.

Were you involved in Sale Arts Trail last year? Describe how you were involved. How did you get involved? 

I exhibited & sold my jewellery on the trail last year at Coasters Café. Bob the owner was fantastically accommodating and I know he got some new business from the trail too. It was a great venue as I was able to buy my lunch there and sample some of his amazing cakes. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to showcase my work to a new audience. I had many of my regular customers come to the trail too; it was great exposure for all the artists on the trail. Some of the new customers from the trail have since come to my studio in Manchester Craft & Design Centre. 

Did you attend the preview at Sale Waterside Arts Centre?

Yes it was a fantastic preview, the place was buzzing and it looked fantastic. I had never been to such a packed opening at the Waterside Arts Centre. It’s an amazing venue.

What was the best part of the trail?

The best part of the Trail for me was exhibiting locally and reaching a new audience right on my doorstep. I loved the fact that it took me five minutes to get there! For makers/artists doing Fairs & Exhibitions the hard bit is leaving your home/family for a few days and having the expense of staying in hotels/b’nb’s and dining out. It was fantastic to have a local event for such an appreciative local audience.

If you exhibited what was the word on the street from customers about the trail?

Local people didn’t realise there was such creative talent in Sale and were delighted to have such an event on their doorstep. They were most impressed and looking forward to next year too and spreading the word.

What would you like to see at this years trail?

Organised tours of the trail.

More guest speakers.

Someone prestigious opening the preview exhibition at the Waterside, enticing even more people from the greater Manchester area to attend!

Are you applying for SAT 2015?


Give us 5 words to describe the trail

Fantastic local creative handmade work.

Thank you to Eve!



Sale Arts Trail chats to Barry Brotherton from Sale Festival


Tell us about yourself 

I have been a Trafford Councillor since 1973 (with interruptions when the electorate decided I needed a rest!). Before that I was on the former Sale Borough Council.
I retired from fulltime work in 1998 but, when I had a proper job, I was a professional electrical engineer.

What is the history of Sale Festival?

Sale Festival was started after the First World War, mainly to raise funds for the Sale & Brooklands Cottage Hospital which was built as a memorial to those who died in the War. In those days the main feature was a large carnival parade through the streets of Sale.
The parade continued to be a major part of the Festival until about 10 years ago. It was stopped because the Festival couldn’t afford the cost of the arrangements to close various roads and also there were fewer firms and organisations able to provide the mobile floats.

How did you get involved in Sale Festival?

I first got involved when I was asked to be the Chair of the Festival in 1993 during one of the periods when I was having an enforced rest form the Council. I did that for about 2 years.
More recently, in 2009 I was asked to take on the role of Publicity Officer and produce the brochure etc. for the Festival.

What’s new at this year’s festival?

There is always an outdoor theatrical event in Walkden Gardens. This year it will be “Mr Stink” form the book by David Walliams.
Although we have had Irish Evenings in the past, in addition this year we are hoping to have a traditional Irish story-teller and also a showing of the film “A Terrible Beauty”.

Were you involved in Sale Arts Trail last year? 

I was only involved as a visitor. I visited all the various venues.

Did you attend the preview at Sale Waterside Arts Centre?


Did you manage to get to the trail weekend?

Yes. I visited most of the venues. I think that I went to all those in private houses.

What was the best part of the trail?

For me the interesting part was discovering just how many artists and crafts people we have living in Sale.

Do you think Sale residents liked the trail?

Yes. I met a lot of residents at the various locations.

What would you like to see at this year’s trail?

Would it be possible to see artists actually working? Potters potting etc?

Thank you to Barry Brotherton

SALE FESTIVAL 6th – 27th June

Sale Arts Trail at Simply Cheshire Arley Hall 22 -23 MAY

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We are pleased to announce Sale Arts Trail will be exhibiting as group stand at a brand new show Simply Cheshire on Friday May 22nd and Saturday May 23rd 2015 at the Arley Hall and Gardens in Cheshire.

We will be in good company standing alongside a whole host of talented, independent designers, artists, producers and entrepreneurs representing the Cheshire area.

There will be exhibitor demonstrations throughout the day, amazing artisan food and drink, live music and an opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens at Arley.

Alongside supporting local businesses and people, Simply Cheshire will also be supporting “The Joshua Tree”, a Cheshire based charity which aims to build a respite holiday home in Cheshire for children with life threatening illnesses.

Check out the Simply Cheshire website below for more details

Venue Location Arley Hall and Gardens, Arley, Northwich CW9 6NA

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JUST OVER A WEEK TO GO!!!! Deadline Monday 16th March

There is just over one week to go to get your application in to be part of this years Sale Arts Trail 10th – 11th July. The event is predominantly about showcasing artists from the Trafford area but we are accepting applications from Greater Manchester and surrounding areas such as Cheshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Lancashire. The event is a weekend trail consisting of open studios hosting guest exhibitors from studios, houses, gardens etc. Last years event proved hugely successful with high footfall and lots of interest from the general public. All SAT2015 exhibitors will have the chance to have their work selected for an exhibition at the Royal Exchange Craft Shop and all exhibitors will have one piece of work in the Sale Arts Trail exhibition at Waterside Arts Centre in Sale for the trail weekend and for four weeks after.

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Above and below are some examples of work from two of Sale Arts Trail events.

Sale Arts Trail is looking for applications from disciplines such as #art #ceramics #textiles #jewellery #painting #print #sculpture #wickerwork #silversmithing #drawing #photography #woodcarving #glass . DEADLINE MONDAY 16th MARCH

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