Watch out for the #UrbanSketchers today #sketchingsale





Urban Sketchers ( is a nonprofit worldwide organization dedicated to raising the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel. Urban sketchers activity is defined through a manifesto as follows: Drawing is done on location, inside or out capturing what we see from direct observation. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel. Our drawings are a record of time and place. We are truthful to the scenes we witness. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles. We support each other and draw together. We share our drawings online. We show the world, one drawing at a time.

Manchester Urban Sketchers (@MCR_UrbanSketch) was founded by Simone Ridyard and has sketching meet ups every few weeks. We draw in and around Greater Manchester and post our drawings on line. This year a group of Manchester Urban Sketchers, coordinated by Liz Ackerley are pleased to visit the Sale Arts Trail on Sunday 10th July. We will be drawing in and around the venues, sharing our drawings on our Manchester Urban Sketchers Facebook group and on social media. Thank you so much for the invitation!

Liz Ackerley


#SaleArtsTrail today



After months of preparation we are finally here!

#SaleArtsTrail opens at 10am today so get your walking shoes on, pick up a map and #trailsale.

Maps are available from all venues and in the centre of Sale there will be plenty of maps at the #ArtMarket at the Masonic Hall #venueA and at Minikin #venueC.

As well as all the fabulous open studios other SAT highlights include

  • #Paintingcharityauction at Minikin #venueC
  • Live mural painting bt John Hamilton at #venueR
  • Two solo shows Sophie Nixon at Serendipitea #venueU and Jen Orpin Biancos #venueT
  • Trafford Woodcrafters at #venueS
  • Art Market with over 10 makers in one spot Masonic Hall #venueA
  • Live demos at each venue (see SAT events)
  • Last but not least #MeetMartha at Minikin #venueC

Q&A Sarah Malone

As you all know Sarah Malone was one of the founders of Sale Arts Trail and also opened up her wonderful garden studio with guest exhibitors for the last two years.

Sarah left Sale Arts Trail last year moving on to pastures new. Read all about her new adventures in our last Q&A in the Trail series and also please take the opportunity to visit Sarah’s studio as it will be the last time. Read all about it.


Did you exhibit last year’s SAT?

Yes, my house and studio was one of the venues too. I had some fantastic artists in my home last year, it was a great weekend. As one of the co-founders and co-organisers of Sale Arts Trail, I have taken part in all SAT events since it was first set-up in 2014.

What have you been up to since last year’s trail?

Lots! Since SAT’s Christmas event, I have resigned from being one of the Sale Arts Trails organisers. It was a hard decision to make but a necessary one, as my family and I are in the process of buying an old farmhouse in North Wales. Which means not only moving house but studio as well! So there’s been lots to do and there will be lots more to do once we move – as the property needs a lot of TLC. I think it will be a while before I am up and running in a studio again. We have long term plans of living self-sufficiently and plan to deliver residential art workshops.

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Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work? 

In September I am taking part in an exhibition called ‘Spoon’ at Jennifer Colliers Gallery, Unit Twelve. So I have recently been studying, drawing and making spoons. I have used porcelain, bamboo and silk threads to create my interpretation of a spoon. See Unit Twelve Gallery website for more details;

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

Because of the house move I haven’t really had chance to get in the studio, therefore I plan to sell old samples of my work, alongside some seconds and will also have a small amount of more current work. In other words, they’ll be some bargains to be had! Also on display will be my ‘fish blossom’ vase, which won second prize at the Waterside Arts Centres ‘Open 2016’ exhibition.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?


I will be opening the doors to my own home and studio for the third and final time. I also have some fabulous makers exhibiting and selling their work here too;

Jane Blease – Lighting & Wall Art

Mia Calderisi – Jewellery

Suzanne Devine – Textiles Leatherwork

Gemma Truman – Glass

What would be your superpower and why?

I would be a time traveller and go back in time, so I could see the faces of the people who first discovered that you could heat clay in fire and then use this hardened material as a functional vessel to cook, drink and eat from.

When you aren’t working what do you do?

Lots! I also work two part-time jobs. Walk our bonkers Springer Spaniel, Ralph. Cater to the needs of our A-Level studying 18-Year-Old Son, Cameron. Do gardening. Do DIY. Spin. Sew (however, I have unfinished cushions sitting on my sofa!) Cook. Clean. And last but not least – drink lots of fizz, craft ales and gin with Frazer and friends.

Tell us something we don’t know.

I am hopefully going to be demonstrating throwing on the wheel during the Sale Art Trail weekend.


Q&A Julia Jowett


JuliaJowett300Delighting in meticulous detail, my illustrative practice explores the importance of storytelling and imagination. I draw with wire, pencil and embroidery, intricately working dense areas of needlepoint stitch over manipulated wire lines. Obsessive repetitions, tiny embroidered marks and rows of traditional cross- stitches are embedded and worked into fine mesh and metal gauze, painting colour with thread. My hand- embroidered tapestries combine and play with wire to form a figurative dialogue. Pensive little pepper pot women lay over subtle backgrounds of hand drawn, screen printed imagery – often framed, always mindful of compositional placement. Drawing on folktales, childhood stories and things of legends, I harness instinctive feelings and traditional craft skills to visually capture the minutiae of a fictional fragment and create considered folkloric narratives that intrigue.

Did you exhibit last years SAT?

No, but I’ve always been wowed by the beautiful line up of work. I was eager to be involved this year and I’m excited for my work to be part of the trail for the first time.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?


A new collection is unfolding – Clara Days and her Peculiar Ways – the story of a dreamy little wire lady entranced by curiosities and night times of the strange. She wears wire shoes topped with tiny pearls and lays over printed and hand embroidered backgrounds of dusty pinks and juicy dark green threads. In the words of Oscar Wilde “She finds her way by moonlight and sees the dawn before the rest of the world".

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

New framed and unframed wall pieces and hand embroidered stories, my popular individual wire ladies, embroidered wire birdcages and forests, embroidered sieves and new wearable washers of stitch. New for this summer I’ll have some stitched wire and painted gauze pieces too – hand embroidered garlands and decorations for the home.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I’ll be in venue A The Masonic Hall on Tatton Road, exhibiting alongside some of my favourite makers.

What would be your superpower and why?

To be able to thread 30 sewing needles at the same time and keep them all threaded for the entirety of a primary school stitch workshop!

When you aren’t working what do you do?

I walk without a purpose, I make my garden look pretty and I picnic in the woods.

Tell us something we don’t know

I don’t work from a template – my wire drawings happen organically growing from bend to bend. Nor do I use a pattern for my embroidery – I hand stitch into metal gauzes and cloth, intuitively painting colour with thread, putting stitches where I think they need to be. And… I like to pretend that I can shrink to the size of a pepper pot. ‘The woman who was as small as a pepper pot was queen of all the crows in the forest’.


A prize for one lucky exhibitor at Sale Arts Trail

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A little something for our SAT2016 exhibitors.

There will be a prize of a solo exhibition at the Royal Exchange Craft Shop in the Royal Exchange Theatre awarded to one this years exhibitors at Sale Arts Trail.

The chosen exhibitor will be awarded on Sunday 10th July by the manager of the Royal Exchange Craft Shop Rachael Noone.

A big THANK YOU to Rachael for the awarding the prize good luck to all the exhibitors!



Q&A Annabel Perrin



What is your practice? tell us how you became an artist maker, did you study? self taught? materials you use etc

I’m a surface pattern designer and create colourful, mid-century modern homeware. You will find my full-of-life patterns on furnishing fabric, wallpaper, cushions, stationery and kitchen accessories. I studied Textiles at Manchester School of Art and later returned to MMU to complete an MA in Design. It was during this time I began work on my debut collection, which I launched 6 months later in spring 2013. Travel, modernist architecture and colour inspire my motifs, which are created using a combination of hand-drawn artwork and CAD. These designs are then digitally printed onto fabric in the North West, and are available by the metre or handmade into a range of home accessories. More recently I have branched into ceramics, stationery and wallpaper too.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Colourful, mid-century, contemporary, geometric, textiles

Do you have any art or design heroes?

My favourite artists and designers are those who push the boundaries with colour. Sonia Delauney and Paul Smith come to my mind the most often for this. I also love mid-century textile designers such as Marian Mahler and Lucienne Day. Their abstract motifs and patterns are as current today as 60 years ago.

Where is your studio?

I work from my home studio in Nottinghamshire. I moved here from Manchester last November and I’m temporarily working in the spare room, while I convert a dilapidated, garden outhouse into my new workspace!

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What 10 words describe a typical day in your studio?

Emails, double shot espresso, designing, sewing, emails (again!), Post run.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I’m currently putting the finishing touches to my new collection, which will launch next spring. It’s inspired by California, where I spent my honeymoon last year. Think muted sunset hues and bold textured motifs; I can’t wait to share sneak peeks soon.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

Unfortunately I was unable to attend last years, but friends who did visit said how inspiring it was.

What will you be selling at SAT16? Anything new?

I’ll be selling cushions, tea towels, mugs, tote bags and stationery in a variety of patterns and colours. I’ll also be bringing my new Hemlock Midnight Cushions along. These don’t officially launch until September, but visitors of SAT will have the opportunity to get their hands on a select few first!

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

The Masonic Hall on Tatton Road Venue A.

Tell us something we don’t know

I have developed my own bank of colours to use in my designs. For example, the mustard in my Imperial Diamond Mustard and Hemlock Midnight design originates from a friend’s mustard knitted jumper. This means I rarely use Pantone colours.