Q&A Nell Illustrator & printmaker

Who are and what do you do?
My name’s Nell, I’m an illustrator and printmaker.

What 5 words best describe your work?
Expressive, stylised, lively, curious, fun.

Do you have any design heroes?
Lots! Charlie Harper, Jason Munn, Mike Perry, Bruno Munari, Tuesday Bassen, Maxine Sutton, Malika Favre

Where is your studio? Location? In a shared studio?
I currently have 2 studios, a shared one at Manchester Craft Centre, and my own space at Hot Bed Press, Salford. I’ll be full time at Hot Bed after Christmas though, exciting if slightly scary times!

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Printing orders, getting inky, making a mess, thinking, and singing.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
I’m currently putting the finishing touches to this year’s Nell’s Angel, George Michael!

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar?
Prints, pins, tote bags and dead celebrity Christmas tree toppers!

What would be your job if you weren’t doing what you do now?
I always wanted to do something creative, and I can’t imagine working for someone else as I’ve been self-employed for such a long time, so maybe freelance design

Tell us something we don’t know
I once came second in a pancake-eating competition.





Sale Arts Trail 2017

2017 is shaping up to being quite a different year at Sale Arts Trail.

At SAT HQ we have taken the decision to go bi-annual with the trail, meaning this year there will be no trail BUT we will be back with a themed super trail next year which we are already working on.

We do have a working title for next years trail which is very exciting and to accommodate this we will hold the trail in early September.

So back to 2017, SAT will host a series of events for 2017 to keep the momentum flowing all under the banner of #ArtistTakeover.

We have two events this summer both taking place at The Waterside Arts Centre.

#ArtistTakeover JUNE

SAT artists take over the Waterside Arts Centre.

The Waterside Arts Centre, Sale. Sunday 11th June 11-5pm. FREE ADMISSION

SAT has been invited to take part in the Sale Festival. SAT artists will takeover the Waterside Arts Centre for one day only using the Theatre and The Gallery Bar space. This event will be a selling event showcasing the best of Trafford artists, designers, photographers, makers and printers under one roof. We will also have some guest artists from the surrounding areas. The artists will be announced this week.

#ArtistTakeover JULY

MADE FOR SALE exhibition

The Waterside Arts Centre, Sale. Preview on Thurs 6th July from 7.30-9.30pm. Exhibition opens to the public 8th July – 5th August 2017.

A month long group exhibition of selected local artists invited to respond to the following;
‘As Sale has just won 4th best place to live in the UK we thought it would be a good time to celebrate this award by putting on an exhibition of 2d and 3d work responding to the town’. Watch this space for the artists TBA.


Christmas selling event TBA in November or December. The fourth christmas shopping event held by Sale Arts Trail.

Trafford Arts HUB

Sat is growing!  We have been approached many times about holding classes and as you may have seen from recent posts we started life drawing classes at The Claremont Centre last Wednesday.  Life Drawing will be the first classes from the SAT Trafford Arts Hub and will commence from Wednesday 19th April the Life Drawing classes will on a weekly basis for 10 weeks. There will be other art classes announced throughout the year so keep your eyes peeled. If you are interested in attending please email saleartsm33@gmail.com

#SaleArtsTrail #ArtistTakeover #MadeForSale #TraffordArtsHub