#TheGrottoProject LAUNCH WEDS 1ST 5PM #Sale Town Square


We are pleased to announce that The Grotto sculpture will be live in Sale from 1st July, please join us for the launch event on Wednesday 1st July at 5pm in Town Square. All welcome.

The Grotto will be onsite on the run up to this year’s Sale Arts Trail, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July, alongside the work of 54 artists from Trafford and beyond exhibiting and selling their work to visitors at 24 diverse venues across Sale.

Over the last few weeks The Project has worked with members of the public from Sale and Sale West, and pupils from Sale Grammar School, to collect historic artefacts from Sale’s past and to develop stories about them. These objects and narratives have inspired the creation of a small and enigmatic domestic space in Town Square which showcases the most fascinating of our finds and ideas about who might have owned them.

The artwork invites visitors to consider the role of heritage in our everyday lives and the way that objects can be used to tell stories about people and place. We have been kindly supported through funding from Arts Council England, Sale Locality Partnership’s ‘Make Sale Smile’ scheme and Sale Arts Trail. Find out more about the project here.

The Grotto is part of the second ever Sale Arts Trail, pick up a map or check the website to plan your visit: http://www.saleartstrail.com. Join Sale Arts Trail for their launch evening at Sale Waterside Arts Centre on Friday 10th July, 6-9pm, with a group exhibition featuring all 54 Trail artists including myself and The Grotto Project.

Thanks to Sale Locality Partnership, Sale Arts Trail, Arts Council England, and of course to you for your support in bringing The Project to fruition in Sale. I hope very much to see you on Wednesday – please let me know if you are able to make it and please forward this invitation on to your contacts!




Update on The Grotto Project


Last weeks Grotto Project was a huge success and is ongoing. Please read these words from Lucy Harvey the Lead Artist and follow the links for upcoming events.

Words from Lucy Harvey

Thanks to everyone who came along on Saturday to help gather objects for The Grotto, we collected some really fascinating objects which provoked a good deal of discussion back at Sale Waterside Arts Centre. Highlights include fragments of a magazine horoscope circa 1940s, a pill bottle containing all (or at least some of it’s pills) and a tiny porcelain pixie perched beside a fragment of his former cottage. Our objects are going on display in Sale Town Square this week as part of The Grotto Project documentation, keep an eye on the old Coopers Sports space to see a changing display of our finds and a documentation of the project’s development.

The Project is working with pupils from Sale Grammar School and families from Sale West this week to continue collecting objects and developing stories about them for The Grotto. This Saturday’s trail is partnered with The Friends of Coppice Library Community Fun Day and is open to anyone, see how you can get involved here.









The Grotto Project with Lucy Harvey Sat 6th June




The Grotto Project is a collaborative project and sculpture inspired by the romanticisation of heritage. The Grotto Project will gather together historic objects and stories from around Sale to create an immersive installation inspired by archaeology and museum collections. Artist Lucy Harvey is working with local residents to create the sculpture inspired by the social history of Sale in The Square Shopping Centre as part of Sale Arts Trail 2015.

Get involved with the project by joining Lucy on a free Art and Archaeology Trail to collect objects for the final installation for Sale Arts Trail 2015. The trail starts outside Waterside Arts Centre Saturday 6th June, 11am, reserve your place on Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/grottotour

A Family Art & Archaeology Trail runs from Sale West Community Centre on Saturday 13th June, check out The Grotto Project blog to find out more information: https://thegrottoproject.wordpress.com

The Grotto Project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England; and with kind support from Sale Locality Partnership with funding from Make Sale Smile.


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