SAT events 2014


The first Sale Arts Trail took place over the weekend of 11th – 13th July 2014. Over 30 artists exhibited and sold their work in selected venues around Sale, from garden and attic studios to art cafes and galleries.

SALE ARTS TRAIL film by Aside Productions.

Leaflet with map and details of makers and events.

Sale Arts Trail - Front, back, map and poster

POP UP WINDOW at Sale Square 1st – 14th July

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On the run up to the trail weekend there was a Pop up window display in Sale Town Centre displaying examples of work available and was the perfect advertisement.

WATERSIDE ARTS CENTRE exhibition 11th July – 3rd August 2014

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Kicking off the trail weekend on the evening of Friday 11th July was the opening exhibition and preview event at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale previewing all the work available at Sale Arts Trail in the coming few days.


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Saturday & Sunday were the two trail days where armed with maps, walking shoes and sun cream the eager public took to the streets of Sale to find the hidden and creative spaces and an abundance of talent they never knew existed!! There were 6 open studios including Tim and Sue Dunbars Studio, Alasdair Nelson ceramics, Gordon Cooke and Ian Chapmans Studio and garden, Sarah Malone House and studio, Sophie Nixon garden and studio and Anne Earnshaw House and garden. Some of the open studios hosted guest exhibitors.


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5 local business’s included on the trail were Minikin Emporium, Coasters of Sale, Serendipitea and Bean and Brush Art Cafe where some exhibited 2D wall art, pop up shops by guest artists, a jewellery workshop and ceramic demonstrations and workshops.


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The weekend came to a perfect end with drinks in the Kings Ransom listening to Sallow Tree Concerts perform their classical music jam.

Newspaper links (below) and clippings from the Sale & Altrincham Messenger and The Advertiser.

In Cheshire Magazine 9th June 2014

Manchester Evening News 12th June 2014

Manchester Evening News 8th July 2014

Mancunian Matters 9th July 2014

Cheshire Life 10th July 2014

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Comments from Sale Arts Trail weekend event;

The art trail was really enjoyable, even though I didn’t see all of it. Hope it is on again soon!” – Julie Corcoran

Fantastic. Looking forward to the next one!” – Karen Haskey

Still can’t believe how many talented artists there are in our little town!! PLEASE make it an annual event and put Sale on the art world map! Many congratulations to all involved (particularly Sophie, Sarah & Jo)… and…. very happy to volunteer to help next year! X” – Lucy Lightowler

I loved it. Saw some great art and met some interesting people along the way. Good to see some of our local independent cafés so busy too. Please do it again next year!” – Kirsty Mansfield

It was fab! Well done and here’s to next year x “– Sue Langford

Congratulations! Looking forward to the next one….! x” – Kelda Savage

Thank you to all, had a wonderful afternoon, I hope there is another trail soon! X” – Carly Petitt Taylor

Thank you for all the hard work. A fabulous weekend. Gorgeous gardens and studios showing amazing work.” – Carolyn Dart

Artists taking part;

Brilliant, well done Jo, Sophie and Sarah you did a fantastic job x” – John Slade

Massive congratulations for organising a brilliant event – thanks” – Jacquie Wilson

Well what a weekend ! A massive success. I just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work. Tim & I had an amazing attendance as I know all artist did. Approx 130 yesterday & 120 today. All feedback was so positive & everyone seemed to think it was a great idea & loved going on the trail. Once more thank you & well done. I hope you feel very proud of yourselves.”Sue & Tim Dunbar

I think it is we who should be thanking you, team! You did a splendid job and created such a buzz. You should be proud of yourselves. We all look forward to another one next year…All the best from us both. xxx” – Gordon Cooke and Ian Chapman

Thank you so much for a fabulous event! Has been a brilliant weekend. Hope you all had a good weekend too! Look forward to it coming around again next year :)” – Alasdair Nelson

I’m so pleased and privileged to have been involved in this first (of many?) Sale Arts Trail. The response has been great for me personally so I hope that there has been a similar experience for other artists. Huge thanks to Sarah, Sophie and Jo and I hope they were able to enjoy it too. I’d like them to know that I fully appreciate the time, effort and emotional investment they brought to the project. X” – Valerie Clarke

You are all fab! Thank you for inviting me to take part. Remember to congratulate yourselves and most importantly, to enjoy the success you all created.” – Jane Dzisiewski

Venues taking part;

It was a pleasure to have such a stunning display of art work in the Centre.  Please do not hesitate to contact us again if we can be of assistance to you.” – Diane Smith (Sale Square Shopping Centre)

We loved being part of the very first Sale Arts Trail for a number of reasons not least the buzz and excitement generated by the promotional and advertising work that everyone put in via social media, word of mouth and the brilliant posters.

We had arranged to display our artists work from Thursday 10th July, and on the very first day a piece had sold. The majority of pieces were sold on the Sunday afternoon and I think many people had already been around the trail and then decided to make their purchases.

The relationships which have been built have been great – not only with the artists but also the organisers alike. Feedback from many of my regular customers who have seen the arts trail advertised has been wholly positive and many wish to see this continue on a yearly basis – there is an argument for a twice a year trail too!

In terms of new customers and sales it’s difficult to measure, however the staff and I noticed that the majority of people on Saturday and Sunday were solely the result of the Arts trail and these customers were buying lots of coffee and cake! We hope that the Sale Arts trail will be an annual event and hope to partake in next years too! Thanks for organising!” – Flo, Proprietor Serendipitea and Coffee

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR November 23rd 2014





Exhibitors from Christmas Bazaar

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Mark Alderton from Aside Films.

Delfina at Fabulous Buffets.

All the gallery staff at Waterside Arts Centre who were a tremendous help installing the exhibition.

Diane and team at Sale Town Square.

Cheryl Law at Sallow Tree Concerts and all the musicians.

The Kings Ransom Pub for hosting Sallow Tree Concerts.

Finally to all exhibitors Alasdair Nelson ceramics, Anne Earnshaw visual artist, Omid Asadi Leaves, Simon Buckley Photography, Sarah Mitch printed textiles, Sarah Thirlwell Wood, Sue Dunbar textiles, May Wild Design ceramics, Jane Dzisiewski jewellery, Sophie Nixon painting, Gemma Truman glass, Gordon Cooke ceramics, Rachel Cooke mixed media mosaic, Dionne Swift textiles, John Hamilton painting, Ian Chapman mixed media collage, Jan Chlebik photography, Sarah Malone ceramics, Melissa Lauder jewellery, Tim Dunbar painting, Jo Lavelle jewellery, Antony Clarkson visual artist, Michelle Keeling glass, Tone Von Krogh ceramics, Lucy Harvey mixed media, Jacquie Wilson digital prints, Eve Redmond jewellery, Zoe Docherty painting, Michelle Laverty visual artist, Louise Dewsnap paper, David Gledhill painting, Michele Pouncey Print/collage, Jane Blease wood, Sally Fryer illustration, John Slade ceramics, Valerie Clarke mixed natural media, Nick Roberson stone & bronze and Tracey Birchwood jewellery.



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