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Happy Birthday Art With A Heart
ART With A Heart, the Altrincham-based project that was supposed to promote a one-off exhibition, is celebrating its first birthday.
Director Karen Wroe said the secret of the sucess of AWAH, which prides itself on being an arts centre for the community, is a combination of hard work, tenacity and “a belief that this is something that the public want and actually enjoy.”
The facility is currently staging an exhibition called Trains, Trams and No Automobiles and to mark its first anniversary, AWAH will stage a special event in shop premises once occupied by New Look in Altrincham’s Stamford Quarter and at the arts centre itself.
The event took place on September 22 - World Car Free Day. The aim of WCFD is to encourage people to leave the car at home.
Karen said: “At Art With A Heart we’ll have an artist who’ll be running a free workshop and at the Stamford Quarter we’ve got Scarlett Quigley the soprano singer and we’ve got things that are related to bikes. We’re hoping to get a smoothie maker that’s powered by a bike.”
Art With A Heart’s current exhibition features paintings of trains and canal boats and old railway signs and came about thanks to a partnership between AWAH, the Stamford Quarter, Mid-Cheshire Line Partnership and Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM).
The show, which runs until September 29 at AWAH’s Normans Place base, also features original railway signs for Altrincham and Hale stations.
Karen said her work with Art With A Heart - a not-for-profit organisation - has allowed her to pursue further a lifelong passion.
She said: “i’ve always been passionate about art” - an added that volunteers play a key role in the centre’s work."
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