WHAT do a fish tank, a boat and a good neighbour have in common?

They are all part of a project devised by Gideon Vass, a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan School of Art.

After a pilot run in Stockport, Gideon, aged 24, from Chorlton, wrote to the Arts Council seeking funding for a unique art project.

He would contact 1,000 families in Old Trafford, Stretford and Sale asking what they would do with £100.

The 11 successful applicants would have photos and videos made of their project.

To his amazement and delight, his idea was approved and he has formed bonds with the families involved — all of whom were given money.

“One lady gave hers to an elderly neighbour who helped her when she was ill even when her own husband was unwell,” said Gideon.

“Another guy, Matt, built a boat. He wanted to take his wooden dinghy over Barton aqueduct and back. He loves making things and had never built a boat before.”

Gideon accompanied him. “We took the vessel to the canal and did it. It was an amazing day. People were asking questions about it which was great.”

One lady, who suffered from cancer, and has since died, held a Macmillan Coffee morning and raised £400 for the cause, launching a new front door at the same time.

“We cut a ribbon at the door and had bucks fizz and cake,” said Gideon, who addressed her memorial service at Altrincham Baptist Church.

A young mum bought a fish tank for her two boys.

When they moved house their uncle bought a bigger one.

With guidance, the youngest child then made a work of his own.

Gideon has not yet found a home for his exhibition.