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Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Gorgeous Gorse Hill Street Art Trail Manchester

Gorgeous Gorse Hill’s street Art Trail

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Street Art murals and Graffiti from Gorse Hill

Walking up Chester Road from Old Trafford stadium I found a number of street art murals and graffiti

Original this post was called graffiti and street art murals from Chester road. However after doing some research I found out that the street art murals are part of an art trail around the Gorse Hill area 

Gorse Hill is an area of Stretford, Greater Manchester, England.

The following information is taken from the Gorgeous Gorse Hill Art Trail:

The Gorgeous Gorse Hill project is a group of local residents, who are working together to try and improve the local area for all – quite simply to make it gorgeous!

Gorse Hill is a suburb of Manchester. Within its boundaries sits Manchester United’s football ground and Lancashire County’s Cricket Ground. The area sits on the A56 and has approximately 8000 residents.

A number of local residents decided that we wanted to do something to try and improve the local area; a variety of ideas were suggested all of which were great, so we felt it made sense to group them together under the banner of “Gorgeous Gorse Hill”, and become a constituted group.

Gorgeous Gorse Hill is based on improving the appearance of the local area through art and gardening but is broad enough to keep developing its remit.

The initial three stages are:

Art – using images developed by local children based on the theme of nature (local flora and fauna), to paint the roller shutters around the area (of which there are well over 20) and the Openreach Exchange Boxes (see similar project here). We are also exploring opportunities to decorate the extensive safety railings that run along many roads in the area.


How many times have you walked to Old Trafford tram stop and spotted the herons design on the BT box? Or seen the sunset scene on the BT box on your walk to Old Trafford? Well, I have walked past those boxes a lot over the years and never noticed the art; and I’m not the only one. We (human beings) tend to operate on automatic pilot a lot of the time, rushing ahead to the next task, caught up in thinking; we’re like walking heads!

So, one Tuesday evening in July I decided to follow the trail on Gorgeous Gorse Hill’s map. It was easy to follow, taking me along points on Chester Road mainly, directing me to look at art and nature on my door step.

Taking the time to stop and notice, I surprisingly started to notice more: the delight in Wayne Rooney’s face on the corner of Sir Matt Busby Way; reflected sunset in mirrored buildings; noisy Canada Geese flying overhead… I noticed more detail in the art: colours, shapes, and repetitive patterns. And as my walk went on, I noticed a shift towards appreciating and enjoying more the walk I was on. I must admit to usually focusing on the less attractive side to Gorse Hill: noise, traffic, fumes, concrete (what was that about autopilot!); much more interesting to balance that with art and nature.

Apparently all this ‘being present in the moment’ stuff is good for your mental health. It certainly was the case for me on my walk, but don’t take my word for it, try it out for yourself, what do you notice?

THE ART: 

Ladybug


Across the mournful morning moor motoring away
Singing ladybird, ladybird what is your wish
Your wish is not granted unless it's a fish
Your wish is not granted unless it's a dish
A fish on a dish is that what you wish 

Koeeoaddi There

Song by The Incredible String Band





painted BT boxes


Found on Taylor's road, Stretford, Manchester M32 0JJ

Artist Hammo

Hammo is a freelance illustrator and mural painter based in Manchester


Trafford House mural

By Vanessa Scott







Chester Rd, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester M32 0RS

Graffiti Stickers

Walking down Warwick road I saw some Graffiti stickers



Next to the graffiti stickers is a mural of 2 Herons 

Herons






Herons

Near Warwick House, 17 Warwick Rd, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester M16 0QQ

By Caroline Daly

Carry on walking down Warwick road and by the metrolink station you'll see a red rose 

Red Rose 🌹 



Red rose


By Rob Stadtmuller


Leaves





Leaves

Just off Chester Road on Talbot road 


By Caroline Daley




Acorns



By Caroline Daly


Caterpillar sticker


Red mushrooms 




Avondale planters



Fruit, veg and herb planters





Ravenswood rest space



Wooded area with a mural by Venessa Scott, bollard art by Caroline Daly, and two sculptures and benches by John Lee




Cherry tree planter

By Gorse Hill Studios


name
Substation

By Vanessa Scott


Gorse Bee 🐝 

painted BT boxes


Artist Hammo

name
Bee

By The Hammo






Chester Road Surgery

Art on bollards by Molly O’Brien, and painted roller shutters.





Raindrops
name
Raindrops

painted BT boxes


By The Hammo






Toilet block near Bishop Blaize

Lavender planter and Caroline Daly art

Pigeons




Flowers and bee Mural






Raptor Good Life


Fobe YGA YADO


Graffiti



Hedgehog

Artist The Hammo


North Trafford Group practice





Chester Road Surgery

Art on bollards by Molly O’Brien, and painted roller shutters.


880 Chester Rd, Stretford, Manchester M32 0PA




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Shop shutters


Painted roller shutters on shops: Planet Spice, Peter Pan's Pizzas, Pepper Parts, Gorse Hill Pharmacy

Food Shaq


name
Captain Cook's

Painted roller shutter



908 Chester Rd, Stretford, Manchester M32 0PA




Bea's Cafe



Bee 🐝 mural at bee's cafe


2 Longford Rd, Stretford, Manchester M32 0HQ

Substation 

Substation graffiti






Spiders




Artist  By Venessa Scott

painted BT boxes


A56, Stretford, Manchester M32 0HQ



Welcome to Stretford 



From the Manchester Marathon

Sunset



Sunset scene


painted BT boxes


By Rob Stadtmuller



 




















2 comments:

  1. I love Gorse Hill. It's got an attitude. It knows it's the best place in Trafford and that it'll get there on its own terms.

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