Local artist creates community mural in Ordsall

Local artist, Marie Cash has been working with Ordsall Community Arts (OCAG), local children and young people to create a community mural that sits around one of the forthcoming development sites in Ordsall

Marie, who is currently completing a BA (Hons) Degree in Visual Arts at Salford University has produced artwork depicting key landmarks in  Ordsall and the surrounding area including Salford Lads Club, Old Trafford and the Imperial War Museum North.

To mark the occasion, OCAG is organising an unveiling ceremony and activity event on 27 October at 1.00pm adjacent to Ordsall Community Café. On the day Marie and other members of OCAG will be adding additional illustrations to the completed mural and welcoming residents and local groups in the community to participate.

Commenting on the project, Marie said  “I have loved painting this mural, I’ve had so many  positive comments and loads of suggestions of what to include, so it has grown as I’ve been working. My favourite is  Austin’s ice cream van!”

The site is now cleared and was previously used as a local retail centre for the area, which has relocated to Radclyffe Park around 300 metres south west of the site, as part of the wider Ordsall regeneration.  Radclyffe Park includes a new retail high street, a state-of-the-art health centre, a Travelodge hotel and more than 290 parking spaces alongside new homes.

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The mural was commissioned by LPC Living. A planning application to develop the site where the mural is situated for housing is expected to be submitted to Salford Council later this year by LPC Living, the lead developer for the Ordsall Regeneration. As part of the application the community allotments, which adjoins the site will be enhanced by soft landscaping. The proposals will also include pedestrian routes across the development to reconnect Tatton Street with Phoebe Street and Robert Hall Street. This important north-south pedestrian link is a key design principal of the development framework agreement for Ordsall.

Anyone wishing to attend the unveiling event on 27 October at 1.00pm is welcome to do so, and can meet outside the Community Café on Tatton Street, M5 3PS. For more information please contact Gail Skelly at OCAG on 0161 848 8779 or Dan James at LPC Living on 0161 872 8482.