Two by Two have been looking back on 2016 and feeling pretty awesome about all the fun and adventures we achieved. The Sale Art Zoo project was a huge success and we are proud of how much fun Sale had celebrating the zoo and its wonderful creative achievements.
The adventures of 2016 did not stop there and some big changes took place in the Autumn. Anna (who co-founded the group with Zoe) decided to move on to house renovations and so after much deliberation Zoe decided to transition Two by Two the community group to Two by Two Hurrah Ltd. (There have been plenty of One by One jokes made but despite going solo the name is staying!)
The structure and team of Two by Two might have changed but the ethos and ideas are still firing on full and Zoe is planning some amazing adventures for Sale and Trafford over the next year or two.
We already have a collaboration with the fantastic Our Kids Social scheduled for the end of January celebrating their First Birthday at Sale Masonic Hall. Two by Two will be running the Make Do and Mess area. Our Kids Social will also have classic tunes on vinyl revival, two additional channels of choice with silent disco, groovy baby multi-sensory experience, face painting, Shake the room dance moves with Holly, fun and dress up at our “Madhatters party” by For Just One Day, toddler fun with Jo Jingles, the magnificent Manchester mural, parties 4 U incredible balloon making, the legendary OKS photo frame, delicious homemade cakes and of course not forgetting a fully licensed bar – phew! It’s going to be a big one! It is a ticketed event so book now to avoid disappointment!
Two by Two are also bringing an Easter Trail to Sale which will have the kids chasing rabbits all over town during the holidays in April. We will be collaborating with local businesses as well as running competitions and craft opportunities. We are still planning this one but do keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.
A huge collaboration with Trafford Libraries is also being planned. Following the success of Sale Art Zoo, Two by Two Hurrah are working towards an even bigger scale trail for Summer 2018. With a working title of Trail of Tales, the project will be an amazing opportunity for communities and schools to work together again on a spectacular installation on the streets of Trafford. More details will be released soon as we will be looking for business sponsors across Trafford.
There is always more in the pipe line with more collaborations and fun stuff planned for 2017. Do follow us for more details.
Well, that is all for now….. looking forward to seeing you all soon at one of our events. Best wishes and adventures for 2017.
The Summer of 2016 in Sale will always be remembered by the 37 life size fibre glass animals that Two by Two bought to the streets of Sale.
In celebration of George Mottershead, Sale born founder of Chester Zoo, the whole of Sale have enjoyed the animal sculptures around town for eight weeks . George’s story is of an inspirational man who dedicated much of his life to opening up the zoo, now one of the worlds leading Zoo’s for conservation and public popularity.
Over 15,000 stomped their way round Sale Town Centre, local parks, Sale Moor and beyond hunting for the amazing sculptures that had been decorated by all of the Sale Primary schools, local artists and businesses.
The Sale Art Zoo project kick started with a fab fun day at Sale Waterside Plaza where over 200 people came to celebrate the launch with free entertainment, activities and goody bags. Families played amongst the animals, soaking up the atmosphere… before picking up a free trail map and hunting for more animals.
Local businesses joined the Zoo by sponsoring chimpanzees which hung from shop windows, ceilings and even had images projected on them in the library. The chimpanzees were a great addition to the 17 animals that had been taken into the Primary Schools in January and decorated with different themes and materials by the schools and Two by Two.
The Sale Art Zoo has been a huge success with many families and communities contacting Two by Two with messages of support and appreciation. It has truly been a fantastic celebration for the town.
Trafford Council have produced this short film about what we do as Two by Two. It explains a bit about what we’re trying to achieve through our work in the local area, and also has some lovely footage from our Lollipop Lady mosaic project. Big thank you to Alex from Viaduct Video who put this together, and to the Communities and Partnerships team at Trafford Council who commissioned the short film.
Local artist Sarah Mitch will be decorating The Square’s new pet – a 12ft fibreglass model giraffe that will be on display as part of Sale Art Zoo this Summer.
It is one of around 35 zoo animals ranging from baby hippos, rhinos and penguins, to pelicans, alligators, and chimpanzees that will be placed around the town for the duration of the eight-week exhibition.
Sarah has worked with her own photographic images of Sale, as well as a selection of historic images of the town sourced from local archives. On Thursday 26th of May Sarah will be found with her 12ft leggy subject in the heart of the town centre for a LIVE decorating event in public view at The Square Shopping Centre, Sale.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be involved in such an exciting and ambitious community based project. My focus in my pictures is all about what we miss in the everyday, the colour, texture and light. It’s a big challenge as I am working with a 3 dimensional figure and usually my canvases are hung on a wall!
Anna Chopping, Project Coordinator at Two by Two commented “We were so delighted when Sarah agreed to be the commissioned artist for the giraffe at The Square. Two by Two have always loved her work, and when we were looking at artists that would rise to the challenge of a 12ft blank canvas, Sarah was top of our list!”
Two by Two are working with The Square Shopping Centre in Sale on a project that is set to stir up some good memories.
We have printed a set of postcards that invite local people to share a memory they have of Sale in days gone by. We want to encourage people to remember fond times and places in Sale, to stir a little nostalgia and celebrate the town’s heritage.
So if you’re in town and fancy a coffee, please pick up a postcard, write us a memory, and post it into one of the postboxes in The Square. In the coming weeks we will share these memories in a display in the town centre as part of the Sale Art Zoo exhibition this Summer 2016.
Last night we were invited to talk at one of Forever Manchester‘s networking events in support of female-led community projects across Greater Manchester. It was a great privilege to be asked to speak at such an event, and a great opportunity for us to share news of our projects and the great support we have received on our journey with Two by Two.
We had a fantastic morning with mosaic artist Tracey Cartledge earlier this week. Two by Two were joined by pupils from Park Road Primary School, Wellfield Infant and Nursery School and Wellfield Juniors School on a visit Tracey’s studio to see the work in progress on the community mosaic being produced to celebrate local lollipop lady Heather Morris’ 45 years service crossing children safely.
We’re loving seeing the design entries that are coming in from the local school children Lollipop Lady Heather Morris has been crossing. Very much looking forward to seeing how the mosaic design will take shape once artist Tracey Cartledge has selected some winning entries!