Updated: Sunday, 22nd October 2017 @ 8:53am

Art and community come together as Salford art students light up tower block

Art and community come together as Salford art students light up tower block

By Ailsa Macmillan

Art and community spirit came together last night, as a tower block at Canon Hussey Court was showered in luminous colourful lights.

The dazzling display was part of Islington Community Art project and was visible across Manchester and Salford.

Islington Community Arts Project, run by staff and students from the University of Salford, aimed to bring the community together with art, music and food.

“It’s finally here and it’s great to see everyone get together and have a good time,” said Rebecca Kevill, Visual Art student at Salford University.

“The project strengthens bonds between the people who live here, other people in the area and artists.”

The main organisers were Sean Caherty, artist at Mirabel Studios, Ms Kevill and Alistair Swenson, technician at Salford University, who have been working on the project since May.

Islington Estate Residents Association (TIETARA), Salix Homes and the community also helped organise and contribute to the project.

Rebecca has worked with local school, St. Philips Church of England School where children designed art work for Canon Hussey Court, which was then projected on to a big screen.

Other art involved artist Mark Toner getting children and the community involved in adding material to his huge painted canvass.

Mark said it was great to see people contributing to the art actively together and subconsciously making patterns of art that intertwined together.

He said: “The community and people are great in Salford.”

The lights on the tower block lit up in different colours, symbolising beauty in an area that is normally thought of as a mass of grey concrete.

Alistair Swenson said: “It is a literal way of giving people a voice.”

Salix Homes are shortly starting work on Canon Hussey Court and properties nearby.