Arts & Culture

Hidden Altrincham art festival returns next month with artwork from over 50 artists in 30 locations

By David Prior at

Artists, venues and events have been announced for Hidden Altrincham, the town’s art summer art festival, which returns next month.

Artwork from over 50 artists will be exhibited in 30 locations across town for the festival, which will take place between September 14th and 24th.

Organised by Jo Cushing and Yoko Isami from Open Studios, it will look to shine a spotlight on Altrincham’s culture, heritage, architecture, independent shops, cafes and restaurants, residents and businesses.

A 3D collage by local resident Paola Bazz, who will be exhibiting at Hidden Altrincham

Exhibitors will include both budding young talent and internationally successful artists across different genres including collage, fine art, photography, sculpture and ceramics. For the first time, the performing arts will be included with live music, a poetry evening and storytelling.

Among the exhibitors will be local resident Paola Bazz, whose work will be on display in the Con Club on Greenwood Street. Italian-born Paola has an international reputation and her 3D collages have been exhibited to great reviews in Europe and the USA.

Ceramic artwork by Phil Hardaker, who has been commissioned to produce pieces for the Royal Family and the Houses of Parliament

Fine artist Conor Rogers, who has already won the John Moore Painting Prize and exhibited nationally and in New York, transforms ordinary throwaway items such as beer mats and crisp packets into extraordinary objects by painting depictions of everyday life on them in acrylic. His work will be on display at 47–49 Stamford Park Road.

Local photographer, Graham Douglas, will be exhibiting a series of photographs of local people in venues around the town, including Altrincham in Bloom project manager Sarah Walmsley.

Graham Douglas’s portrait of local volunteer Sarah Walmsley

There will also be an attempt to break the world record for life drawing, a ghost story evening at Mort Subite on Greenwood Street, several events for children including a Sketch Altrincham session in Goose Green, Animation in Fablab and a Spot the Fox arts trail around the town.

The festival is being sponsored by Manchester based arts and travel website, Creative Tourist.

Its director, Alex Saint, said: “This is just what Altrincham needs and needs more of to help make Altrincham the place it could and should be culturally. Thank you, Open Studios!”