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Thanks to everyone who visited The Grotto installation and window display, and to those who took part in the Project trails. The Grotto Project was part of Sale Arts Trail 2015 and was made possible thanks to kind support from Arts Council England using public funding raised by the National Lottery; Sale Locality Partnership with funding from the Make Sale Smile program and from Sale Arts Trail.

To follow Lucy’s future projects see her website at: and follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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Artist Talk @ Sale Arts Trail this weekend

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Sale Arts Trail is this weekend, plan your visit and find out more about what’s on here: It’s also the last weekend to catch The Grotto Project in Town Square Sale and I’ll be talking about the Project at Sale Waterside Arts Centre, at 11.30am Saturday.


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Artist Lucy Harvey will be talking about her work and the development of The Grotto Project for this year’s Sale Arts Trail. Lucy worked with local residents to gather historic objects from a disused 1940s tip site in order to create The Grotto sculpture currently sited in Town Square (venue R) until the close of the Trail. This ambitious project has drawn inspiration from museum collection, archaeological digs and still life painting to develop an alternative history of Sale developed by the people who live here today.

Find out more about The Grotto Project at and about Lucy’s work at

See The Grotto in The Square, Sale as part of Sale Arts Trail 2015

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The Grotto is fast coming together, pairing the objects with the stories collected throughout the trail events, and it will appear in Sale Town Square on Wednesday 1st July where it will live until 12th July. The installation is part of this year’s Sale Arts Trail, featuring 54 artists exhibiting their work at diverse venues across Sale from Saturday 11th to Sunday 12th July. Pick up a map and check the website to plan your visit:


The Collection

The trails are completed now and the collected objects have been roughly sorted and are on display in the empty shop window in Sale Town Square awaiting their selection for The Grotto. The Grotto installation will be onsite in Town Sqaure from 1st July until the close of the Sale Arts Trail weekend on Sunday 12th July.

Filtering the Past : Sale Grammar School Workshop @ Waterside Arts Centre

Sale Grammar School pupils joined The Grotto Project last week to collect objects ranging from holiday souvenirs to old clocks, make up bottles to leather shoes. They then worked to create their own still life compositions and stories using their finds and some selected props; their images and interpretation texts will be on display in the Project’s empty shop space in July.

The images have been altered online: via a tutorial here.

Family Art Workshop @ Coppice Library

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Thanks to the Friends of Coppice Library for welcoming us to join their Community Fun Day on Saturday 13th June. Sadly the trail was rained off so we headed indoors and spent the afternoon looking at some of the fragments we had collected so far and designing our own plates inspired by their ornate patterns. We made over 30 plates during the course of the workshop and developed stories about who might have owned them and what they were used for. The final collection is now on display in the window of Coppice Library.

Thanks also to Jo Eggerton from Bird of Paradise Arts for her support in running the workshop.

Public Trail – Saturday 6th July 2015

We collected a fascinating range of objects on Saturday’s Public Trail, provoking a good deal of discussion about medical ailments, horroscopes, cosmetics and graphic design back at Sale Waterside Arts Centre. Highlights include a fragments of a magazine horoscope circa 1940s, a pill bottle containing pills and a tiny porcelain pixie perched beside a fragment of his former cottage. Our objects are going on display in Sale Town Square this week as part of The Grotto Project documentation, keep an eye on the old Coopers Sports space to  see a changing display of our finds and a documentation of the project’s development.

Listen to an audio recording of our acquisition session at Waterside Arts Centre here:

The Project is working with pupils from Sale Grammar School and families from Sale West this week to continue collecting objects and developing stories about them for The Grotto. This Saturday’s trail is partnered with The Friends of Coppice Library Community Fun Day and is open to anyone, see how you can get involved here.