Art and Charity projects: Manchester

Written by Millie Throp

Featured image from artists Mary Naylor

As a (dirty) southerner, I have always felt a unique sense of community-spirit in Manchester, a reason I hold high regard for the city and it’s zealous nature. There are some amazing things happening in the art scene, especially here in Manchester. Today, on the blog, I will be discussing some examples of creative, charitable projects and letting you know how you can get involved.

‘On The Streets’ with Ben Van de Wouw

‘Still Dance’: Ben Van de Wouw

The first artist I have been introduced to in light of this subject is Ben Van de Wouw or FNTSYWRLD. 23 year old Ben recently quit his full-time job to commit to his art and raise money for deserving causes. From 1st March he will be creating 6 paintings in Manchester City Centre, these will then be exhibited with free access and sold at auction. Ben is aiming to raise £10,000 with the sales of the paintings, donating the full amount to ‘Don’t Walk Past’. Don’t Walk Past are a self-funded group that travel around Manchester’s streets each night handing out essential items such as toiletries or warm clothing.

The project, ‘On The Streets’ is currently looking for funding to go ahead as project grants are often not applicable for fundraisers . You can donate to Ben’s Go-Fund-Me page and see that the project is made possible. Look out for Ben from March 1st and find his work on Instagram at @fntsywrld.

You can find out more about the amazing work of ‘Don’t Walk Past’ and how you can help out on their website.

Artist Mary Naylor for Runnymede Trust

‘Dot’: Mary Naylor

The next artists I will discuss is North-West based artist Mary Naylor aka Naylortrash. Throughout February she is selling prints on Instagram, donating 50% of the profits to Runnymede Trust. Runnymede is the UK’s leading voice in conversations surrounding racial inequality. Mary’s A3 prints are each priced around £20 and contribute to a great cause. I am now a proud owner of ‘Dot’, displayed above, and would encourage everyone to have a look at the beautiful prints to be purchased at the artists shop: Mary Naylor.

Runnymede’s website is an extensive hub of information surrounding their work and Britain’s existing racial inequalities. The trust is funded by donations, you can find out how to contribute and make use of their educative resources via their website.

Ebb and Flow Art Therapy

Ebb and Flow workshop

Ebb and Flow is an arts therapy group run by Abi Rogers. Their work involves helping all-ages to improve their wellbeing through creative practise. Currently they are working with young carers, providing a fun arts session each week to encourage self-expression, providing opportunity to be young and meet new friends. The service they provide is completely free and could bring a lot of happiness to a young person with more responsibilities than most people their age. If you know anyone that may benefit from this service, or you yourself would like to get in touch, Abi can be emailed at: ebbandflowarttherapy@outlook.com.

You can also find out about the other amazing work of Ebb and Flow on their Facebook page.

0161 Community

0161 Community Raffle

Finally, local collage artist Katie, aka Local Hotel Parking, is part of a group of local Manchester artists all raising money for 0161 Community. 0161 Community describe themselves as ‘The People Saving the People’ and promote a strong, working-class, Mancunian identity. The group voice the unheard members of individual communities and provide the youth with skills and offer guidance. Currently Katie is selling raffle tickets for the chance to win the bundles listed above. The bundles are made up of items made by independent sellers and would be a very exciting gift to yourself for just £5 or £9 for 2 tickets. All proceeds go directly to 0161 Community.

You can purchase beautiful collages such as the ones above and get your raffle tickets via the LocalHotelParking website.

Please also check out 0161 Community’s Facebook page and find out more about their work for northern communities.

In writing this I have A) spent lots of money on art and B) recognised the role of art in creating the changes we wish to see happen around us. I hope that this blog has provided some insight into local charities, introduced you to some creative talent and made you want to spend all your money on art like I just have – after all, it’s for charity!


Our guest blogger is Millie Throp, she says, ‘I am a final-year Fashion Art Direction student based in Manchester. My intentions include image-making and collaborative practise. I have a love for community and craft, often incorporating a sense of humour and light-hearted narrative in my work. I can be found at @milliethrop and www.milliethrop.com.


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