Help The Horsfall, Manchester

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We need YOU to help us make this happen, and as well as that inevitable feel good feeling; you can select a lovely reward too!

Read on for more information on our project. There is a video at the end of the article.

The Horsfall… A new creative programme bringing together young people and the wider public with artists, mental health practitioners and heritage experts to improve mental wellbeing.

Who are we?

The Horsfall is a creative venue and programme by 42nd Street; an innovative and award winning mental health charity with an excellent 35 year track record. 42nd Street supports young people aged 11-25 years with their emotional well-being and mental health, promoting choice and creativity. We champion young person centred approaches that demonstrate local impact and have national significance.

What is The Horsfall?

The Horsfall is about beautiful art with a useful purpose. We believe that access to art and nature can radically change people’s lives. The venue and programme we have planned will enable us to work with more young people in new ways and to extend the impact of what we do to the wider public.

We’ve been inspired by the little known Ancoats Art Museum; a unique social and artistic experiment established at the end of the 19th Century by Victorian visionary Thomas Horsfall. The Ancoats Art Museum created opportunities for the most disenfranchised people of Manchester to experience beauty in their lives through visits to the gallery, attendance at concerts, classes in woodwork, music and dressmaking and countryside rambles.

We’ve taken his ideas and updated them for the 21st century. In our first year we will work with young people, professional artists, mental health professionals, makers and facilitators to create enthralling and powerful experiences for young people and audiences alike. We have plans for an immersive theatre installation with young carers, public art pieces, mindfulness and art sessions and even a project to invent a new flavour of ice cream.

We will lead the way local and nationally in how we work with young people to reinterpret stories from the past, their own stories and to imagine stories yet to come.

What you can do

Crowdfunding will give us that last piece of the jigsaw to make this amazing project a reality, but if we don’t hit our £15,000 target we get NOTHING… So, if you are yet to pledge we still need you!

Pledge what you can and choose one of our fantastic rewards. They give you a real flavour of what we are about and every penny will contribute to finishing the restoration of The Horsfall into a useful and beautiful space; a resource for young people and the communities around us.

Tell other people about our campaign through Twitter, Facebook and all those social media platforms.

Take inspiration from the words of Thomas Horsfall:
“Be aware of beauty and the wider world, it will give you the mental resources needed to find your way in life.”

The Rewards

No matter how much you can afford to pledge, we’ve got some great rewards for you. Of course, contributing to making The Horsfall a reality is a reward in itself, but we also want to say thank you, so we’ve used our creative skills to make you some beautiful things that money can’t buy anywhere else. We have had some great friends help us out too, so we have made sure to pay this forward and support our local businesses in the design and production of these rewards.”

If you’d like to pledge, visit The Horsfall pledge page. Seven days left!

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