30 top Manchester artists come together to raise money for community charity

The charity auction includes original art from Clint Boon, a Paul Husband portrait of Bez and Rowetta and a hand drawn piece by Mancsy

An original cow art piece from Clint Boon, a Paul Husband portrait of Madchester favourites Bez and Rowetta signed by the artists, and a hand drawn original piece from Manchester’s favourite anonymous artist, Mancsy, all form part of a new fundraising initiative curated by Factory Records design legend, Trevor Johnson.

The man famous for branding half of Manchester has brought together 30 top name creatives from across Greater Manchester to create 30 Artists Give It Up for Forever Manchester. 

The pieces cover a range of creative disciplines from art and typography to photography and illustration, resulting in an eclectic range showcasing some of the region’s finest established and new talent.  

Each of the pieces will be auctioned to mark 30 years in service for Forever Manchester, the charity that funds and supports community activity across Greater Manchester.

For the past 30 years, the charity has successfully attracted and delivered £39 million of investment into communities across Greater Manchester, helping 1.1 million local people achieve extraordinary things together.

All of the money raised for Forever Manchester is used to fund and support over 1,000 community projects in Greater Manchester each year.

Over the last seven months, Trevor Johnson, the man responsible for creating some of Manchester’s most iconic graphic design for over four decades, has been working tirelessly to recruit 30 local artists to ‘Give Up’ a piece of their work to auction for Forever Manchester, introducing 30 Artists Give It Up. 

The online auction comprises 30 pieces donated by 30 Greater Manchester based artists, curated by Trevor.

The pieces will also be on display for the same period in a window display on Deansgate, at The Great Northern.

Funds raised from the auction will help Forever Manchester continue to deliver its invaluable support to communities across Greater Manchester at a time when they need it most. 

The auction will run from 20th November until 10pm on 4th December at forevermanchester.com. You can view the full brochure here.


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