The Makers – Manchester’s creative talent that’s bringing Ancoats and our developments to life.
Our city is full of endless creative talent, and we are committed to giving local artists
the opportunity to bring creativity to Manchester Life.
So far, our developments have incorporated the work of Manchester’s finest
photographers, illustrators, sculptors, outdoor artists, cabinet makers, and many
Here’s some highlights from Manchester Life’s Makers. We’re always exploring ways
to bring more creative talent into our developments, so please do get in touch with
your ideas here.
Andrew is a freelance illustrator based in London. He graduated from the Manchester School of Arts in 2015 with a first-class honours degree in illustration, and his work features on the roof of One Cutting Room Square’s carpark in Ancoats.
Dave is a freelance illustrator based in Ancoats, but travelling all over for his large scale wall murals. Dave’s trademark is his doodle maps which combine his unique style. We’re really proud to have commissioned Dave to create a Manchester Life map on the wall of our marketing suite, which has also found its way onto mugs for our residents and the walls of our offices.
Lee captures some of the most stunning photography of Ancoats, New Islington and the city, with some of his work on display in Cotton Field Wharf’s communal areas.
Creator of Sketchbook Design has designed and painted graphics on the outside space of Smith’s Yard. The largest piece is Round Are Way It’s Alright. 150m2 of graphics inspired by the Oasis track, “Round Are Way“. The song talks about community, childhood and the familiarity of an area someone calls home.
Author of The New Millenopedia, an exploration of the gaps in our language, and an effort to fill some of them. Illustrations of Rhiannon’s words that connect with us are featured throughout Cotton Field Wharf, Sawmill Court and Smith’s Yard.