Thanks to everyone who took part and came along to our celebration event at Elizabeth Gaskell's House on Plymouth Grove on Tuesday. Over 60 people attended the event and saw the film and presentations. With poetry readings, research observations report, a wonderful film and sounds from the activities that have taken place all year, made by Rae Story - all in the beautiful servants hall and accompanied by tea and sumptuous cakes served by their amazingly friendly volunteers crew. It was a wonderful day for all involved. Special mention to Dominique Tessier and James Isherwood whose books "Rent Book" and 'Creatures and Garbage were launched at the event also, and to Adele Fowles, Roz, Carl Pep

Open Skies | Blue Spaces

As we walked to Ardwick Green a few weeks ago to enjoy the cherry blossoms we noticed how great it is when buildings are knocked down and temporarily there is a fleeting view of open sky. A window to the infinite. At the moment you can experience this phenomena opposite the Apollo on Stockport Rd, on the corner of Hathersage Road and Upper Brook Street (former Gaskell Campus of MMU), and the corner of Oxford Rd and Cavendish Street (former Capitol Theatre) and another on the Oxford Road (former BBC). We are not a coastal city, and we don't have many open sky spaces left (visit Pomona Island while you can) so while we can offer MCR residents GREEN SPACES for their enjoyment and health we don

Join Us!

Next Tuesday at Elizabeth Gaskell's House we are celebrating our Mapping Manchester's Quiet Spaces project and would love it if you could join us:

Anxious Times

MMQS project is featured in this edition of Anxious Times. Anxious Times is the magazine run by the charity Anxiety UK, you can find out more about their work and resources here and you can buy a download of the magazine here

Quiet Drawing Day, Parrs Wood Env. Centre

A beautiful May day immersed in drawing plants, landscapes and buildings at Parrs Wood Environmental Centre. We all found once we were engaged in drawing that even the sounds of the traffic and airplanes receded as we focused on our drawing, Whenever we spend time at the same place drawing the same things it is always astonishing to be reminded that there are infinite ways to represent our environment. No two drawings are the same, and everyone's style, way of looking and noticing things are completely different. You can see more of our drawings here. Many thanks to Kit and Dot and all the volunteers who made us so welcome on Tuesday, we had a fabulous day, everyone got so much pleasure and

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