Sculpture: Factory Girls
Made by: David Appleyard
Made with: Young people from Salford College, Salford Foundation, Eccles Youth Club and Ordsall Community Arts.
About Factory Girls:
This sculpture celebrates the women workers of Metropolitan Vickers, an electrical engineering company once based at nearby Trafford Park. Each figure is named after a former worker and made of enamelled cast iron. During the Second World War thousands of women worked at Metro Vicks and learned a range of skilled jobs traditionally reserved for men. They helped to maintain the production of vital defence equipment including instruments for use in radio and radar, and made over 1,000 Lancaster Bombers.
About Unlocking Salford Quays
For the last 18 months, we have been working very closely with five community groups from Salford and Trafford, exploring and re-discovering the heritage of the area in an accessible, creative and enjoyable way. These included 10-year-olds, ex-workers, families, current Quays workers and residents and youth groups, all of whom were crucial to driving the the project.With the help of these key people, Unlocking Salford Quays has explored the people, history and traditional industries of the area through exhibitions and music, theatre and dance performances to representing the stories and traditions it holds.
This now culminates in a permanent presence in the form of a Sculpture Trail around the Quays with which generations of future visitors can engage. The trail comprises of five striking public art works all based on the shared stories, photos and ideas of the five community groups.
On Sun 27 March (tomorrow), we are delighted to launch the Unlocking Salford Quays Sculpture Trail with a Free Fun Day for everyone. The day starts at 11am and gives you the chance to delve into the extraordinary history of the area with guided tours of the sculptures, activities and workshops for all ages, plus exhibitions exploring the project.
Visit www.thelowryusq.com for more information.
Also keep your eye on tomorrow’s blog post for the last look at one of the sculptures in detail.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday for what promises to be a great day for everyone to enjoy.