Creative Friends of Wood Street Mission

In 2010 three of our supporters began The Creative Friends of Wood Street Mission, a group set up to raise awareness and funds for the charity from among the creative, digital and cultural industry.

Stephen Hey, Head of Marketing at Chillingo, has been involved in the creative and digital industry for over 20 years. Although he is a keen personal supporter of our work he thought he could use his talents and contacts to create a really unique way of helping the Charity develop its profile further and help raise much needed funds to expand our work.

The vision started to become a reality when he teamed up with local designer and all round Manchester icon Trevor Johnson from Creative Lynx and ‘The White Room’s' Phil Birchinall, who as one of the most connected people in the creative industry brought a wealth of contacts and experience. Together they created a diverse team of talented designers, PR and marketing experts to start a vibrant network. The first event they planned involved local photographer Andrew Brooks creating a magical story of Wood Street Mission’s work via a series of photographs of the various ways we help families affected by poverty today.  He also looked back at some of our historic images, bringing them back to life in a mix of collages.

The Life In A Day Exhibition took place in Left Bank in Spinningfields where the Spinningfields Management Company very kindly lent us a unit for free for the duration of the exhibition. Open over the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2010 the event brought together many of our existing supporters alongside attracting families and residents in Spinningfields and across the City to look at the exhibition and buy some limited signed photographs from the event. You can watch a short video about the Life In A Day Exhibition here.

Building on the great success of their first event the Creative Friends team wanted to broaden the group’s artistic appeal.  In October 2011 the very first Manchester and Salford Illustrated exhibition took place in Central Manchester.  The exhibition was a showcase of some of the best design and illustration talent in the area.  They far exceeded the Group’s expectations and delivered a range of brilliant and eclectic images that went on to raise over £5,000 for Wood Street Mission.  As well as the funds the exhibition generated through the sale of limited edition prints, the media interest in the event and the reasons behind its formation gave the Charity real headline focus.  It is planned to make the Manchester and Salford Illustrated (MASI) a bi-annual event as it really gives a platform for student and professional designers the chance to showcase their talents. 

A limited number of prints are still available via the MASI online shop:

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Wood Street Mission is very grateful to all the Creative Friends, we know what busy lives you all lead and so we really appreciate both your enthusiasm and expertise in wanting to get involved to help further our work here at Wood Street Mission.

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We are so proud to be part of this great initiative, thanks to all involved and everyone who has already donated.…

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Thanks for keeping our City safe Paul, enjoy your next adventure. #respect #Manchester

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RT @salford_mayor: Best of luck to all those receiving A-level results today. @SalfordCouncil have a jobs, careers and skills event on Frid…

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Completely agree, looking rather dapper there Simon. Thanks for your generosity today and for coming to see us.

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