The Project

A Different Spirit

1884, Ancoats. Thomas Horsfall opens The Ancoats Art Museum to improve the lives of the poor of Manchester.

2013, Ancoats. Young people’s mental health charity 42nd Street launches A Different Spirit, a programme of work exploring the role of creative engagement in positive mental health and wellbeing.

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What You Said About Us

Horsefalling Over 400 people visited the shop during its one week existence, most of whom purchased objects to take away.   Visitors’ Book Fantastic to have such a creative presence …

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Photography Walks

Camera in hand, young people from 42nd Street have explored the streets of Ancoats to uncover and record the area’s evolution from the heart of Victorian industry to one of Manchester’s newest areas for living, working and playing.

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Young people from 42nd Street have been working with residents from Victoria Square, Ancoats and award winning arts organisation Grizedale Arts in the creation of Horsfall.
A contemporary interpretation of Horsfall’s Model Room concept, Horsfall proposes a space for making and trading goods in Ancoats.

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Useful Work Versus Useless Toil

Useful work versus useless toil reinterprets the collection of Thomas Horsfall’s Ancoats Art Museum through artefacts and vitrines made in co-production with young people from mental health charity 42nd Street. The processes and …

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Local Recall – An Ancoats Recital

Over Autumn / Winter 2014 young people from 42nd Street, will be collaborating with local performers, music producers from Unity Radio 92.8fm and Open Music Archive.

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Whether you are a young person or youth worker, find out more to see you can get involved with us

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Ancoats Art Gallery

Who was Thomas Horsfall and why did he open an art museum in Ancoats?

Where was the Art Museum?

What was the Museum like?

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Ancoats – Then & Now

See side-by-side, what the Ancoats Art Museum looked like back in the days and what it looks like now.

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About ‘A Different Spirit’

42nd Street is a Greater Manchester voluntary sector charity and national leader in working with young people under stress. Since 2012 we have been based in an award winning, purpose built home on Great Ancoats Street in Ancoats, Manchester.

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About 42nd Street

42nd Street is a dynamic and creative young person centred organisation is based in the city of Manchester offering services to young people under stress or experiencing mental health and emotional wellbeing issues.

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Films about A Different Spirit

We worked with Belle Vue Productions and Professor Helen Rees Leahy from the University of Manchester to create three short films telling some of the stories behind A Different Spirit. …

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