Hidden Altrincham 2017 Festival & Paola Bazz at Con Club

Graham Douglas – portrait of Sarah Walmsley


Hidden Altrincham Festival 2017  Various Venues 14th – 24th September


Hidden Altrincham was something I hadn’t heard of until recently. With 50 artists and 30 venues across the town it’s no small undertaking. Hidden Altrincham is the town’s summer art festival and will have daily events and live experiences. Shining a spotlight on Altrincham’s culture, heritage, architecture, independent shops, cafes and restaurants, imaginative residents and exciting businesses, the festival will show locals and visitors that Altrincham is an exciting and creative place to live and work.

Festival organisers, Jo Cushing and Yoko Isami are delighted with the variety of exhibitors who will be taking part in Hidden Altrincham this year. The list includes both budding young talent and internationally successful artists across different genres including collage, fine art, photography, sculpture and ceramics. For the first time, the performing arts will be included with live music, a poetry evening and storytelling.

Local resident, Paola Bazz is taking part in Hidden Altrincham for the second time and her work will be found this year in the Con Club on Greenwood Street. Italian born Paola has an international reputation and her 3 D collages have been exhibited to great reviews in Europe and the USA

Phil Hardaker is a new exhibitor but a well- established artist who describes his work as ‘archaeological sculptural paintings’. Phil creates his art from ceramic clay and found objects and his work celebrates the English tradition of creativity in ceramics. He has been commissioned to produce pieces for the Royal Family and the Houses of Parliament.

Phil Hardaker Ceramic.01

Local photographer, Graham Douglas, will be exhibiting a series of photographs of local people in venues around the town. The photographs will celebrate the volunteers who bring so much colour to the town centre with the Altrincham in Bloom project, including the project manager, Sarah Walmsley.  

During the ten days of the festival Altrincham will be buzzing with an amazing variety of events. The largest will be an attempt to break the World Record for Life Drawing. This event is for over 16s only and both clothed and unclothed models will be available.  Anyone looking for a spooky shiver is invited to a ghost story evening at atmospheric Mort Subite bar on Greenwood Street. There are several events for children, including a Sketch Altrincham session in Goose Green, Animation in Fablab and a Spot the Fox arts trail around the town. The creative talent of Altrincham will also be represented by exhibitions and Open Days with Altrincham Arts Society, Altrincham Embroiderer’s Guild and others.

Creative Tourist ,  is sponsoring the festival. Creative Tourist highlights the best cultural events in the UKs most creative destinations. Director Alex Saint complimented Jo and Yoko on the programme and commented

 “This is just what Altrincham needs and needs more of to help make Altrincham the place it could and should be culturally. Thank you, Open Studios!”

See bottom of page for full venue listing

Paola Bazz at Con Club restaurant

The Con Club restaurant will be one of the local businesses  getting involved. The Greenwood street venue will be hosting an exhibition by internationally renowned artist Paola Bazz.

Paola, who lives in Altrincham, originally trained as an architect and practised in Venice. She has been a full-time artist since 2010 and her striking collages, created using folded strips of paper, have achieved international recognition. Several of her works have been selected for inclusion in the Saatchi catalogue, which is received by 200 000 collectors in the United States, and for Saatchi Art online.

Poala Bazz – Con Club-Hidden Altrincham Festival

Paola’s exhibition in the Con Club will showcase her stunning 3 D collages which are created using strips of paper folded into concertina shapes. Paola’s work reflects her fascination with the human face and with recreating a glimpse of the subject’s personality. The exhibition will be an opportunity to see collage a new technique that Paola has developed using wires to support folded paper within a plexi-glass frame.

Paolo uses a monochromatic colour palette of white, grey and black with some accents of yellow and red. She is excited about exhibiting at the Con Club as the believes that the restaurant will provide a stunning contemporary background to her work. The Con Club is equally excited about hosting Paola’s exhibition. Suzie Gee of the restaurant commented,

‘Paola Bazz creates unique and complex collages that are eye-catching and intriguing which we feel will complement our restaurant beautifully. They will be a real show piece and we can’t wait to see the reaction from our customers and staff.

Paola Bazz – Con Club-Hidden Altrincham Entrance

The festival has also received generous sponsorship from Altrincham businesses including Jameson and Co Estate Agents and Nikal, the developers of the new Altair Quarter. Nick Payne, MD of Nikal commented,

Hidden Altrincham creates an opportunity to delve deeper into Altrincham’s rich cultural offering and to explore new places we perhaps never knew existed. It’s fantastic to have so many talented and creative individuals living in our wonderful town who are happy to share their work and to put on such an imaginative event. It’s another reason to be proud to call Altrincham home.”

More Information from Hidden Altrincham Here


Hidden Altrincham – Venues