Prestwich Arts Festival: A guide to Getting Creative

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  • Discover treasure hunts, street art, urban sketching events and Zoom tutorials in your local area

In a parallel universe, the organisers of Manchester’s much-loved Prestwich Arts Festival would be gearing up for ten days of activities this September. Sadly, of course, coronavirus has meant the festival as we know it had to be cancelled this year for the safety of artists and audiences. But all is not lost, and the neighbourhood is still abuzz with street art, virtual gallery openings, zoom masterclasses and more. 

ARK catches up with Emma Foster from Prestwich Arts Festival, who gives us her top tips on enjoying the arts in M25 this year.

© Prestwich Arts Festival 

Visit our tributes to local legends

Our murals by the amazing artist Akse-P19 can be viewed all year round – and in socially distanced safety outside. You’ll find The Fall’s Mark E Smith on the side of Chips @ No.8, while Victoria Wood can be found hanging out on Upper Wilton Street. Why not take a #picwithvic?

Enjoy family fun online

Our friends Yan Tan Tethera might not be hunting for dragons or giants in the Clough this year. But head to their Instagram page to join Professor Jigget for storytime adventures online.

Yan Tan Tethera © Prestwich Arts Festival 

Hunt for treasure in our outdoor spaces

Ahoy me hearties! Bury Council have returned again this year with another free pirate themed treasure hunt in outdoor spaces across Bury. Grab all the family for a fun-filled day out.

Movie night at home

The fantastic Prestwich community cinema are currently on pause, so while you’re waiting why not check out one of the highlights of Prestwich Arts Festival 2019, Eaten By Lions (available on Amazon Prime)? The glorious cinematography by local lad Matt North will blow you away. 

Penny’s Paintings

The wonderful Penny Hicks of Pennys Paintings hosted an urban sketching event for Prestiwch Arts Festival and has been running regular local painting classes for everyone – even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush. During lockdown she’s running tutorials via Zoom so you can carry on the creativity

Start planning your gallery piece 

Our Home is Where the Art Is community art trail showcases everyone’s talent from their very own window, garden or driveway. Take some inspiration from previous years and start planning your very own masterpiece for the next exhibition. 

Home is Where the Art is © Prestwich Arts Festival 

Support local

Now that lockdown is loosening, you can enjoy some of our brilliant local venues, including some that have hosted events for PAF in the past (and hopefully in the future too)! We love Cuckoo, All The Shapes, Folk, St Margarets Tavern, The Crooked Man and many more. 

Employ local

There’s so much creative talent in our town we didn’t need to venture far for creative support: the brilliant local photographer Ben Harrison has taken some wonderful photos of our previous festivals and our branding and website is by talented local agency In Haus 


There’s no better way of really getting involved in Prestwich’s arts scene than by volunteering. We’d love to hear from you for next year’s festival – sign up at 

Have something to look forward to

And of course we can all look forward to getting back together to celebrate local talent and creativity in 2021. Follow Prestwich Arts Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be the first to hear about their plans.

Home is Where the Art is © Prestwich Arts Festival 

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