Manchester Literature Festival comes to SLC

The Book
The Book
On Saturday we have a special launch for a new book inspired by Morrissey’s lyrics. Its part of the Manchester Literary Festival and starts at 8pm in the concert hall.

The event, hosted by editor Peter Wild, features readings from contributors Jeff Noon, Catherine O’Flynn, James Hopkin and Helen Walsh.

Tickets £5 / £3 concessions
Book on 0843 208 0500

SWEDISH DRILL in the Concert Hall

A 3 month performing Arts project  working with local young people and artists came to a fantastic conclusion last night with a live performance in the newly restored concert hall. The event involved a new gymnastic dance, projected film and live music from the Ordsall Samba Drummers.

Young people were from Kidzwidreamz- SAYO- Salford Lads & Girls Club and artists from Company Fierce and Ordsall Community Arts. The event was filmed by Heather James from Lets Go Global TV

The project was supported by  the Clore Duffield Foundation

Swedish Drill was the aerobics of the early 1900s and the foundation for modern gymnastics. Our event was inspired by archive photographs of Swedish Drill classes taken in Salford Lads’ Club in 1909

The Street of 1000 Children

Raymond Fry (1977) and the Tyson family album
Raymond Fry (1977) and the Tyson family album

Two artists examine the importance of Salford’s redbrick terraced streets. Leslie Holmes uses the gym floor to list the lives of over 400 families from Rudman Street, one of the last surviving streets of the Docks Estate. Lawrence Cassidy’s installation of storage containers wrapped with family photos and home movies from the 1960s retraces a street in Broughton.

Over three weekends June 16/17, 23/24, 30/1 12 – 4pm

This Architecture Week 2007 project has been supported by
Salix HomesSalford City CouncilLP Living

The New Barracks Tenants’ Co -operative. Tel 0161 848 8256

Exhibition at Salford Lads Club

Our next exhibition is The Street of 1000 Children organised by Leslie Holmes.

It will take place over 3 weekends from June 16th until 1st July.

It was featured on BBC TV North West Tonight. This can be viewed at:

The exhibition is part of Architecture Week 2007:
Website at

Drawing Inspiration Award

Our project Knockout Drawings from the Boxing Ring has been chosen as one of only 5 award winners from 1312 Big Draw events across the UK.

Sue Grayson Ford, Campaign Director, comments “Salford Lads’ and Girls’ Club and Ordsall Community Arts fully demonstrated the Big Draw’s aims of bringing people together, engaging them creatively and supporting active learning – all through drawing. Unique and imaginative methods made this a knockout event and produced surprising images.

Artist Leslie Holmes and Gail Skelly, co-ordinator of Ordsall Community Arts will be presented with £500 for their organisations by leading illustrator and Campaign patron Quentin Blake at a ceremony hosted by the Campaign for Drawing at the British Museum on 4 April 2007. This award is the second recognition in two years for this partnership. Their 2005 Drawing Coronation Street won a Runners-up Award.

We would like to thank

Awards for All and Salford City Council for supporting our event.

Support from Aimhigher Greater Manchester will enable us to take 8 young people to the event in London.

The Big Draw from the Boxing Ring


Join us on Saturday 14th October from 12-4pm for an unusual drawing workshop in the boxing ring at Salford Lads’ Club. We will be drawing the fast moving combat sports of Capoeira, Ju-jitsu, Thai and ABA boxing.

Can’t draw? Well we can’t box either, but we know someone who can. We have a Capoeira group led by Danny Henry called Capindiana, Manchester Cobras Kickboxing Club and ABA boxers from Salford Lads’ Club.

All the drawing materials are provided free and we have artists on hand to provide encouragement. So please come along and join the fun.

The Big Draw is part of the national programme of drawing activities taking place all over the UK.

The Big Draw from the Boxing Ring is organised by Salford Lads’ Club and Ordsall Community Arts and supported by Awards 4 All and Salford Council.

“Quaker Girl ” Bazaar of 1911

From the Archives
From the Archives

Step back to 1911 at our “Quaker Girl Bazaar” on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September, 12 – 4pm.The title comes from the popular musical of the time. “The Quaker Girl” The original event included stalls, competitions and entertainment. We have a special exhibition of the club’s archive photographs from the Edwardian period. Ordsall Community Arts are presenting an Edwardian entertainment by ‘Pif Paf’ including extinct animals that once roamed the streets of Salford!

It is part of a 6 month Local Heritage Initiative Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund aimed at restoring and preserving the clubs unique archive and of making more people aware of their family connections through the club’s 15000 membership records that stretch back to 1903.

The Smiths is Dead: Iconic Images from the ‘Dirty Old Town’

Rothwell Street where Peter Hook lived
Rothwell Street where Peter Hook lived

The exhibition ‘Dirty Old Town’ is set in the Billiards Room and celebrates the significance of the area’s red brick streets. Artist Leslie Holmes has collected together a unique collection of archive photographs and pictures by local residents. A place that inspired ‘Coronation Street’ ‘A taste of Honey’ ‘East is East’ and ‘Dirty Old Town’. Downstairs in the Smiths Room, fans and club volunteers describe the impact of Stephen Wright’s famous image of the Smiths outside Salford Lads Club in 1986 and its effect today.

Exhibition dates 16,17,18,24,25 June. Open 12noon – 4pm. Admission Free.

Special events
Friday 16th – BBC Radio Manchester Live from the club 2-4pm
Sunday 18th Stephen Wright charity photo shoot 11am-1pm
Sunday 18th The Other Smiths perform live at 2pm.

Salford Lads’ Club t-shirts and Stephen Wright prints will be available during the events but we don’t have credit card facilities.

The exhibition is supported by Urban Splash and Salford City Council and is part of the Arts Councils 10 year celebration of Architecture Week


Open Day in October

On Saturday 15th October we will have a special open day, creating a giant drawing in the gym. This is one of the events in the Big Draw project that is taking place all over the country.We want to make a drawing of the area around the club including Coronation Street. The event is supported by Ordsall Community Arts and The New Barracks Tenants Management Co-operative.

The Other Smiths are playing a gig at The Bury Met on Saturday night and they will be calling in to pose outside the entrance, to give our event a bit of class!