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Rusholme's curry mile and its colourful characters brought to life in series of sketches

  • Artist recreates Manchester’s Curry Mile through drawings 
  • Sketching brought to the pavements of Rusholme 
  • Drawings tell story of eclectic community 

An award-wining photographer has turned his talents to sketching to document Rusholme's vibrant community.

Len Grant has spent the last year sat on a sketching stool on Wilmslow Road's curry mile drawing pictures of restaurants, take-aways, fashion stores and the many characters who pass by.

The colourful sketches have been brought togther in a publication under the title of The Rusholme Sketcher.

Len, who lives in Withington, began his craft as a photographer in 1990 before incorporating his writing into his work. He has won accolades for his blogs and photography documenting life in Manchester.

Len Grant posing before his works of art

“I consider myself a storyteller” 

The Curry Mile of Rusholme by Len Grant

He said: “I base my work around communities and different people. To me it is another way of telling a story”.  

The Curry Mile of Manchester in Rusholme with it's variety of takeouts. curry houses and kebab shops

Len says The Rusholme Sketcher is a personal project that’s not been commissioned by anyone but gives him the opportunity to demonstrate the power of storytelling with sketching on location.

Len says The Rusholme Sketcher is a personal project that’s not been commissioned by anyone but gives him the opportunity to demonstrate the power of storytelling with on-location sketching.

Rusholme Chippy by Len Grant

Len said: “I’m delighted to be publishing a book of my Rusholme sketches as it will serve as a document of this dynamic neighbourhood. As Ibrahim, a Rusholme window cleaner, told me on my very first outing: ‘It’s like life, always changing.’”

The Rusholme Sketcher is launched on 15 November with an event at the Anchor Coffee House in Rusholme at 6.30pm.

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