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