As in, Lisa Stansfield?
The place where Gordon Brown called that woman a …..
The team from League One that United needed a penalty shoot-out to beat in the League Cup?
Yes, that Rochdale.
Now, I’m no Michael Palin, I’m not even Michael Portillo, but I have travelled about a bit and seen Street Art in various cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Bristol, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona. However, Rochdale isn’t somewhere that would instantly come to mind as a place to travel to in order to see Street Art.
All that changed in August this year, with the first ever Rochdale Uprising event, a collaboration between the local council and the Street Art duo Nomad Clan, as an attempt to brighten up the Town Centre.
If the name Nomad Clan sounds familiar, that’s because they have previously featured on this blog for their work around Belfast.
Usually when they are written about, they are billed as being from Manchester. They are just based in Manchester, one of them comes from Rochdale, hence their involvement with the local council in this event.
I travelled to Rochdale by tram from Manchester, having been over for a United match. I would have been better off going by train, except that there weren’t many running due to flooding, so I didn’t really have a choice.
As my tram ventured from Rochdale Train Station to Rochdale Town Centre, I could see pieces as I looked out the window, excitedly making a mental note as to their location in order to get a photo.
As soon as I got off the tram, I walked about, stumbled onto one piece, and then another, and then another,
However, not all of the artwork was outdoors, as there is an exhibition inside Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre.
To be brutally honest, there’s no other reason to visit Rochdale, there’s not much to it.
This makes any such visit worthwhile.
It’s unknown if this was a one-off event or the first of an annual event. If it is an annual event, I’ll make sure to visit to snap the new pieces that appear whenever I am over for a trip to Old Trafford.