Hidden Art Altrincham 2017 is finally here

Guest post by ANNE EARLEY


Businesses in Altrincham are really getting behind Hidden Altrincham 2017 which starts on Thursday 14th September. The Con Club on Greenwood Street near Altrincham Market will be one of the restaurants getting involved, hosting an exhibition by internationally renowned artist Paola Bazz.

Paola Bazz , who lives in Altrincham, originally trained as an architect and practised in Venice. She has been a full-time artist since 2010 and her striking collages, created using folded strips of paper, have achieved international recognition. Several of her works have been selected for inclusion in the Saatchi catalogue, which is received by 200 000 collectors in the United States, and for Saatchi Art online.

Shredded Portrait by Paola Bazz (1)

Paola’s exhibition in the Con Club will showcase her stunning 3D collages which are created using strips of paper folded into concertina shapes. Paola’s work reflects her fascination with the human face and with recreating a glimpse of the subject’s personality. The exhibition will be an opportunity to see a new collage technique that Paola has developed using wires to support folded paper within a plexi-glass frame.

Paolo uses a monochromatic colour palette of white, grey and black with some accents of yellow and red. She is excited about exhibiting at the Con Club as the believes that the restaurant will provide a stunning contemporary background to her work. The Con Club is equally excited about hosting Paola’s exhibition.

“Paola Bazz creates collages that are eye-catching and intriguing, whichwill complement our restaurant beautifully. They will be a real show piece and we can’t wait to see the reaction from our customers and staff,” says Suzi Gee from the Con Club.


The Con Club is just one of the local businesses supporting the event. Over thirty venues including offices, shops, bars, restaurants and other premises will be displaying a huge variety of work from over fifty artists and hosting workshops, poetry readings and story-telling sessions.

For more information on Hidden Altrincham go to www.hiddenaltrincham.co.uk.


Liz Law eBay trader: What she does and why you need her


Too busy to sell your stuff on eBay? There’s someone who’ll do it for you.

It’s 8.30am on a Monday morning and my dining room table is covered in Build a Bear clothes while on the floor Sylvanian Families houses are arranged along the wall. Upstairs, all the clothes I don’t wear but can’t bring myself to give away are draped across the bed.

I’m due a visit from Liz Law, eBay trader from Hale, who’s been recommended by no fewer than three people… and that was before I even knew what an eBay trader was.

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Brexit or Regretix? What do Altrincham people say now?

On 23 June the people of Altrincham voted in the EU Referendum. Trafford voted Remain, as did Manchester, but the North West as a region voted Leave. After a week where the PM resigned, the pound fell, markets tumbled and leadership of both major political parties is in chaos, how do people feel about their vote?

I took a quick trip around Altrincham town centre to ask, starting with the independently owned shops on the Downs and Stamford New Road:

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Why someone tried to steal the flagstones from my front garden

When I went to leave my house in Altrincham for my 7am shift at MediaCity, everything seemed normal. Until I opened my front door and saw this.


No great catastrophe, but one of our flagstones was pulled up and broken, and the gate left open. I’d read about thefts of entire driveways of York stone flags, so knew that someone had tried to steal ours and been disturbed or though better or if.

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