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Thursday 18th July 2002
Crew 2002 Art Legacy unveiled

Crew 2002 Art Legacy Unveiled

A new textile artwork will become a legacy to the 11,000 volunteers and the staff who make up the XVII Commonwealth Games workforce, Crew 2002.

Made up of thousands of scraps of fabric, each individually decorated by the members of Crew 2002, The 8m x 3m artwork is on display in the lobby of the Midland Hotel, Manchester until the end of August. Additional fabric scraps have been made from scanned passport photographs of Crew 2002 that make up the ‘faces’ of the figures.

Three Mancunian designers selected for their skills with large textile works - Tracy Webster, Ruth Northall and Sophie Zadeh - coordinated a volunteer team of dedicated seamstresses to put together this artwork. Cotton and textiles were selected as the art media, for their strong representation of the heritage of the North West.

"Just as each and every member of Crew 2002 has made an invaluable contribution to the success of the Games, each individual piece of fabric makes up this beautiful image to represent the core messages of the Games: diversity, community, peace and inclusiveness," said Amy Parrish-Rett, Adecco Volunteer Manager of Crew 2002. "It is both a colourful symbol and a celebration of the diverse background of people in the North West who have united together for a single purpose: the ‘friendly’ Games."

The art legacy textile will be on display at the Portland Visitor Centre from the 1 September and will then tour the UK as part of an exhibition on the Commonwealth. A permanent display will then be found.

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