Local Manchester Artist Brings Preservation Through Paintings

Henry Kitching
3 min readApr 28, 2024

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A local Mancunian Artist and poet is bringing positivity to Manchester through their art and video stories.

Andrew Alan Matthews is using his learnt experience in overcoming stress in producing and selling his artwork. One of Mr. Matthews artworks is entitled, ‘Salford Dockers to Shoppers’ that speaks on the dockers of the late 80’s and early 90’s and how they have been replaced by the shops and shoppers we see today.

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Mr. Matthews speaks on and aims to preserve Salford’s rich cultural history with his painting ‘Manchester skyline McDonald’s where the Rialto used to be’. It was a building that some of Manchester’s most influential people like poet John Cooper Clarke and provided a rehearsal space for Joy Division before it was demolished in the 2000’s after a mysterious fire.

On the Rialto building, Mr. Matthews said: “The Rialto in Higher Broughton Salford was one such building that has been erased and replaced by a Mcdonald’s drive through with no soul.”

Credit: Andrew Alan Matthews

“You can see skyscrapers popping up all over Salford and Manchester now, I do like the old and new coming together and bringing a modern and vibrant city but we must stop demolishing our heritage and history, instead embrace our history because we Mancunians and Salfordians love our cities.” says Mr. Matthews on the preservation of Mancunian and Salfordian architecture and culture.

Mr. Matthews has already been featured in Salford Museum and Art Gallery where he was taken by his parents as a child and hopes to one day have his art in the Lowry building next to his Art idol L.S Lowry who inspired and opened his eyes to his unique own style.

He describes himself as a social commentator, a storyteller and that he is trying to bring social issues to attention and people and places together and in an overall sense to turn negativity into positivity for others.

Mr. Matthews also tutors and accepts commissions in the hope to inspire more and grow his name as a Manchester Artist and as an end goal wishes to become a recognised artist in his own right, telling video stories through his YouTube channel.

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On the ever changing face of Manchester Mr. Matthews said: “We must not forget our heritage and history and we must keep the old architectural buildings that remind us of the past.”

Most recently Mr. Matthews has donated a portrait of Len Johnson, to help raise funds to put up a statue and raise awareness of the well known Mancunian boxer from the 1920’s to early 1930’s.

More on Mr. Matthews and his “BEE positive” motto can be found on his website at https://andrewalanmatthews.co.uk

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