Joy France enjoys a cuppa

Joy France

Joy France is a poet, spoken word artist, all round creative influence and co-researcher on the Who Cares? project. She is currently using her creative practice to reflect upon the social value of Langworthy and Clarendon Parks in Salford. Follow Joy on Twitter:

Nutsford Vale

Friends of Nutsford Vale

The Friends of Nutsford Vale are a community group who campaign to protect their local green space. Nutsford Vale is a naturally growing council park that sits on the borders of Longsight, Levenshulme and Gorton in Manchester. Before it was capped over and re-planted as a park, Nutsford Vale was used as a landfill site […]

Joy’s Unicorn Masks

Joy France has multiple unicorn masks which she uses both for her own performances and to engage with people in her local green spaces and at her residency at Afflecks. Each of her unicorn heads have different features and personalities, some are fluffy, colourful and glittery, others are more worn, damaged or ‘punk’. Joy uses […]

Clarendon Park, Salford

Salford Arts Theatre is located next to Clarendon Park and Langworthy Park, both of which have been neglected for some time. What used to be the heart of the local community is now a walking route to get from one place to another, with little meaningful engagement. Joy France spends time in these spaces to […]

Joy’s Rocking Chair

Joy uses her rocking chair to symbolise her concept of ‘ageing playfully’. Reflecting on her childhood, Joy remembers thinking old age was something you reached as early as 40, stuck in a rocking chair knitting and crocheting! When discussing this idea with local all male group ‘Brews not Booze‘, she realised that this may have […]

Friends of Nutsford Vale Banner being examined by UoM students.

Save Nutsford Vale Banners

To promote their campaign, Friends of Nutsford Vale made banners and members took them to the community consultation events, meetings or rallies with the hope that their campaign to Save the Vale would be recognised by the general public and the media. To keep costs to a minimum the group used cloth and paint and […]

Nutsford Vale Makes Some Noise Poster

Make Some Noise

On Sunday 12th March 2017, the Friends of Nutsford Vale organised ‘Make Some Noise’, a community event on Nutsford Vale. ‘…Be there 1.30pm for a 2pm cacophony! Bring noisy things like instruments, bells, whistles, pots, pans and children. We say the council aren’t listening…. let’s make sure they hear!’ Invitation to “Make Some Noise” The […]

Teasels at Nutsford Bale


Given the local and historical connection to the textile industry, Friends of Nutsford Vale use the teasel in their visual identity and as an emblem for the campaign to ‘Save the Vale’ (2017). When it flowers, in its stunning glory, the teasel can be found in Wildflower Meadow. The teasel evokes historic and symbolic meaning. […]

Bug Box making workshop at Nutsford Vale - Spring 2013

Bug Box Workshop

In the spring of 2013, with the help and experience of Alan Scully, Friends of Nutsford Vale hosted a bug hotel making workshop. All ages enjoyed designing and constructing cosy places for the bugs of the Vale to hide. With funding from another project called Grey to Green, sponsored by the Lottery Fund, in March […]