I am very sorry to tell readers of this blog of the death of my friend and former colleague Mic Smith, on 6th January 2018. Mic was a founder member of Community Arts Workshop (now CAN, Community Arts North West) and helped to set up Cartwheel Community Arts (now Cartwheel Arts) in Rochdale and PRESCAP in Preston. Mic was an acclaimed visual artist, specialising in murals, but was also well known for designing excellent fire-shows and fire-work displays in community contexts. He then worked for many years for Bolton Council as an Arts Development Officer. He was very much appreciated by all of us who knew that Mic had years of practical experience of working in communities as well as an understanding of what local authorities and other funders could offer cultural and community activists.
Mic had been ill for a long time, following an operation and lived in residential accommodation in Rochdale. He kept his dry sense of humour and enjoyed an occasional beer with friends and his brother Adrian, who sadly also died a few years ago. Those of us who kept in touch with Mic will miss him very much.
We are aware that many people who worked with Mic may have lost touch over the years and would be grateful if you could pass this news on to anyone who knew him. We are asking anyone who did work with Mic whether they might have photographs of him or of his work, or memories of him, which they would like to share with his family and friends. Please get in touch with me through this blog if you do.