On Friday 26 April, we took a group of young people to Hyperlink at the Tate Modern, which was curated by the Gallery’s young peoples group called Tate Collective. Hyperlink was a three-day festival of art, music and fashion in the Tanks and Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.
The festival launched Circuit, which is a networking opportunity for young people aged 15 – 25 at all the following 8 organisations who will work together as Circuit partners: Tate London; Tate Liverpool; Tate St Ives; and five national partners including the Whitworth Art Gallery. Circuit has 4 distinct, interrelated strands of activity: live art festivals, peer-led projects, sustained outreach work, and a digital microsite.
The Whitworth’s young people were from Sale Grammar School and The Manchester College and studying a range of courses from Art & Design, Philosophy and Politics. They took part in workshops led by street artist Artista, where they developed quirky illustrations, which were projected large through an i-pad paint programme. See the results below.
This is exciting times for the young people at the Whitworth. All participants who visited Hyperlink were fired up by the potential for activities in Manchester and had loads of ideas for a live art festival. Watch out for Circuit at the Whitworth this Spring…
In June 2014 you will have a renewed Whitworth. A beautiful Gallery, embracing its park and the people who use it – a Gallery that is fit for 21st Century Manchester!
Some of the things that are exciting us the most are:
- The big new landscape gallery, with huge windows and views over the park
- An art garden for playing, exploring and creating
- The big new first floor café – the cafe in the trees!
- A dedicated learning studio for practical workshops
- Collections access centre, where you can get up close and hands on with items from the collection
- Restoration of the existing galleries, opening up bits of the building and original features that have been hidden for years
We’d love you to share your thoughts, artworks and images about the new Whitworth and what it will mean for you. What will you see here? What will you do here? What will it be like?
Some of the best images will be printed onto the hoardings that will shortly go up around the building site.
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Learning teams and our practitioners across the Manchester Partnership were given a real treat this last Monday as we welcomed Marie Forbes, Siobhan Davies Dance Company, to deliver a site specific movement session using our Richard Long exhibition as a catalyst for ‘the journey’. Focusing on ‘inside-outside’ learning, Marie tasked us to find both natural and unnatural materials from our Park that linked to words such as ‘grainy, spiky, rough, smooth and sharp’ to then use these objects to map out a movement routine for others to follow. A range of team activities and group work mixed in with elements of sketching and mark making – this fantastically paced professional development session gave all participants ideas relating to their specialist areas whilst giving us a taster of things to come when once again, we invite Marie back to engage with some of our local Primary School teachers for their tailored continuous professional development day ‘Extend it’ – 6th June. If your school is interested in this opportunity, please contact email@example.com to book a place or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
For more information on this new and exciting partnership, please visit the Siobhan Davies website (link also now on the right of our blog page)
Do you want to have your say on Creativity in Rusholme? If so, why not go and enjoy the Creative Rusholme Community Funday on Saturday 27th April from 1.30pm – 3pm at the Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme
There will be activities for all the family! Create your own 3D paper sculpture and adorn it with costumes from around the world with Creative Hands Foundation!
Or perhaps experiment with textile techniques delivered by local textile artist Robina Akhtar!
A lovely sunny, colourful, fun day at Toddlertastic. Today Frances took us on an imaginary walk, we walked on grass and jumped in puddles, trampled through snow and danced in the rain and then when the sun came out we created a beautiful rainbow on the window. We built dens and drew what we saw on our walk too. Pheww it was a busy day!
Toddlertastic runs every Monday morning from 10:30-11:30 & 11:30-12:30 and is designed especially for under 5s and their grown ups. These sessions are very popular so booking is essential, call 0161 275 7450.
Do you have an idea for a clever invention that could solve an every day problem?
BBC Learning and CBBC’s Newsround have launched a very exciting new competition aimed at groups of primary school children aged 8-11. CBBC’s Dick and Dom appeared on the Newsround sofa to launch the competition and explain a little bit more about it.
In the link above you can find all the information about how to enter and some inspirational films about inventing! The competition deadline is the 24th May 2013.
Competition winners get their invention made into a real working device!
See below some of the stunning class work created by pupils from Mottram, St Andrews Primary School after a recent visit here to the Gallery where a collage and mark making workshop took place within the rocks and skies of the dramatic Welsh landscape of Snowdonia in John Pipers paintings.