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Plus Tate and Fresh Made Trade

The Whitworth Art Gallery is part of a network of contemporary art galleries in the UK, who are engaged in developing young people-led programmes.  This strand of work is under the umbrella of Plus Tate and in partnership with Tate National.  This fantastic learning programme has provided research opportunities for both the young people and gallery staff.  Enterprising students from Manchester Academy have been working with the gallery to design products to be sold in the gallery shop.
They developed the brand Fresh Made Trade, based on the concept of young people making handmade products with an ethical concern.  Their first venture used the West African contemporary art exhibition We Face Forward as inspiration for bespoke textiles for smart phone bags and lap top covers.  £1 per sale went to a local charity, Afruca.
For more images of the process follow this link:
Fresh Made Trade are currently exploring the collections for inspiration for their next product with a visit to the Textiles Store.  Amy George, Curator of Textiles, introduced the young people to amazing graphic designs from the Fifties and Sixties, including Lucienne Day’s design called Spectator.
As part of the Plus Tate programme, the young people have developed their own programme working with a range of creative practitioners to explore different approaches and techniques.  Most recently Fresh Made Trade worked with artist Harriet Hall to look at ways to use repeated images for product design such as wallpaper and textiles.  Check out the images below:
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Fresh Made Trade Products will be available in 2013.  Keep an eye out for the next post so you don’t miss out on original products to buy for family, friends and yourself.

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