We may be closed for now but that doesn’t stop Takeover Day! The Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day gives children and young adults the opportunity to experience the world of work and make their voices heard within organisations and institutions. Whitworth Art Gallery continously values our young audiences feedback and thoughts throughout the year, and any excuse to work closely with local school groups and provide a platform to encourage children to speak out has to be taken! This year, Rolls Crescent Primary School were invited to join the Manchester Museum team and ourselves to partake in a number of set briefs to help our own development for the future builds and it’s spaces.
Incorporating forest schools ethos into our takeover day programme, the morning began with a outdoor construction activity looking at MUMA’s architecture plans currently being assembled by the construction team, ISG. The children, after running around and taking in some of the park’s characters (most notably the ‘Willow Genesis’ aka Wicker Ma’am and the very autumnal coloured umbrellas in the trees) began making a 2D birds eye view of the Gallery structure using sticks and other natural resources found in the area. In true forest school style, the children challenged themselves and before we knew it, the 2D build had come off the ground and taken on a 3D form – all done with energy, style, team work and with the help of one of the crispest, brightest November morning’s we are ever likely to see to fuel the imagination!
The morning was topped off perfectly by the attendance of Mark Slater and Aalia Khalid from ISG. Mark and Aalia visited the children in the Park, to share with the group their experience of the Whitworth Capital Development Project whilst giving some intriguing insight into the new build and answering any questions that came their way – we are always appreciative of ISG’s time and we thank them again for adding their expertise to this special event.
The Year 6’s utilised the space on our blackboard hoardings to thrash out ideas and visions for what they wish to see for when we re-open September 2014 – and as you would expect, we will listen and act upon their wishes!
Be sure to check out Rolls Crescent’s ideas board in the Park whilst you can!
See what we got up to later that day at the Museum – http://learningmanchester.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/takeover-day-2013/