My Space at Manchester Art Gallery

I've had a really enjoyable time working with two groups of children and young people from Mottram, Cheshire at Manchester Art Gallery today. Focusing on selected artworks from the current House Proud exhibition, I planned a session with Joanne Davies, Senior Education Manager at Manchester Art Gallery, to develop a bespoke workshop that encourages young people to consider ways of looking at, interpreting and responding to art. It als o inspires them to develop their own creative ideas in relation to displaying their work and producing creative environments.

In the gallery, we selected three key abstract modernist artworks which represented domestic or imagined interiors through colour, shape, lines, symbols and framing. We asked the group to spend time thinking about and discussing what they could see, before then going on to digitally photograph their favourite zoomed-in shots of artworks and produce their own timed, fragmented drawings which were layered up to create a collective drawing piece.

Downstairs in the studio, the participants went on to create further drawings using different media in order to consider the way artworks could be displayed and presented in different studio environments, using projections and theatrical environments. It was great to see two different groups come together, share some intriguing, intelligent ideas and work so enthusiastically in response to a new way of working. I hope they got lots of ideas to take back to school and use when displaying their work and developing their own creative spaces!