Windows of Youth Creativity: WE MADE IT, launching on 22nd October, will see artwork from young people across Manchester take over 10 large windows and spaces on and inside iconic, prominent venues in Manchester this autumn, including HOME, Central Library, Proud Trust, National Football Museum, 11 York Street, Horsfall Gallery, Royal Exchange Theatre, Town Hall Annex, Science and Industry Museum and Manchester’s brand-new Mayfield Park.
Part of Manchester’s Our Year 2022 campaign, the Manchester City Council commission will see global art producer Wild in Art deliver a city-wide showcase of creative disciplines such as photography, fashion, painting, illustration, dance, sculpture, mosaic, poetry and model making.
Creative content and projects exhibited within the renowned venues include a collection of giant robots on display at the Science and Industry Museum made by young people in Manchester libraries over the summer holidays; a series of photographs taken by young people living in East Manchester documenting their day to day lives ahead of the area’s redevelopment can be seen at the National Football Museum; an installation called ‘Magic’, made up of a montage of work by children and young people, will be curated by visual artist Sumit Sarkar and hosted at the Royal Exchange; and an installation of work created by young people who have special educational needs that includes coral beds and mosaic sea creatures on display at the Town Hall Annex.
The project will celebrate youth creativity, and the diverse communities that live across the city whilst also highlighting some of the many different cultural and leisure venues in Manchester. An online trail map will be available to download, giving individuals the opportunity to follow the trail and discover each exhibit.
Various family-friendly events and activities will take place whilst the project is live; a breakdance event will take place on the 28th October at Manchester’s brand-new urban neighbourhood Mayfield Park. Cypher Breakdance event to take place at the new Mayfield Park on 28th October! (ouryear.uk)
Councillor Garry Bridges, Executive Member for Early Years, Children and Young People, Manchester City Council, said: “2022 Our Year is all about providing new opportunities for the city’s young people and We Made It has been an amazing opportunity for them to really stretch their imaginations and get involved in producing artwork for an exhibition that is set to be seen by thousands across the different venues.
“It promises to be a fantastic showcase for the talents of our children and young people in Manchester – something they should all be very proud of contributing to – and I can’t wait to see what they’ve produced.”
Ben Reed, Head of Creative Development, Wild in Art, comments: ‘It’s great to be back delivering an event in my hometown of Manchester. There is so much creative talent being nurtured in this city. I’m really pleased we are able to showcase some of it in such high-profile locations and I can’t wait to see the response from those that have contributed and the general public.’’
Windows of Youth Creativity: We Made It will be live from 22nd October until the end of November.
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