Creative Consultants are a group of 14-19 year olds who meet monthly at Manchester Art Gallery to connect with art, be creative and make their mark on the gallery.
This year we're looking at art work by Joana Vasconcelos, Ryan Gander and creating self-directed resources for visitors to Manchester Art Gallery.
As a Creative Consultant you will:
You can join any time. Please contact Helena Lee to find out more or let her know you would like to join the group.
Tel: 0161 235 8877
This project investigated art that responds to Manchester, the UK and urban life. We took a close look at Dreams Without Frontiers, an exhibition which has been co-curated by Dave Haslam (DJ and writer who came to fame in the days of Manchester’s Hacienda club scene) and we wanted to know what Manchester and it's art means to young people living in the city today.
We worked alongside artists Jim Medway and met with illustrator Rob Bailey. We took part in workshops at Hot Bed Press in Salford, and made a series of screen printed posters called Deadline imagining a music scene in a future Manchester. These went on display at the entrance of the Dreams Without Frontiers Exhibition. We even contributed to gallery events such as the Thursday Lates Zine Fair.
You can see images from the project on our Flickr pages.
This project saw us create a sound interpretation resource for the gallery's glass atrium space. We met with Haroon Mirza who told us how he makes sculptures about sound and noise. We went and saw another of his installations at Camden Arts Centre in London to see what his work felt like and think about how we could make something that helped other people to understand the difference between sound and noise better.
We created an 'interactive' that we decided to place outside of the gallery where Mirza's work was installed. This was because we didn't want our work to change his work. We joined the two visually (they looked similar) and by a 'wire' which we drew in tape on the group. People gathered around to listen to sounds on headphones that we'd recorded and enjoyed having something they could touch and play with.
This project focussed on two new acquisitions by the Turner prize winning artist, Grayson Perry. These are an etching: Print for a Politician, and a large ceramic vase Jane Austen in E17.
Highlights of this project included:
Have a look at photos of the project on Flickr
In their latest project, called Visual Dialogues, the Creative Consultants have been working with artist Katy McCall to create dynamic interventions in our current exhibition of Goya prints: Fantasies, Follies and Disasters. In September 2009, this exhibition was joined by a sculpture on loan from Tate by Jake and Dinos Chapman, Disasters of War. The Creative Consultants' task was to create interpretation to link the historic Goya works with the contemporary Chapman piece.
They had some amazing ideas which were pitched in a Dragon's Den style session to gallery staff. The final outcomes include:
Highlights of the project include:
Visual Dialogues is a partnership programme managed by Tate working with Manchester Art Gallery, Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service, Museums Sheffield and Tyne and Wear Museums. The programme is jointly funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Children, Schools and Families as part of the Strategic Commissioning Programme for Museum and Gallery Education.