Families with Children Under 5

Gallery Voyager 

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The gallery is a free, fun, friendly place to spend time together and we want all Manchester families to enjoy it

We work with SureStart children's centres and other community organisations to raise awareness of the gallery's extensive family programme and resources. Our sessions are child and parent led and are facilitated by artists who are specialists in Early Years. They are fun, friendly and often involve creative activities.

"I enjoyed spending time with my son when we visited the gallery." 
Parent from Crumpsall Children’s Centre

"Very interactive and informative but fun too! Brought the gallery activities to our attention!"
Parent from Collyhurst Children Centre

If you belong to a community group for families in Manchester and you’d like to find out more about community projects at Manchester Art Gallery, contact Ruth Edson:

Tel: 0161 235 8877
Email: r.edson@manchester.gov.uk

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Example projects

Dancing through the meadow

2011

 Pre-Raphaelite Experiment: Crumpsall Children's Centre

Pre-Raphaelite Experiment Crumpsall Children's Centre

Pre-Raphaelite Experiment Crumpsall Children's Centre


During summer 2011, families from Crumpsall Children’s Centre with children under the age of two participated in a dance and visual arts project at Manchester Art Gallery.

The project focused on Holman Hunt’s painting The Hireling Shepherd, one of the paintings displayed in Manchester Art Gallery’s Pre-Raphaelite Experiment.

Using the painting as a starting point, the six sessions explored the theme of nature and play. Experimenting with movement, paper, music, paint and water, the families created a meadow scene and a short performance entitled Dancing through the meadow.

 "What we’ve learnt as a family is to come and look at art in a different way, making up stories makes it more accessible for the children. It’s about having an open mind. Jake has got into it with his heart and soul and we will definitely visit the gallery again."  Nicola parent at Crumpsall Children’s Centre

Funding: Renaissance in the Regions 

Step Inside

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Look, make and play your way around the gallery and its artworks

Step inside sessions are organised in partnership with Sure Start and other community-based groups. They are a fun and friendly introduction to the gallery and to art for groups of families with children under five. They can  be tailored to the needs and interests of your group. An artist, who is an expert in working with pre-school children and their families, will guide you on a playful and creative journey.

"We learnt that there are many different ways of using the gallery and that children are allowed to be in the gallery and interact." Parent, Levenshulme Children’s Centre

"We all had an excellent time. We’re going to come back in the summer." Parent, Bridglea Children’s Centre

Gallery Voyager

Every gallery voyager is a partnership with a Sure Start centre. Over four weeks, families work with an artist who is an expert in family learning. Through talking, playing and making they engage with artworks at the gallery and explore their own creativity. The families and the Sure Start centre shape the course to meet their needs and interests. Themes have included holistic play and parenting skills.

 "I have never been to the gallery before. I think that it is interesting and creative for the children."
Parent

"Thank you for this opportunity."
Parent

Previous partners have included:
Ardwick children's centre
Ashbury Meadow children's centre
Collyhurst children's centre
Crumpsall children's centre
Martinscroft children's centre
Moss Side children's centre

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Greendrops and Moonsquirters

Musical interactive stories for Playgroups,Libraries and Sure Start Children Centres

2008

Illustration by Lauren ChildUsing three paintings from our collection, story teller Miriam Moritz told musical, interactive stories within playgroups, Sure Start Children’s Centres and Libraries throughout the city.

The stories introduced Manchester Art Gallery with a focus on Greendrops and Moonsquirters – The Utterly Imaginative World of Lauren Child.  Each community session was followed up with a visit to Manchester Art Gallery to see the exhibition. This was delivered in partnership with the Library Service’s Family Link Worker team.

"'We had a fab time. The storyteller held the children's attention so well. Thank you for a great time." 
Parent at Fallowfield Library

Project partners: Manchester City Council Library Service - Family LInk Worker team

Funding: Renaissance in the Regions, Working Neighbourhood Fund

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Storymakers

2006

Stories of dreams and fantasy worlds 

Family group making storybooks

Chinese families created a series of storybooks during the summer holidays with artist Jessica Emmett. The families created collaged storybooks that explore their dreams and fantasy worlds.

The starting point for the books were the exhibitions, Happy Birthday Miffy! at Manchester Art Gallery and Cockaigneby Gayle Chong Kwan at Chinese Arts Centre.

The books were displayed at Manchester Art Gallery during the Chinese Moon Festival and are to also be exhibited at Wai Yin Chinese Women Society and Chinese Arts Centre.

Project partners: Wai Yin Chinese Women Society, Chinese Arts Centre
Funding: Neighbourhood Renewal fund

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Family outreach activities

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Taking the gallery into the community to encourage families to make the most of what Manchester offers

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Manchester Art Gallery offers a year round programme of family activities and a family friendly exhibition every summer. Our outreach activities are designed to raise awareness and increase participation in these.

For example, in 2010 we ran a series of artist-led, Hero headdress-making activities in communities to promote the gallery's Heroes and Monsters exhibition, trail and activities. We did this at summer fairs, festivals and  community centres throughout Manchester during June and July 2010.

"After we'd done the Heroes activities, I said we should take my little boy to the gallery. My mum said that galleries were not places for children but she took him and they had a brilliant time. She was really surprised how much things had changed from her childhood." Parent

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Your Story, your Journey

2007

Mums, dads, grandparents and children create beautiful story maps

Artist Amy Cham looking at the Object Memories display

Chinese families have worked with artist Amy Cham to make creative maps marking the journey of their favourite processions and the Chinese objects on display at Manchester Art Gallery.

The art work was displayed at our Chinese New Year celebrations on 18 February 2007 with Amy Cham talking to visitors about their favourite objects to make a Your Journey: Your Story DVD.

Image © Manchester City Galleries

Project partners: Wai Yin Chinese Women's Society

Funding: Neighbourhood Renewal fund, Co-operative Insurance Society

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Art Treasures Community Programme

2007

People from Collyhurst and Harpurhey, Rusholme and Wythenshawe create artwork inspired by the Art Treasures exhibition and the history of their local area

Paper theatre created by Birch Community Centre

Inspired by the content of the Art Treasures exhibition, nine groups of local people from Wythenshawe, Rusholme, Harpurhey and Collyhurst developed their own artwork celebrating their individual and community heritage over the past 150 years.

The fruits of this programme were exhibited in four unique exhibitions between October 07 and April 08.

Project partners: NCH Foundations, Churnet Street Sheltered Housing, The Addy Young People's Centre, Family Action Benchill, Tree of Life, Crescent Community High School for Girls, Birch Community Centre, Wythenshawe Forum, North City Library, Platt Fields Lakeside Centre.

Funding: Heritage Lottery Fund, Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.

Image © Manchester City Galleries

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Drawing Machines

2008

Families from Ashbury Meadow and Clayton SureStart Children's Centres make robotic drawing machines

Participants at Ashbury Meadow children's centre

Families from Ashbury Meadow Children’s Centre and Clayton Children’s Centre in East Manchester worked with visual artist, Claire Weetman to create large drawing machines which were exhibited during The Big Draw workshops at Manchester Art Gallery on Sunday 26 October 2008.

Families also worked with performing artist Becky Prestwich on a robotic performance for The Big Draw.

Project partners: Ashbury Meadow Childrens Centre, Clayton Children’s Centre

Funding: Working Neighbourhood Fund

Project partners: Crumpsall Sure Start Children's Centre, Michiko Fujii, Manasamitra

English Corner

English Corner

Free English conversation classes at Manchester Art Gallery. Every second Wednesday of the month 1-2.30 pm and at Thursday Lates on the third Thursday of each month 6.30-8 pm. Free. no need to book, just turn up.