The group chose to work with Stephen Dixon's Levantine chess set, from our collection, which depicts Eastern and Western forces, battling for control of oil-rich territories.
From the Tate's collection the group chose Wyndham Lewis' painting 'Bagdad', which was originally thought to be the decoration for one of the artists studio cupboards and is an image of a city and gardens.
Visual Dialogues is a partnership programme managed by Tate Britain which engages young people working with galleries. As well as Manchester Art Gallery, other partners are Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust, Tyne & Wear Museums (Laing Art Gallery) and Tate Britain, London. It is funded jointly 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.