Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer

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Schools and Colleges Programme

Ford Madox Brown’s rebellion against traditionally taught methods of painting and his pioneering portrayal of contemporary subjects with social and political significance blazed the trail followed by the PreRaphaelites, and inspires this season's workshops for schools and colleges.

Getting to know the gallery

Bring your class to the gallery this autumn and you’ll find a wealth of inspiration for work back in the classroom. Getting to know the gallery is an introductory workshop that visits both Ford Madox Brown: PreRaphaelite Pioneer and The Pre-Raphaelite Experiment.

The Pre-Raphaelite Experiment is a year long project (May 2011 - May 2012), during which we’ll be working with a range of visitors to reinterpret our historic collection for a contemporary audience. Gallery 6, one of our Victorian galleries, has been turned into a creative hub, inspired by four Pre-Raphaelite paintings on display there that explore the themes of nature, storytelling, and modern life.


Workshops are £3.00 per pupil (under Manchester LA) or £3.50 for all other pupils. There is a minimum charge of £65.00, (except for special schools).

Please note: Ford Madox Brown: PreRaphaelite Pioneer is a paying exhibition, but school and college groups who book in advance can visit it free of charge.

Book a workshop or self-directed visit

Tel: 0161 235 8842
Fax: 01612747145

Education workshop 2011

Ford Madox Brown: Families, Memories, Bonds

Manchester Art Gallery has been working in partnership with Manchester schools to make new work in response to Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer. Teachers and teaching assistants were invited to create artworks inspired by the exhibition themes. Their work will be displayed in the exhibition to provide a contemporary perspective on Brown’s work, and to provoke discussion and encourage reflection.

Working with artist Sarah Marsh, they connected their lives today in Manchester with Brown’s era. Collectively they explored thoughts, feelings and images, relating to family, memories and everyday events, to uncover the traces we leave behind.

The resulting display is a social commentary and visual map, that brings Brown’s influence to modern Manchester. Each artwork visualises the teachers’ personal discoveries, highlights the importance of memories in everybody’s lives, and connects us to one another.

The display was created by Jenny Brierley, Nicola Carr, Jenny Clare, Anna Fisk, Ness Heath, John Kemp, Neil Long, Julie McKeever, Lorraine Melia, Dee Palmer, Jill Spencely, Alice Tomlinson and Carrie Waxman, working with artist Sarah Marsh.

With special thanks to All Saints Primary School, Ashbury Meadow Community Primary School, Burnage Media Arts College, Charlestown Community Primary School, Holy Name Primary School, King David High School, Levenshulme High School, Our Lady’s RC High School, Pike Fold Primary School and St James' Primary School, Rusholme.

Thank you to all of the schools and their wonderful teachers for helping us realise this exhibition. Please take time to see the resulting work during your visit.

Actor playing navvy in Ford Madox Brown's Work

Ford Madox Brown's Work

Ford Madox Brown's painting Work, is brought to life in this exciting interactive aimed at KS2 pupils.

Contact us

We are always happy to discuss and support your needs. To make an enquiry please contact our Schools and Colleges Team:

Tel: 0161 235 8842
Fax: 0161 274 7145

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Ford Madox Brown, Pretty Baa Lambs, (1851-59)
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