Manchester Art Gallery

Future Creatives

Future Creatives – a partnership programme with Manchester Colleges

Manchester is a hub for the creative industries and we make the connections for local colleges to work with practising artists, makers and local businesses through a annual live brief linked to our vibrant exhibition programme.


Inspiration events provide the young people with access to curators, artists and Manchester’s vibrant creative landscape. This experience forms an important part of their coursework submissions and when applying for work or to university. This year we have focused on our South Asia Design exhibition and worked with 80 students from Manchester College, across all three campuses, Openshawe, Northenden and Shena Simon, City Centre.

A lucky 13 students have been selected to have their work displayed at the gallery between January-June 2018 and the students are running Meet and Make events so they can engage with the general public and celebrate their achievements. Here, we showcase the work of Maria Azouz & Isra Asgar and Mohammed Leonardo.

Future Creatives: Why Religion?

Maria Azouz & Isra Asgar

Future Creatives: The Bogeyman of Bangladesh

Mohammed Leonardo



Restriction and Release fashion show

Manchester Art Gallery has commissioned students from King David Sixth Form, Loreto College, Manchester College and Xaverian College to develop responses to the 14-18 Now exhibition Fashion & Freedom. They have been inspired by experiences from the First World War, exploring what was happening to women and making connections through the themes of restriction and release.

The commission involves students making outcomes that will become part of their portfolio with some being showcased at this fashion show take over of the gallery.



Lifecycled is an exhibition celebrating Manchester’s Future Creative’s. Art students have created work that reflects their views and comments on the world around us.

Manchester Art Gallery commissioned students from Manchester College and Xaverian College to create artworks inspired by adornment, consumerism, symbolism and taste. 13 works were displayed that included craft, digital, fashion, ornament, sculpture and textile outcomes. The selected pieces connect to Matthew Darbyshire’s show An Exhibition for Modern Living and his exploration of reappropriation, either through the use of materials or progression of ideas.