Free creative events for Manchester Pride

To celebrate Manchester Pride this August Bank Holiday Manchester Art Gallery is working in partnership with Pride in Ageing at LGBT Foundation on a series of free creative activities in our lush Derek Jarman Pocket Park at the front of the gallery.

Come along and join our garden volunteers and artists in our urban oasis. You can sketch from nature, have a go at photographing our flora and fauna with your phone and create your own biodegradable plant pot to grow beautiful nasturtiums at home.All events are free, will take place in the Derek Jarman Pocket Park at the front of the building (weather dependant!) and are open to everyone.

All events are free, open to everyone and taking place between 12-4 pm.



Decorate your own biodegradable pot
12 – 2.30 pm
Drop-in, no need to book

Use our materials to decorate your own plant pot and our Pride in Ageing volunteers David and Philip will help you to pot your own nasturtium seed to grow at home. All materials will be provided.


Drawing from nature with Nikita Gill
Free, but please book here

Using the Derek Jarman Pocket Park and gallery collection as inspiration, you can create your own drawings using pencil and pastels.
All materials provided.

About the artist:
Nikita is Barbadian-Kittitian and is a descendant of the Leeward Islands people. She loves nature and the ocean and is an artist, a curator and plays Mas with WeR1 Mas Band. Nikita explores and experiments with different artistic methods to interpret Carnival and encourage unearthing missing stories in contemporary Afro-Caribbean and British culture.


Photographing nature with Mindy Meleyal
2.30 – 3.30 pm
Free, but please book here

Using the Derek Jarman Pocket Park flora and fauna as inspiration Mindy will lead a session to photograph from nature using your own smart phone. The group will experiment with composition using magnifiers and view finders and edit their images using Snap Seed.Participants will need to bring their own smart phone and download the free Snap Seed app.

About the artist:
Mindy Meleyal is a member of Pride in Ageing and enjoys photographing nature, looking for details, abstractions and unusual angles in the natural environment.