Manchester Art Gallery

Future Creatives – previous projects

A Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester College collaboration. Supporting young artists and designers through a live brief, to explore and present fresh perspectives.

It puts them in the position of being the actual creative in their city. So, it’s that’s step in their psychology, of seeing themselves as a student, yes, but also seeing themselves as a practitioner and a creative with a future and a voice in their City.”


“I’ve really pushed myself as an artist to be brave and to say something that is controversial or provocative because that’s how we can make change.”




This City is our canvas

Design and Visual Art students from across Manchester College have responded to Manchester Art Gallery’s 5th annual live brief. Working with artists, curators, designers and tutors they explored the role that art and culture plays in shaping Manchester and created  personal responses.

A collection of 26 posters has been produced with designer Craig Oldham. They present the students experiences and viewpoints on their city and offer a visual snapshot on what they want to share publicly now. This collection is available to buy at the Gallery shop, with all profits supporting future work.

With the very generous support of Jack Arts (an independent creative out-of-home agency specialising in the arts and culture space) these posters can be found throughout Manchester until Friday 13 March 2020; including two large billboards on Princess Street and Fairfield Road and numerous poster sites throughout the city centre. This has provided an opportunity for the students to make a statement within their city and place their art and culture into the places where they have drawn inspiration.


Reflection, Imagination, Repetition

Students were commissioned to create a commercial product in response to the gallery’s collections. Working with designers in the city as well as gallery staff students developed ideas and produced outcomes that have become integral to their portfolios. Seven products have been manufactured for sale in the gallery, providing a platform for the students to express what matters to them and providing collective funding towards college enrichment experiences.

These films were created by participating students and Film maker Emma Freeman as part of an Instagram story sharing their experiences.


South Asian Design

Students from Manchester College explored themes found within the South Asia Design exhibition. Inspiration events provided 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.
13 students were selected to have their work displayed at the gallery between January-June 2018 and have run Meet and Make events where they engaged with the general public and celebrated 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.

A Creative Challenge for The Manchester College

We have teamed up with The Manchester College to ask past, present and future students to share an insight of their lockdown experience using art from our collections.

All you need to do is…

    •  Select one or more pieces of art from the below grid
    • Share the images on Instagram with a message or story about how it relates to your lockdown experience
    • Tag @themcrcollege @mcrartgallery #creativechallenge #BeAmazingTMC

For More information on Visual Art courses at The Manchester College visit:

John Armstrong, Black PyramidsInterior Gwen JohnAntony Gormley's sculpture, Filter, hanging in the galler Atrium.Ray Smith, Celebration, 1949 - 2018Derek Jarman, Queer, courtesy Estate of Derek JarmanSusie MacMurray, Widow, 2009. A dress made of black napa leather with over 100,000 long silver adamantine pinsBernie Searle, Untitled (Red), from the Colour Me series, 1998Aage Thaarup Hat, 1952 Manchester Art Gallery. Photography Michael PollardMarcus Coates, Sea MammalJames Northcote, Othello, The Moor of Venice, 1826Adeela SulemanGirl with Beret by Lucian FreudGinger jar and lid, 1909, made by Pilkington's Tile and Pottery Company LtdDrug jarEdwin Landseer, The DesertRubberband, The Table That Almost Wasn'tPeter C by David HockneyMaiko Takeda, Atmospheric Re-entry 2011ArtbitesModern Painting appliancesLadyTrees


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