Manchester Art Gallery

Future Creatives

A collaboration with Manchester Colleges

Connecting Manchester College students and Manchester Art Gallery through a live brief to explore and present fresh perspectives on the Gallery’s collections.


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.