Manchester Art Gallery

Young people

Creative consultants are 14-19 year olds who meet at Manchester Art Gallery to connect with art, be creative and make their mark on the gallery.

If you’d like to hear about our events and sessions, please get in touch:

To find out more, please contact Nicola Colclough:

Tel: 0161 235 8855

Creative Consultants at Manchestert Art Gallery

Sunday sessions and holiday projects

Creative consultants summer school 2018

Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29, Thursday 30 August 11am – 4pm

Keep an eye out here for more information.

As a Creative consultant you will:

• Work alongside artists to explore the collections and exhibitions
• Visit other creative and cultural venues
• Try contemporary art techniques and make art
• Create your own responses to exhibitions
• Contribute to cultural life in the city
• Develop your understanding of contemporary art
• Build your creative networks with peers and industry professionals
• Use your creative thinking skills

We also run monthly sessions on the last Sunday of the month between September and March (although not in December). These take place at Manchester Art Gallery. The sessions are stand alone so you can pick and choose.

Sunday 28 January 2018, 1-4pm
De-stress with activities inspired by the work of Waqas Khan.

Sunday 25 February 2018, 1-4pm
Celebrate the centenary of the Women’s Vote at this workshop inspired by radical Victorian artist Annie Swynnerton.

Sunday 25 March 2018, 1-4pm
Disrupting the status quo. How can we make change? Inspired by the work of Sonia Boyce.

The holiday projects run during February half term, August holiday and October half term. These sessions are based around a project brief and Creative consultants sign up for all the sessions.


Young people in the art Store at Manchester Art Gallery


Working with partner organisations enables young people to enjoy and benefit from our exhibitions, collections and our Creative Consultants programme.

Through our projects and partnership programmes we:

• Make our collections and exhibitions accessible to young people
• Increase young people’s confidence and self esteem, helping them make sense of the world
• Create space for young people to make art and ignite curiosity and social interaction
• Help young people find inspiration through art

To find out more, please contact Nicola Colclough.

Tel: 0161 235 8855


Previous Projects

Underground 2013-14

In response to Jeremy Deller’s All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, the Creative Consultants ran Underground, a Thursday Late event that brought together musicians of all ages, genres and backgrounds:

• Creative Consultant and DJ Alfie who took inspiration from Deller’s musical idols.
• Parrs Wood High School’s Tuesday Band performed jazz in the Gallery Atrium
• Black Jack Barnet sang about zombies in late 20th century Manchester
• Jennifer Reid sang 19th century broadsides
• Beat boxer Jason Singh created and ambient industrial soundscape
• Denton Brass Band founded in 1859 performed a nostalgic set of brass tunes reminiscent of parades and mining bands
• Throughout the evening visitors took part in a drop-in pinhole photographyworkshop where they made their own camera from a soda can, took a studio portrait, which they then developed and displayed in the Gallery Atrium.

Deadline 2012-13

This project investigated art that responds to Manchester, the UK and urban life. We took a close look at Dreams Without Frontiers, an exhibition which has been co-curated by Dave Haslam (DJ and writer who came to fame in the days of Manchester’s Hacienda club scene) and we wanted to know what Manchester and it’s art means to young people living in the city today.

We worked alongside artists Jim Medway and met with illustrator Rob Bailey. We took part in workshops at Hot Bed Press in Salford, and made a series of screen printed posters called Deadline imagining a music scene in a future Manchester. These went on display at the entrance of the Dreams Without Frontiers Exhibition. We even contributed to gallery events such as the Thursday Lates Zine Fair.

You can see images from the project on our Flickr pages.

Haroon Mirza Sound Sculpture 2011-12

This project saw us create a sound interpretation resource for the gallery’s glass atrium space. We met with Haroon Mirza who told us how he makes sculptures about sound and noise. We went and saw another of his installations at Camden Arts Centre in London to see what his work felt like and think about how we could make something that helped other people to understand the difference between sound and noise better.

We created an ‘interactive’ that we decided to place outside of the gallery where Mirza’s work was installed. This was because we didn’t want our work to change his work. We joined the two visually (they looked similar) and by a ‘wire’ which we drew in tape on the group. People gathered around to listen to sounds on headphones that we’d recorded and enjoyed having something they could touch and play with.