Site visit to look at clay

21 05 2013

Site visit to look at clay

My last posting was a view of the Learning Studio – a much anticipated space for use by many of our creative visitors (from adult art groups or art students, to family drop-in sessions and primary school children). At the moment the Gallery does not have a dedicated space for carrying out messy activities, such as the project described below by Denise Bowler, our Secondary & Post-16 Coordinator:

“Artist Lucy Burscough and myself paid a site visit to look a little more closely at the clay which is currently being excavated from the building site to make way for the Gallery’s new air cooling system. It wasn’t just a cunning ruse to get a sneaky peek at the Gallery in the park, or an opportunity to dress up in the safety gear, although all of that was great fun, but it was a chance to explore the potential of using the clay. It is hoped that we will work with a team of young entrepreneurs from Manchester Academy, Fresh Made Trade, to turn the organic matter into products to be sold in the fantastic all-new Gallery shop when the Gallery relaunches in 2014. Mark Slator from ISG kindly met us to discuss how we could work together to extract the clay, dry it and slake it ready for use. This approach to using local, waste materials which have a resonance with the Gallery and park embraces the University’s Green Pledge towards an embedded sustainable ethos.

Over the next few months Lucy will prepare the clay ready for the transformative process to take place in the Autumn 2013”.

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13 03 2014
Fresh Made Trade are back in business | Gallery in the Park

[…] Proof above of the glorious sunshine in Manchester this week, the photo shows Zak, a member of Fresh Made Trade, a group of ten enterprising 13-14 year old students from Manchester Academy, who have been in Whitworth Park this week, researching potential ideas with commercial appeal. Each year a group of young students from the Academy are tasked to produce stock for the Whitworth shop inspired by the Gallery’s collections and exhibitions. Now in it’s third year, they have been set the brief to design, make and sell products using clay which has been extracted from Whitworth Park by ISG builders, during the construction of the new Whitworth Art Gallery, (see previous blog post: https://capitaldevelopmentwhitworth.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/site-visit-to-look-at-clay/). […]

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