Manchester Weekender: Pencils versus Pixels – Two Exhibitions in a Day

Susie Stubbs

Back by popular demand: two brilliant photo/sketching workshops that go head to head in a battle of analogue versus digital.

Back by popular demand for Weekender – but this time with an element of competition – we pit two workshops head to head in a battle of analogue versus digital. Choose from a day-long photography session with award-winning photographer, Len Grant; follow his brief to capture a Day in the Life of Oxford Road and see your images broadcast the same day for all to see on the big screen in Grosvenor Square. Or choose instead to sharpen your pencils and join artist and lecturer, Simone Ridyard and the Manchester Urban Sketchers in an on-location art workshop inspired by the architecture and an afternoon of goings-on in Spinningfields, then create an exhibition the traditional way – involving paper, Blu Tack and a blank wall. Booking essential and limited to just 25 places for each workshop. Pixels: Meet at Mabel Tylecote Building, Grosvenor Square, Oxford Road, M15 6BG, 10am–4pm, Saturday 12 October, £20 (lunch not included); Pencils: Meet in Spinningfields Unit A1/A2; 2pm–5pm, Saturday 12 October, £5. 

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