As we transition into Autumn, don’t let your creativity cool off with the weather and get stuck into some artistically inclined tours and activities.
Enjoy painting in a relaxed environment with PopUp painting, recreating a well-known masterpiece with a paintbrush in one hand and a drink in the other. For a more serious space to create, there are relaxed watercolour workshops at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre. Or, for those who are more interested in craft and textiles, be sure to check out the Rust Dyeing workshop at Salford Makers.
If you are more into art appreciation than participation, the tours of Manchester Art Gallery are an excellent way to gain a better understanding of the collections and exhibitions. Similarly, if you are interested in the social history surrounding some of the art you walk past every day, the Modern History of the Northern Quarter tour takes you through familiar streets exploring the context of the murals.
Here are our picks
Walk through the Northern Quarter and learn about its recent history as well as the potential future of the area through its eclectic street art. Nestled into the heart of the city, the Northern Quarter has long been known as the ‘cooler’ side of town. Whether you are someone who has lived in Manchester for years or just visiting, the tour shows you some of the less obvious artistic features of the Northern Quarter.
What better way to be creative whilst relaxing than with an informal watercolour workshop. Within the open environment of Manchester Craft and Design Centre you will be shown how to play with brush strokes to create delicate floral studies.
Explore the exciting possibilities of rust as a colouring and printing agent. Experiment with different dye baths to create a spectrum of earthy tones to colour and print onto a selection of fabrics.
Manchester Art Gallery is part of the city’s framework from its architecture to the contents of its galleries. This is a perfect opportunity to get to know some of the pieces in a bit more detail.
Take a closer look at some of the Whitworth Art Gallery’s collection while gaining a better understanding of the context in which the pieces were created. The free tours run daily from 2 pm.
In our full Day Course, we will explore the filmic elements which make Luca Guadagnino’s films unique, a subtle combination of complex characters portrayed with a humanist eye and the exquisite environment in which they move, act and develop. The event includes a full screening of Call Me by Your Name.
You’ll be guided step by step by a practising artist, while you drink, paint and create your way to becoming an artist for the night!
Learn the basics of manipulating perspex to make your own amazing art jewellery.
Using silk screens, water-based inks and hand-cut stencils, you will have the opportunity draw and screen print your own designs to create your own bespoke t-shirt.