Manchester’s new art trail celebrates youth creativity

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After the success of 50 Windows of Creativity in 2020, Wild in Art are returning to Manchester with a brand new art trail, featuring displays by young people across the city.

Windows of Youth Creativity: We Made It!, launching on 22 October, will see 10 large windows and spaces transformed at prominent Manchester venues.

Part of Our Year 2022, the Manchester City Council commissioned project will showcase creative disciplines such as photography, illustration, dance, sculpture, street art, mosaic, poetry and model making.

The trail will include giant robots at the Science and Industry Museum, photographs taken by young people living in East Manchester at the National Football Museum; ‘Magic’, a montage of work installation, curated by visual artist Sumit Sarkar and hosted at the Royal Exchange; and coral beds and mosaic sea creatures created by young people with special educational needs at the Town Hall Annex.

The project will celebrate youth creativity, and the diverse communities that live across the city. It will also highlight some of the many different cultural and leisure venues in Manchester.

An online trail map is available to download, providing the opportunity to follow the trail and discover each exhibit.

Various family-friendly events and activities will take place whilst the project is live; a breakdance event will take place on 28 October at Manchester’s brand-new Mayfield Park.

The event will celebrate the European Breakdance Championships which is taking place in Manchester on 5-6 November. Featuring demonstrations from professional dancers, competitions and taster workshops, the event will be ran in partnership with Breakdance Manchester and Breaking GB.

Manchester Science Festival will also take place between 21-30 October at the Science and Industry Museum. The festival will host fun activities, drop-in workshops and immersive experiences for all ages.

Ben Reed, Head of Creative Development, Wild in Art, said “It’s great to be back delivering an event in my hometown of Manchester. There is so much creative talent being nurtured in this city. I’m really pleased we are able to showcase some of it in such high-profile locations and I can’t wait to see the response from those that have contributed and the general public.”

Councillor Garry Bridges, Executive Member for Early Years, Children and Young People, Manchester City Council, said  “2022 Our Year is all about providing new opportunities for the city’s young people and We Made It has been an amazing opportunity for them to really stretch their imaginations and get involved in producing artwork for an exhibition that is set to be seen by thousands across the different venues.

“It promises to be a fantastic showcase for the talents of our children and young people in Manchester – something they should all be very proud of contributing to – and I can’t wait to see what they’ve produced.”

Venues include HOME, Central Library, Proud Trust, National Football Museum, 11 York Street, Horsfall Gallery, Royal Exchange Theatre, Town Hall Annex, Science and Industry Museum and Mayfield Park.

Windows of Youth Creativity: We Made It will be live from 22nd October – 27 November.

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