The Manchester Art Group is a student led art society for the University of Manchester, it is a community that invites people to take time to do something different, to let go of our responsibilities, to challenge and inspire our creativity. We run workshops every Friday in the Student’s Union, we kicked off this academic year with a speed drawing event where we rolled huge pieces of paper, donated by Fred Aldous, down trestle tables. Throughout the session these sheets became populated with portraits, a community was born and documented on these rolls.
Our ambition is to teach basic skills of various crafts so that people have the confidence to explore these methods outside of the workshops. We ran a bookbinding workshop so that people had their own sketchbooks to work with at home. We embroidered the covers with coloured cotton in geometric patterns, encouraging people to think about the importance of design in craft.
Life drawing has always been a popular workshop at the university, and so we will be holding life drawing sessions every other week. This is a time where we can fill the room with as many people as possible and let them explore and develop their skills. Trying to break down the stuffy conventions, often associated with life drawing, we encourage any one and everyone to these sessions, whether they have taken life drawing classes before or have never done any drawing at all.
We believe in the power of creating, in order to get a sense of achievement. We hope that our workshops continue to inspire and hopefully act as a form of therapy in the busy lives of Manchester students.
By Iona Wills