Thomas stayed in Manchester after Foundation progressing to the BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation programme, graduating in 2012. Subsequently progressing to the Royal College of Art, where he studied for two years developing his work with moving image and model making on the MA in Animation – completing this course in 2015.
A really interesting briefing today with ex Manchester School of Art, 3D Design student Lauren Murphy, talking about her work establishing the Bradford Pit project. This is a forgotten part of the history of East Manchester, now erased from sight by the National Velodrome, Ethiad Stadium and surrounding developments. Within living memory this was a huge working Colliery first established in 1797 with tunnels extending right across Manchester, closing in the mid 60’s after 350 years of production.
Lauren has helped create an aural history project around surviving miners, of which her Grandfather was one. Lauren has also won an award through the Manchester Histories Festival for her work in the community as an art practitioner and been featured in a profile on the project by the BBC. The plan now is to create a permanent memorial and archive in both the locality and at Manchester Central Libraries Archive +.
Students across Graphic Design, 3D and Illustration with Animation have been asked to respond and pitch ideas for an exhibition at Beswick Library in June 2016 to coincide with the next Manchester Histories Festival. This invites collaboration across many levels and not least engagement with a well articulated need for a community to reconnect the future with the past.
Two of our Level 6 students Rob Maltby and Dave Howe attended a workshop with renowned Cartoonist and Illustrator Martin Rowson at the Waterside Arts Centre on Friday 6th February. An irreverent couple of hours drawing with one of the most celebrated satirical pens working on international publications in the past 30 years.
A Level 5 project based around artists books and inspired by the extensive collection held at MMU Special Collections. The work created over a six period was exhibited in the All Saints Library in January 2016 for three weeks and has now been located for an extended period in Manchester School of Art opposite Book Binding in Chatham.