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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Community artwork on show at centenary exhibition


A variety of community art projects are going on show in Crewe as part of an exhibition celebrating the centenary of Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Cheshire.

The week-long exhibition starts on Tuesday, September 11, and charts the university’s development since it opened as Crewe College of Education in 1912.

For part of the exhibition, MMU Cheshire commissioned a number of professional artists to work with a range of community groups as part of a banner project. The theme was to show Crewe’s journey from a railway town to one with increasing opportunities linked to the university.

Under the guidance of Crewe Local Area Partnership (LAP), each group has designed and produced their own banner, which will be on display along other artwork, including installations and film screenings.

Another project that is sure to stand out is the ‘Aiming High Man’. The LAP wanted to make clear links between education and aspiration, while still engaging with children.

Local Age UK group ‘Men in sheds’ (a project for older men over 55 who feel isolated or who are experiencing major life changes and/or isolation) were asked to build a wooden frame outline of a graduate in cap and gown receiving a degree.

The frame was then taken to a National Play Day event at the town’s Queens Park, where people got stuck into collage work to give the student ‘something to wear’.

The artwork will be on show at the university’s Axis Arts Centre from Tuesday, September 11.

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