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Serious about Art – Weekend Courses

serious about art courses spring 13


Textiles as Contemporary Art

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 November. 11am – 4pm, £35

Join our textile curator to investigate the work of Aisha Khalid and work alongside an artist to create your own piece of textile art.

Anglo-American Art & The Sixties

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 January. 11am – 4pm, £35

Use our Hockney to Hogarth exhibition as a starting point to delve into the New York art scene of 1961. Join artist and lecturer Ian Irvine to look at some of the most influential American art from the 60’s and its effect on British art and culture.

Serious about Art: Photography. Weekend course

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August. 11am – 4pm. £35

Manchester photo artist Mark Page leads this weekend investigating notions of photographing “home”, taking the stunning work of Nii Obadai as a starting point. Places are limited.

Booking essential, please email:

Satirical Illustration 

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 January 11am – 4pm, £35Join artist Stephen Nuttall and discover a darker side of illustration. Taking inspiration from Dark Matters, you’ll be guided to create your own illustrations and even the beginnings of your own graphic novel.

Indulge yourself in a new years creative resolution or this would be a perfect gift for any artist or budding illustrator.

For further details or to book email or call  07824 538 019.

Life Drawing Weekend-Dark Matters

Sat 12 and Sun 13th November.

11am – 4pm Saturday and 12pm – 4pm Sunday


Join artist Sarah Sanders and immerse yourself and expand your creativity in this experimental life drawing weekend. This is a unique opportunity to develop your drawing work inspired by Dark Matters, looking at the themes and artist’s approaches in the exhibition. All materials are provided so all you’ll need is your ideas and creativity.

 All levels welcome

Limited places, to reserve a place please email –

About the Artist

Sarah Sanders is an artist based in Manchester. Sarah studied her Masters in fine art at MMU (2007) and her practice is based in drawing and action. Focusing on process Sarah attempts to capture moments in passing. Sarah’s works have been exhibited and performed locally and internationally.

A a quick note from Sarah…
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to run a new programme of life drawing classes for the Whitworth. I have had lots of experience organising and running life drawing classes in Manchester, working with male and female models and different groups. The class has had a little make over but continues to take place on the first Saturday of each month, which is great for the people who miss the Saturday afternoon slot! The class will take a new direction using new models and different approaches, looking towards the Whitworth’s collection and exhibitions for inspiration. I will be on hand to give guidance, presentations and demonstrations to keep you enticed. These will be informal and friendly classes, beginners and more experienced artists are welcome. Looking forward to meeting you and getting started.

You can find out more about my work on my website:

My Life drawing blog:

Contemporay Landscape Photography

8-week course, 100*

In response to our Land Between Us; power, place and dislocation exhibition, submerse yourself in the world of contemporary landscape photography. Hear from practicing photographers to inspire and inform your own work and learn the skills and techniques needed to capture our all your ideas. In partnership with the Zion Centre in Hulme the course will be split between artist talks here at the Whitworth and practical sessions over at the Zion Centre. Culminating with an exhibition of your work created on the course within the Zion Centre’s gallery at the end of April.

*£80 for students

To book onto any Adult Programme events please call our Visitor Services Team on 0161 275 7540.

For any queries or for further details please email Ed Watts, Adult Programme Coordinator,

image copyright Chen Qiulin

Smart Deco: Intelligent Interior Design

six-week course, £60

From lampshades to teacups you’ll be able to take something different home that you’ve created every week. We’ve plucked five of the finest designer makers from Manchester’s creative hub, The Craft and Design Centre to conjure up an eclectic range of workshops for those of you out there with creative urges. We’ll kick off the six-week course with a sneaky peek behind the scenes of ‘The Walls are Talking’ exhibition with wallpaper curator Christine Woods, who’ll give us a personal guided tour to inspire your bespoke designs.

For further details please email,

Or to book call, 0161 275 7450



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