MIF’s Factory will help young people transform the city’s art scene

Manchester International Festival (MIF) has occupied the city for 18 days every other summer since 2007. In seeking out Manchester’s creatives and hidden spaces, it has premiered up-and-coming artists and given them a global platform. MIF’s pieces are not limited to a specific art form and include theatre, dance, fine art and music. The Festival…

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Cartoonist Isabella Croker: “With a good storyline you have the freedom to make anything happen”

Isabella Croker is an up-and-coming Manchester-based artist and cartoonist. Her digital artwork ‘Buzzy Manchester’ is a whimsical depiction of the Printworks with a Piccadilly line metro whizzing past and bees buzzing overhead. Manchester’s influence is also evident in her recent piece ‘Imaginary Friends’. Its protagonists, two daydreaming children, wear the uniforms of St Joseph’s Primary…

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Husk Bennett on how lockdown connected student artists across the UK

Bleach, paint, washing detergent and other household items feature in the work of Husk Bennett, the second artist in our series exploring how Manchester School of Art students are reacting to the pandemic and lockdown. Bennett is a multimedia artist who incorporates pop culture into his large-scale paintings. He says: “Despite using recognisable motifs in…

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Artist Hannah Fawcett on painting collages during lockdown

Playful bursts of colour pop out from Hannah Fawcett’s painted collages. Intrigued by psychoanalysis, Fawcett uses digital scans of her childhood sketchbooks and primary school paintings to create vibrant textured pieces. She aims to “create a body of work which discusses and illustrates the significance of creativity within young minds.” Fawcett is the first artist…

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