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During the exhibition day, we held an informal crit and presentation for each group.

Standing infront of their finished installations, the students grew confident in speaking about their accomplishments and were eager to explain their concepts to us.

As a group, they all worked so hard to develop significant intervention ideas and each one was realised to an admirable extent.

As for the 5th years- we were proud of what the undergraduates had achieved in such little time! Each intervention proposed a creative response to the site which took into account the contextual factors and the artistic representation of members of Paradise Works.

Posted 8 May 2018 09:09


This is not a wall.

2 of our undergraduates created some amazing artistic collage and concept drawings. They used these to create an installation of a permeable wall. The walls would be used for a series of spaces that divided artists working.

Posted 7 May 2018 16:02


Using the hook in the exhibition space, the papier mache avocado was hung up.

When hung from the ceiling, the installation looked just like their initial concept sketches and visuals!

Posted 7 May 2018 15:59


2 students worked as a great team to create this model using found materials.

The use of real twigs and branches gave the model a sense of reality and really brought the whole concept together!

Posted 7 May 2018 15:57


John and Alice presented a great concept for a connection detail - just using cardboard!

Their structures were designed to stand without supports and host artist work.

Posted 7 May 2018 15:56


The undergraduates curated their cracked clay tiles.

The cracks correlate with the patterns they scored earlier!

Posted 7 May 2018 15:54


Flashback to when students were making their final touches to their show.

Undergraduates were in charge of curating their final work, with helping hands and guidance from the Master students.

Posted 3 May 2018 09:00


Our collaborators at Paradise Works were so impressed with our work at the exhibition.

Visiting artists Winter and Kurth even shared our event on their own Instagram page!

Check them out here...

Posted 3 May 2018 08:57


One group created an amazing section model out of found tree branches and plants. These were glued, tied and intricately assembled.

Inspired by Hillary Jack, their project modeled natural materials in a political setting.

Posted 30 Apr 2018 22:13


At the exhibition, we were visited by Paradise Works artists, Natasha Kurth and Olivia Glasser.

It was amazing to see their response to work inspired by them and to applause the exhibition pieces from all the students.

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:56


Today we exhibited at Paradise Works, in Salford. The exhibition space is surrounded by artist studios and was the perfect setting to showcase our projects!

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:50


Large pieces of installation artworks were transported to Paradise Works by car.

Ready for exhibition!

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:40


As the progression of the film continues, Kassandra calls on some of the undergraduate students to see and reflect on her work.

They are all so excited to see the final product!

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:28


After the clay had dried, we had fun peeling them off the cardboard bases.

During the drying out stage, cracks formed and created an interesting, almost archaeological, aesthetic to the texture of the clay.

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:23


Another group have begun to create their partition walls at 1:1.

They are testing how fabric can be hung over a hollow metal rod, which is supported on cardboard columns.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 21:29


We have asked each group to create an architectural image representing the relationship of their intervention on the current site.

This could be a plan, section, axonometric or perspective drawing, like this one.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 21:28


Inspired by Hillary Jack, two students are incorporating natural found objects into their work.

Like their model from last week, twigs will be used to draw comparisons between nature and society.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 21:26


We are assisting in the construction of 1:1 interventions to take to Paradise Works next week.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 10:59


Two students are using found newspapers and glue, along with chicken wire to create their avocado inspired intervention.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 10:57


After Rosie's scalpel cutting and scoring workshop, students are using their scoring skills to create texture in clay.

These will form clay tiles for their site intervention.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 10:53


One room at the Manchester Art Gallery, explored the importance of colour to mindfulness and emotion. Drenched in blue, the room was curated to be calming and peaceful.

Some students are using this precedents to create a colour-dictated community space for Paradise Works.

Posted 25 Apr 2018 11:04


Students observing the texture of clay tiles, which they may replicate for their final work.

Posted 25 Apr 2018 11:01


After the gallery trip, the students acted out their favourite figurative pieces in pairs.

We discussed how the body moves in space and is represented in artwork.

Posted 25 Apr 2018 10:59


Yesterday we visited the Manchester Art Gallery. As well as observing the architecture of the extension, which combines old and new, we also observed the extension of the body.

Much of the work on show represents figures and how the body interacts with others. This is something the first and second years may choose to move forward in their own designs.

Posted 25 Apr 2018 10:56


Nick's workshop began by giving each student a section of a drawing and an architectural style. They had to recreate heir image in the style given. These were then collated as shown in a blog post previously.

It aimed to encourage creative drawing and producing different emotions in texture, colour and composition.

Posted 24 Apr 2018 11:12


Student sketches and diagrams of their proposals underway.

Posted 24 Apr 2018 11:08


Yesterday all the students presented their work to each other.

As a group, we encourage peer working and supportive criticism.

Teamwork is key to develop creative ideas.

Posted 24 Apr 2018 11:06


As the curator of the exhibition, Dr Leanne Green spoke in depth about the execution and understanding of information. Many of the artists have chosen to consider how humans take in information and how we perceive art work on display.

By researching the artists and their work, she has created a dialogue between pieces that explore this theme. By hearing about her intentions, the students can now begin to consider curation and display of their own pieces during their show at Paradise Works next week.

Posted 20 Apr 2018 22:35


During our gallery visit today, Kassandra continued to create footage of our team with a wonderful backdrop.

We had the privilege to explore the beautiful building and it's grounds. The garden areas and interaction zones surrounding the building provide the public with great spaces to chat, think, reflect and contemplate.

Posted 20 Apr 2018 22:19


During the workshop today the students had the opportunity to use whatever materials they wished- acrylic paints, watercolours, newspaper, card, coloured paper, pens, ink and even fabric!

Posted 19 Apr 2018 19:39


My workshop today gave the students a chance to recreate an architectural image in collage form. This was to encourage creativity and abstraction!

It was super fun and all the pieces will be on display during our exhibition / symposium at Paradise Works.

Posted 19 Apr 2018 19:30


Kassandra busy interviewing our lovely students.

We want to know their opinions on Paradise Works and how Events is going so far!

Posted 19 Apr 2018 12:28


Working in teams, the groups are working on their research.

By collaboratively working, they are learning together, sharing techniques and helping each other.

Posted 19 Apr 2018 11:42


We explored the site and the surrounding landscape.

The site is home to lots of wildlife, apples trees, willow trees and much more!

Posted 18 Apr 2018 15:34


Artists Winter and Kurth showed the students their current work and approach to design.

The duo interweave their individual design backgrounds creating experiential interior products which fuse graphic application with simple 3D form.
Posted 18 Apr 2018 15:25


Today artists Winter and Kurth showed us around Paradise Works and explained the ethos of their community.

They aim to create a sustainable urban model for artist-led activity in the growing arts ecology across the Salford & Manchester border.

It was great to understand the range of work created by the different artists and also how they have created a collective.

Posted 18 Apr 2018 15:22


We have secured a private tour of the amazing exhibition, Exchanges, at the Whitworth Art Gallery on the 20th April. Taking us around will be the curator of the exhibition, Dr Leanne Green!

This is an amazing opportunity for you to gain an understanding of curation and ask questions about the work directly to Leanne. This will come in handy for your exhibition at the Paradise Works studios during the symposium day.

Works by Gillian Wearing, William Hogarth and Louise Bourgious and Tracey Emin will be on display. They encourage a dialogue on expectations of female behaviour. Additionally, Rebecca Warren and Hayley Tompkins elevate discarded objects to the status of art and challenge our ideas about what should be shown in museums. While Simon Patterson, Jitish Kallat, Roni Horn and Stephen Willats consider how we make order out of a disordered world.

Posted 15 Apr 2018 18:59


Events week is approaching, so we thought we would send you some key info before the start date.

Look out for an email from me regarding Programme, the Risk Assessment and Room Locations.

If you have any questions – feel free to message us by email or Facebook.

Posted 10 Apr 2018 20:39


Precedent alert!!

During Events week, we will be designing interventions aimed to activate the site through community engagement.

Using the clay donated by Plant Noma, you could design an intervention which correlates with elements on the site already. These leaf pots were created by imprinting a texture into the clay. Maybe these could be hung up as a sculptural piece? Or maybe they will have a function as pots in a community garden?

Why not design a piece that explores the site-specific textures? The artists at Paradise Works are keen to see an intervention which encourages engagement with the community, so maybe start thinking of activities that promote this.

Posted 3 Apr 2018 11:35


The workshop I am running during Events week will be as follows:

I will introduce the students to examples of works which combine architectural forms and meaning through mixed-media collage. Each student will be provided with an architectural photograph and must recreate this image using painting, collage and crafting techniques. A list of words and emotions will be used to prompt the students to epitomize an expression/ meaning in their work. M.Arch will provide some materials; however, the students will be encouraged to bring any materials they would like to use (paints, paper, newspapers, card). The M.Arch will be on hand to discuss the importance of composition, expression of emotion and the layering of materials. The final pieces may be two or three-dimensional pieces. The aim of this workshop is to encourage artistic abstraction and expression through mixed media. These will be on display at the final symposium at Paradise Works

Posted 3 Apr 2018 11:32


At ART X PARADISE, we cherish collaborative work and admire actions that support artists. One of our first year members has organised an event called Art on the Sly. Here all art is welcome, nothing will be rejected. Their mission is to create a night of appreciation, pride and community. They are working with Love C.O.P’s who host and co-produce inclusive, community-centred events.

Art on the Sly will be held on Friday 16th March at 10pm with the location yet to be announced. Check their Facebook page here:

During the Art X PARADISE events programme, we aim to focus on collaborative working environments, community engagement and social support of creativity. Perhaps Art on the Sly could inspire your designs and intentions for the site that we will be working with during your events programme?

Paradise Works want to see design interventions which promote social engagement that could kick-start development of the site and be welcoming to the community.
Posted 11 Mar 2018 11:41


Throughout the Events programme, we will each be hosting a workshop aimed at introducing creativity. We are currently discussing the prospect of providing you with workshops that vary in materiality and focus on craft. The concept of making and testing techniques is something we encourage. We are excited to see your artist talents and hopefully these will inspire your designs.

As well as sending you over a programme by email and facebook, a brief outline of what we are planning will be posted on here in the next few weeks. Keep a look out !

Posted 10 Mar 2018 15:17


Jo is currently undertaking a Practice based PhD at the University of Leeds which examines Painting and Materiality. She previously studied Fine Art at the University of West of England and completed her MFA at Manchester School of Art.

Her practice is concerned with hybridised forms of painting that have resonance within the phenomenological ambitions of Minimalism. She considers how the compositional and material components of painting affect the experiential basis of the viewer, not what the painting means but what it does. Her observations become translated through the construction of three-dimensional pictorial compositions ‘in between’ the space of painting and architecture.

The practice aims to provoke an artistic reorientation towards painting that engages the sensorial and brings painting back into a materialist dialogue with real things in the world. She creates a re-evaluation of a painting’s relationship with space, where painting is matter and space, real and physical; allowing the viewer to establish a dual physical and optical relationship to the work.

Posted 4 Mar 2018 11:59


During the Events week we will ask you to select an artist, who is working at Paradise Works, to base your work on. Your initial design proposals should aim to derive from artistic inspiration and illustrate topics which are highlighted by one of the artists. Established in April 2017, Paradise Works is currently home to 28 proactive, intergenerational, contemporary artists; working across sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, design, film, audio, performance, photography & curation.

Over the course of this week we will be posting a few profiles to give you a flavour of the expanse and range of all the artists to choose from.

If you want to see the full list of artists working at Paradise Works, have a peek at their website here:

Posted 27 Feb 2018 10:39