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Inspired by Nicola Colclough, Alina and Ana designed a modular seating system intervention, part of which they constructed at 1:1.

They said,

''I think there is a lot that we have learned by taking part in this project. To begin with, making a model to a 1:1 scale, of our own design, was truly something different than what we were used to for studio work. Making a model this big made us realise how much work is put into constructing something. We also found the art gallery visits to be useful and interesting, because we got to learn something that is not necessarily architecture related, but still could serve as an inspiration in the design process. The guidance we got from the older students was really useful and it helped us finish the project succesfully. Overall, the past weeks were really enjoyable and we were able to learn something new by also having fun!''

They were awarded 'Best In Show' for their hard work, great sketches and models.

Posted 3 May 2018 23:35


Inspired by Precious Innes and Robin Broadley, Astrid and Onchi designed and built a giant Avocado pod.

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:16


The exhibition was a great success!

More photos to follow...

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:06


It was freezing in Paradise Works!!

We warmed ourselves up by playing group games... causing much hilarity.

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:05


Today we moved all our work over for an exhibition at Paradise Works.

This took a lot of planning and coordination... as well as multiple trips in the lift/car!

Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:04


I was amazed to see how many languages we knew between us!

Can't wait to see these painted onto one group's maze wall.

Posted 27 Apr 2018 14:24


And almost ready to be presented..
Posted 27 Apr 2018 10:43


Today one group revealed part of their modular bench intervention at 1:1.

Tomorrow they'll be cladding it with translucent coloured plastic to create a wellbeing space.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 18:41


One group are spraying their 1:1 tunnel cladding panels with found patterns from left over laser cutting sheets.

Posted 26 Apr 2018 15:21


As part of Events, students must build part of their intervention at 1:1.

This is causing a lot of discussion and experimentation about how to make things stand up... and look good.
Posted 26 Apr 2018 11:55


...who work together, stay together.

Posted 24 Apr 2018 18:27


At the Manchester Art Gallery students were encouraged to sketch their favourite works.

Posted 24 Apr 2018 18:27


This afternoon we're getting creative again!

This time we're each drawing a section of mural in a particular architecture style.

Results to follow...

Posted 23 Apr 2018 14:47


Before lunch students critted each other on their preliminary intervention proposals.

Some great advice from peer to peer!

Posted 23 Apr 2018 14:46


After an inspiring week last week, this morning we're starting designing our inventions.

So far ideas include a community sculpture garden and a GIANT AVOCADO.

We can't wait to see the results!

Posted 23 Apr 2018 11:10


Inspired by Hilary Jack's work, which is made out of found materials, one group produced an impressive sculpture.

Next week, we will display all of the student's 2D and 3D work at Paradise Works.

Posted 20 Apr 2018 20:30


We ended the week with the students presenting their initial responses regarding the artists that they have been researching.

This included investigating the artist's methods and materials, and then producing their own iterative responses to said work.

We were so impressed with all the work and can't wait until next week!

More to follow.

Posted 20 Apr 2018 20:28


The aforementioned exhibition focussed on displaying dialogues between newly acquired and existing pieces of work.

Posted 20 Apr 2018 14:50


Thank you to the fabulously impressive Dr. Leanne Green, who gave us a tour of her (curated) exhibition Exchanges at the Whitworth Gallery.

The tour was interesting and definitely inspired the students regarding their own projects.

Posted 20 Apr 2018 14:49


What a great day for sitting by the window and getting creative!

Posted 19 Apr 2018 12:09


This morning, we're picking artists and researching their methods.

For the rest of the week, we'll be iteratively reproducing their work.

Posted 19 Apr 2018 11:20


First things first... Our videographer Kassandra is trying to get her head around the AV equipment.

Stay tuned for Go-Pro action shots and participant interviews!

Posted 19 Apr 2018 11:18


This afternoon we will be researching the history of the site.

Bleach and dye works, mineral water factory, mills... the inspiration is endless.

Posted 18 Apr 2018 14:53


The sun was shining for our first visit to the site!

Today, students sketched and measured the site.

Posted 18 Apr 2018 14:42


First day of Events 2018!

To begin, this morning we met on site and issued and verbally explained the risk assessment to all students.

Stay safe!

Posted 18 Apr 2018 14:40


Precedent alert!!

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

Why not design a meeting place?

This concertina bench is made from recycled cardboard, mirroring many of the artist's focus on re-use. Also, it would be easily constructible during Events.

Posted 2 Apr 2018 16:01


We have raised the £100 needed for our Events programme to go ahead!!

Thank you too all our donators, who range from family and friends, to award winning artists and Architects.

It's not too late to donate! - We'd love extra money for materials.

Thank you!

Posted 2 Apr 2018 15:50


During events week, we will visit the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery.

This weekend I went down the Whitworth to suss our the current exhibition; you're in for a treat!

Posted 27 Mar 2018 20:09


As part of Events week, each member of the M.Arch team will run their own programme that explores the relationship between art and architecture. Mine will be as follows:

This session will focus on drawing as a method for designing and representing architecture. First, each M.Arch will present their favourite architectural drawing that they have ever done. Next, each student will be asked to pick an artistic style (impressionist, pop art etc) out of a hat. Each student will also be asked to take a piece of A2 trace and a segment of an image that M.Arch have printed and divided. Each student must reproduce their segment of the image in the artistic style that they have chosen. At the end, the segments will be re-joined to produce one collage. This will be displayed as part of the final symposium.

Posted 27 Mar 2018 20:02


I am pleased to announce that we have raised over half the money required to run our events programme.

A big thank you to all our sponsors so far, who range from artists to Architects, as well as family and friends.

If you would like to donate, please visit -

Thank you.

Posted 11 Mar 2018 11:43


Further to my last post, this week we've been asking local and national artists and architects to support our project.

Our first sponsor comes from award winning sculptor Fred Gordon, who has exhibited in London, Bath and Bristol, to name but a few.

If you would like to sponsor, please visit:

Keep your eyes peeled for more donations - some exciting materials have been pledged!

Posted 6 Mar 2018 20:49


In order for our project to be successful, we must raise £100 in order to rent the gallery space at Paradise Works in which the final workshop will take place.

Renting this space will provide students with the invaluable opportunity to engage with such an exciting organisation, as well as constructing parts of their intervention on or near the site.

Over the next few weeks, we will be asking local artists and architects to support the relationship between the two by donating, as well as organising a variety of fundraising events.

To donate, please visit:


Posted 5 Mar 2018 16:39


Driven by materiality, contemporary artist Precious Innes often uses throwaway and ad hoc substances to create pieces that question her medium's original function. To do this, Precious uses different techniques and magnitude of manipulation, which alter her materials' structure.

Precious says, 'Exploring a material's structure is vital to the playful process of my work; often using gravity as a means to push the object, forcing the object to react in a way that it may become free standing.'

Furthermore, Precious chooses to work with a mixture of objects that are relatable to the everyday, as well as those that are in a pure or raw state, such as plaster or expanding foam.

Personally, I enjoy Precious' work due to her use of readily available materials - something that we are encouraging during this year's events programme.

Posted 1 Mar 2018 09:29


Keep and eye on your emails for our invite to Art x Paradise's new facebook page.

Here, we'll be posting more specific organisational details such as meeting times and locations.

Looking forward to meeting you all soon.

Posted 28 Feb 2018 14:51



Interested in our collaborator Paradise Works? - This Saturday (3rd March), Paradise Work’s latest exhibitions opens to the public!

The exhibition, ‘Tipping the Scales’, focuses on sculptural work, and features UK based artists at various stages in their careers.

Curated by Kieran Leach and Precious Innes, the show exhibits a sense of art imitating life, and approaches play and societal pressures.

We’ll be heading down on Saturday, if you want to join, message Sandhya.

If not, please feel free to head down by yourselves - The exhibition is open on weekends from 1-5pm, or by appointment.

Posted 26 Feb 2018 20:57