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Artists venture out to work on their portfolios

Fourth Year artists at Quarry Bank Mill

Creative Lower Sixth and Fourth Year pupils travelled to Manchester and Styal to collect source material for their Art A-level and GCSE portfolios.

Central Manchester was the location for Lower Sixth Art and Textiles students as they kickstarted their A-level course in autumnal sunshine. They were photographing and drawing areas of key interest to them in response to the theme of ‘Environment’ and their initial ideas for development for their A-level portfolios.

The first stop was the Science and Industry Museum before they made the short walk to Castlefield Basin to look at the imposing viaducts, decaying industrial structures and reflective waterways – alongside more modern urban structures.

They group then moved onto Spinningfields, a more modern environment of glass and metal architecture alongside beautifully landscaped greenery.

China Town, with its fantastic colours and patterns, gave the artists a lot of material and they ended the trip with a hit of contemporary and ever-evolving street art in the Northern Quarter.

Fourth Year creatives meanwhile headed south as they visited Quarry Bank Mill.

The cotton mill, which was built 1784, in is one of the best preserved textile factories of the Industrial Revolution and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.

The pupils made the most of the superb surroundings as they worked conscientiously to collect source material for their GCSE portfolio for the current project about mechanical forms.