MUSEA ARTS SOCIETY
MUSEA stands for the Manchester University Society for Emerging Artists. We aim to cultivate a collective group of like-minded people who are both interested in and have a passion for the practice of contemporary art. We are a forum in which Manchester students can develop artistic skills, techniques and ideas through regular workshops and socials, welcoming all abilities and study backgrounds.
We organise life drawing workshops, art classes, talks, events, gallery trips, film nights, socials and exhibitions. We currently have drawings from our last two socials exhibited at Font Fallowfield, with whom we have collaborated to display MUSEA art and receive10% off with our membership card. Membership also entitles you to discounts at Nexus art café and H.Blyth & Co., both in the Northern Quarter.
Is your society directed at people who are experienced artists, or is it an opportunity to learn to draw and paint?
It is without a doubt a platform from which art students or those interested in art can excel and get the opportunity to exhibit their work; but by no means is it specifically directed at arts students. Our workshops and life drawing classes purposely encourage development of skills, and we often have an art tutor to talk our society members through sketching skills during workshops. I am a management student and have learnt many creative techniques from MUSEA; hence the concept of cultivating emerging and budding artists!
What are the different workshops you offer?
Our signature workshop is the life drawing session, which takes place every two weeks. We have an up and coming paper silhouette workshop which will be accompanied by a city gallery tour, as well as t-shirt design and printing, to encourage interactive and personalised art. We regularly attend exhibitions to inspire new ideas for future workshops; first up is our trip to the David Shrigley exhibition at Cornerhouse.
Plans for this year?
This year we are trying to organise more regular events around our life drawing and encourage more integration from members which will help us qualify for the Manchester societies silver award. In addition we hope to collaborate with other like-minded societies to give our members more scope for creativity; consequently we have a workshop with Photo Soc coming up, and a social at Platt Chapel with Manchester Art group (Wednesday 24th October) We also want our members’ talent to be locally recognised, so we have organised continuous exhibition space at Font which will be publicised through celebratory socials! We’re also have a trip to Berlin coming up, so keep an eye on our facebook page for more details.
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