MRLA at Manchester Art Gallery

Over the years Manchester Art Gallery has developed an interest in creative writing through a long term partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University’s English PGCE course.

Working together they run training days for students that have resulted in an increasingly varied and sophisticated series of approaches in using art as a visual pathway to creative writing. A student from the course, now Head of English at Tarporly High School, asked for support in meeting the challenges of the new English GCSE, specifically developing writing from an image.

With the awareness that teachers were exploring how they would deliver the new English GCSE Manchester Art Gallery applied to be part of the inaugural Max Reinhardt Literacy Award. Through the support of this grant Manchester Art Gallery were able to work with Tarporly High School, poet Mike Garry and Axis design to explore the gallery's collection and find the approaches and resources teachers need to help students produce quality written responses to our artworks. The outcome is an interactive presentation and new taught workshop Image to text.

Hosting the MRLA has gave the gallery access to training and skilled support from national bodies and provided opportunities to build partnerships and networks that have allowed them to share their learning and develop our expertise, knowledge and skills. This story is ongoing with a paper being delivered at the NAWE conference in November 2015 and conversations with AQA’s English team underway.

Click here to view the interactive presentation Image to Text

Click here to return to the 2014-15 Max Reinhardt Literacy Awards Project page


Images: Beth Moseley

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