Behind the scenes at the Manchester School of Art, 1929

Behind the scenes at the Manchester School of Art, 1929

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It was the year of the Wall Street Crash, the first Academy Awards ceremony, and the beginning of Sartre and de Beauvoir’s love affair. It was the former school of painter L.S. Lowry and suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst.  The Manchester School of Art in 1929 was an exciting place to be for bright young things with a thirst for creativity and tomfoolery.

Would you be interested in taking one of their many creative courses? Take a look at these archival clips and find out which department is right for you.

Fine Art

Whether you like dabbling in watercolours or going impasto for oils, students are encouraged to develop their own artistic styles from traditional still life studies. You won’t be sitting around watching paint dry!

Left: Female art students painting, 1929 Right: Male art students paint a still life, 1929
Left: Female art students painting, 1929
Right: Male art students paint a still life, 1929

Design

Looking for something artistic but also practical? Industrial and graphic design classes are also on offer, so get your hands dirty with pottery crafts or challenge your artistic vision with poster design

Left: Male art student painting a poster, 1929 Right: Scenes From Manchester School Of Art, 1929
Left: Male art student painting a poster, 1929
Right: Scenes From Manchester School Of Art, 1929

Student Union

Work hard play hard! In addition to being talented artists, students at the Manchester School of Art  are involved in drama, music and dance.

These two male students relieve the stresses of the studio with some ballet (Greek tunics essential for maximum creative output). The whole atmosphere inspires an air of mischief-making: watch the film’s producer, Mr G. H. Higginson, perform trick photography for the entertainment of the student body.

Left: Scenes From Manchester School Of Art, 1929 Right: Trick photography at the Manchester Art School, 1929
Left: Scenes From Manchester School Of Art, 1929
Right: Trick photography at the Manchester Art School, 1929

Daring and forward-thinking, the Manchester School of Art has offered courses in painting, design, theatre, fashion and architecture since the 1920s. Alumni include painters L. S. Lowry and Annie Swynnerton, fashion designer Ossie Clark and, more recently, architect Thomas Heatherwick. This summer it was nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize for most ground-breaking building of the year.

Young women from Newcomb college gather with their artwork, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1930 (autochrome)

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