Cultural Digital Designer in Residence
Last week upwards of 30 designers, cultural educators and teachers from across Greater Manchester came together to launch the 2020 Comino Cultural Designer in School programme. The buzz in the room was tangible as multi-disciplinary teams began to develop ideas for projects to roll out in the New Year.
Created in close partnership with Ideas Foundation this programme will be delivered with 5 schools from Bury, Rochdale, Bolton, Manchester and Wigan. Having supported us for seven years, Comino Foundation are pleased to award bursaries to 5 post graduate design students from Manchester Metropolitan University to bring new digital arts practice into classrooms and cultural education settings in partnership with leading Manchester based cultural organisations.
These include Science & Industry Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, National Football Museum, Pupils History Museum and Chinese Centre for Contemporary Arts. Designers bring skills in digital video/photography, filmmaking, motion graphics, 3D printing, and digital surface design whilst cultural partners and schools bring themes for exploration from the strictly visual to the personal and political, alongside artworks, exhibits and archive materials which are sure to inspire the young people lucky enough to take part in the programme.
Creative and cultural industries within the UK are world class, and recent work from PISA highlights the importance of creative teaching to global success in the 21stcentury. Not only that recent research shows us how important cultural and creative experience is helping young people develop passion and ambition which directly translates into motivation back in the classroom. Working in areas of the city region where cultural engagement is typically low, the partners involved in this programme are giving transformational experiences to young people from a huge diversity of communities.