Winter Social

A chance for the NSEAD professional learning community to get together, relax and reconnect. Join us for a cosy winter’s afternoon of events and activities at The Whitworth in Manchester.

We have confirmation that there will be no strike action affecting the rail network on Saturday 28 January 2023, and are pleased to say that the event will go ahead as planned.


Join us on Saturday 28th January from 12:30pm for a relaxed afternoon with like-minded art educators in the beautiful and serene environment of The Whitworth Art Gallery.

The afternoon will include engaging sessions with NSEAD Artist in Residence, Liaqat Rasul, local Manchester artist, Luke Adamson and Exhibition Co-Curator & NSEAD member, Rose Sinclair and offers a chance to network and reconnect with colleagues and peers. 

Designed as an informal event, the social will run from 12:30pm until 5pm. 

Afternoon sessions will be:

Exploring intersectionality and identity through our community with Artist in Residence Liaqat Rasul

Liaqat Rasul, NSEAD’s first artist in residence will lead a workshop exploring intersectionality and identity, this practical session will provide an open and safe space to create and make together. 

Making art is an act of hope. Liaqat invites the viewer to experience his low-tech, textured works, eyes darting about to take in the many elements, in their own time, meditatively, diverted from smartphones and the persistent digital world. Liaqat aims to create bigger and bolder collages and fibre works. His art doesn't have to be in a frame or on a wall. It might be a  large kinetic hanging sculpture, a piece of architecture, or a public art installation. Think tactile. Think analogue.

See more about Liaquat Rasul here


Althea McNish, Colour is Mine Guided Tour with Co-Curator, Rose Sinclair

Guided tour of Althea McNish, Colour is Mine exhibition with the exhibition Curator and NSEAD member Rose Sinclair - the exhibition is the first major retrospective of Althea McNish, McNish was the first Caribbean designer to achieve international recognition and one of the most influential and innovative textile designers in the UK. 

Rose Sinclair is a Design Lecturer (Textiles) Design Education, at Goldsmiths, University of London. Here her work looks at how technologies play a part in the aesthetics of the practice of crafting and making. She is currently co-curator of the first retrospective of the work the first textile designer of Caribbean heritage to achieve international recognition, Althea McNish; this exhibition is part of a three-year research, project titled “Althea McNish: Beyond Golden Harvest”, supported by the Society of Antiquaries through its Janet Arnold Textile Award.

See more about Rose Sinclair here


Mark Making workshop with Manchester Artist, Luke Adamson

For the workshop in January: - Using one of the current exhibitions this session will explore mark making, techniques, styles and composition. Participants will draw using line, tone, colour and tone.

Luke Adamson has extensive experience of developing and delivering workshops and insets for galleries, museums, schools, further education colleges, University and the wider community. He works with all age groups including people with learning difficulties.

At the Whitworth gallery his workshops are usually mobile and always responsive to current exhibitions, using it as inspiration and underpinned by sharing with participants a variety of art techniques, ideas and use of different mediums and connects to what participants are presently studying. 


We were thrilled to be invited to The Whitworth for this event. The gallery has an extensive and eclectic collection of art and design of international significance, ranging from outstanding groups of works on paper, to textiles and wallpapers made for the mass market, a unique collection of Outsider Art and international contemporary works.


We hope to see you there!


Register for your ticket here


Date: Saturday 28th January

Time: 12:30pm - 5pm

Location: The Whitworth, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER


Need help planning your journey? Use The Whitworth's visiting guide here


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