New artwork launched at Manchester Airport

23rd May 2013

New artwork has brightened the Terminal 1 baggage reclaim area and the Wythenshawe Art Walk at Manchester Airport. The artwork is the result of an exciting collaboration between Manchester Airports Group (MAG), Manchester Cathedral and children from five Wythenshawe Primary Schools.

Over the last three years the Airport has partnered with Visit Cheshire and their Cheshire Gardens of Distinction programme and Visit Manchester and their Modern History programme, displaying similar work in Terminals 2 and 3.

The Finding God in the Detail project has been a little different to the previous installations as it is the work of a professional artist that has been displayed in the Terminal 1 Baggage reclaim area with children's work in the Wythenshawe Art Gallery.

Airport artists in residence, Andy Leigh and Angela Greenway, were commissioned to produce casts of the wood and stone carvings found across Manchester Cathedral for this display. The Cathedral is full of individual finely detailed carvings that can be overlooked in the total grandeur of the building. Andy has captured and brought to prominence these small detail, hence the name of the project.

Children from five Wythenshawe Primary Schools visited Manchester Cathedral earlier this year with artist Andy Leigh. After a guided tour the children made sketches of the architecture, windows, and carvings and on return to school, worked with Andy Leigh, to make casts, rubbings and drawings to replicate or create their own interpretations of what they had seen. These fantastic pieces of artwork are displayed in the cabinets and wall space of the Wythenshawe Art Walk located in Terminal 3.

This week Andrew Cowan, Chief Operating Officer of MAG, the Very Revd Rogers Govender, The Dean Manchester Cathedral and Cllr Naeem Hassan Lord Mayor of Manchester; toured the finished artwork.

They were joined by the Dean of Washington USA The Very Revd and Mrs Hall, artists Andy Leigh and Angela Greenway, members the Manchester Cathedral Chapter Council and children and teachers from Ashgate Specialist Support and Sandilands Primary Schools.

Andrew Cowan, Chief Operating Officer of MAG, said: “At Manchester Airport we work hard to enhance the lives and prospects of those living close to and working on our site.
“Projects like this provide an excellent link and a shared enjoyment of the creation and visual display of art by those using, living by and working at Manchester Airport. I know that everyone has enjoyed working on ‘Finding God in the detail’ and I am pleased that we have created such fantastic links with the Cathedral and strengthened our ties with these local Primary Schools”.


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Published on: 23/05/2013 09:15:30