Manchester City Council is inviting families to show their creative sides and help turn household waste into works of art during an event held this week as part of Manchester International Festival.
The Simple Wonders event, held in Manchester Town Hall, aims to prove that anyone can be an artist, and anything from cardboard tubing to carrier bags can be used as materials to create giant sculptural art works.
Families taking part in the free event, on Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12, are also being asked to bring their own used bottles, cardboard tubes and bottle tops along with them.
Everything used will also all be recycled or reused after the event. Families taking part in the event will work on making skylines out of cardboard boxes, giant chandeliers out of plastic bottles, and can take part in a competition to build the highest tower from bottle tops.
Organisers working on the event have already visited Cheetham Community Primary School and Brookburn Primary School in Chorlton to hold similar events with youngsters.
Councillor Richard Cowell, Manchester City Council's Executive Member for the Environment, said: "This should be a great event for all children and families in Manchester, and I'm glad we're working with the festival organisers to hold an event showing recycling is fun as well as important."
The event is held at the Great Hall between 10.30am-5.30pm on both days, as part of MIF's Great Indoor programme of free family events. For more information visit: www.mif.co.uk/events/the-great-indoors
It was one of many free events taking place this summer as part of the Helping Hands initiative, led by the City Council and its partners, to help both residents and businesses with the effects of the economic downturn.