Heroes and Monsters
A week dominated by football but as well as being a world beating city of sport we are also very much a city of culture. I paid a visit to Manchester Art Gallery yesterday to look at the activities they've been providing over the school holidays for children and their families.
There was a fantastic mix of workshops linked with a series of " trails " that took children into the galleries and got them really looking at and thinking about pictures, statues and even a rather large piece of pottery. I've got the Hero Quest Map in front of me which takes you from the Birth of Pandora to the statue of Atalanta via four other works of art. Yesterday I watched families on the quest with the children totally absorbed in what they were doing. Up to four hundred people a day have attended the sessions and it's about as far from a musty,old, boring gallery as you can get. Lots of young people and their families having a great time but also learning to appreciate what a great asset the City Art Gallery is to Manchester.I loved seeing the gallery so lively but the sessions aren't all day everyday so people who like their culture in a more funereal atmosphere had plenty of opportunity for a quieter tour of the exhibits. Let's also note Council staff ( supported by a few excellent volunteers ) doing a great job in providing a public service.