Murals bring Manchester heritage to Northern Quarter

Monday 28 January 2013
A Graphic Design student works on a mural at TechHub Manchester
A Graphic Design student works on a mural at TechHub Manchester
Salford Graphic Design students have brought the walls of a new technology workspace in Manchester’s Northern Quarter to life with a range of murals celebrating the computer science and creative arts heritage of the city.

BA (Hons) Graphic Design students were commissioned to create a number of large wall paintings at TechHub’s Manchester base, using illustration and typography to evoke the rich Mancunian history of computer science, innovation and artistic creativity.

TechHub is an international community which provides physical and virtual workspaces for technology entrepreneurs to meet, work, learn and collaborate. With facilities in London, Bucharest and Riga, in addition to Manchester, TechHub aims to help technology start-ups work smarter, develop faster and increase their chances of success by connecting with like-minded individuals and specialists from around the world.

Natasha Willcocks, Graphic Design lecturer at the University of Salford, commented: “This was a fantastic project for our students because the work they produced will be seen by other graphic designers and technology professionals, giving the students the opportunity to showcase their work and get noticed by people who are in the same industry.”

Students worked for around 40 hours at the space to produce a collection of interlinking designs and illustrations, which will be showcased to hundreds of creative professionals across the globe as the TechHub community begins to grow in Manchester.

Doug Ward of TechHub said: “The Graphic Design course at the University of Salford comes highly recommended within the industry as being very creative and dynamic, and the standard of students’ work was very high.

“They quickly understood the TechHub brand and ethos but, most importantly, they appreciated how essential location and history are to TechHub Manchester, and this has been communicated through their visual work.

“We wanted to give the students an opportunity to put their mark on an up-and-coming centre of innovation, with the aim of showcasing their work to potential employers.”

The murals will be officially launched at an open gallery event at TechHub, 3rd Floor, Carvers Warehouse, 77 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 2HG, on Thursday 31 January 6.30-8.30pm. To sign up for the free event, visit the TechHub website at: http://manchester.techhub.com/events/open-gallery-at-techhub-manchester.

For more information on Graphic Design at the University of Salford, please visit http://www.salford.ac.uk/arts-media.

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