PLACES, a charity formed from a partnership of artists and architects, has launched an Architecture School for Children, which the group believes is the first 'school' of its kind in the UK.
The launch will take place at 6pm on 1 May at the Royal Institute of British Architects hub on Portland Street, Manchester.
PLACES directors include architect John Bishop, artist and educator Catherine Clements and artist and film-maker Daniel Wheatley. In 2010 they set up community interest company PLACES to educate and inform children in the North West about their cities and architecture.
Projects that have already been undertaken include "Looking the City Sideways" working with primary schools in Gorton, and "Imagine their Shadows" with Rusholme Sure Start Centre, the Horse and Bamboo Theatre and Manchester Museum.
Bishop said: "Our creative workshops start with the sensory experience of the buildings and public spaces that form the fabric of the urban environment. We often gather an attentive adult audience of passers-by, who say to us, 'I'll never think of buildings in the same way again. I wish we had looked at the city like this when we were children!'"
All ages are welcome to join activities such as walking tours in the city, talks and creative workshops in which the urban landscape is explored in a way accessible to children. Visitors to the hub can see the first of a series of changing exhibitions, "Going Places and Growing Places", a collaborative project with Martenscroft Nursery School and Children's Centre in Hulme, the Manchester International Festival and the Biospheric Foundation in Salford.
The exhibition will run until the 31 May.
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