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Sharp Futures made real for Manchester pupils

Sharp Futures made real for Manchester pupils

Posted 05th Mar 2010 at 03:16 by

Pupils artwork concept for The Sharp Project

Five pupils from the Creative and Media Academy (Girls) experienced the trappings of business success today when they were picked up by luxury chauffeur driven car from the school gates to be taken to see the fruits of their labour displayed at The Sharp Project in east Manchester.

Pupils with their limousine reward, a stretch Hummer!

Last year pupils from three north Manchester high schools – North Manchester High School for Girls (now The Creative and Media Academy Girls), North Manchester High School for Boys (now The Creative and Media Academy Boys), and Plant Hill High School – were charged with the task of designing a building wrap on the theme of ‘Sharp Futures’ for young people. The best design from one of the three schools was to be produced and displayed on the outside of the former Sharp warehouse in Newton Heath.

Today the competition winners from the Creative and Media Academy (Girls) were driven to The Sharp Project where they will see for the first time their winning artwork draped down the outside of the building on Oldham Road. They then went on to a winners’ reception at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Manchester where their winning pitch to competition judges took place last year.

The pupils’ winning design was chosen for its clear concept, concise message, and for best meeting the design brief that was set. The competition was devised by award winning local social enterprise company MOTIV as part of their ongoing partnership work with The Sharp Project. This involves giving fourteen year olds valuable experience working on real life projects whilst they are still in school that will benefit them when they leave school and have to put together their CVs for future employers.

Sharp Project MD Sue Woodward and Astra Signs MD David Derbyshire with the MCMA pupils in front of the banner.
Sharp Project MD Sue Woodward and Astra Signs MD David Derbyshire with the MCMA pupils in front of the banner.

Competition judges included Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council; Sharp Director Susan Woodward; local entrepreneur David Derbyshire, Director of successful local business Astra Signs; and Lee Stanley, Director of award winning social enterprise, MOTIV.

Sue Woodward said: “The idea of Sharp Futures is to engage fourteen year old pupils now so that by the time they do leave school they have an armful of real projects they have delivered on their CV giving the best opportunity for their future. They were given a real design brief and the mural ideas they presented were outstanding.”

The competition was sponsored by Astra Signs who agreed to produce a large scale impressive building wrap, based on the winning artwork from the school that came up with the most inspiring artwork, for The Sharp Project on Oldham Road.

MCMA pupils presented with their own mini Sharp Futures banners at Crowne Plaza Manchester
MCMA pupils presented with their own mini Sharp Futures banners at Crowne Plaza Manchester

Manchester City Council and New East Manchester is transforming the former Sharp warehouse in east Manchester into a new centre for creative and digital industries – offering talented starters, young entrepreneurs and established professionals the opportunity to develop and prototype their ideas in a purpose-built environment that provides unrivalled access to very high speed broadband connections.

Sir Richard Leese said: “The finished artwork is really stunning and something that each of the pupils involved in should be really proud of. The Sharp Futures project goes to the heart of innovative and creative Manchester, giving the opportunity to our young people, in this case from North Manchester, to show what they can do, and to see what doors might open for them in the future if they put the work in. Great stuff!”

For more information about The Sharp Project please visit www.thesharpproject.co.uk

The pupils enjoy 'mocktails' at Crowne Plaza Manchester
The pupils enjoy 'mocktails' at Crowne Plaza Manchester

The Sharp Futures banner design
The Sharp Futures banner design

The Sharp Project
Thorp Road
Manchester
M40 5BJ
United Kingdom