Call for local illustrators: Show off your talents in aid of Wood Street Mission

Members of Greater Manchester’s creative community are invited to take part in the second Manchester and Salford Illustrated (MASI) exhibition, which will run from 28th November 2013.

By Matthew Tyas | October 16th '13

Members of Greater Manchester’s creative community are invited to take part in the second Manchester and Salford Illustrated (MASI) exhibition, which will run from 28th November 2013. The bi-annual show, at 52 Princess Street, will feature work by around 40 commercial artists and illustrators, responding to the theme of ‘Everyday Manchester and Salford’.

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The free-to-enter exhibition will enable illustrators connected to Manchester and Salford, working for agencies/studios, in-house or freelance, to exhibit their work to their peers, creative agencies and members of the public – and share their personal viewpoint of their city. It has been organised by local creative professionals working together as Wood Street’s Creative Friends (www.friendsofwoodst.com), to raise awareness and funds for family support charity Wood Street Mission.

Entries will be selected by a panel of creative industry professionals and illustrators including Manchester graphic design pioneer Trevor Johnson. Selected images will feature in the exhibition and an online gallery, and reproduced as limited edition signed prints, postcards and other merchandise to be sold to raise funds for Wood Street Mission.

THE BRIEF: EVERYDAY MANCHESTER & SALFORD

Focusing on Manchester and Salford, produce an image that celebrates the uniqueness of ordinary life and embraces the everyday environment. Look around you – what seems mundane to one is a magical mystery to another….

The image can be illustrated, painted, rendered or even typographic – is there a quote that stands out that you can interpret? We encourage collaboration with others from the rich and varied creative industries in the region so please feel free to work with typographers, photographers, graphic designers etc. to create something wonderful!

Find out more and for full brief information: www.facebook.com/ManchesterAndSalfordIllustrated.

The exhibition will also feature a competition for student illustrators, who are invited to respond to a separate student brief (please see ‘Notes’ for full entry requirements and tips) with the winners featured in the exhibition and securing a placement at one of Manchester’s top design agencies. All successful entrants will be invited to an exhibition launch event on 28th November 2013, alongside members of the creative industries and the media.

The exhibition follows Wood Street’s Creative Friends’ inaugural Manchester and Salford Illustratedexhibition in October 2011, which raised nearly £5,000 for the charity.

One of the organisers, Stephen Hey, of Wood Street’s Creative Friends, said: “MASI was really successful in 2011, and this time we want to make even more people aware of the immense commercial illustration talent we have here in Manchester and Salford. By buying a print visitors will be able to take home a distinctive piece of art which won’t cost a fortune, and directly help local children living in poverty.”