Seashell's Window of Creativity

This Autumn, Seashell is taking part in Wild in Art’s ’50 Windows of Creativity’, a showcase of the work of artists and makers displayed in a series of windows, venues, businesses and spaces across the city centre.

50 Windows of Creativity has transformed the city’s windows and spaces into an innovative art gallery, which takes you on a creative journey around the city. The displays feature multiple art forms from fine art and photography to ceramics, crafts, mosaics and murals and will be curated by well-known and emerging artists and collectives – all with a connection to Greater Manchester.

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Located in The Atrium at Manchester Central Library, Seashell’s installation is designed to elicit feelings of safety and security with its shape, whilst arousing curiosity and enchantment with its interactive elements and decoration.

The sculpture creates a safe space, a destination, a reason to pause on our journey. The centerpiece creates a place to feel safe, feel enchanted and re-energised for what comes next. It’s for all of us.

With the help of Seashell Teacher, Lauren Mullarkey, our students were busy creating beautiful and unique ceramic and glass mosaic tiles throughout lockdown, as well as working to create magical sounds.

As well as Lauren and our students, many individuals were involved in the creation of the sculpture. Special thanks go to:

  • Christian Knott, who created the initial steel shape from a sketch
  • Jason Hepponstall, who reinforced and strengthened the structure
  • Kristian Movahed, who sculpted the shape with fiberglass
  • Chris Emerson from the Hallé, who created heavenly sounds on his viola
  • Chris Ball, who created the sculpture’s interactive elements (light, animation, sounds, vibration)
  • Seashell staff and volunteers, who helped to create the fantastic mosaic tiles throughout 2020

If you’re heading down to The Atrium to take a look at our sculpture, click here to download the app which shows the whole art trail. Via the app, you have the chance to vote for your favourite sculpture and we’d be delighted if you voted for Seashell.