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Art of Collections: Zoology

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7 May 2024 11:00 am -2:00 pm

Manchester Museum, Oxford Road

Free, booking required

Art of Collections

Drawing workshops for culture vultures

Manchester Museum is delighted to be collaborating with artist and Culture Champion Yvonne Noworyta in this series of drawing workshops for the curious, aged 50 and over.

These workshops will allow you to get closer to your inner artist while discovering some of the objects that are part of Manchester Museum’s world-class collections. Museum staff and volunteers will give you an overview about the specimens and objects presented at each session and Yvonne Noworyta will guide you and support you throughout the drawing process.

The workshops are taking place in a helpful, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. No previous experience is needed and all abilities are welcome. Nearby break-out space available and tea and coffee provided.

On Tuesday 7 May, the session will focus on plant models from the Museum’s Zoology Collection.

The collection includes many mounted mammals, one of the largest collections of shells in the UK, large collections of birds, eggs, bryozoan (small marine animals) and a very diverse collection of specimens preserved in spirit. The collection is worldwide in scope, with specimens from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and from all the world’s oceans. The collection also includes specimens from famous experts and researchers, including birds collected on the Galapagos by Charles Darwin in 1835.

In this session, we will look at some beautiful specimens from the sea, and we will be more experimental. Using a wider range of papers and scale, we will draw/collage, and observe the subject more loosely, putting special attention in texture and colour.

You can book online via Eventbrite or by contacting Maria Jose Ramos Acevedo (Culture Champions Volunteer Assistant) via email on or via phone on 07818 578 474.

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