“We Are 11”

is an exhibition at Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery that has been entirely curated by students from Stanley Grove Primary Academy.

The display seeks to explore what it means to be an 11-year-old living in Manchester today, looking at their stresses and joys.

This is the first time the gallery has displayed artwork alongside responses illustrated by the curators instead of a piece of text, as it was felt the students’ drawings are better at communicating the feelings of young people. Their self-portraits are even printed onto the glass display cabinets for real impact!

We’re very proud of the students who took part and we all had the pleasure of taking part in an opening event – with a slushie machine instead of wine, of course.

Stanley Grove is encouraging 27 other primary schools to get involved with the We Are 11 project. It’s a fascinating insight into what it means to be a young person in Manchester and only the latest example of one our Trust schools working with the wider community, in a thoughtful cultural project.

The exhibition will be on display until the end of January 2019.

Photo credit – Alice Barron Eves, The Mancunion