Imaginative Press captures 2017 through daily artworks
20 December 2017
Benjamin Greenhalgh’s project has also involved School of Art students and staff too
A University lecturer and designer is close to completing a mammoth task he set himself at the start of 2017 – to edit a daily ‘creative newspaper’ of artwork responding to news headlines.
Each day throughout the year he has either created or commissioned an illustration, painting or piece of graphic design based on a relevant news story.
The result is a completely different take on a momentous year which saw the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President, a shock General Election result and many other big stories.
He said: “I have created well over 200 pieces myself, but have had contributions from Manchester School of Art students, fellow staff, alumni and industry-based creatives. Each daily piece is unique, unplanned and answers its own brief.
“I’ve seen examples of 365 creative projects before but I wanted Imaginative Press to be different – a project that incorporated as many different creative styles and approaches as possible. The visual outcomes reflect this.
Please click above for a gallery showcasting some of the creations
“2017 as a whole has been eventful – swamped with some horrendous news and negativity – I’ve tried to avoid this within most of my daily responses, but at times, it’s been too hard to ignore.
“My creative newspaper has however captured a whole range of interesting, relevant, serious, compelling, light-hearted, sad and shocking stories covering every topic, from politics to science, environmental to sport.
“The project has been a challenge, has taken a huge amount of willpower and dedication, but has been satisfying and worthwhile; resulting in a diverse, creative account of the years’ events.”