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Clare Knox-Bentham

Outreach Manager

Clare Knox-Bentham

My role is to liaise with schools, community groups, museums, galleries and creative and cultural organisation to see how Manchester School of Art can support and promote creativity in the region. We can help in a variety of ways, through providing volunteers or mentors from our undergraduate cohort, or linking organisations with graduate practitioners; to running independent projects or providing CPD for staff.

Within the School of Art, I coordinate interactive visit days to the Faculty; provide HE guidance talks to schools and colleges; and coordinate workshops and exhibitions. I deliver the Art & Design Mentor programme for students which provides training, support and employability advice for students aiming to progress into teaching or who want to include public engagement/workshop delivery as part of their own practice.

I also manage Marketplace Studios in Stockport, where Manchester School of Art graduates can set up their own creative practice. The studios provide graduates with a place to work independently, while still being supported by the University through mentoring, business advice, talks and workshops.


Interrogate the Art School

A day for pupils to work with student Art & Design Mentors finding out what happens in the Manchester School of Art. Working in teams, using notebooks and cameras and accompanied by an experienced undergraduate Art & Design Mentor, pupils explore the faculty, cross-examine our students and record what they see and hear. Details…

Out of Schools Exhibition

The 'Out of Schools' Show is an annual exhibition of pupil's work from schools across the region that showcases the exceptional achievements in art and design from early years to college students. The event provides an opportunity for schools to: - celebrate the achievements of their pupils - share best practice in the subject - show the value of the subject and its impact across the curriculum - provide an enriching experience beyond the classroom During the Exhibition we run - Schools Visit Days - Creative Week Workshops - Weekend Fun Days for Families Please see http://www. Details…


A selection of recent research outputs.


Knox-Bentham, C;, 2015. 'Raising the Bar:', International Journal of Art & Design Education Conference, Tate Liverpool, 24- 25th November 2015.