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.
20170311 69 – Mysterious flashes could be alien spacecraft at work, Harvard scientists say - Telegraph, Benjamin Greenhalgh, MMU Lecturer & Designer
20170314 72 – The word flibbertigibbet popped up on The Archers out of the blue BBC Radio 4, Benjamin Greenhalgh and Carl Regan
20170405 94 – Fight Breaks Out at Givenchy Handbag Counter at Harrods Daily Mail, Dylan Woodall – Student, Foundation Alumni
20170407 96 – Hot air balloons attempt cross-channel record BBC, Benjamin Greenhalgh, MMU Lecturer & Designer
20170608 158 – Tories and Labour in final push for votes The Guardian, Benjamin Greenhalgh, MMU Lecturer & Designer
20170812 222 – Pipe sections up to half a kilometre long wash up on Norfolk coast The Guardian, Adam France, Graphic Designer
20171013 284 – Dover sole 'jumps' down angler's throat in Bournemouth BBC, Benjamin Greenhalgh, MMU Lecturer & Designer
20171115 318 – Australians vote to legalise same-sex marriage in historic move towards equality The Independent, Benjamin Greenhalgh, MMU Lecturer & Designer
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.”