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Clare Knox-Bentham

Outreach Manager

Clare Knox-Bentham

The Outreach Team at Manchester School of Art help others to develop the skills to tell their own creative stories. We do this through materials, making, writing, playing and tinkering to push the boundaries of pedagogy by exploring creative education through collaboration and risk-taking. This sometimes results in failure, which we encourage as a tool to develop resilience and perseverance to succeed.

We are an open resource and actively seek collaborations and promote sharing.

We want to:
-Improve the perception of value for arts education
-Inspire creative confidence for everyone regardless of age, race, gender or economic background.
-Raise creative aspirations
-Develop creative and critical thinking as essential life skills

We provide opportunities for creative engagement to those who have little or no access; and defend the right to engage in creative practice for those who are actively discouraged from doing so.

Everybody involved in planning and delivery is a subject specialist and the context of
engagement is underpinned by art & design pedagogies. In every part of our creative
engagements, everyone is learning. All of our engagements are designed learning activities for all participants – learners AND deliverers. This is what makes our Outreach engagements distinct. Learners understand their engagement in the wider professional context and develop creative critical thinking and communication skills to reflect on their own engagement, others’ work and the practice and process.

We educate the wider community about the importance of the Creative Sector and its
contribution to wider society and economy. We actively erase negative perceptions of artists and their professional and economic value and break down the barriers of perceptions of employability prospects of creative subjects.

Marketplace Studios is an exciting initiative providing start-up business support to creative graduates from Manchester School of Art. Marketplace Studios is a three-storey building set in the heart of Stockport’s Market Square in the historic Old Town. We have two floors of incubation studio space for our graduate practitioners, who receive business support tailored towards the Creative Industries to help them succeed in their new enterprises. On the ground floor are our Gallery/Shop and Project spaces used for exhibitions and retail alongside a wide programme of creative workshops for the public.


Connected Explorers, Brazil 2016

Manchester School of Art represented UK Education for the Creative Industries for the British Consulate at the British Pavilion during the Olympic Games in Rio in August 2016. Comprising of a student and staff team, we devised an interactive, multimedia project that connected our two cities. Details…

Dare To Begin ! 'Eu posso, Eu Sou, Eu Vou' (I can, I am , I will), Sao Paolo Brazil 2015

A project undertaken for the British Council in Sao Paulo for World Skills, 2015. 'Dare to Begin' invited participants to consider the skills and attributes they considered key to 'success'. Details…

Employability & Enterprise

MARKETPLACE STUDIOS I developed the vision, strategy and operational plan for Marketplace Studios, Stockport which supports 20+ new creative enterprises/businesses. I devise and deliver the business support strategy which provides advice, training & mentorship tailored towards the Creative Industries. Details…

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…


Kraft/Work is a Transition into Employment project for creative and business support aimed at ambitious and talented new graduates. We work with interesting, capable people who are committed to developing their career skills, translating their creative practice into income or developing their own employability. Details…

National Art & Design Saturday Club

Manchester School of Art has been part of the National Art & Design Saturday Club since 2013. On Saturday mornings for up to 30 weeks a year, 13-16 year olds around the country head to their local college, university or museum to learn new techniques, handle new materials and develop new skills as part of our nationally-recognised network of Saturday Clubs. 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…

Peppered Moth

Over 2016, Manchester School of Art’s Outreach team have been leading the Peppered Moth Project. Working alongside colleagues in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and partners across Greater Manchester we published a resource book for teachers and educational practitioners all about the Peppered Moth’s story. Details…

Professionalising Practice Project - P3

Professionalising Practice Project - P3 Do you want to make a living from your creative practice? Do you want to experience what career options are reliable to you after graduation? Do you want to learn practical skills like how to price your work/time correctly or how to approach a gallery to exhibit your work? The Professional Practice Project will help you develop your employability skills while also giving you the opportunity to gain hands on experience through a variety of creative roles. Through training and delivery, we will help you to embed professional practice skills within your studio practice to enrich your submissions and develop the skills you and on graduation. Details…

RHS Tatton - Art School Allotment

I have contributed to The Tatton allotment Public Engagement project for the Royal Horticultural Society since 2013. It has become an annual opportunity for academic, technical and support staff to showcase their creativity. 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.