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Chris Snape

Technician, Central Services, Studios & Gallery


Location: Chatham Building

Chris pursued a career in the precision craft of Wheelwrighting taking up a 6 year Apprenticeship at Belfield & Son Ltd in Rochdale. Within this, Chris studied for 4 years at Salisbury University Technology College where he continued further studies in Wheelwrighting, Technical Design, Welding and Upholstery. Chris worked within this industry for another 12 years renovating, repairing and constructing horse drawn vehicles using a variety of traditional and modern techniques. Here, he gained extensive knowledge of working with a wide range of hand tools and woodworking machinery. Chris’s work was always customer focussed, working to individual customer specifications and from self-drafted diagrams. He continued his training in upholstery, working on seating from horse drawn vehicles to standard chairs and furniture restoration.

In 1995 Chris was employed by Mellor Coach Craft (part of Woodhall & Nicholson Company) transferring his skills working with a variety of materials for the manufacturing and development of coaches and designed, mainly prototypes, for local Councils throughout the UK for people with disabilities.

In 2008 Chris relocated to Manchester, where he moved from Industry to Education joining a small Team of highly skilled theatre and Art & Design Technicians at The Manchester College. Here Chris designed and constructed theatrical scenery, delivered lighting and costume for full scale productions for the Performing Arts Departments in both Further and Higher Education. Chris also supported students in Art & Design working on projects and exhibitions. Chris always promoted a “green” approach to design, always encouraging learners to source additional materials by recycling and re-using.

Originally from Wellington, Chris’s family moved to Littleborough when he was just 4 years old, and, living close to Hollingworth Lake Chris took up rowing and through his teenage years rowed successfully for the Club; eventually training for National competitions. Now in his spare time, Chris enjoys gardening, painting with oil and water colours, cooking, furniture restoration and swimming.

"I am thrilled to be working within the Gallery and Manchester School of Art as I see this as the next step in my professional and personal development. I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to share my skills and knowledge in the sharing of good practice as well as meeting and supporting the amazingly talented students here at MMU."