promoting positive mental health through nature-based art activities & exploring our city from the point of view of sound levels and their effect on our health and well-being.
We worked with different partner groups and individuals to discuss and share our experiences of noise and stress in the city, and how we navigate the city to seek out peace and quiet. We ran a research project to capture some data about how sound levels are experienced and their impact.
Participants learned practices of deep looking, deep listening and mindful walking as well as skills in digital photography, field recordings, and mindful drawing. You can access our blog posts for this project in the main BLOG section of this website and also see more detail about workshops with our partners below. Check out some of the sounds that we recorded on our Listen page and read the poetry created by our Creative Writing Group.
Taking some time out to enjoy the transformed landscape Rae went to Pomona Island for a walk...
Writer Nigel Wood talks about our creative writing sessions and the Poetry Anthology
29th May 2018 - a group outing from St Luke's Art Project to Parrs Wood Environmental Centre for a day of quiet drawing.
Jason Minsky talk at St Lukes Art Pr
Jason speaks about laying a lawn at the Greenroom
Torquay, Devon early morning
Dawn Chorus in Cornwall
For International Dawn Chorus Day 2018 we gathered at the Parrs Wood Environmental Centre at 2.30am and sat together in the woods listening... followed by a dawn walk to different habitats in their grounds, then a steaming cup of tea in the greenhouse and fascinating discussion.
A spontaneous walk from St Luke's to Ardwick Green's to see this year's Cherry Blossom 1st May 2018
Quiet Space Collage
This Annette Ebanks' Collage from the Pool Arts Workshop 19/4/18
Winter Canal Walk 13/2/18
Sound & Feeling Sampling exercises to explore our relationships to sounds in the city as we went from the city centre out to Bridgewater Canal
Mapping Manchesters Quiet Spaces
On Tuesday 19th December please come along at EITHER 3pm or 6pm and hear about
St Luke's Art project: Mapping Manchesters Quiet Spaces project,
exploring how sound affects mental health. See some of the art work that's been created and hear from some of the participants through poems, stories, sounds and images .
We ll have some seasonal refreshments for you too, all in the beautiful setting of St Luke's Church.
The event is Free and lasts about 1 hour
winter sound walk 2017
Listening and collecting words for the Quiet Spaces Poetry Group. Places are limitted please contact us asap if you would like to attend
thistle and drawing
A rainy day at the Growing Together Project inspired the group to do some close attention drawing, click here to see the stunning results
Cotton Field Wharf, New Islington
A family of swans came to join our sound sampling workshop at Cotton Field Wharf
Exhibition, British Library
Check out our new CONTEXT page for inspiration and resources from other great projectsC
Join us at St Luke's Art Project for a sharing event and see the work on the project so far Tuesday 19th December 3pm or 6pm
An afternoon amongst the trees in whitworth park and gallery, sampling sounds, drawing trees, walking, looking and listening. Check out our blog and gallery posts.
Send us your ideas for Quiet Spaces in Manchester - these could be indoors or outdoors. Tell us where it is and what you like about it. email us
Angel Meadows Sound Drawing
Sound Walks and Sound Drawing in Angel Meadows, North East of the City Centre
Site of Church Angel Meadows
Meditative Drawing Workshops
the first meditative drawing workshop at St Luke's 19.9.17
We are holding creative writing workshops on the theme of quiet spaces every Tuesday 6-7pm - Just turn up at St Luke's Neighbourhood Centre. With Nigel Wood
Please help us to research some of the effects of sound in our urban environments on our mental health -go to our questionnaires.
observational drawing study for painting, wellington rd allotments.
canal listening exercise
following the route of the canal we stopped at intervals to do a 1 minute listening exercise where we wrote down every sound we could hear, then categorised them according to whether they were natre, human or technological sounds. This is one of Murray Schafer's '100 exercises in listening and sound making'
castlefield canal basin
a winter walk away from the busy christmas shoppers took us along the canal path into castlefield, manchester
drawing as seeing, highfields park
sound recording highfield park
a summer walk into high field country park, recording the sounds of wildlife on the edge of the city
manchester central library
Awards for All
This project is funded by TLC-St Luke's and Awards 4 All
Arrival at the Growing Together Project, Highfields Ecological Allotment Project, 10/10/17, World Mental Health Day 2017