One hundred first-year School of the Arts students, from across all disciplines, have come together to create ‘Northern Powerhouse’, a visual response to the political initiative.

Artwork includes responses from photography, graphic design, animation and illustration, textile surface design and fine art; both 2D and 3D work is on display.

The University of Bolton students’ work will be on display at Uthink Gallery, Crompton Place Exhibition Centre, Mealhouse Lane, Bolton from Friday 26 May until Monday 12 June 2017.

It is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm.

The Northern Powerhouse is a proposal to boost economic growth in the North of England by the Conservative government. The focus is largely on the core cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield.

Leanne Lewis, Lecturer in Design Theory said:

‘We must celebrate the diversity of our student body and observe their creative responses produced in reaction to key political policy impacting our region; students are integral to the future development of the North.

‘As part of the module students have been encouraged to challenge the status quo, to promote political awareness and to respond to the government initiative as social or political artists.’

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