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A group of Visual Arts students sit on the steps at City Campus Manchester with Suzanne Benson of Trowers and Hamlin sat in the middle of the bottom row.

Students’ artwork commemorates law firm’s 50th anniversary in Manchester

Visual Arts students at The Manchester College have produced some stunning artwork to help celebrate a local law firm’s 50th anniversary in the city.

Trowers & Hamlins commissioned students to create five pieces of artwork highlighting key Manchester themes, which were then auctioned online with proceeds going to the homeless charity Lifeshare’s Christmas appeal. 

Encouraged to use the medium and technique of their choice, four students on our 16-18 UAL Extended Diploma in Arts & Design course took on the challenge, while adult students on the UAL Foundation Studies in Art & Design Diploma collaborated on a joint piece. 

Our students’ work was unveiled at Trowers & Hamlins' celebratory drinks reception in Manchester in November where they were able to discuss their work with guests, while the online auctioned raised a fantastic £530. 

Bettina Halpern, department team leader for the Visual Arts, said: "The collaboration between The Manchester College art students in creating artwork to commemorate Trowers & Hamlins' 50th anniversary in Manchester is a testament to the power of art to bridge past and present. 

Their work not only celebrates a half-century of success but also embodies the spirit of innovation and creativity that will undoubtedly shape the future. It's a wonderful fusion of art and history that reminds us of the vibrant and ever-evolving cultural tapestry of this city.

Tutor Fiona Donald added: “The students have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of working to a live brief and researching familiar places and spaces with fresh eyes.”

Suzanne Benson, partner and regional head of the Manchester office at Trowers & Hamlins, said: “We are really pleased to be able to combine our office's 50th anniversary celebrations with our collaboration with Visual Arts students at The Manchester College.

Whilst our 50th anniversary is a time to reflect, it is also a time to look forward. This is why we are so pleased to be working with Manchester's next generation – whose names and work could very well be synonymous with Manchester in 50 years' time – on pieces that celebrate Manchester past and present.

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