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Top marks for education at Manchester's Cube Gallery

Manchester's Cube Gallery is continuing its programme of expansion with the opening of a new, Arts Council-funded Marks and Spencer Children's Gallery, writes Julian Holder.

The gallery, and its educational programme, seeks to assist children to 'play their part in a creative urban culture.' This modest new space, part of Hodder Associates 1998 design for Cube, opened with an exhibition entitled 'Cabinet of Curiosities.' Based on the responses of local school children to Manchester Town Hall, still one of the city's most potent and enduring symbols, the exhibition showed a range of imaginative responses by children of all ages.

Cube's new education officer, John Bishop, pointed out that, 'there could not have been a better time for the launch, than in the same year as the publication of the important All our Futures report, on creativity, culture and education.' The exhibition is part of a two year outreach programme, some of the results of which will also be displayed at Marks and Spencer's new flagship store in Manchester city centre. The store, by bdp, will be completed in November. Future plans include a research programme on the role of teaching materials in built environment education. Details: Cube, tel 0161 237 5525.

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