Connected Explorers: Manchester School of Art in Rio

The Manchester Metropolitan students competing in this year’s Olympic and Paralympic games aren’t the only students flying the flag for the University in Rio.

The Connected Explorers, a student and staff team from Manchester School of Art, are in Brazil representing the UK’s Education for the Creative Industries for the British Consulate.

For Education Day, the team were presenting at British House, the official “home away from home” for Team GB in Rio, meeting winning athletes, celebrities and leaders in Brazil as well as sharing their project and digital tapestry.

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Made up of images showcasing Manchester’s sporting and cultural excellence, the multimedia tapestry project spans two cities with a big screen at British House in Rio and on display at HOME in Manchester to deliver a legacy of engagement that will continue after the Games.

Unprecedented opportunity

Manchester Met’s Head of Media Professor Mary Oliver who gave a presentation said: “This has been an unprecedented opportunity for us to showcase the work of our highly talented and innovative students at British House during the highpoint of the Olympics.

“Manchester Metropolitan University was one of four UK Universities invited to present on the British Consulate’s Education day and along with staff and students, we were able to demonstrate the importance of high quality creative education in making the UK the strongest Creative Economy in the world.”

As part of the project, the team have partnered with Oi Kabum!, an art school for some of the poorest but most gifted children from Rio’s most disadvantaged areas. They have been holding a series of workshops to allow the children to learn from the School of Art lecturers and students.

To see a Storify of tweets from the Connected Explorer project, visit: