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Venture Arts, 43 Old Birley Street, Manchester, M15 5RF

+44 0161 232 1223

We’re always happy to hear from journalists and writers who are interested in Venture Arts and our work. Please contact Debbie Cowley, Marketing and Communications Officer, on 0161 232 1223 or email


Andrew Johnstone

Andrew’s drawing style is instantly recognisable in everything he creates. Recurring themes in his work include transport, animals, TV and film. He often translates his unique style to hand-stitch, creating intricate textile illustrations.

Andrew Johnstone works in a careful, precise and deliberate way – a style that shines through in any medium he chooses. He has taken to textiles, ceramics, printing and drawn media, often-depicting animals, transport and self-portraits, with a specific reference to 80s and 90s television shows and idents.

Andrew’s passion for drawing was nurtured from a very young age by his family and especially his mum Joan, who spotted his talent when he was eight. Drawing was also very important as it was a means by which the family communicated with Andrew, for example by depicting people or places that they were going to visit.

Andrew Johnstone's exhibitions and events

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Embroidered portrait in an embroidery circle of a man in a suit with the words Going for Gold across the front


We are delighted when people want to commission work from us and our artists. This can either be as a group project or an individual artist creating one of their unique pieces for you.

To find out more and to arrange a studio visit please contact Katherine Long on 0161 232 1223 or email

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