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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


David Blandy

David worked with young artists from Venture Arts through a series of workshops, reimagining Manchester 8000 years from now. 

David Blandy lives in Brighton, making work that slips between performance and video, digital and analogue, investigating the stories and cultural forces that inform and influence our lives. Collaboration is central to his practice, examining communal and personal heritage and interdependence. With research spanning multiple forms of archive, from historic texts to academic archives, archaeology and ecological theory, twitch streams and film archives, he weaves poetic works that explore the complexities of the contemporary subject.

David worked with artists from Venture Arts’ Young People’s Art Club. Niamh, Raven and George from Venture Arts spent time with David, talking, drawing and writing. Their collective imaginings are captured in the zine Lost Eons: Three Worlds. Through the booklet, explore Three Worlds and be transported to Manchester in the distant future, where you’ll find Niamh’s ‘Crystal Kingdom’. Then perhaps wander around George’s ‘Park’ to meet Heaton Park Rose Queen, Waddlefly Splitface Plant and many more wondrous characters. Finally, journey through The Enchanted Forest, The City and The Secret Space, in Raven’s ‘Enchanted Series’, but do be careful of The Demon Plaag!

Visit David’s website here.

David Blandy's exhibitions and events

  • Genetic Automata

    Wellcome Collection, London

  • Worldbuilding Gaming & Art in the Digital Age

    Centre Pompidou-Metz, France



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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