Deborah Makinde (b.1984)

Artist Biography

Deborah Makinde has been attending Venture Arts since 2012 and works mainly in illustration and printmaking. Scenes and characters from favourite films and musicals feature prominently in her work. She also has a love of animals, and since undertaking a Venture Arts Cultural Enrichment placement in 2018 she has been volunteering regularly at Manchester Museum, demonstrating artefacts from their natural history collection to visitors. Her favourite museum object, a taxidermy badger, inspired a painting which she sold to a collector in 2019.


“[My art is inspired by] films, things from Manchester museum, animals and wrestling. [My proudest moment as an artist was] being in exhibitions and selling my badger painting. Art is fun, it makes me very happy!”



Environments, Outside In, National Open Art Exhibition, London, October 2019


PERSPECTIVES, Venture Arts, various venues in Manchester and Salford, October 2018 – February 2019


MADE, Venture Arts Studio Show, People’s History Museum, Manchester 2015


The Art of Nature, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry, Salford Quays 2014