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

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Deborah Makinde

Deborah Makinde works mainly in illustration and printmaking, with a focus on her Ghanaian and Nigerian heritage and scenes and characters from her favourite films and musicals.

Deborah Makinde works mainly in illustration and printmaking, with scenes and characters from her favourite films and musicals featuring most prominently in her work. Deborah’s Ghanaian and Nigerian heritage have recently been an important focus. Deborah has close familial links with the two countries and has created new national emblems, flags and banners using her own family imagery and personal pop culture.

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.

In late 2021 Deborah ran a clay votives workshop with Manchester Histories, exploring disability history in classical civilisation as part of Disability History Month.

In 2022 Deborah took part in Narratives, the third in our pioneering Conversations Series, in which artists from Venture Arts work alongside other contemporary artists over several months, producing new work through an equal exchange of art and ideas. Deborah’s collaborative skills were the driving force of the group’s interaction, enlisting other artists to role play in her green screen films, to act as characters both from films and her own family. The Little Mermaid and the Beaver Bar in Ghana where she has worked have been central to Narratives.This collaboration resulted in an exhibition at The Lowry in January 2023.

Deborah Makinde's exhibitions and events

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Stencil print of two figures against a white background, by Deborah Makinde
Stencil print of beauty and the beast, by Deborah Makinde
Pencil and watercolour drawing of two men wearing black suits and sunglasses, by Deborah Makinde
Stencil print of a badger in black and white, by Deborah Makinde
White and green flag with three vertical stripes and a photograph of a face in the middle
Deborah makindie narratives untitled feat mum flag 2022 920x image


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

An arm holding a white pen leaning over a large piece of art painted orange.