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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


James Desser

James Desser is a skilled photographer and interdisciplinary artist.

James Desser approaches his work in different ways, using varying mediums and he is a skilled photographer. A playfulness is often present in Desser’s work that, though thoughtful, can often show a witty and irreverent view on a subject.

James co-curated the exhibition “Venture Arts presents…” with artist Tom Emery at the Manchester Contemporary, 2017, selecting artworks from Venture Arts along with supported studios ActionSpace, London and Project Ability, Glasgow.

In 2018 James was selected to take part in ‘Other Transmissions’, the second in Venture Arts’ ‘Conversations Series’ of collaborative residencies with emerging contemporary artists.

In 2019 he was selected for HOME’s Future 20 Collective, a group of artists aged 18-25 who undertook a 12 month training initiative with HOME in 2019-2020.

James Desser's exhibitions and events

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Aged or old photograph of a train station platform and signals, a blue sky with white clouds.
Aged or old photograph of a train waiting at a station platform.
Aged or old photograph of man dressed smartly, standing at train station
Aged or Old Photograph of train carriage leaving a station. Dark muted colours.


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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