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

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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


Jennie Franklin

Jennie Franklin produces detailed drawings in pencil and pen, taking inspiration from found printed material and children’s characters.

Jennie’s drawings appear like an energetic stream of consciousness. She picks and chooses imagery and text from various sources, which she combines to create her own intuitive compositions. Leaflets, flyers, posters and other printed material serve as source material, and familiar children’s characters often appear. She sometimes includes self portraits, depicting her own emotions.

Jennie is equally comfortable working large and small-scale, and in recent years has created a series of tiny, intricate drawings on to stickers.

In 2019 Jennie was invited to stage a solo exhibition at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre. Her self-titled show Well Done Good Draw featured large-scale drawings produced over a four year period. Le Fourdrinier’s Sara Jaspan praised the show, commenting:

“Each drawing fizzes with a moving flow of images, colours, shapes and words that rise up, sink back, bump into and precipitate one another. Fragments connect through an unwritten logic; crystallising then unravelling across the page, refusing to be too firmly grasped. Clusters of concentrated detail form in places, the minute pencil work often so tight and densely packed that clarity becomes impossible. Then the scale shifts abruptly … and the composition opens out into calmer fields of stark white paper, or large circles and triangles rendered in satisfying blocks of colour.”

In 2022 Jennie 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. This collaboration resulted in an exhibition at The Lowry in January 2023.

Jennie’s Art

Jennie’s Art’ is a community enterprise to enable Jennie Franklin to create unique, personal cards and gifts. Find Jennie’s Art on Facebook

Jennie’s work also features on the Outside In online gallery

Jennie Franklin's exhibitions and events

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Jennie franklin happy easter illustration 2018 bury art gallery 3 detail 385x450 image
Jennie franklin hello the rupert illustration 2018 bury art gallery 6 634x450 2 image
Jennie franklin rupert bear 2018 632x450 2 image
Jennie franklin rupert bear 2018 detail 567x450 image
Jennie franklin rupert cake illustration 2018 bury art gallery 2 638x450 2 image
Jennie franklin stickers detail ink on stickers 2018 304x450 image
Jennie franklin well done good draw presents her first solo exhibition at bury art museum and sculpture centre 5 march 2019 4 640x450 image
Jennie franklin crying series 2018 illustration on paper a1 623x450 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.