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

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Sally Hirst

A talented illustrator, textile artist and ceramicist. Much of her work is inspired by themes of climate change and her love of animals.

Sally is a rising star at Venture Arts and in 2023 won Young Creative of the Year at the Manchester Culture Awards.

Since she began attending our Young People’s Art Club in 2017 she has had several commissions for her illustrative work, and taken part in professional artist residencies at HOME and Walk the Plank.

Sally works with illustration, poetry, sound and textiles. She is a socially engaged artist with much of her work being inspired by the people around her.

Sally also works collaboratively, most recently with musician Joe Beedles on a poetry/laser exhibition at Longsight Art Space and with Indonesian based Ketemu Project, Gula ArtSpace through Art Et Al, on a curatorial book.

Sally has exhibited at the Lowry, People’s History Museum, HOME and The Whitworth, where in 2023 she became artist in residence as part of their School of Creativity. In 2024 the work she produced during her residency was exhibited as part of The Whitworth’s Everyday Art School.

Accessibility is at the heart of everything  Sally creates and she has developed her own unique style of poetic audio description, which she has been commissioned to produce for various exhibitions. You can listen to some examples from the Abundance exhibition here:

Abstract painting in blues ,red and browns.


Framed abstract artwork of colourful swirls, hung on a white gallery wall.

Sally Hirst's exhibitions and events

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My art is sometimes about climate change or animals and the story behind each animal as an individual. Sometimes my work is just about the process, it doesn’t actually have a meaning but is just nice and relaxing to do, an example of this is my weaving.


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.