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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


Violet Emsley

At almost 80 years old, Violet Emsley is the oldest artist working in the Venture Arts studio and creates immersive abstract artworks in print, textiles and paint. She has historically worked in textiles, with a piece being exhibited at The Whitworth in 2022, as part of A Modest Show (the collateral programme to British Art Show 9).

As her eyesight has worsened, Violet prefers to work more intuitively with paint and colour. The development of her work has resulted in these freely expressive prints and paintings that use layering of colour and texture to great effect.

Two of Violet’s paintings featured in the YESS LAD exhibition, which ran at TJ Boulting during Frieze London in 2022, and as part of the National Festival of Making in 2023. 


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.