EXHIBITION | Until It Looks Like This | People’s History Museum

Dates: 16th July – 11th September 2022.


Launch event: Saturday 16th July, 12 – 4pm.


Venue: People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Manchester, M3 3ER.


Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm.



‘Until It Looks Like This’ showcases the work of 12 Venture Arts artists and takes it name from Liam Ashworth’s ‘Stir Fry book’, which features in this brand new summer exhibition.


The launch on Saturday 16th July marks the start of the People’s History Museum’s new programme, Nothing About Us Without Us, exploring the history of disabled people’s rights and activism.


Along with ‘Until it Looks Like This’ (on until 11th September) the launch event will also celebrate the installation of a new sculpture at the venue, ‘The Manchester Argonaut’, the colourful creation of internationally acclaimed artist, Jason Wilsher-Mills (Jason worked with Venture Arts artists during 2020-21 and featured some of their work in ‘Jason Wilsher-Mills: Jason and His Argonauts‘, which exhibited at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe).


‘Until it Looks Like This’ is a multimedia experience featuring ceramics, illustration, print, photography, digital art, textiles and an installation. The artists’ work explores themes including history, politics, nature, climate change, food and literature. Click on the names of the featured artists to find out more about their individual practice.


Liam Ashworth
Dominic Bennett
Josh Brown
James Desser
Amy Ellison
Louise Hewitt
Sally Hirst
Justin Lees
Joe Mills
Michael Nash
George Parker Conway
Emlyn Scott


Take a video ‘walk-through’ of the exhibition here: 


Michael Powell, Programme Officer for People’s History Museum, says,

“We are off to a very creative start for the beginning of our ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ programme with artists leading the way with work that carries powerful messages and work that will inspire those visiting People’s History Museum.”


Launch Event

Everyone is welcome at the museum for the launch event on Saturday 16th July, 12 – 4pm, where Venture Arts artists will be on hand to engage visitors with the exhibition.  At 1pm there’ll be a tour of the exhibition led by featured artist Liam Ashworth – book here.


At 2pm multimedia artist Dominic Bennett, will be giving an artist talk, where you can hear more about his influences, which include The Wind in the Willows, street art, wrestling, hip hop and social justice movements – book here.


At 3pm ceramicist, textile artist and storyteller, Louise Hewitt will be running a workshop for families, telling the story of her garden monsters and inviting people to make their own monster character puppets inspired by her Charlie and the Chocolate Factory work – book here.



Thursday 4th August


At 11.00 – 11.30am artist Michael Nash will be delivering an Artist Talk. Michael works across various disciplines including painting, embroidery and photography, and is a talented digital artist. He takes inspiration for his work from the world around him and is particularly interested in food and travel. Book here.


At 1.00 – 3.00pm Sally Hirst will be running a workshop about her sensory quilt, designed for her visually impaired foster sister, at which participants will be able to feel the quilt and create their own textile sensory samples. Book here.




See pictures and get updates about the exhibition by following #UntilItLooksLikeThis