Exhibitions | Happenings | Creative Exchanges

This autumn 80 learning disabled artists will occupy contemporary and historical venues across Greater Manchester in PERSPECTIVES, a series of exhibitions, happenings and creative exchanges proudly presented by Venture Arts.


From 1 October 2018 through to 24 February 2019, artworks developed over the last two years will be unveiled to the public for the first time in a number group shows including themes of collections, text and line, and photography.


PERSPECTIVES will share not only the different perspectives of the artists in terms of their artwork and disciplines but also how they view and exist in the world today as practicing contemporary artists with learning disabilities.


Venture Arts will be presenting a series of events and happenings linked to the exhibitions and further information about these events will be announced soon. Please see below to see the list of exhibitions and events.


Read our press release here:  PERSPECTIVES press release

PERSPECTIVES Exhibitions | Happenings | Creative Exchanges


List of exhibitions and events:

PERSPECTIVES Final Exhibition at Manchester One – Bruntwood

29 January – 5 February 2019

Launch Night: Tuesday 29 January | 6-8pm

Open: Monday- Friday, 10am-4pm and Saturday 11am-3pm | FREE

Manchester One, 53 Portland Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 3LD


To complete the PERSPECTIVES series, Manchester One will host our final exhibition highlighting larger collections of artwork. This theme is celebrated through a variety of media including, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, photography and textile pieces. Highlights include the work by multidisciplinary artist Terry Williams and his grainy black and white photographs documenting times gone by and holiday memories, that capture his sense of northern nostalgia. Ahmed Mohammed, who found success at The Manchester Contemporary 2017 selling his first exhibited triptych, will display abstract family portraits, new vivacious and densely layered oil pastel works. Horace Lindezey also shares his enthralling fascination with weddings, and everything associated with them, across clay, embroidery and photomontage.   


Accompanying Event | Meet the Artist: Share your wedding memories with Horace Lindezey

2 February | 1-3pm

(Eventbrite link – coming soon)


the Whitworth | Thursday Lates takeover

Perspectives in Contemporary Art

29 November 2018

6-9pm | FREE

Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER


Thursday Lates presented by Venture Arts and entitled ‘Perspectives in Contemporary Art’ will seek to open up conversations about the visibility of learning disabled artists within contemporary art spaces and how this relates to both the world of outsider art and the disability arts scene. There will be opportunities to hear specialist view points in the field and to hear about Conversations Series II -a diverse six-person residency using the Whitworth’s Outsider Art Collection as a starting point. Artists will be on hand from Venture Arts to share their work with you from PERSPECTIVES over food and drinks, and audio-visual artist Joe Beedles, a current artist in residence, will be showcasing a new immersive AV piece utilising his sounds and digital imagery and projection mapping created by artists from Venture Arts.


The Lowry | Young Peoples and Schools Exhibition

24 November 2018 – 24 February 2019

The Circle Bar, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ


The Lowry, Salford Quays, will display artistic highlights of artwork created by young artists who regularly take part in Venture Arts’ Young People’s Art Club. Artwork from three local primary and secondary schools, who worked alongside learning disabled artists to create an eclectic range of artworks, will also feature in this joint exhibition.


Venture Arts: Studio 53

9-11 November 2018 (Show 1)

Preview 8 November 6-8pm

16-18 November 2018 | (Show 2)

Preview 15 November 6-8pm


Studio 53, 53 Old Birley Street, Hulme, M15 5RF

Open Friday – Sunday 12-4pm


On consecutive weekends Venture Arts opens its new studio space in Hulme, Studio 53, with differing and unusual works each time exploring experimental art, photography, sculpture and moving image. These studio shows will offer visitors an insight into the artist’s creative practice, viewing the collection of artworks in situ where the work has been developed. Highlights include a re-appropriated record player that has collaboratively been transformed into a zoetrope of artistic pre-film animations and a 3D projection mapping installation.


Find out more about how you can take part in our accompanying events:

PERSPECTIVES | Drop in and Draw with Leslie Thompson | 10 November 2018


PERSPECTIVES | Free Photography Workshop | 17 November 2018


Elizabeth Gaskell’s House |  1 November – 2 December 2018

PREVIEW | Thursday 1 November 2018 | 5:30-7:30pm

84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LW

Wednesday, Thursday – Sunday | 11am – 4:30pm

(£5 admission charge allows entry to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and the exhibition)


Text and line are leading themes in the artwork displayed at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, the restored home of celebrated English novelist and writer Elizabeth Gaskell in Longsight. Taking place from 1 November – 2 December, emerging artist Michael Beard’s sizeable text drawings, conveying hopes and dreams to explore the world will be exhibited alongside Florence’s neatly embroidered typography piece about her favourite YouTube videos. Also on display will be acclaimed artist Barry Anthony Finan’s porcelain scrolls, featuring his continuous lines of writing about his fascination with ‘TELEVISSIONS,’ the BBC and prominent figures in his life.


Find out how you can get more involved by attending our accompanying event:


PERSPECTIVES | Clay Workshop with Venture Arts Artists Barry and Michael | 15 November 2018


The Manchester Contemporary with Castelfield Gallery | 13-14 October 2018

Open Saturday 10am- 6pm | Sunday 10am – 5pm


Now in its tenth year, The Manchester Contemporary takes a uniquely artist-focused approach, inviting the most exciting international and UK galleries to participate.


Building on our long-standing partnership Castlefield Gallery and Venture Arts are pleased to be presenting ‘Spilling Out’ at The Manchester Contemporary 2018. ‘Spilling Out’ will include new and existing works in a range of mediums including ceramics, drawing, print, textiles and paint. The joint presentation will profile artists living and working in the North West region; Frances Disley, Barry Anthony Finan, Jennie Franklin, Katie Tomlinson, John Powell-Jones, Ahmed Mohammed and Leslie Thompson.


Leslie Thompson, AKA ‘The Superstar Artist Drawer’ will be live capturing his interpretation of the fair on its opening evening of Friday 12 October from 5pm-9pm.


VENUE: Manchester Central Convention Complex, Windmill Street, Manchester M2 3GX


Opening times: Friday 12 October, 5pm-9pm | Saturday 13 October, 10am-6pm | Sunday 14 October, 10am-5pm. Read more –


Fred Aldous | 1- 2 October ‘18



On the 1-2 October, live from the Northern Quarters’ Fred Aldous Ltd art suppliers, artist Leslie Thompson from Venture Arts and Manchester artist and illustrator Matt Girling will draw inspiration from their memories, as well as capturing the bustling environment and passers-by in a large-scale site-specific drawing that will evolve into a fleeting interpretation of Manchester city life.