9 September 2019
Wondering what our 10 Phenomenal Artists have been doing since we introduced you to them in the Spring? This is the first in a series of occasional updates detailing the exciting, creative, ambitious things the 10 have been up to – thanks to supporters like you. This month, we bring you news from Horace and Sally. Horace's love of all things nuptial has continued with a self-curated exhibition of wedding memorabilia, We are Gathered Round Today, in VA's reception area. An opening event was held at this year's 'Hulme is Where the Art is' festival on July 13th, where Horace also got the chance to interview visitors about their own special day, to gain source material for his work. The event was topped off with an uplifting 'Wedding Disco' featuring classics by favourite artists such as Kylie Minogue (who features heavily in Horace's work - see the embroidery 'Kylie and Jason', above). Sally completed a placement at Walk the Plank in June, making props for the Manchester Day parade. Her highlights included "doing paper mache because I liked the odd feel of the wallpaper paste glue - and the batik [a cloth dying technique using wax-resist] because it felt like mindfulness colouring! It was great spotting all my artwork in the parade - I felt like a professional artist." And Sally's foray into the professional art word continued in July with a commission from Manchester City Council to illustrate their SEND offer leaflet. She produced a series of fun, bold, colourful illustrations - like these (below). HOME Manchester has recognised Sally's talents too as she's just been accepted onto their Future 20 programme, alongside fellow VA participant James. They'll be part of a 'year-long artist residency and training programme for emerging artists aged 18-25', working towards a large scale public event. With lots of opportunity for mentoring and career development, we're excited to see what new doors this opens up for Sally - we think she's a star in the making. Learning disabled people have life-changing opportunities at Venture Arts. But we can only continue to support artists like Horace and Sally with the help of people like you. Please consider making a gift to Venture Arts by following this link. Every donation, small or large, makes a difference!
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