Why support Venture Arts?

Venture Arts is a lifeline to much of Manchester’s learning disabled population. From our fully-equipped studio in Hulme, we provide a safe and empowering space where people make great art, and play a valued role in culture. Each year we run over 1,500 professional workshops and outreach sessions, supporting over 300 people to reach their life potential through the visual arts.

There simply is no other charity like us in Manchester, and very few nationally that do what we do.


Learning disabled people are amongst the most marginalised and excluded people in our society. The majority are unemployed, and lack the basic freedoms that most of us take for granted. Many experience loneliness and isolation every day.

With Venture Arts, Manchester’s learning disabled people can develop their creativity, and discover incredible artistic talents. They make great friends, and gain confidence and valuable life skills too. We ensure learning disabled people are visible and valued in Manchester’s vibrant cultural sector, as artists, participants and workers. And we help debunk stereotypes about what is possible.


“Without Venture Arts, my life would have been nothing” – Horace Lindezey, artist



The people we work with are just a small fraction of Manchester’s learning disabled population. Imagine if we could reach more people, in the city and beyond. We know that there are so many more out there whose lives could be transformed by coming to Venture Arts.

We are a charity, and in order to survive  – and to reach more people – we really need your help.