Shining a light on the work of 10 brilliant people who work from our studio.
Since 2014, Venture Arts has made it possible for over 30 learning disabled people to experience immersive, inspiring placements at some of Manchester’s best-heritage venues.
We’ve supported this underrepresented group to explore their heritage and take ownership of it. We’ve seen learning disabled people taking centre stage in Manchester’s heritage organisations, sharing their experiences with large audiences, enriching the experiences of staff and visitors, and independently taking on long-term volunteering roles. We’ve also seen them influence organisations to raise the bar for learning disabled visitors, participants, volunteers and workers.
This report presents the findings of an evaluation of Venture Arts’ project OutsiderXchanges, in collaboration with Castlefield Gallery and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. For seven months in 2016, twelve artists, six of whom are learning disabled, shared a studio and collaborated as equals to produce experimental new artworks.
“Pushing forward with the initiative that help people with learning disabilities to work within culture has become a growing priority for us and this publication is an outline of the work that we have set up alongside museums, galleries and festivals in Manchester in 2015.”
This is a book by Venture Arts and is a part of our innovative ‘Pass it on’ project where people with learning disabilities pass on their art skills and knowledge to young people in schools.
A collection of artworks from 2011-2013