Our dynamic artistic programme provides a social and stimulating environment for learning disabled people to develop their artistic talents.
Open 6 days a week we offer 20 inclusive arts sessions per week led by professional artists. Our programme is developed for all abilities and interests providing a variety of subjects and mediums aimed at giving each participant new progressive experiences of art and the creative process.
Our fully accessible art studio is based in Hulme, close to Manchester city centre. The studio has a welcoming and social atmosphere and is stimulating place to learn and perfect artistic talents. It features a dark room, digital photographic and video equipment, a kiln, print-making facilities and specialist textiles equipment. Artists use iMacs, MacBooks and iPads as well as professional editing software such as Photoshop and AfterEffects.
We believe in exploring creative ideas and learning artistic skills in a contemporary and progressive way to help artists identify and develop their own independent creative practise.
Our creative programmes led by our highly experienced professional artists include; Photography & Film, Textiles, Illustration & Animation, 3D, Mixed Media, Ceramics and Printing. Our daily adults studio sessions are suitable for ages 18-80.
Our artistic programme allows artists to access the following:
We’re committed to enabling learning disabled people to be a part of the wider cultural life of our community and the visual arts world.
Over the years our work has been seen by thousands of people in high profile venues such as; The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester Art Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery, Royal Exchange Theatre, People’s History Museum, Chorlton Arts Festival, The Manchester Contemporary, DaDaFest, Project Ability, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, The International Summit for Learning Disabled Artists and Their Supporting Studios, Glasgow and many more. Our artists have exhibited in major exhibitions nationally and internationally and have sold work to art collectors.
Sessions run every week day from:
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
1.00pm – 3.00pm
If you are interested in the workshops for a child or young person under the age of 19, we also offer children and Young People’s Art Clubs on a Wednesday afternoon from 3:30pm to 6pm and on a Saturday morning from 10am to 12:30pm. Find more information here.
All our art projects focus on inclusion so it really doesn’t matter if you have no experience of art… or if you would like to perfect your skills … or have a go at something new! We will always get you doing work which you will see exhibited in some brilliant places too!
We deliver training for learning disabled artists, aged 19-25, to progress to the Trinity College London accredited Bronze and Silver Arts Award.
To find out more information and to arrange an initial meeting please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0161 232 1223.
Before you join, we will invite you to come to the studio for a chat and meet some of the other artists you will be working alongside. We can also talk about what interests you so we can match you with the right workshop for you.