Join Our Artistic Programme

Our artistic programme provides a positive space for learning disabled people to make high quality art. 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 Studio

Our fully accessible art studio is based in Hulme, close to Manchester city centre. The studio has a fun, 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.

 

Our creative sessions led by our highly experienced professional artists include; Photography, Textiles, Illustration, Animation, 3D, Mixed Media, Ceramics and Art as Environment. Our daily adults studio sessions are for ages 18-80. 

 

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 artistic programme allows artists to access the following:

 

  • Specialist tuition catered to individual abilities and interested and the chance to learn new approaches and techniques to making art in a range of subjects
  • Visits to museums, galleries and creative spaces
  • Increase your knowledge and artistic vocabulary
  • Opportunity to exhibit artwork nationally and internationally
  • Opportunity to sell artwork
  • Widen your creative community; increasing connections and network with other artists, museums and gallery contacts
  • Develop an artist CV and learn how to talk about your art

 

Profiling Learning Disabled Artists

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!

Qualifications

 

We deliver training for learning disabled artists, aged 19-25, to progress to the Trinity College London accredited Bronze and Silver Arts Award.

How do I join?

 

To find out more information and to arrange an initial meeting please contact us on info@venturearts.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.