Venture Arts | PERSPECTIVES | Greater Manchester


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This autumn 80 learning disabled artists will occupy contemporary and historical venues across Greater Manchester in PERSPECTIVES, a series of exhibitions, happenings and creative exchanges proudly presented by Venture Arts.

From 1 October 2018 through to 24 February 2019, artworks developed over the last two years will be unveiled to the public for the first time in a number group shows including themes of collections, text and line, and photography.

PERSPECTIVES will share not only the different perspectives of the artists in terms of their artwork and disciplines but also how they view and exist in the world today as practicing contemporary artists with learning disabilities.

Venture Arts will be presenting a series of events and happenings linked to the exhibitions and further information about these events will be announced soon. Please see below to see the list of exhibitions and events.

List of Exhibitions and Events:

The Manchester Contemporary with Castelfield Gallery | 13-14 October 2018
Open Saturday 10am- 6pm | Sunday 10am – 5pm

Now in its tenth year, The Manchester Contemporary takes a uniquely artist-focused approach, inviting the most exciting international and UK galleries to participate.

Building on our long-standing partnership Castlefield Gallery and Venture Arts are pleased to be presenting ‘Spilling Out’ at The Manchester Contemporary 2018. ‘Spilling Out’ will include new and existing works in a range of mediums including ceramics, drawing, print, textiles and paint. The joint presentation will profile artists living and working in the North West region; Frances Disley, Barry Anthony Finan, Jennie Franklin, Katie Tomlinson, John Powell-Jones, Ahmed Mohammed and Leslie Thompson.

Leslie Thompson, AKA ‘The Superstar Artist Drawer’ will be live capturing his interpretation of the fair on its opening evening of Friday 12 October from 5pm-9pm.

VENUE: Manchester Central Convention Complex, Windmill Street, Manchester M2 3GX
Opening times: Friday 12 October, 5pm-9pm | Saturday 13 October, 10am-6pm | Sunday 14 October, 10am-5pm. Read more –

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House | 1 November – 2 December 2018
Wednesday, Thursday – Sunday | 11am – 4:30pm
Text and line are leading themes in the artwork displayed at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, the restored home of celebrated English novelist and writer Elizabeth Gaskell in Longsight. Taking place from 1 November – 2 December, emerging artist Michael Beard’s sizable text drawings, conveying hopes and dreams to explore the world will be exhibited alongside Florence Haskin’s neatly embroidered typography piece about her favourite YouTube videos. Also on display will be acclaimed artist Barry Anthony Finan’s porcelain scrolls, featuring his continuous lines of writing about his fascination with ‘TELEVISSIONS,’ the BBC and prominent figures in his life.

Venture Arts: Studio 53 | 9-11 November 2018 (Show 1) | 16-18 November 2018 | (Show 2)
Open Friday – Sunday 12-4pm
On consecutive weekends Venture Arts opens its new studio space in Hulme, Studio 53, with differing and unusual works each time exploring experimental art, photography, sculpture and moving image. These studio shows will offer visitors an insight into the artist’s creative practice, viewing the collection of artworks in situ where the work has been developed. Highlights include a re-appropriated record player that has collaboratively been transformed into a zoetrope of artistic pre-film animations and a 3D projection mapping installation.

The Lowry | Young Peoples and Schools Exhibition | 24 November 2018 – 24 February 2019
The Circle Bar, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
The Lowry, Salford Quays, will display artistic highlights of artwork created by young artists who regularly take part in Venture Arts’ Young People’s Art Club. Artwork from three local primary and secondary schools, who worked alongside learning disabled artists to create an eclectic range of artworks, will also feature in this joint exhibition.

The Whitworth | Thursday Lates takeover | Perspectives in Contemporary Art | 29 November 2018 |  6-9pm |
Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER
Thursday Lates presented by Venture Arts and entitled ‘Perspectives in Contemporary Art’ will seek to open up conversations about the visibility of learning disabled artists within contemporary art spaces and how this relates to both the world of outsider art and the disability arts scene. There will be opportunities to hear specialist view points in the field and to hear about Conversations Series II -a diverse six-person residency using the Whitworth’s Outsider Art Collection as a starting point. Artists will be on hand from Venture Arts to share their work with you from PERSPECTIVES over food and drinks, and audio-visual artist Joe Beedles, a current artist in residence, will be showcasing a new immersive AV piece utilising his sounds and digital imagery and projection mapping created by artists from Venture Arts.

Manchester One | 29 January – 5 February 2019
53 Portland Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 3LD​
To complete the PERSPECTIVES series, Manchester One will host our final exhibition highlighting larger collections of artwork. Examples include Terry Williams grainy black and white photography documenting times gone by and holiday memories that capture his sense of northern nostalgia and his love of the seaside. Horace Lindezey also shares his fascination with weddings, and everything associated with them, across clay, embroidery and photomontage. Horace will also hosting a free drop in event to share his creative practice and wedding memories over cake

Please check the Venture Arts website at for updates and further details.

All venues are accessible. Please get in touch if you need any other access assistance.


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