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Our Sacred Skills and Attendance to Art Practice during Covid19

Magical Women are excited to introduce to you Magical Women artist Louise Amelia Phelps. Her precious and sacred skills spin threads of joy from fauna & flora to become works of art, that unravel warmth and nurture for all. The Craft Life of Louise Amelia Phelps “There is so much beauty ...

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I hope this blog post finds you well in these strange and crinkly times

Do you ever look at a hand-knit jumper, or any knitting really and just feel totally blown away by the idea that it’s just one long piece of string? I do all the time. Well, not all the time, I’d never get anything done. I am blown away by it ...

How I Curate: The ‘Big Idea’

Hi everyone, it’s me Leah. In March I started this blog series where I will be sharing with you a little bit about myself and how I curate. Last time, I blogged about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting not only my work as a curator, but also ...

Life (and art), Interrupted

Me and my fiancé Andrew were supposed to be getting married at the weekend, becoming husband and wife with all our families and friends watching. This day has been a dream of ours. Like many people with learning disabilities, it’s been a long journey for us to be married. But ...

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Two Venture Arts artists talk about being part of Manchester Open Exhibition

Dominic Bennett: Hi, my name is Dominic and welcome to the HOME Open Exhibition. You’ll see a lot of art, but my favourite artwork is ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ by me – but don’t worry I’m not here to scare you! I love art, I come to Venture Arts – its place ...

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Venture Arts Steering Group members give their highlights from Manchester Open at HOME

Introduction from Amber… The Manchester Open is an exhibition at HOME, an arts centre in Manchester that has a theatre, cinema, restaurant and gallery. People applied by themselves or through organisations to be part of the exhibition; it is full of art by people from different cultural backgrounds and different parts ...

Introducing: “This is How I Curate” Blog Series

Hello, my name is Leah Jones I am 37 years old. I live in the North West of England where I am the director of Positive You, an organisation that aims to empower learning disabled people to have good confidence and self-esteem through art. As well as running Positive ...

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Tate Exchange 2: Emergence Artists Strike Back.

Last week, I went to a meeting at the Tate Exchange with the other Emergence artists and people from Shape Arts and Disability Arts Online. We were there to make a plan of attack for the Emergence event on the 21st of March (please come to that, I’ll look ...

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Dennis Queen: International Day of Disabled People 2019

On 3rd of December, as has been the tradition for the last several years, disabled people and our allies have come together in Manchester to celebrate International Day of Disabled People (IDDP) and Disability History Month. Each year we share a part of our still-mostly-hidden history and invite comics, musicians, ...

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Hello from me, Glen

Hello and welcome to my first blog ever! I have received Arts Council England funding to have mentoring and professional development in order to be able to access the art world as a Deaf artist, which I currently find very difficult. I need BSL (British Sign Language) interpretation for everything that ...