Venture Arts is 30 years old! 1985-2015

We are delighted to announce that Venture Arts is a whopping 30 years old this year. We are so proud to have been flying the flag for learning disability arts for so long and to  have worked with so many fantastic artists for so many years! To celebrate we have a lovely exhibition on at… Read more »

More about Venture Arts

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We run over 1000 creative workshops every year, working with over 200 people to enable learning disabled people to play valued role in our region’s vibrant and diverse culture.Venture Arts is unique in the North-West. Since 1985 it has been providing a bright, lively and welcoming environment where learning disabled people people produce great artwork. Venture Arts focuses nurturing talent and enhancing overall wellbeing through the arts.

We are really proud of the immense achievements of all those we work with and want to shout about it from the rooftops! People make fantastic artworks, play a very important part in the cultural life of our area, gain work in the arts, volunteer, write about their work , teach young people and through all of this we like to promote cultural cohesion and equality.

The majority of our work takes place in our fully equipped arts studio, located close to Manchester city centre, but we also go out and about working alongside groups and individuals in other locations too. Working with cultural partners, we are always looking for new opportunities to get involved in new projects and showcasing opportunities.

More recently, Venture Arts has been developing ways for people to gain experiences of working within cultural environments either through working with young people in schools or through our programme of work experience initiatives with Museums and Galleries.

The arts can play a very positive role in our well being and sense of self and we see our work playing a role of empowerment and enriching people’s lives not only through the learning and ‘taking part’ but also through giving people new cultural experiences: seeing the work of other artists, joining in on exhibitions and collaborating with others too. We believe that the arts play a very real and tangible role in enriching and transforming lives and in reducing isolation and marginalisation.

Over the past five years Venture Arts and all of its artists have been able to blossom thanks to the invaluable support of many partners and funders.

We would not have been able to grow and develop or continue with our work without the support of individuals, volunteers, Trusts, Foundations, friends, businesses, Manchester City Council, the Arts Council and the Big Lottery. A million ‘thank you’ s to everyone who has helped us on our journey so far!

The organisation is led through its Management Committee and its learning disability led Steering Group


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