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 »

Since 1985, Venture Arts has been providing a positive space where our professional artists run a huge variety of workshops to enable learning disabled people to make great art and play a valued role in the region’s vibrant and diverse culture. Every year we run over 1000 creative workshops and work with over 200 people. We showcase the work of all our participating artists widely in large scale exhibitions, at arts festivals and events.

The majority of what we do takes place in our fully equipped arts studio, located close to Manchester city centre, but we also work with other cultural partners and regional organisations and are always looking 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. 

Venture Arts focuses on nurturing talent and enhancing overall wellbeing through the arts. We believe this plays a very real and tangible role in transforming lives and in reducing isolation and marginalisation. Our work enriches people’s lives not only through the learning and ‘taking part’ but also by giving people new cultural experiences: seeing the work of other artists, joining in on exhibitions and collaborating with others.

We would not have been able to grow and develop or continue with our work without the support of individuals, volunteers, advocates, Trusts, Foundations, friends, businesses, Manchester City Council, Arts Council England 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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