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January 2009

Venture Ar ts Volume 1, Issue 1 Venture Arts

Culture Secretary visits Venture Arts • “I happy about that look good place, nice people, fantastic globe, so I love that.” Imram Hussain, Hearing impaired student on placement with Venture Arts from Parrswood High School,

Inside this issue: Culture Secretary visit


Andrew Burnham MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport took time out from the labour party conference to visit Venture Arts and to help kick off its exhibition tour in October 2008.

Lottery Board visit 1

The Big Lottery comes to give Thumbs up

Lowry Exhibition

To commemorate the suc-


cessful third application to the

Zion Arts Centre Exhibition


Craft fare sale




Venture Arts Membership

Big Lottery Venture Arts had a party. The workshop



abuzz with activity. The pictures here are of Jennifer Ball working with Kate Freebor-

of Policy and Partnership at the

ough on assembling a recycled

Big Lottery came visit us in Octo-

plastic bag weaving project.

ber to give his seal of approval.

Gerald Oppenheim, Director

Developing Individual Creative Potential Art workshops develop skills and aptitudes that can make a real difference to peoples lives including creative skills, manual skills, writing skills, research skills, visual skills, and analytical skills. Venture Arts was formed in 1985 to provide meaningful arts activities for adults with learning difficulties in the Greater Manchester area. The Team Amanda Sutton, Manager, John Adshead, Development Manager, Stephen Greenwood, Finance Assistant, and our Creative Arts Workers; Katherine Long, Kate Freeborough, Alena Asenbryl, and Martin Livesey. We would like to use this opportunity to welcome James Pollitt as our

Venture Arts 43 Old Birley Street,

brand new creative arts worker

Harpist visits Venture Arts

Hulme, Manchester M15 5RF Phone: 0161 232 1223 E-mail:


Margaret Knight, a professional harpist, came to provide a musical workshop for Venture Arts students. The workshop was arranged for us by Sid Richards at Music in Hospitals based at the Royal Northern College of Music. As can be seen from the picture our students were able to use some of the different instruments Margaret brought with her and really enjoyed the day Gerald Wright plays they harp with Margaret Knight

Volunteers from Japan and Malawi “””


“Vibrant! Should be in the Bluecoat“ Roger NWDAF on the work at the Lowry

Wayne Tarry tells of his experience at Venture Arts to a group of students from Global Exchange

Venture Arts goes international. We have been delighted to have had the opportunity to host student placements from both Japan and Malawi, Vicky Chiodzeka and Rebecca Hancock were placed with us by Global Exchange and were with us for 9 weeks. We also welcomed several students from the Japan Centre in 2008 and were thankful for their hard work and commitment.

Ve n tu re Ar t s Lowry Exhibition Opening

It was a great opportunity to make sure that all the students at Venture Arts were commended for their hard work during the preparation for the exhibition. Pictured above Is Stephen Kovaks receiving his certificate of achievement . The work was a wonderful, varied selection of pottery, textiles, mixed media, photographs and 3D sculpture and much more: all exploring the theme of texture titled ‘FELT’.

Zion Centre Exhibition Opening “I was delighted to see such fantastic work. The pieces were all so original and detailed. Well done to a group of very talented artists” Sue Hassall

For those that missed the exhibition at the Lowry or the Globe at Da Da Fest there was a opportunity to see this excellent selection of work at The Gallery, Zion Arts Centre, Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester

Big Lottery Fund

between Sat. 6th-Mon 22nd December 2008. Our ‘Globe’ is looking for a permanent home and we welcome your ideas!

Lymm Craft Fayre Sale On Sunday October 30th we were invited back to participate in the local craft fare. The team were assisted by Horace Lindezey and were successful in selling mosaic tables as well as some hand-made greetings cards, jewellery and painted Katherine Long and Horace Lyndezey at Lymm Fayre

glass pots.

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Calendar 2009 We have released our calendar for 2009. As in previous years it is in A4 format in black and white with one full page of participants work for each month. The calendars are for sale for ÂŁ5.00. We will be having a limited print run so if you would like a copy let us know as soon as possible and we will get a 2009

copy to you.


Would you like to become a member Venture Arts needs new members. If you support the work that we do and would like an invite to the AGM and regular newsletters and special invites to private views of exhibitions. We would very much appreciate your membership.

I have really enjoyed exploring textures and have done loads of textiles, drawings, felt-making, and textured slides. I have learnt a lot and really enjoy being able to think about new things and do stuff for myself. It gives me a great feeling to be able to show others my work too’ Wayne

For more information or for an application form please either ring 0161 232 1223 or email

Tarry, Venture Arts

Learning Disability Student Placement Paulette Martin from Learning Disability Studies at Manchester University successfully completed her 12 week placement with us. For this we want to say a big thank you to Paulette who worked so well with the all the student s and also to Learning Disability Studies for making the placement possible. We look forward to the coming new year when Allison Johnston from Learning Disability Studies will be starting her placement.

Newsletter - January 2009  

Venture Arts News

Newsletter - January 2009  

Venture Arts News