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Summer 2010

Venture Ar ts New sletter

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“Well done , fantastic dis-

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play of wonderful art, congratulations to all the artists.” Karen– Coop Group

People’s History Museum Exhibition Opening 28th April

Community challenge

Wayne Tarry, Laura Nathan and Robert Dixon presenting the exhibition.

Tracy Clarke Shows her work at the exhibition launch.

Aerial view of the exhibition

The exhibition ran from the 28th of April until the 8th June and was seen by visitors to the Peoples History

‘Fantastic Exhibition-well done

to all the artists—we are

It was very special for us to be

delighted to host it’ People’s

invited back to the newly re-

History Museum

furbished Museum

Peoples with



Book’ exhibition. The seum

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‘Open Mu-

has just finished a

£12.5 million makeover and, 43 Old Birley Street,

as can be seen from the pho-


tos, our artists were delighted

Manchester M15 5RF

to share in the glory.


Nathan, Wayne Tarry and

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Robert Dixon led an explanation of some of the work and Steven Wilson collecting exhibition feedback on the day

how it was produced.

Horace Lindezey and Amanda Sutton.


Young Peoples workshops to restart Venture Arts is a specialist in the provision of arts and crafts workshops for people with learning disabilities. Our mission is to provide a high quality arts experience in a friendly, stimulating and inclusive environment; focusing on bringing out the best in every individual, nurturing talent and enhancing overall wellbeing and quality of life. The Team Amanda Sutton, Manager, John Adshead, Development Manager, Jack Hale, Finance Officer, Admin

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Assistant Rachel Jones and our Creative Arts Workers; Katherine Long, Kate Freeborough, Alena Asenbryl, and Martin Livesey, James Pollitt. and Laura Nathan,

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Farewell to Stephen Greenwood

Hulme, Manchester M15 5RF

Stephen has been with Venture Arts for

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the past 8 years as our account officer


and because of other work commit-

ments is now leaving Venture Arts. Steve has been a very important and dedicated member of staff and is going to be very dearly missed. We wish him

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the very best in all his plans for the future Steve with Susan Parr at the Lowry exhibition opening 2010

Spotlight this issue on: Matthew Bell

Why not come and try out your artistic skills?

If you would like to be part of Venture Arts and get involved in all sorts of creative projects...then get in touch! Either ring us on: 0161 232 1223 or email:

At Old Trafford

Climbing at Big Lottery Event

At Manchester Art Gallery

Matthew with his family

Matthew Bell has taken part in a wide range of varied arts projects over the past year. He is a talented artist who has shown work at both the Lowry and Manchester City Art Gallery this year alone. Currently he is learning observational drawing techniques with James and is showing great artistic promise.These will go into a book that Matthew is producing. Matthew comes from a remarkable family; his mother, Alex Bell is a pioneer for the rights of young people who have a learning disability (subject

of ‘A Mother Like Alex’, by Bernard Clark, published by HarperCollins) and Matthew

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has 7 brothers and sisters. Matthew is also a Manchester United guide and regularly takes visitors around the ground answering their questions. Matthew has made his own lovely book with his own drawings of Manchester United football club. Well done to Matthew for all his successes! Matthew and his |Brother Tom showing their work at the Lowry


‘Hulme is Where The Art Is’ Festival -20th March 2010 On the 20th March 2010, Old Birley Street was transformed into a place of creative revelry as the location for a community arts festival in Hulme. Throughout the day, artists from Manchester exhibited their arts and crafts and Venture Arts’ artists held craft workshops for everyone to join in. The day also saw live poetry, street theatre and music performances running into the evening. It was a great day with over 100 people coming along and we hope to do another next year.

Face painting

Terry and Darren selling cards on the day

Katrina Nowotonski shows her work and work of other ceramicists from Manchester Metropilitan University at our first ‘Hulme is Where The Art is’ event

Pottery workshops were very popular

Open Voice Choir provide choral

Darren meets an extraordinary fairy

entertainment in the evening

at Hulme Community Garden Centre

‘Fair Trade Detectives’ Logo Competition In June Venture Arts was asked to design a logo for this new initiative set up by United Response. We held a competition for someone to design a logo that would exemplify the Fairtrade message. The winning logo was designed by John Groake who will be congratulated for his fantastic design at the Fiartrade Detectives Launch on the 20th of July –A huge well done to John! What's a Fairtrade Detective I hear you all say? The Manchester Fairtrade Detective is a program to help the city council to locate who in Manchester sells Fairtrade products. Fairtrade products are sold in schools, shops, supermarkets, restaurants, sports centres and in places of worship like churches and other faith centres. If you would like to get involved as a fair-trade detective contact United Response on:

0161 873 7479 or email

Young Peoples workshops to restart After a very successful series of workshops for young disabled people and their families which ran from January to April, we are delighted to announce that we will be continuing with these until April 2011. We will be running a whole variety of arts pro-

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jects for young people on Wednesday afternoons from 4.00-6.30 and Saturday mornings from 10-12.30. These

43 Old Birley Street,

will start at the end of July

Meet Jack Hale our new Finance Officer

Hulme, Manchester M15 5RF

We would like to introduce to you our new Finance Officer ; Jack Hale.

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Jack Hale on the left with Horace Lindesey

Jack studied painting and art history and has worked in arts management for around 18 years. Jack has worked for a number of arts organisations in the north and north west of England for variety of arts based companies including Preston Community Arts Project, Pavilion (Photography) project in Leeds, Manchester Craft & Design Centre and the CUBE Gallery. We wish him a very warm welcome!

Team Venture complete the BUPA Great Manchester Run—16th May !

James Pollitt, Martin Livesey, Rachel Jones, Amanda Sutton, Ciaran Laydon,

…… and back in the pub afterwards enjoying well deserved refreshment

Helen Rowe and Stephen Evans limbering up before the race begins….

and definitely more relaxed post race!

On Sunday 16th May 2010, as can be seen from the above photos Venture Arts staff and many generous spirited volunteers donated their time and energy in running in the BUPA Great Manchester 10K Run and raising up to this present moment over £2000. Supporting us this year, DLA Alsop Solicitors also ran in aid of Venture Arts and have raised a further £4000! We are so grateful for this wonderful effort! The money raised will support our future workshops and exhibitions in 2010/11


Learning Disability Training Manchester University 13th &14th April 2010 On the 12/13th April Learning Disability Studies provided training for the staff of Venture Arts. Some of the topics discussed were:- ‘Stolen Lives’ a DVD presentation of lives experiences of the learning disabled in the past, Policy and Practice, Challenging Behaviour, Person Centred Approaches, Relations and Sexuality and Direct Payments. Following are some of the comments from our staff members on the information presented: “I thought the training was well prepared very informative, well delivered. I enjoyed the introductory film. Though, I was aware of a lot of the information, it was good to hear and see people that were directly affected. The information on direct payments was excellent and very relevant to us..”

Rohss Chapman, Craig Blythe, Louise Townson and Ian Carson: our trainers from University of Manchester - Learning Disability department

“Many thanks to all tutors for their professionalism and help – It was a privilege to be taught by people who are evidently at the forefront of their fields, both from an academic perspective and also from their practical backgrounds too.”

Lymme Festival June 2010

Terry Williams enjoying life on the open water

‘It was a great day out’ Robert Dixon showing his recycled bird

Once again we were all delighted to be part of Lymm ‘art in the Garden’ Festival and included a textile piece, little birds made from a variety of recycled materials and Alf and Rennie Roberts ; our friendly scarecrows made from old plastic bags. Alf and Rennie have since moved on to Hulme Community Garden Centre to fulfil their ‘scaring crows’ role. On the 29th July we all went over to Lymm and had a trip from Stockton Heath to Warrington in a narrow boat which was huge fun. Many thanks once again go to Su Williams for making all this possible.

Ve n tu re Ar t s Mike Harding Leaves Venture Arts’ Management Committee after many years of fantastic service.

Venture Arts would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you for all the hard work, time and devotion that Mike has displayed as a very valuable member of our management committee. Mike began to offer his services in 2000 and has been our chairman for the past two years. Mike has helped us to weather many changes over the years. He has been a very consistent and reliable source of wisdom throughout that time. He has helped us to secure three lots of funding from the Big Lottery and he has provided just the right level of insight and guidance into the governance of our organisation throughout his time with us. Mike is a volunteer walking tour leader and travels the world. We wish Mike our very best wishes in all his future endeavours and thank him for all that he has done for Venture Arts

Mellissa Gill Visits from Phoenix Arizona We were honoured to receive Mellissa for an afternoon on the 26th May. Melissa came to visit through the Rotary Club from Pheonix, Arizona and was looking at disability services in the UK compared to those in the US. She has 7 children, ranging in age from 4 to 16, four of whom are adopted and who have a learning disability.

Melissa Gill

‘I was given the liberty to visit a phenomenal program provided by Venture Arts Center. Amanda and the staff and volunteers maintain a program in which adults can participate in arts project “to develop skills and aptitudes that can make a real difference to people’s lives” I spent the afternoon assisting in a session and wish to thank Barry for allowing me to work on his latest project! All of the people were wonderful to speak and interact with and I was truly blessed to witness and participate in such a unique program’ Many thanks Melissa!

Our New Learning Mentors do a Wonderful job in Schools Since February four of our arts participants have been in training to pass on some of the creative and people skills they have learnt in our Open Book project to school children from around the area in three ten week projects. Horace Lindezey and Robert Dixon have completed a ‘Book in a Box’ project with pupils from John Vianney High School. Darren Gallagher and Max Bentley worked with young people from Rolls Crescent Primary School and helped them to make some beautiful printed self-portraits. Robert also worked with St Wilfrid’s RC Primary school on the ‘Dear Diary’ project. All the work was displayed at Zion Arts from July 13th—20th and looked fantastic. It was great to see so many people of different ages working so well together! Our Learning Mentors did a fine job and we hope that we will be able to do more projects with schools in the future! Darren’s comments on his project: ‘ I really enjoyed working with the children. I rolled the ink, took photos and went out to the Gallery. They were a bit noisy at first but I got used to it and really liked talking to them and doing the art. With the money I earned working ,I have been able to buy myself a new mobile phone too.’


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