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Spring 2010

Venture Ar ts “So far we have been very

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impressed with VA. –the atmosphere is lovely and relaxed” Fred Collins carer

Open Book Arrives at The Lowry

Rod O’Neill admires some of the work on exhibit at The Lowry

It’s that time of year again and our annual exhibition is upon us. It takes place, as in the past two years, at the Lowry, Salford Quays. The exhibition presents the most unbookish books you will ever experience. The Open Book ExhibiIssue 5

tion showcases the creative work of Venture Arts participants. The artwork

43 Old Birley Street,

was produced throughout 2009 in a diverse range of media, including photogra-

Hulme, Manchester M15 5RF

phy, textiles, animation, jewellery making printing, mixed media, ceramics and 3D. The Exhibition will take place at The Circle Bar, The Lowry from 11the

Phone: 0161 232 1223 E-mail: info@venturearts.org

February-28th March 2010 and then onto The Peoples History Museum, SpinningFields, Manchester 24th April-6th June 2010. A huge well done to all those who contributed.

website: www.venturearts.org


About Venture Arts 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, Stephen Greenwood, Finance

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

43 Old Birley Street, Hulme,

Coop Team Provide Decorating Skills and a Brand New Table

Manchester M15 5RF Phone: 0161 232 1223 E-mail: info@venturearts.org

Would you like to become a member? Venture Arts always seeks 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 and feel that you would like to play a part in the organisation, please get in touch. For more information or for an application form please either ring 0161 232 1223 or you can download a form from our website

Terry Williams awarding some textile cakes to the Coop Team A team of very willing volunteers from the Coop spent a few sessions in October 2009 at Venture Arts decorating our new meeting room and darkroom. They also very kindly made a much appreciated gift of a very handsome meeting table. The table was also put together by the Coop Team. All of Venture Arts would like it known how much we appreciate their enthusiasm and their kindness.

Whalley Range Girls School Specialism Careers Fair

John Adshead representing Venture Arts at Whalley Range Girls School

Terry Williams

Venture Arts were invited by Whalley Range High School to provide a stall on their annual Crafts Fair on Wednesday 18th November in the main hall of Whalley Range Girls School for 6th form pupils and their parents. Terry Williams was on hand to give a participants point of view. Terry was very appreciative of the food laid on for the stall holders. The format followed a typical careers fair, whereby students and parents were staggered into the hall to visit the employer’s stalls. The stalls gave an insight into the type of work we do and what career opportunities can be offered. There was a display of a wide variety of work on show to keep the students enthused and informed.

website: www.venturearts.org


Liverpool DaDa Fest 2009 Here are a selection of photographs from The annual DaDaFest at Liverpool’s Blue Coat Galleries held on 11th November 2009

Venture Arts contributed to the DaDa Fest Dream in a Box Day. We ran a workshop where visitors were able to take part in making parts of what would eventually be a Magic Mirror Ball. The Mirror Ball was completed within the day and hung at an evening event. At Tate Liverpool. The pictures to the left are of

one of the

workshops that eventually made the Magic Mirror Ball. The drawing on the left was made by our very own talented Lesley Thomson and is his representation of the 1948 Poster Greeting Card

Magic Mirror Ball workshop. Hectic production of the glitter globe

Lesley Thomson’s finished draw-

Hulme Is Where The Art Is Community Arts Festival, 20th March

On the 20th March 2010, Old Birley Street will be transformed into a place of creative revelry as the location for the first community arts festival in Hulme. Throughout the day, artists from Manchester will be exhibiting their arts and crafts and Venture Arts’ artists will be holding craft workshops for everyone to join in. The day will also see live poetry and music performances.

Taking place in the creative hub of Old Birley Street in Hulme, the day aims to celebrate the artistic and diverse community of Hulme and the surrounding area. Presented by Venture Arts, ‘Hulme is Where The Art Is’ is hosted in collaboration with Hulme Community Garden Centre and other local organisations who will all be opening their doors to host the day’s varied events.

Sure Start Young Peoples Workshops

Manchester Art Gallery You are warmly invited to celebrate the opening of We came, we saw...we ventured. Artists and workshop participants from venture Arts have created new artworks inspired by visits to Manchester City Art Gallery. Using textiles, drawing and mixed media techniques they have created individual and group pieces. This work

Since the middle of January Venture Arts has launched a new exciting project with 'Aiming

will be on display throughout the

Higher'. We have been running family cohesive art workshops for young people with disabili-

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ties and their families leading accessible workshops in photography, printing and felt-

Display continues from 16 March

making. In March we will be seeing this expand as we start to offer some sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and offering wider variety to more young people.

Invitation to the exhibition designed by L:orraine Whitehead

until April 30 2010


Ve n tu re Ar t s Japan Centre Placement It has been a pleasure to end the year with a placement from the great Japan Centre. Here are a few comments from Mika who was with us from the 23rd November –Friday 18th December 2009 'I had a good experience there. I made lot of friends, and had various experience e.g. communication, and teaching Communication at work: After work, I tried to speak to as many people as possible. Everyone was very friendly and kind to me. Every day, different volunteers came so I had communication with many people. Good Points: to meet new volunteers every day. Disabled people were very friendly to me too. I had a really good time. Also, working hours is good (10am-3pm)

Hulme Sweet Hulme & Pinhole Photo Books For Sale

In June 2009 Lyn Setterington spent a few weeks with Venture Arts on The Hulme Sweet Hulme Project. The textile project was run in conjunction with a number of groups based in Hulme, such as Hulme Garden Centre, Hulme Library under 5’s, Aquarius Centre, North Hulme Adventure Playground etc. The students involved were:- Tommy Walsh, Steven Kovaks, Heather Nadim, Loraine Whitehead, Barry Regan, Kathy Wilmot, Christine Blackburn, Mary Ann Gribben and Wayne Tarry, Ian Emerson

Towards the end of last year Manchester People First and Venture Arts collaborated in a pinhole photography project led by Martin Livesey our Venture Arts photography tutor.. The book documents some of the photographs produced over that time and the resulting exhibition. The students involved were:- Louisa Burton, Carol Modd, Steven Valentine, Andrew Cavanagh, David Unwin, Paul Brannick and

Both books are in full colour, 40 pages of photos of participants and their work. The price is £12.00 for the softback and £18.00 for the hardback with dust jacket. If you are interested in buying a copy get in touch with us on 0161 232 1223 or email john@venturearts.org and we can arrange that for you


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Denise Price From The Joint Commissioning for Learning Difficulties Team Visits Venture Arts

Tracy Clark, Ernie Partt, Terry Williams, Denise Price, Horace Lindezey Andrew McCurry, Ged Wright, and the back of Mika’s head This was an opportunity to say a big thank you to the Joint Commissioning Team ( represented in our picture by Denise Price) who financially supported our new extension meeting room/darkroom. As can be seen from the picture the room looks very good. The decorating was done by volunteers from the Coop, the cabinets were expertly constructed by Mr. Long. I am sure you will agree: the finished results are great and have made a big difference to us.

Venture Arts First Steering Group Meeting

Barry Finan

Darren Gallagher

Evelyn Cordingley

Stephen Murray

It was a good days work. Present at our meeting were Barry Finan, Darren Gallagher, Evelyn Cordingley and last but not least Stephen Murray. We had all come together to deliberate how best to ensure the exhibition at the Lowry would have a smooth opening. What kind of food would we have? Who would we invite? How to get there? How to make the opening even better than last years. Some of the suggestions that were made and implemented were;. Volunteers should have a badge or a tee shirt; Invite a Coronation Street star; Make a book of the exhibition; Specific volunteer jobs were appointed. Thanks to the team for their great input which led to such a successful launch.


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Venture Arts Artist in the Spotlight Part 2 Terry Williams Terry has been attending Venture Arts since 1997. Terry has cultivated many skills over that time. Some of Terry's achievements over that time are; printmaking, making textile cubes, papermaking, digital photography and pinhole photography. Terry has made many friends over that time but for a certainty his best friend is Horace Lindezey. Horace and Terry have a regular comedy routine where they both play characters in an old TV sitcom. Their repartee is much appreciated by many here at Venture Arts. Everybody loves Terry and we love seeing some of the great work he has made. As can be seen from his work Terry has a special fondness for animals Terry Williams in a nautical mood

Meet Rachel Jones our new Admin Assistant From January 4th we are very happy to welcome Rachel Jones to Venture Arts. She is to fill the brand new post of administrative assistant.. Rachel works Mon-Fri 5days per week 9.00 –2.30pm. Rachel comes to us from her previous job at Choicequip in Handforth, Cheshire, where Rachel provided a very valuable role in providing disability equipment to the NHS and private suppliers. Rachel has a keen interest in the arts she has an MA in Photographic Studies as well as a BA {Hons} in American Studies. She has organised and installed exhibitions during her MA, as well as being involved in a creative writing anthology.. Already Rachel has proved herself to be invaluable and we look forward to receiving the many benefits of her expertise over the coming months. Rachel Jones photographed by Horace Lindezey


Newsletter - Spring 2010