Venture Arts

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For over 20 years Venture Arts has been providing a positive space in which learning disabled people make great art and play a valued role in the region’s vibrant and diverse culture. Our unique artistic programme includes a wide variety of artist-led projects, and we showcase the work of artists in large collaborative exhibitions in some of the region’s most prestigious arts venues.

Being a part of Venture Arts enriches people’s lives not only through the learning and participation but also through giving people new cultural experiences: seeing the work of other artists, participating in exhibitions, visiting and working in museums and galleries, making great art and collaborating with others.

Our Studio and Artistic Programme

Our fully accessible art studio is based in Hulme, close to Manchester city centre. The studio has a fun, welcoming and social atmosphere and is a stimulating place to learn and perfect artistic talents.​ 

Open 6 days a week, we offer inclusive, professional arts projects in photography, illustration, ceramics, 3D, textiles, animation, film, printmaking, mixed media and more.​​ 

Our programme is developed and led by professional artists, for all abilities and interests.

We aim to give each participant new and progressive experiences of art and the creative process. Using the latest software and equipment also allows artists with learning disabilities to develop professional technical artistic skills. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lydia Burke
Contact Position
Project Coordinator
0161 232 1223 0161 232 1223
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Where to go

Venture Arts
43, Old Birley Street
M15 5RF
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We are located in the Work for Change building in Hulme, in a fully accessible building with wheelchair access and a disabled toilet.  Please note that we do not have a hoist and are unable to provide personal care.  Those with personal care needs must bring their own support with them.

We are next to Manchester Metropolitan University Birley campus on Old Birley street.


Bus routes: From Manchester city centre, the number 86 bus runs from Picadilly bus station to approximately 50 metres away from Venture Arts.


Associated Cost
Adults workshops £18 per session (10-12 or 1-3) or £35 per day Yong peoples workshops £10 per session


Age Ranges
Referral Details

Referrals are not required and parents/ carers/ potential participants can contact Lydia directly by calling Venture Arts on 0161 232 1223 or emailing

From there we would invite the person and their parent/ carer in to come and have a look around the studio when a session is happening.  Then we would discuss their interests, what they would like to learn at Venture Arts and look at placing them on an appropriate art programme.

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