Venture Arts specialises in visual arts, running hundreds of inclusive arts workshops every year which support learning disabled people to play a valued role within the contemporary arts world. Our professional arts studio in Manchester provides a bright, lively and welcoming environment for people to produce quality artwork.
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.
Ceramics plays a key role in our workshops and we run six classes a week form our studio in Hulme and often run outreach projects in the local community. Clay is a fantastic tool for creative engagement and lots of our participants love working with it to create fuctional and sculptural works. However we are in desperate need of a new kiln to continue with our ceramic work.
As a small charity we have limited funds, space and resources and our last kiln was given to us by a school who were replacing it with a new one. We have had it for approximately 6 years, and it is sadly no longer reaching the temperature required to fire our ceramics. Without our own kiln we would have to pay firing costs to an external company, which is not within our budget and therefore puts us at risk of losing our ceramic classes all together.