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Venture Arts presents… A showcase of new art work from artists working at supported studios across the UK

19 Oct 2017

Following on from a successful exhibition last year, Venture Arts returns to The Manchester Contemporary from Friday 27 October until Sunday 29 October at the Manchester Convention Centre.

This year the space – run in partnership with Castlefield Gallery - has been curated collaboratively between two young and emerging curators, James Desser (Venture Arts) and Tom Emery (Castlefield Gallery Associate) and features significant new art work from digital photography and illustration to ceramics and sculpture from found objects.

Submissions came from a wealth of artists working at studios run by ActionSpace in London and Project Ability in Glasgow, as well as artists working from the Venture Arts studios in Manchester.

The exhibit includes Man Climbing Ladder; a large scale sculptural piece built with ‘buried treasure’ salvaged from ordinary places by artist Andrew Omoding. It will also be the first showing of DEARR CHHRRISSTINNE by Barry Anthony Finan (a returning artist from last years’ show) which is a series of porcelain prints taking Finan’s passion for writing to explore writing as a way of mark making. Prolific artist and RSA fellow Cameron Morgan has several art works in the show, including screenprint The Three Stooges and iconic ceramic pieces Mobile and Ring Tone.

Artists exhibited are: Cameron Morgan; Barry Anthony Finan; Luca Agathogli; Jennie Franklin; Ahmed Mohammed; David James; Andrew Omoding and Robert Dixon.


James Desser, co-curator said: “This is a new experience for me, as it is my first time curating an exhibition. It was a challenge to make decisions about which art works to display, as in terms of quality they were all fantastic. So Tom and I went with our intuition on the pieces we felt were truly striking and would work best to show the diversity of art work that is produced by artists labelled ‘learning disabled’.”

Amanda Sutton, Director at Venture Arts said: “It is extremely important that diverse artists are represented at high profile contemporary arts events like The Manchester Contemporary. It’s great to be back after such a great show last year, the feedback was fantastic and we sold work too! This year we wanted to take the opportunity to showcase art work by learning disabled artists from across the UK to show the breadth and diversity of talent within our field. I am delighted that the show is being co-curated by one of our artists too; it’s that collaboration between people that is so important to us’.”

For more information please contact Emma Bosworth or Katherine Long at emma@venturearts.org / katherine@venturearts.org or call 0161 232 1223

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