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Ancoats Visual Arts

Drawing, painting, mixed-media, craft
The weekly AVA group aims to support the residents of Ancoats and Greater Manchester pursue their passion for creativity and community togetherness.

Membership
Everyone interested in arts + crafts is welcome to join. No previous experience is required.
The AVA group, more affectively known as Ava, is led by the amazing volunteers. 
Members will enjoy peer-support from a friendly group of amateur artists.

Creativity + Friendship
Members can bring their own projects to work on or join in with group projects. Either way members have the space to enjoy themselves in a supportive, relaxed and encouraging studio environment.

All welcome

suitable for
beginners  – experienced

Creative Wellbeing

create friendships
improve your art

Member benefits

attendance rewards
course discounts

Studio venue

Hope Mill
Ancoats, M4

BOOK NOW 

Prior booking is essential. No cash payments will be accepted in the studio. 

March

£4.35

Bring your own materials

Wednesday (2020)

12 – 3pm

All welcome

The art group will resume after Coronavirus

Join the waiting list if sold out
Contact me

April

£4.35

Bring your own materials

Wednesday (2020)

12 – 3pm

All welcome

The art group will resume after Coronavirus

Join the waiting list if sold out
Contact me

May

£4.35

Bring your own materials

Wednesday (2020)

12 – 3pm

All welcome

More dates coming soon

The art group will resume after Coronavirus

Join the waiting list if sold out
Contact me

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AVA Group details

Passion for positivity
Our passion is our belief that when people get involved in the visual arts together, it has the power to inspire, transform, and heal individuals and communities; instilling a greater sense of wellbeing, mental health, self-confidence, self-awareness and positivity.

Creative studio environment
The Gallery studio where the art group meet is inspiring, with views across Ancoats towards the city centre.  Our beloved Hope Mill is a Grade 2* building from the heart of the Industrial Revolution that continues to support industriousness, creativity and innovation. 

Well-being + Friendship
We understand everyone loves arts and crafts for different reasons. Most members join us for leisure, to find out more about arts and crafts, make new friends or improve their general well-being. Whatever activity you are involved in we recognise and celebrate individuality and support members in developing in their own direction, at a leisurely pace that will ensure they maximise their enjoyment.

Every member is guaranteed supportive encouragement within a relaxed and inclusive studio environment.

Its your art group
Ancoats Visual Arts is about enjoying a variety of arts and crafts activities – it’s up to you!  We love it when members get involved, sharing their passions and ideas and contributing to help the group grow. There is no tutor so it is essential that group members are thoughtful, supportive, encouraging and friendly towards each other.

Course discounts for members
AVA group members who attend regularly can enjoy a 10%  discount off Mid-week daytime courses offered by Creative Art Courses. T+C’s apply >

Ancoats Visual Arts is here to support individual creative growth.

Beginner –  Improver – Intermediate – Experienced.
Everyone is welcome.

What do the group members think?

“ A great way to socialise and share idea/tips with other life drawers. Always enjoy this event! ” Gem

“Glad I went, found it inspiring. ” Charmaine B

“ Very friendly and welcoming, would recommend to art enthusiasts of any level. ” Dave H

 

 

“I have come to Ancoats Visual Arts almost every week. Working in a group with other artists challenges me to improve my drawing and painting skills. I benefit from sharing thoughts and ideas with like minded people in a friendly and informal atmosphere. I have been able to look at aspects of my practice in different ways and I hope to expand on this.” Caroline J

“A regular welcoming group in a funky building where like minded people exchange ideas, have a rant, release their creativity and laugh. I would like to see it grow into a bigger group so that more can share.” Gerry R

AVA helpful info

CREATIVE RESOURCES

Creativity, learning and inspiration needs to continue away from my studio. Boost your creative learning at home with freely available resources.  The art lessons and challenges are great ways to supplement the learning experiences students have in my studio.
Private tuition is always available to support you with the projects.

Art Magazine >

Browse the Art Magazine section to read about a range of art related topics.
Read tips and tricks in drawing and painting, exhibitions,
book reviews, and even a bit of art theory.

 

Art Lessons >

Select the Art lesson that’s perfect for you.
Follow the step-by-step lessons and learn new skills and techniques.
Learn some of the same topics taught in the studio.  

Art Challenges >

Select the Art Challenge that’s perfect for you. 
Be inspired with Art Challenges full of great ideas for projects at home.
Choose between drawing, painting or mixed-media.  

It’s the one I want!

There’s a lot more to choose from …

6 Comments

  1. Margaret
    5 September 2019 @ 9:02 pm

    Hi Im very interested in your beginning to draw and paint classes but I haven’t done anything since school and am VERY much a beginner. Would this course be suitable for me ?

    Reply

    • artfulantics
      11 September 2019 @ 9:00 pm

      HI Margaret. Yes, this course will be perfect as it is especially for absolute-beginners with lots of 1:1 teaching and lots of support and guidance.
      Best regards. Brian

      Reply

  2. Liam
    26 November 2018 @ 5:51 pm

    Hi,

    My name is Liam and me and my mum are really interested to join some local art classes.

    We found the Be creative classes by Ancoats in your centre.

    I saw that it requires 18+ members. I am 16, is there any possibility for me to join the class?

    My Best,
    Liam

    Reply

    • artfulantics
      26 November 2018 @ 6:46 pm

      Hi Liam
      Good to hear from you and your mom. Unfortunately I am unable to reduce the joining age to under 18 and the group can only welcome adults over 18 years old. Sorry about that – I know 16 is a difficult age to find an art class but try the Z Arts centre in Hulme. All the best, Brian

      Reply

  3. Rose
    13 March 2017 @ 6:40 pm

    Hi
    Please call me to book for a class for my daughter &me.
    For 2 people she is 13 years.
    Call me on 07473007272

    Reply

    • artfulantics
      14 March 2017 @ 5:48 am

      HI Rose
      Thanks for contacting me. Unfortunately I only teach students 18+ years old. Try contacting the Z centre in Hulme for childrens art classes. Hope this helps. Best regards, Brian

      Reply

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