Be Creative studio-sessions


Manchester’s most welcoming creative arts organisation, Ancoats Visual Arts, runs weekly Be Creative studio-sessions suitable for everyone who loves creative arts and crafts. No previous experience is required to join.

The Be Creative studio-sessions are peer-supported.  Enjoy support from a friendly group of amateur-artists and see your enjoyment and confidence grow. Choose your own projects – drawing, painting or crafting – and enjoy them in a supportive, relaxed and encouraging studio environment. 

We meet in a beautiful art studio close to Manchester city centre. 
Access by car, metro and bus is really easy. 
Click here for directions


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

“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

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

“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

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





bring your own materials

Weekly, through the year

12 – 3pm

Adult, Absolute-beginner, Beginner, Improver, Intermediate

Check availability on

Be Creative Studio-sessions


Bring your own materials. 

Visit our Pinterest board for inspiration and ideas for projects
Pinterest ideas board

Click the green Materials to bring tab
to see some suggestions.

Supportive environment

Enjoy a variety of arts and crafts – it’s up to you!  We are happy to take suggestions from group members for different group projects and happier still if a member would like to take the lead for specific sessions.

Join Ancoats Visual Arts and enjoy being creative, improve your artistic-confidence, and enhance your art and craft skills.

Well-being | Arts + Crafts | 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. This group allows you the freedom to develop in your own direction, at a leisurely pace that will ensure you maximise your enjoyment.

  • Bring your own materials:
    Some suggestions are;

    1. Chalk and oil pastels
    2. Acrylic or water colour paints
    3. paper collage materials and glue
    4. Pencils, pencil crayons, or Charcoal
    5. Knitting, crocheting, rag rugs

    Other useful items to bring
    Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
    Rag (old cloth) for mopping up spills
    Wear old clothes or bring an apron
    Pen and notebook for new ideas

  • Group Size
    Min 3 – Max 12

    Tea, coffee & biscuits by donation (50p per cup).
    Or provide your own.
    Please provide your own lunch if you require it.

  • Be Creative studio-sessions are peer-led and are organised and run by group members.  There is no tutor so it is essential that group members are thoughtful, supportive, encouraging and friendly towards each other.

  • Find out about previous Be Creative sessions on Ancoats Visual Arts’ Page

    Facebook Page

  • Future dates


About AVA

AVA is an informal community group

  • the group aims to support members, and encourage the wider community, to embrace creativity and art into their lives.
  • the group relies on much-valued, passionate + dedicated volunteers to lead peer-supported sessions.
  • the group offers members different ways of getting involved
    • Be Creative studio-sessions 
    • Art for Leisure courses
    • Art Critique + open discussion
    • Bespoke tailor-made community arts projects

Creative Art Courses supports AVA with platform is used for

  • Memberships signup
  • Membership communication + Noticeboard
  • Sharing artwork images

Attend these sessions if you love arts and crafts, and offering mutual friendly support.

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