Ancoats Visual Arts
Manchester’s most welcoming creative arts organisation is for everyone who loves creative arts and crafts.
Ancoats Visual Arts is a Manchester based creative arts organisation offering a range of community focused visual arts groups, classes and tailor-made projects. Our passion is our belief that the visual arts is a powerful transformative element in enabling people to make positive improvements in their health, well-being, self confidence and self-awareness, that creates positive personal and community change.
Be Creative studio sessions(peer-supported, weekly)
Our Be Creative Studio sessions are a welcoming, friendly, inclusive and supportive arts club for everyone who enjoys arts and crafts. We welcome absolute-beginners – all you need is a passion to get involved.
“ 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.”
“ Glad I went, found it inspiring. ”
“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.”
“ Very friendly and welcoming, would recommend to art enthusiasts of any level. ”
Be Creative studio-sessions are peer-supported sessions for drawing, painting or crafting in a supportive, relaxed and encouraging studio environment. Enjoy support from a friendly group of amateur-artists and see your enjoyment and confidence grow as you gain new ideas and learn new techniques. Make the Be Creative sessions a regular weekly event in your life.
Every Be Creative studio-session is about enjoying 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.
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.
Attend these sessions if you love arts and crafts and support a community spirit
The Art for Leisure courses consist of 2 artist-led classes where participants will enjoy teaching from an experienced community artist.
Participants will also have the option to attend a free Be Creative studio-session to continue, to encourage them to start attending Ancoats Visual Arts on a regular basis and embrace creativity into their lives.
Each Art for Leisure course will introduce participants to a new art or craft technique giving them plenty of time to relax, learn, experiment, and go home amazed at what they have created. Great for everyone – no previous experience needed.
The Art for Leisure Course includes:
2 x artist-led classes which are taught by an experienced community artist, with a relaxed atmosphere so everyone can learn at their own pace – no-one will be left behind as all levels of experience will be supported and encouraged.
1 optional peer-supported studio-session where you can continue your arts and crafts projects at your own pace.
Book these courses if you have a group of 6-10 participants wanting to learn new arts and crafts skills
Tailor-made school + community projects are planned to meet the needs of your group and community. Our projects address a wide variety of community needs enabling people who do not usually access the creative arts to discover new talents, skills and creativity to encourage self-pride and a greater sense of well-being. Our School + Community arts projects encourage, nurture, teach and inspire.
With over 25 years experience of working with Schools + Communities our projects enable everyone to access the visual arts, get involved, feel supported and be able to make startling discoveries that may lead to life-enhancing changes.
We believe in conversation: working together to make things happen. From raising funds, to planning project ideas, to delivering outcomes that matter to individuals.
Contact me if you believe the creative arts has the power to facilitate change
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
- Be Creative Studio-sessions
Creative Art Courses supports AVA with
- Creative and organisational guidance and support
- AVA funding structure details >
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- Sharing artwork images
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“Firstly it was a very supportive and relaxed environment. Brian was very positive about your work. I feel very enthusiastic about continuing my art outside the class.”
“A very enjoyable experience where I learned so much. Brian is a great tutor and the environment is inspiring. I’ve learnt how to structure drawings but also how to find my own style.”
“Extremely informative and challenging. The textures exercise was particularly good fun.