Ancoats Visual Arts

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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.

Art for Leisure courses (book-on-request)
Our studio-based Art for Leisure courses can be booked-on-request by groups.

School + Community projects(bespoke artist-led)
Organisations can work in partnership with ourselves to plan bespoke School + Community arts projects around specific issues or events.


“ 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



per artist

Be Creative Studio-sessions are:
Single stand-alone sessions.
Book as-and-when you wish to attend.

  • Cost: £4.35 per single studio-session
  • Days: Wednesdays, weekly through the year
  • Times: 12-3pm
  • Art Materials: Bring your own


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.

Supportive environment

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


per participant

Courses includes:
2 x Artist-led taught classes 
Optional attendance at a Be Creative studio-sessions (free)

  • Cost: £57 per course
  • Day options: Mon, Tues, Thurs or Fri
  • Time options: 10 – 12.30 or 1.30-4pm
  • Art Materials: All materials provided


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.

Supportive teaching

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.

Relaxed learning

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

Creating in partnership

Tailor-made projects

School + Community projects:

  • Day options: Mon, Tues, Thurs or Fri
  • Time options: 10 – 12.30 or 1.30-4pm
  • Art Materials: All materials provided


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.

Removing barriers

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.

Partnership working

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

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

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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.”
Chris B

“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.”
Chris C

“Extremely informative and challenging.  The textures exercise was particularly good fun. 
Stephen C


  1. Liam
    26 November 2018 @ 5:51 pm


    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,


    • 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


  2. Rose
    13 March 2017 @ 6:40 pm

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


    • 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


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