Ancoats Visual Arts

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Manchester’s most welcoming creative art club is for everyone who loves creative arts and crafts. 

Ancoats Visual Arts is a Manchester based creative art club.  Join if you are looking for an art club that is welcoming, friendly, inclusive and supports everyone who enjoys arts and crafts.  We welcome absolute-beginners – all you need is a passion to get involved. Improve your health and wellbeing, make new friends, and get creative by becoming a member of Ancoats Visual Arts. Attend either of our art sessions: 


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

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

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



Art for Leisure courses includes:

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

  • Cost: £55 per course
  • Days: Friday
  • Times: 10 – 12.30pm
  • Art Materials: All materials provided


The Art for Leisure courses consist of 2 artist-led sessions where you will enjoy teaching from an experienced community artist. 
You will also have the option to attend 2 free Be Creative studio-sessions to continue working on your art and craft project, to encourage you to start attending Ancoats Visual Arts on a regular basis.

Supportive teaching

Each Art for Leisure course will introduce you to a new art or craft technique giving you plenty of time to relax, learn, experiment, and go home amazed at what you 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.
2 x optional peer-supported studio-sessions where you can continue your arts and crafts projects at your own pace.

Book these courses if you want to learn new arts and crafts skills


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.

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

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

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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