Members can bring their own projects to work on or join in with group projects. There are loads of interesting objects and plants to draw as well as captivating views from the windows to inspire members. There are inspiration folders on the bookshelf full of creative project ideas for those days when members arrive without knowing what to do, along with a choice of books about artists, materials and techniques to offer further inspiration.
Either way members have the space to enjoy themselves in a supportive, relaxed and encouraging studio environment.
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.
We love it when people attend regularly and make a commitment to the group and their own creativity. We are happy to offer AVA group members who attend regularly added benefits. Details + info >
Ancoats Visual Arts is here to support individual creative growth.
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What do the group members think?
“ A great way to socialise and share idea/tips with other life drawers. Always enjoy this event! ” Gem
“ Very friendly and welcoming, would recommend to art enthusiasts of any level. ” Dave H
“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
“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