Ruth, Dave, Pam, Alison, Becky, Nathan and Nick
Pool Arts would like to say a massive Thank You to National Lottery Players. We have received grant funding from Arts Council England’s Covid-19 Emergency Funding which ensures that we will be able return to our Art Studio after the lockdown is over, having maintained creative activity with all our artist members.
We are developing creative projects together online and via Mail Art. We are looking to the future positively and planning ahead, despite the unfortunate situation that means we cant yet meet face to face in our lovely studio as we would wish.
We send our condolences to anyone who has been adversely affected by the pandemic and particularly for anyone bereaved at this time. We send our thanks to Lottery Players, without whom the grant would not be possible, and to everyone who as key workers have cared for people in hospitals and for us all locked down in the community.
Cost starts at £160/month inc wi-fi and 24hr access
Please contact us for details and join our waiting list. We usually have one or two vacancies each year, but currently no studios available (December 2019)
You may also be interested in using our large studio for meetings , one off workshops etc for a small fee. Contact us to discuss
Some of the work from our Blake exhibition October 2019
Preview Thursday 3rd October 5-9pm All Welcome
3rd – 12th October 2019 (Weds/Thurs/Fri/Sat) 2-6pm
Workshop: Make your own lino print date:
Thursday 10th October 4:30-6:30pm (please contact to book, places limited)
The Horsfall, 87 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 5AG
The poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827) lived his life in poverty and received very little recognition during his own lifetime. He was considered at best an eccentric and at worst a madman by the critics of the time. However, a few dedicated followers preserved much his prolific work and he is now considered one of the most important British artists of all time, influencing art, literature and music from the Pre-Raphaelites to Patti Smith.
For this exhibition at Horsfall, Pool Arts researched the life, work and influence of William Blake and wondered what relevance he might have to our own experiences. Certainly we live in a time of political change and upheaval. Blake saw visions throughout his life that influenced his art but he was also an Enlightenment radical who contemplated the American and French revolutions; questioned religions and challenged dominant ideologies that he felt stifled imagination and the human spirit.
In this exhibition, our artists have looked at Blake’s biography, his art and poetry and from there created new work. What is Truth? Blake searched for a spiritual truth and found it rooted in imagination. Then as now, the fight between different Truths shaped the world. The exhibition features thoughtful responses from the Pool Arts artists, including; Alan S’s large scale painted installations, Paul Richards’ sensitive works of visionary mythologies and Roger Howard’s work exploring current political concerns. Becky Mary’s print “Quotation” perhaps sums up how difficult it has been to really understand the work of William Blake, deciphering a history through second and thirdhand research, viewing one of the Fathers of the modern age in art, from the perspective of a Post-Truth age.
Contributing Artists include: Another Adele, Akinyemi Oludele, Annette Ebanks
Becky Mary, Alison Kershaw, Alan S, Simon Mawdsley, I. Baron, Lee Hadfield, David Speers, Ruqia Artiste, Roger Howard, Eddie Price, Tess Lomas.
Join Us for a weekend of art and fun as part of Manifest
Our title reflects the determination of an organisation run by and for its artists to survive todays slings and arrows of austerity
This year we are opening up our studio for you to see behind the scenes, as well as current work from members which will be exhibited in our corridor gallery, a sneak peak of work in progress for our exhibition on William Blake coming up later in the year and the chance to buy some Pool Arts original work.
Pool Arts opened their current Ardwick studio in March 2017 to provide affordable space and opportunities for artists in Manchester who face barriers to practice including support through mentoring and exhibition opportunities. We run an associate scheme and have 5 self contained studios licenses, which allows us to offer a subsidised rate for our members.
Pool Arts Associates: Manyi Takor, Timothy Guvercin, Danny Cameron and Alison Kershaw work alongside members and studio mentor Lisa Risbec in their Ardwick studios.
Pool Arts members include: Annette Ebanks, Simon Mawdsley, I.Baron, Alan S, Roger Howard, Lauren W, Opitz Price, Lee Hadfield, Nathan Aiyen Sassen, Paul Richards, Dave Speers, Ruqia Artiste, Traë England-Shortt, Akinyemi Oludele and Becky Mary.
Why not visit the Manifest Website for more information – watch this space for more details about our open studio
We are delighted to be cultural partners this year with Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair
The North’s Favourite Art Fair
12-14 October at Manchester Central
Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair is the most prestigious art fair in the North. Over 120
galleries and artists will be selling thousands of modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture,
photography and editioned prints at a wide range of prices.
Your ticket to Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair also includes entry to The Manchester Contemporary. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council, The Manchester Contemporary, now in its tenth year, takes a uniquely artist-focused approach, inviting the most exciting international and UK galleries to participate
The Manchester Contemporary
Bringing leading international and UK contemporary art to Manchester
12-14 October at Manchester Central
Now in its tenth year, The Manchester Contemporary takes a uniquely artist-focused approach, inviting the most exciting international and UK galleries to participate. With careful selection and bold curatorial vision, The Manchester Contemporary showcases the strength of the UK’s regional artists and galleries alongside key international presentations that can only be seen in Manchester.
Our next exhibition is at our little SHED gallery in #Levenshulme on 18/8 at Tonbridge Road Allotment with paintings by Simon and 2nd hand Art Book Sale @ManifestArts @ArtStudio01 @mcrconfidential @levinspire @BBCRadioManc @arts4health @EngagedArtNet pic.twitter.com/T6yFC6NnXm
It’s Sunday! Time for art! Some gorgeous paintings on display (and some for sale) at our Open Studio today - join us at 18-20 Grosvenor Street (at the end near A6, a 10 mins walk from Piccadilly rail station) @ManifestArts #manifestarts19 Look Forward to seeing you pic.twitter.com/027AuoWA1L
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