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Pool Arts forthcoming exhibition Dreaming Of New York is coming in July

We are bringing a world famous artist and performer Penny Arcade (left) to Manchester. Our artists will be meeting Penny and she will be taking part in the exhibition and doing a performance at a Dinner Party we are hosting at HOME

If you can help us raise the last bit of funding we need to make this venture a real success, please follow this link to our Wefund site.


Thanks – we really appreciate your help. And look forward to seeing you at the exhibition! (see details below)

Dreaming Of New York

exhibition poster

Dreaming of New York

Pool Arts featuring Penny Arcade

The CIA and Abstract Expressionism? A Situationist-style Derive of Ancoats? surreal Elvis? Queer Culture?

Visit Horsfall Space at 42nd street during Manchester International Festival and see Pool Arts art exhibition on the links between Art / Manchester and New York City.

Join us for special events, meet the fabulous Penny Arcade and enjoy an Independence Day Barbecue and  our famous bagels!


Horsfall Space at 42nd Street Based on Great Ancoats Street, Horsfall is under renovation in this innovative historic quarter

A creative hub for 42nd Street, a charity supporting young people under stress. Opening in April 2016 and housing our creative programme.

Manchester | UK

New York became the centre of the art world following the second world war – but  what does the idea of America mean to us now, in a shifting geopolitical landscape?

This exhibition conceived by Pool Arts, Manchester’s other arts organisation, sees each artist exploring and researching their responses to the idea of New York City.

Work includes drawing, painting, installation, performance, sculpture and a Situationist map-guided “derive” of Ancoats.

We proudly present the work of performance artist Penny Arcade direct from NYC via Edinburgh. Penny famously collaborated with Andy Warhol. She will be showing her video New York Voices and making a live appearance at the closing afternoon party for the exhibition on Sunday 19th July. She will be meeting Pool Arts members and guests in Manchester at a special dinner at HOME, Manchester’s newest Internationally Art Centre


We are part of MANIFEST

Introduction to digital photography with Pool Arts

11156357_10153305700690229_1281914511972537840_nWe are hosting one day digital photography workshops in February, April and May 2015
During the workshops you will be introduced to the basics of using your digital camera / phone, saving files to the computer and a little about photoshop. This is aimed at those who really have very little experience of using digital media.
There are limited places available for non-Pool Arts members
Cost £15/day
dates to be announced, but please express your interest via an email

Art mentoring for artists in Manchester

Are you an artist in the Manchester area that has experienced mental health needs? If so you may be eligible to take part in a limited number of mentoring sessions with Pool Arts. Our experienced mentor, James Bloomfield offers one to one sessions where you can show your portfolio, discuss how to progress with your practice and explore opportunities that may be available to you. You will also find out more about Pool Arts and the benefits of becoming a member. We are offering up to two mentor sessions per person for a small fee on a first come first served basis. Just e.mail us a short paragraph about yourself and why you would like mentoring and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Sessions take place in our central Manchester studio facility from February 2015
Cost £10 (for up to two sessions)

Broken Grey Wires

We are proud to have been invited to get involved with Broken Grey Wires, a new and interesting project from artist Lizz Brady which highlight the links between contemporary visual art and mental health issues.

“Support has come from across the contemporary art scene, including the Turner Prize nominee, David Shrigley, alongside internationally acclaimed cutting-edge artists, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Magda Archer, Ryan Trecartin, Stuart Semple and The Vacuum Cleaner who will be exhibiting in the physical exhibitions as well as in the online repository of work dedicated to mental health in contemporary art.
Organisational support for the project has also been overwhelming and has come from all sectors of society, including the mental health charity Manchester Mind, Time to Change, Everton in the Community, The Pipe Factory in Glasgow and the Early Intervention Psychosis Service in Manchester, as well as numerous galleries across the UK.

Broken Grey Wires welcomes you to explore mental health in contemporary art and invites you to look around, create and enjoy our bright, new world.”

The project has its own website which you can visit here:
Broken Grey Wires

Artist and Curators Talks last chance to see!

During Furiously Mad exhibition, Pool Artists have been giving talks about their work at People’s History Museum. The final one will be this Thursday 19th June at 2pm. Just turn up or book via the Museum Website.

AGM Thursday 3 July 2014

Our AGM will be held at 4pm on Thursday 3rd July at Federation House Studios (5th Floor) All Welcome – please contact us if you wish to attend.

The business of the day will be to present the Annual Report / Accounts and election of Trustees.

Funding Success

Pool Arts have secured grants towards their forthcoming 2015 programme for members and other artists with mental health needs: we will be offering mentoring in how to develop as an artist and training in how to get involved in running the organisation – from learning how to do the book keeping, to running meetings, going along to training, promoting exhibitions and projects as well as developing an individual’s own arts practice and developing a new group project “Dreaming Of New York” culminating in a major exhibition next year

We would like to thank
Arts Council England
Awards for All

Furiously Mad – 300 Years of Legal Insanity

We have been successful in securing Heritage Lottery Funding for our latest project –  Furiously Mad – 300 years of Legal Insanity.
In 1714, Parliament passed a law that for the first time allowed for the legal detention of people ‘Of little or no estates, who by lunacy, or otherwise, are furiously mad’. Pool Arts wish to commemorate this event, and subsequent milestones in the history of mental health care, mainly in England and Wales. We would aim to do this in two ways – by presenting excerpts from this history in both graphical and textual forms. Alongside this, we would, as individual artists use various media to explore the issues raised by this history. This would include responses informed by archival research as well as personal experience in this field.
The exhibition will open at the Peoples History Museum in April 2014 and run until the 30th June 2014. Watch this space.

Furiously Mad exhibition at People’s History Museum

Our exhibition at People’s History Museum Manchester launched on Saturday 5th April 2014. All are welcome to join us to celebrate the culmination of our research in to the legal history and surrounding debates about the incarceration of those people labelled as ‘Furiously Mad” in 1714, through to more recent developments in the treatment of the “Mentally Ill”

The show features an interactive timeline, a route through the legal developments and art works created specifically by individual Pool artists in response to the subject. We will also have a brief pamphlet about the artists, and some artefacts and research that we’ve examined.

dates: 2 April 2014 — 6 July 2014 – please check your date with the museum before travelling as the community gallery is unfortunately occassionally closed for corporate events

launch day – all welcome!  Saturday 5th April  1.00 – 3.30pm

Artist / Curator Talks  24/4, 9/5, 19/6  2.00pm-2.45 (guided tour of the show by artists and curator)

Ruqia: Moonatic Performances 5/4, 1/5 22/5  2.30

Trae: Stone of Folly Performances 5/4  3pm , 22/5  1pm, 12/6 2pm


Dr Ivan Leudar : Voices in History 8/5 2pm

Dr Helen Spandler : Alternative Psychiatry and Asylum Magazine  5/6 2pm