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

Funding Success

Great news on funding for Pool Arts for 2015

Introduction to digital photography with Pool Arts

learn the basics of Digital Photography with Pool Arts Spring 2015

Arts Mentoring for artists in Manchester

mentoring for artists in Manchester with Pool Arts from February 2015

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 3rd July

  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.

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 […]

Furiously Mad exhibition at People’s History Museum

ur up coming exhibition at Peoples History Museum Manchester launches 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”

New Project – 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 […]

The Vicky workshops at VB Fanzine fair

In May, Pool Arts were invited to create a new issue of the Vicky Fanzine and to also ran free to the public lino print-making workshops during the day itself. All hands were on deck as a steady stream of visitors took part. Pool Arts members gained experience of running the stall; working directly with […]

Through Their Eyes: Imran Baron

[Show as slideshow] Imran Baron exhibited work at “On The 8th Day” , Manchester’s iconic Vegetarian Restaurant during July this year. Imran’s work comprises small ink drawings and acrylic painting. These striking and colourful surreal images made an eyecatching display in the cafe.

Simon Mawdsley: Atmosphere , Barnaby Festival

Artist Simon Mawdsley exhibited at his own studio space as part of The Barnaby Festival in Macclesfield. His work included large reproductions of his “mind map” series about Madchester and Macclesfield in the late 80s He also showed his expressionistic paintings and photographs taken in Macclesfield.

Our Next Exhibition

Watch this space to hear about our next exhibition! We cant say too much, but we are hopeful that it will be our first Blockbuster! We’ve been working together on the initial ideas and you should expect to see the results in a city centre venue near you next year!

Survey Results add to our research

Earlier this year, we ran a survey to find out what artists in the Manchester area needed, particularly when they had experienced a mental health issue. This contributed to our evaluation report, which also included feedback from current participants. Around 30 people responded, via a survey monkey questionnaire, and on a paper equivalent. Here are […]


Artist James Bloomfield works as a mentor for Pool Arts. If you need someone to talk to about your art, joining Pool Arts gives you access to his expertise! James can help people to identify the next steps in the development of your art work and your skills. He works with you to identify opportunities […]

Awards for All grant

Thanks to Awards for All, we can now offer Pool Arts members and participants one to one mentoring sessions. Mentoring sessions allow you to think about your art work, think about and talk about how you aim to develop your skills. The bookable sessions are for one hour, or more if required. So far we […]

Inspire Arts and Craft Market, Levenshulme

Pool Arts participants and members worked through Novemebr to create a series of saleable products for our first ever sale of goods. Cards, Bags, framed prints and “burglar” door stops were among the variety. We raised a fair amount of cash for the coffers but more importantly, everyone gained experience of producing items, arranging and […]

Inspire Art Market – Levenshulme

On Saturday 1st December I took part in the Pool Arts craft fair at INSPIRE in Levenshulme. We had a great day and sold lots of work. I was extremely pleased with the prints that I produced for the exhibition. This is one of a sign in Longsight.

People’s History Museum

Manchester based Pool Arts are excited about the opportunity to exhibit new artwork at the People’s History Museum,. Visual artists have taken part in researching the museum’s collections and archives to develop their own poster designs, inspired by the current Picturing Politics Changing Exhibition. Visits to the museum have included talks, tours and research with museum […]

Enabling Income Generation in The Arts

Pool Arts encourages members to get involved in running Pool Arts by attending various events and conferences. This event, run by Bolton Council Arts Development brought together different organisations looking at the current crisis for arts funding. Simon, Alan and Jim took part in workshops and discussions, and learnt about useful resources in the city.

Training to be a Management Committee

Whilst Pool Arts have been holding monthly management meetings for over 10 years, its always good to refresh those skills and encourage new people to take on more responsibilities. Over two afternoons, everyone attended an enjoyable course, tailor made for Pool Arts by Manchester Community Central. This voluntary sector support organisation provide advice and guidance […]

Up My Street

People travelled from across Manchester to view the exhibition Up My Street last weekend. Around 30 people turned out for the opening night, despite the damp weather and more visitors dropped in at the weekend, including allotment holders and art lovers alike! There were some prints available for sale, with all proceeds going towards Pool […]

A selection of sketches from 2011


If you or someone you know is an artist who happens to experience mental health needs or emotional distress, please take time to fill in this short (quick) survey about the support that such artists might need in order to continue their art practice. Please forward to any contacts you think would be interested take […]

Eddie Price A Retrospective Exhibition

25 Years a Retrospective Prolific Manchester Artist Edward William Price has been working tirelessly to create his own inimitable style. A blend of traditional woodcuts, graphic arts and xerographic prints form the foundation of a body of work that spans a quarter of a century. The process starts with an idea or visioning, rooted deeply […]

Work In Progress. Open Studio March 2012

Ten artists exhibited in the Open Studio show last week. Over 200 visitors attended and the Mill was full of people, bands, good energy and music.. .


Pool Arts members can now arrange mentoring sessions with Jim Bloomfield. Mentoring means that you have someone to support your practice, talk over ideas and strategies; think about the future direction of your work; look at opportunities and get bits of training in skills you need. Mentoring fits in with you – it may be […]

Open Studio Hope Mill December 2nd 2012

Last Friday saw the Open Studios at Hope Mill, we had a great response with 8 of our artists showing new work.We also had a number of sales which is always a bonus and our handmade cards were flying out of the door. We counted around 192 people through the studio doors with many passing […]

Edmond To “Seih-Yi”

“What Lies Beneath” The current Pool Arts exhibition is at Nexus Art Cafe in Manchester’s Northern Quarter – at 2 Dale Street. The exhibition continues till 18th September. Edmond To “Seih-Yi” Event Date: 18:30 – 20:30 Monday, 19th Sep 2011 Venue: Pool Arts Studio, 404. 4th floor Hope Mill, 113 Pollard St, Manchester, M4 7JA. […]

What Lies Beneath Exhibition Nexus

Pool arts presented the What Lies beneath Exhibition to Nexus Art cafe on Dale St Manchester. The exhibition ran from the 21st July to the 18th September 2011. The work exhibited was created as part of a year long project exploring the working of the mind and the subconscious. 13 Artist exhibited a selection of […]

What Lies Beneath Speaker Programme

What Lies beneath Speaker Programme 2011. Pool arts present artists from a variety of backgrounds whose work explores the workings of the mind. The talks are in support of Pool arts year long project “What Lies Beneath” including an exhibition at Nexus Art Cafe opening 21st July – 18th September. speakers include: Ria Roberts Monday […]


Pool Arts took part in MERZMAN, a city wide exhibition and conference exploring the legacy of Kurt Schwitters in the North West, organised by Littoral Trust, custodians of The Merzbarn site in the Lake District. In the damp barn at Elterwater, Cumbria following the war, Kurt Schwitters, an artist and refugee from Nazi Germany, spent […]

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latest exhibition

Dont Miss This Weekend!! Our next exhibition  features Lauren W’s striking and popular prints of familiar Manchester houses. Lauren was commissioned by Longsight Housing Co-op to make these prints of some of their properties. The show will be held at The SHED gallery, opening Friday 31st August 6-9pm. If you live in Manchester and  know […]

Studio Blog

The studio is in regular use with Pool Arts members having 7 days a week access. The booking system is currently through studio manager and cooridnator Jim, and we try to make access as easy as possible. Though its off the beaten track for some, we live in hope that the new metrolink will open […]

new “hot desking” studio spaces

Stop Press: Pool Arts are lkeaving Hope Mill in July 2012. Watch this space for news of our next studio!! Hope Mill in Ancoats is the studio home of Pool Arts, though the office will still receive mail at St Lukes, our registered office. Enabling members to have studio space was the long term goal […]

Drawing Class: Secrets of Artistic Expression

This “Experiential Still Life Drawing” 5 weekly sessions course is hosted by Brian, one of our neighbours at Hope Mill. The course will take place in our studio, but please contact Brian  on 07816 791023 for more details of how to get involved. It starts on Tuesday 21st February. Limited places are still available

My Work

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What’s On around the city

The Whitworth present We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today 2 June – 16 September A must-see show of contemporary art from West Africa Street life, dazzling dress, social commentary and a riot of sensuous colour interweave in a rich assembly of West African art, writes Charles Gore in the Times Higher Education Nine […]

clubArt open studio

The first Open Stduio event of 2010 saw Hope Mill buzzing with activity once again. Pool Arts own DJ Dr_Rock presented his record collection for all to peruse, whilst members new and old showed a diversity of art forms and welcomed gueststo clubArt.

Open for Business

Pool Arts first Open Studio exhibition at the new Hope Mill base, featured work by current and new members. It was held over the last weekend in October The work featured video installations, animation, paintings, drawings, books and a performance work “Open Mic” by Nicola Smith, where the audience was invited to respond to the […]

The Pool Arts Art Awards

In October 2009, Pool Arts decided to pay the Frieze Art Fair a visit. In the name of research, they decided to launch The Pool Arts Art Awards! Members selected a number of top exhibits and galleries for nomination. You can check out the long list at visit the site Winners will be announced at […]

For Those In Peril on the Sea by Tess Lomas

This haunting work by Tess Lomas consists of sound, played on a cassette tape player, this time shown in the intimate setting of the SHED gallery A work about communication and connection. About responsibility and awareness. About care and responsiveness. About language and saying one thing and meaning another.. The text used in the soundtrack […]

International pound world 2 (Antifreeze CMV)

In 2005 Pool Arts held a groundbreaking exhibition “International Pound World” in a garden shed in Platt Fields. The shed went on to be known as the SHED gallery, now based at Tonbridge Road Allotment Society in Levenshulme, where occasional exhibitions are held. For one day only, at ANTIFREEZE, Pool Arts revisited the concepts in […]


Annette Ebanks, a pool arts member from Longsight, showed reproductions of her new works on paper and her latest sketch book to browse at The SHED gallery on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April 2009. The work takes the theme of plants and flowers with heavily worked oil pastel, collage and charcoal. This expressive colourful […]

SHED jumper Show

Pool Arts hosted artists’ collaborative Artyarn who created a warm woollen jumper for the SHED in Novemebr and December 2008. Artyarn worked with local community groups to knit the giant garment and held a festive celebration, welcoming local allotment holders, artists and children to feel the warmth!

MERZSHED (homage to Kurt Schwitters)

Earlier this year artist Eddie Price and colleagues from Pool Arts visited the Kurt Schwitters Merz Barn near Ambleside. Recently aquired by the arts charity Littoral, the barn was the studio base of influential exiled artist who fled Germany in the 1930s. The famous Merzbarn art work was removed in the 1960s and is now […]

Pink and Blue

Pink and Blue – exhibition at The Gaskell House, 84 Plymouth Grove 23-25Nov 2007. Pool Arts, an arts organization based in Ardwick and Longsight recently mounted an exhibition of member’s work at the derelict former home of Elizabeth Gaskell on Plymouth Grove – slap bang alongside the regeneration area off Devonshire Street.. Artists placed works […]


Pool Arts traveled to Barcelona to undertake training and development. This was an opportunity to visit a range of exhibitions and museums related to different art forms including ceramics, mosaic, textile and photography and contemporary art. At the same time team meetings allowed the members to explore issues related to being a charity. We also […]

SHED Gallery – ‘Green’

The SHED gallery was located at Tonbridge Road allotments in 2006. This new permanent site will allow for a programme of exhibitions in the coming years. The inaugural exhibition was a group show by Pool Arts members who made new work on the title “Green” including photography, ceramics, watercolours and sculptural pieces. Workshops to make […]

Big Screen

The video work “ SHED” was screened at The Big Screen, Manchester in August 2006. This film is a time-lapse document of the exhibition 10 EXHIBITIONS IN 3 DAYS at Garden of Delights 2004. Video Edited by Jex Hawksley If you are interested in screening this work, please contact us

Norwich East

Pool Arts were invited by Panamanian artist Humberto Vélez to collaborate on an application for EAST 2005, an International exhibition held annually in Norwich. The project was not selected, but the process of applying and working with Humberto was a great experience. In July, a group of Pool Arts members travelled to Norwich to see […]

Nothing to Break Your Fall

Pool Arts left the studio at Victoria Baths in 2005, as preparations were made for first phase of restoration of the historic building (at last!!) Pool Arts left the studio at Victoria Baths in 2005, as preparations were made for first phase of restoration of the historic building (at last!!)

SHED Gallery – ‘International Pound World’

Intended as a wry comment on the commercialisation and globalisation of art – the Pool Arts returned to the Garden of Delights in 2005 with the SHED gallery and a group show titled International Pound World. Everyone was required to produce an artwork using the ever popular and ubiquitous local “pound shops” selling cheap imported […]

SHED ten exhibitions in two days

Pool Arts took a wry look at the art world, with their marathon exhibition programme: 10 exhibitions in 2 days. Debuting their innovative and compact SHED gallery at The Garden of Delights in Platt Fields


Pool Arts members spent a week staying at the artists centre at Grizedale Arts. The aim was to undertake practical skills training in environmental arts and wood carving to learn about the centre and to get experience of writing proposals and educational workshops.

The Vicky

Public participation workshops were run by Pool Arts members at Victoria Baths, Manchester during the open days leading up to the final of BBC2s RESTORATION series. Pool Arts’ tongue-in-cheek fanzine celebrated the excitement felt all over Manchester at the potential success of the Baths. Using on-the-spot reporters (local children and artists) plus state of the […]


Part of a city-wide conference on healthy environments hosted by Lime (Manchester) and Caritas (USA), Labyrinths were commissioned. Pool Arts used their experience of creating a Labyrinth at Victoria Baths in 2000 to create a new piece using thousands of plastic bags filled with blue water in a classic design. The Labyrinth was later re-formed […]

Training at Kepplewray

Pool Arts have hosted two training weeks at Kepplewray in the Lake District. These “away weeks” give members the opportunity to have extended meetings in a pleasant environment, where issues, policies and training matters can be combined with getting away from the stresses of the city In 2001, the training involved book keeping, fundraising and […]


Pool Arts artists, exhibited paintings in the hall at Victoria Baths, Manchester during this exhibition that coincided with The Public Art Observatory at MMU and The Commonwealth Games. Pool Arts also contributed to the International students’ workshop, concerned with public spaces in the city – including Victoria Baths. The students suggested a link with Gorton […]

Remember to Breathe

Pool Arts members worked with artist Alison Kershaw in Victoria Baths for two months during 2000 in a Year of The Artist Residency, funded by Arts Council North West. The theme of the project was “Mind Body and Environment” Chinese five elements theory was used as a framework for looking at the building and the […]