Julie Portland exhibition


Pool Arts’ Julie Portland is exhibiting photographs at Croma in Didsbury. We’d like to Thank Aroma for supporting a series of individual exhibitions in their restaurant over the 4 months. Its great experience for the artists and the work looks great. All the work in the show is for sale, contact us if you are interested in buying – proceeds to Pool Arts studio funds.

Join Our New Studio Associates!

Welcome to The New Pool Arts Studio spaces. This new studio model includes self contained spaces with WiFi and natural south facing window light, ground floor access and close to transport network and Universities. Just 5 minutes from Manchester City centre and Piccadilly Station. Contact us now for more details if you are interested in joining as a Pool Arts member or as an Associate.

We would like to thank Arts Council England for helping to get the studio off the ground and Shoosmiths for their continued support.

New studio spaces!

Pool Arts will soon be opening our new studio in Manchester. Associate members will have access to self contained studios and Pool Arts members will be able top access the open studio. Let us know if you are looking for a space and we’ll give you all the details of vacancies or how to join Pool Arts.

I.Baron exhibition

I.Baron poster





painting by I.Baron

by I.Baron

painting by I.Baron

painting by I.Baron

painting by I.Baron

painting by I.Baron

I.Baron makes drawings and paintings portraying extraordinary and fantastical creatures – like people, but not like anyone you’ve met – or maybe you have. He also does portraits of famous and not so famous people in a graphic style such as this one above of Elvis.

Following the very successful exhibition of Simon Mawdsleys paintings, we proudly present a new solo show of Pool Arts member I.Baron’s work at Croma Didsbury. We’d like to thank Croma for allowing us the opportunity to use the restaurant as a gallery for the coming few months.


Simon Mawdsley exhibition

Delighted to be supporting artist Simon Mawdsley in his solo exhibition at Croma restaurant in Didsbury village. Crome @cromapizza invite you to look at the exhibition – even if you’re not eating – have a coffee of a drink and see Simons fabulous paintingscroma_poster


Its now 10 years since Tonbridge Road Allotments invited Pool Arts to erect the SHED gallery (previously shown at Platt Fields) on their new Community Plot. Since then we’ve held numerous exhibitions: solo shows , group projects, workshops and residencies in the smallest gallery (possibly) in the world! And the community plot has grown too, now boasting its very own pizza oven!
Famous curator Richard Demarco visited in 2011, declaring it “The best gallery I have ever visited” Help us celebrate with the lovely Community Plot volunteers providing refreshments and Pool Artists using “10” as a theme for the usual eclectic mix of artworks. There will be a display of images from the last 10 years. Wrap up warm and toast “The SHED” 2-5pm on Sunday 6th November. You can see some of the previous projects at SHED by browsing our archive – the link is top of the menu on the right of the screen.

Pool Arts manager / mentor role

advertjobPool Arts is looking for a mentor manager to work closely with Pool Arts members over the coming year

as they develop their new studio facility in Ardwick. This is a one year freelance role

For details please download the job description and details of how to apply here POOL ARTS STUDIO MANAGER


Pool Arts at The SHED gallery

We are exhibiting at your SHED gallery on Saturday 13th August as part of the Community Allotment produce show

Come down and try their home made pizzas cooked on site and view our photographs of allotment features


Join Pool Arts

work by I. Baron

work by I. Baron

Pool Arts has around twenty members who benefit from being part of a pioneering and inclusive organisation.

We currently offer mentor sessions and a chance to be fully involved in helping run Pool Arts.We are working towards a fully sustainable studio space that will offer hot design art studio space to members and opportunities to take part in workshops and projects alongside professional Associate artists. Watch this space to see how this develops!

Details of Associate membership to follow…

If you or someone you know would like to talk about joining Pool Arts, just let us know – find more information at the “about” page where you can download information about how to join.


Simon Mawdsley The Long Leash

Simon Mawdsley The Long Leash


It’s the Pool Arts AGM on Monday 25th April 6:30pm

The meeting is held at our registered office. St Luke’s Church and Neighbourhood Centre, Guidepost Road M13 9HP

Please let us know if you would like to attend the meeting

The agenda will be

annual report and finance report – with slide show of our highlights

election of trustee / directors