Venture Arts is calling for expressions of interest from visual artists to take part in their new project based in Manchester, Conversations Series II. Venture Arts are a progressive visual arts charity based in Hulme, Manchester, who have been working with learning disabled people since 1985. They work alongside learning-disabled artists to create and show new contemporary visual art work. Venture Arts vision is to see learning disabled people play a valued and valuable role within arts and culture as artists, critics, audiences, advocates and workers. Conversations Series II, led by Venture Arts and in partnership with Castlefield Gallery and the Whitworth, will support a collaborative residency that will bring together three learning-disabled artists who are part of the Venture Arts supported studios, to work alongside the three visual artists to be appointed. The group will develop shared ideas, create new work, and reflect on the labels placed upon us by society. This residency builds on the success of OutsiderXchanges from 2015-16. The selected artists will spend time with the Whitworth team and the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection, having time and access to explore the collection, its ethics and its display. This collection can be used as a starting point to see what ideas and visual responses develop during the collaborative residency. Castlefield Gallery will provide the artists taking part with mentoring and crit support at key stages over the course of the residency period. Disabled artist Tanya Raabe-Webber will work with the group to ground the work within the disability arts movement. Deadline for applications: By 5pm on Wednesday 5 September 2018 Interview dates: Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 September 2018 Anticipated residency start date: Week commencing 1 October 2018 FURTHER INFORMATION For further information and how to apply please go to our website. https://venturearts.org/projects/conversation-series-ii/ Contact Jennifer Gilbert for any further inquiries you have regarding the project or the application process. E-mail: jennifer@venturearts.org Tel: 0161 232 1223 Venture Arts 43 Old Birley Street Manchester, M15 5RF www.venturearts.org

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