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Sat 14 January - Sun 26 February

Venture Arts: Narratives

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Part of The Lowry’s Edit series

The Lowry presents the collaborative exhibition NARRATIVES with Venture Arts, as part of our EDIT series. This multifaceted exhibition presents a vibrant fusion of drawing, film, performance, sound, and installation.

NARRATIVES is the third cycle of the pioneering ‘Conversations Series’ by Venture Arts; a programme of four artistic projects and residencies first established in 2016 aimed at creating new work in a shared exchange of art and ideas. This programme brings together a range of learning disabled and non learning disabled artists, for reciprocal learning, and to develop collaborative and creative exchanges. Through this, it is hoped that open conversations and new dialogues about the role of art in contemporary society will be generated.

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NARRATIVES at The Lowry is the culmination of a summer residency that brought together five artists based at Venture Arts in Hulme; a visual arts organisation working with learning disabled and neurodiverse artists, initially working alongside five other artists from across Greater Manchester, to develop shared ideas and create new art work.

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Each of the artists have been exploring personal histories and cultural heritage and stories, and possible connections between themselves. A collaborative approach to making art has been at the core of this 20-week residency; the collective of artists have drawn on inspiration from TV specials, 80s Moss Side, family heritage, comedy and reggae, supper club influences and group idols including Sid James, Sparrow Martin, Julee Cruise and Julie London. The residency took place at St Margaret’s social club in Whalley Range and the character of the club itself, the function room, changing rooms and surrounding football pitches also deeply influenced the work of the group.

EDIT is a strand of the exhibitions programming at The Lowry that enables artists and performers to develop previously unexplored ideas in a gallery setting. Its short-term format allows for ambitious presentations of work, often participatory and engaging with new audiences. Previous invited EDIT artists have included DJs, dancers and choreographers, illustrators, and artist collectives.