Nice Time Arts

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Nice Time Arts

Nice Time Arts

Nice Time Arts By Nice Time Arts

We run a number of art classes, workshops, projects and support groups for the community of Greater Manchester, as well as provide a safe space and one-to-one support service for marginalised artists.

Hulme Idea stage

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We will be running a wide variety of art classes, workshops and programmes around the city centre and Greater Manchester, using only wheelchair accessible venues. These will all be paid for on a sliding scale; free to those who can't or would struggle to afford it, with larger donations welcomed from those who can. Our driving motivation is the shared conviction that art should be (but currently isn’t always) fun, accessible & affordable for everyone. Art should not only be made accessible when it is ‘socially prescribed’. We offer a one-to-one support, mentoring and facilitation service. We can help to coordinate the creative practice of artists who have found barriers to their practice, or showing their work, for whatever reasons. We offer a variety of flexible volunteering opportunities for adults, tailoring roles and training opportunities to meet your requirements and goals. We will provide free craftivist resources via our website library.

What we'll deliver:

  • Create a regular, accessible queer craft group
  • Provide one-to-one support for disabled artists
  • Coordinate regular exhibitions in accessible locations
  • Run a bimonthly art programme for adults with chronic illness, disability and/or mental health
  • Deliver specialist art workshops in accessible locations
  • Deliver a risograph printing service, both for artists' prints and as a small zine press
  • Offer flexible and personalised volunteering opportunities for adults
  • Provide an online resource library, free to subscribers of our mailing list

Why it's a great idea:

There is an enormous gap in the market for accessible and affordable (two qualities which are typically negatively correlated) venues in which fun, social and artistic events can take place in an inclusive, rather than patronising, manner. Rationale for purchasing the printing set up: Although it's a large initial expense to buy the risograph machine and drums, the inks and prints, moving forward, are reasonably priced. They are widely known for being better value than most other standard printing techniques or fine art processes. This means we can make and duplicate really stunning prints cheaply, and we can give these prints away really cheaply too; hopefully even give some away for free. This is important to us because it means that there isn't a financial barrier to someone owning something we make - whether it's a print or zine. We don’t want to make work that is just for rich people to enjoy; poor and marginalised folks deserve nice things too!

Steps to get it done:

  • Risograph machine purchased
  • One ink drum purchased
  • Two ink drums purchased
  • Mini-Printing Press purchased
  • Necessary papers purchased
  • 20 hours a week staff salary raised
  • 40 hours a week staff salary raised

The printing press will function as key to the sustainability of our business, as artists, zine-makers, and commercial groups will be keen to pay for our printing services.


Location Hulme

About the space

South Manchester


Manchester City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £7,727

Office and workshop materials - £3,000 (39%)
12 months rent of studio - £1,955 (25%)
Risograph machine - £1,000 (13%)
Risograph ink barrels x 2 - £500 (6%)
Materials for workshops - £300 (4%)
Mini Printing Press - £239 (3%)
A4 papers - £20 (0%)
Other - £713 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

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Office and workshop materials
12 months rent of studio
Risograph machine
Risograph ink barrels x 2
Materials for workshops
Mini Printing Press
A4 papers
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • There is no 'overfunding', as such, as it will go into our access budget in order to reimburse volunteers, disabled staff members' extra costs, travel for people for whom transport cost might otherwise be a barrier. It will allow us to run more accessible workshops, one-off events and exhibitions, as well as to pay ourselves for our hard work and hopefully eventually employ some part-time staff - we especially want to eventually be able to offer apprenticeships in arts and community work.

Total £7,727

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