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:
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:
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.
About the space
Manchester City Council