Venture Arts has two creative projects that over 100 SEND families in Manchester can do at home this holidays.

The first is to join artist Dominic Bennet in creating ceramic weasels. Dominic was inspired by The Wind In The Willows as a child and has a fascination with the weasel characters. He would love you to help expand a ceramic weasel army to be exhibited across the country!

If you want to get involved, Dominic will send you a box containing all the clay, tools and step by step guidance you need to create some weasels to join his army – plus one for you to keep. You’ll have a couple of weeks to work on your creations before they get collected, put in kiln and then returned to you again for glazing. You can also use the clay to make your own creations if you want to!

Booking is essential.

How to Book

The booking line is 0161 219 2125

Please ring anytime between 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Reminders and Notes

Siblings are welcome to participate. The kits are good for a family of 4. If you have a bigger family, please mention this while booking.

Booking is essential.

About the Artists

Info from Venture Arts’ website:

Our vision is a world in which people with learning disabilities are empowered, celebrated, included and valued in the arts, culture and society.

Our mission is to shape a new cultural landscape where people with learning disabilities reach their potential as artists, curators, critics, audiences, participants and advocates.

Info about Dominic Bennet:

Dominic is a multimedia artist working in photography, film, ceramics and textiles. His work is inspired by themes of street art, film, wrestling, hip hop and he also has a strong interest in social justice and protest marches.

Facebook: @VentureArtsManchester


Thank you to Manchester City Council’s Local Offer and Specialist Resource teams for co-producing the summer offer for SEND with families. We’re also grateful to Venture Arts for offering their expertise to make this happen.

Much thanks to the Parent Champions for the excellent ideas they shared during the discussions with partners.