Drawn Together Submissions

Drawn Together Exhibition, Art Work Greengate, December 2014

After a great success with International Women’s Day, ArtAnon has returned with it’s next community project, Drawn Together. With sponsor from O2 Big Fund we have held eight drawing workhops in and around Manchester and created an impressive 20 metres of drawing!

With this project, as part of the Big Draw festival, we have taught some alternative approaches to drawing and encouraged people to pick up a pen and have a good doodle – and most importantly have fun!

So far we have worked with Nexus Art Cafe, North City Library, John Rylands Library, Rainbow Haven, Newton Heath Library, WomenMATTA and Levenshulme Inspire.

We are now taking submissions from professionals, students and aspiring artists alike, to display work alongside this community created artwork. We are looking for submissions of drawing work in any medium.

The work will be displayed at Art Work, a newly refurbished studio and exhibition space in Salford from 11th December to 20th:

This is a fantastic warehouse space meaning there are very few dimension restrictions!


Please email submissions to artanonmanchester@hotmail.co.uk including:

  • Up to 4 images
  • Up to 150 words about you and your practice
  • Availability between dates Wednesday 10th December to Sunday 21st December
  • Dimensions and details of any other requirements

This exhibition is free to take part in however as a not-for-profit group ArtAnon will need artists to contribute to invigilating the space. A rota will be created to ensure given shifts will be no longer than 3 or 4 hours.

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Drawn Together Updates

We have completed our 8 workshops for the Drawn Together Project.

We would like to thank all of the groups, venues and people who have come along:

Nexus Art Cafe
John Rylands Library
Rainbow Haven
North City Library
Newton Heath Library
Levenshulme Inspire

We have some exciting news that we will be displaying the work at newly refurbished studio space: Art Work.

For more pics like our Facebook Page!


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Drawn Together Poster

Drawn Together Public

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O2 UK Think Big

We are delighted to announce that we have been funded by O2’s Think Big campaign.

We have our own project space here:


Please visit it to find out about the project and feel free to comment, like or follow the project!

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Volunteers Needed for Drawn Together project!

ArtAnon are seeking an art enthusiast to join our team for the upcoming project Drawn Together. We are connected to the Free for Arts Festival and The Big Draw in October 2014 and running public workshops in conjunction with these two fantastic projects. ArtAnon need a little extra help in various departments including, administration, distribution, assisting workshops and publicity.
We are a very small team at the moment and this project is a great opportunity to expand and meet new people interested in the projects we run.

About ArtAnon: We are a small voluntary community group that run creative workshops that are free and accessible. We promote creativity as an outlet for the stresses of everyday life and aim to build confidence with our participants by being involved in large scale community projects. Our workshops run alongside a specific theme and all work created contributes to a final piece displayed for the public.

Drawn Together is a series of drawing workshops. Using a variety of experimental drawing techniques, we will explore our surroundings and create a large scale canvas.

If you would like to get involved in delivering workshops in the Manchester area and gain experience working within a community group please e-mail us at the address below with a short statement of your interests and why you would like to work with us.


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IWD 2014 – The Event Night

Below are a selection of photographs from the event night for International Women’s Day 2014, 8th March.

A massive thank you to all of the groups that took part:

Women’s Zone / WomenMATTA / LGBT North West / Rainbow Haven / Manchester Girl Geeks / Manchester WI / North City Library

All photographs taken by Elizabeth Winstanley.


A close of the origami made by members of the community in Manchester


The final display of all of the origami made in workshops for IWD 2014


Information was displayed about the multiple groups we worked with and the history of IWD


The origami hung overhead as enjoyed the music entertainment


The event night was busy with complimentary drinks and good conversation

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Origami Help Sheets!

fortune teller

Fortune Teller!

8-pointed star

8-Pointed Star!



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Public Origami Workshops


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Women’s Origami Workshop

ArtAnon are working with Women MATTA, who provide an intensive, holistic support service to women, and are part of Women in Prison, who has a vision of a fair and just criminal justice system.

We are running a Women’s Origami Workshop 

When:    Tuesday 25th Feb

What time:  12pm-3pm Drop-in

Where: 49-51 Sidney Street, Manchester, M1 7HB

This workshop is focused on providing a relaxing environment for women whilst learning a few origami techniques, working towards a community collaboration  that will result in a beautiful display at Manchester Craft and Design Centre! 

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Guest DJ

We are very pleased to announce (B)ronwen as our guest DJ at Tessellate!

On Saturday 8th March at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, (B)ronwen will be playing music created, developed and inspired by women as an additional feature for our International Women’s Day event.

Check out (B)ronwen’s Soundcloud playists!


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