FREE Visual Arts Workshops

2 FREE workshops on using ceramic dough, paint and patterns inspired by nature.

1st workshop: Wednesday 19 May from 11am-2pm
2nd workshop Saturday 22 May from 5pm-8pm

At: Rethink Rebuild Society Office, Longsight
Suitable for all abilities (over 16)

To book your FREE place, please contact or call 07730194083

About the Workshops
The workshops will explore the theme of this year’s Horizons Festival; We Cannot Walk Alone, which celebrates the connection between people, communities and social movements using ceramic dough, paint and patterns inspired by nature.
The work you create will contribute to a joint exhibition at the Inspire Gallery at HOME during Summer 2021 which we hope you will come and see. The workshops are organised by Community Arts North West and Rethink Rebuild Society, with funding from Arts Council England.

About the Artists
The workshops will be run by Khalida and Manya Alkhmri who are both Syrian artists now based in Manchester.

Before coming to the UK, Khalida had many solo exhibitions, taught in the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus and also worked as a director and coordinator of programmes for Syrian TV. Khalida has a Masters in Fine Arts from Helwan University, Egypt. For her, the work is always preceded by the idea and is never random. In portraits, she focuses on various states of being, especially for women enabling the viewer to move from one mind state to another, whilst allowing for multiple interpretations.

Manya works in different media, but painting and sculpting are her favourite mediums. She loves to explore nature and landscapes, where she can express emotions and feelings through the use of huge spaces, colour, and textures. She studied sculpture at the Institute of Applied Art, Damascus, Syria, and has a BA in Creative Media and Visual Communication from MMU. She has exhibited widely in Damascus, Aleppo and Latakia in Syria.

Both Khalida and Manya have had artwork featured in the Celebrating Syria Festival in Manchester and in group exhibitions as part of The Travelling Heritage Bureau at Manchester Art Gallery, The Whitworth and HOME, Manchester.

Horizons Festival
This workshop is part of the Horizons Festival, an annual festival organised by Community Arts North West and HOME to mark Refugee Week.
Horizons Festival 2021 embraces this year’s national Refugee Week theme; We Cannot Walk Alone, taken from Martin Luther King’s iconic I have a Dream speech; the speech that called for all people of all backgrounds to join together in the fight for freedom, a rallying call which resonates across time and space.

Horizon’s 2021 celebrates the enduring power of creativity and the incredible international artists who have made Manchester their home. It celebrates connection between people and communities, the international connections between justice movements and explores our shared humanity; our relationship with each other and with this planet in all its beauty and complexity.

Workshop Booking
Places are limited and must be booked so we can limit numbers and keep everyone safe. All materials will be provided but please bring your own mask and lunch.

To book your place please contact or call 07730194083 letting them know about any access requirements you have. We will be taking photographs during the workshop. Please let Rethink Rebuild know if this is a problem for you.

Event Date: 
Saturday, 22 May, 2021
Hamilton Road, Unit 7
M13 0PD
Flickr date taken: 
Saturday, 22 May, 2021