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Our story

Hey my names Emily!

I am the founder of Cork&Canvas.

Before starting the company, I had returned from travelling Australia and worked spreading my love for all things Visual Arts as a Secondary School Art and Design Teacher. 


I am passionate about the health benefits of practicng the arts but noticed how few people continue to draw or paint in their adult lives. One evening as I painted my mind drifted and suddenly a crazy idea popped into my head! What if I created a fun social event where adults who hadn't painted since high school could get creative again and Cork and Canvas was born!

With just 400 pounds in my pocket I handed in my notice and got to work. Little did I know of all the exciting things that were yet to come along the way.

I am very passionate about what I do and each and every ticket sale really means so much to me.

Thank you for joining me on this creative.


Fun Fact

Emily met resident artist Beth aka Bessie Grace Creates whilst doing their Art and Design Post Graduate Certificate in Education at MMU. 

They bonded over their shared love for wine and painting and stayed in touch after the completing the course.

The First Event

The first event was planned for a Northern Quarter bar but they pulled out due to covid the day before. After a few stressed tears Emily put on her big girl boots and began to ring everyone she knew. NAM kindly agreed to hold Cork and Canvas at their venue on the cutting room square and the rest is history!

An amature artist holding a glass of prosecco with acrylic paint colours on their hands.
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