Artist Liz Scantlebury, grew up and lives in South Manchester. She is a painter (although she uses that term to also include pastel, felt-tip, photography and collage)

Although her creative career has been split as a Community artist and a Solo artist, she has continued to paint and draw for nearly 20 years since graduating at Chelsea College of Art and Design with a Ba Hons in Fine Art (Painting) in 1996.

Liz’s visual interests are varied however she says that “Nature is the source of my intrigue. I love the generous host of Nature in its variations in colour, pattern, texture light and air. I love the magic in nature when ‘there is just something about that scene’ …Some mood, something un-pin-point able, but intrinsic….

I enjoy playing with ‘emphasis’ or ‘heightening’ certain colour schemes, certain patterns or harmonies in Nature.

I enjoy how Nature can invite the imagination to run riot-and I enjoy responding to the invitation with a drawing or painting.”


The Magic Garden (future work)

The next adventure with Liz’s art will be a composite of various elements of her previous work and interests. “I’d like to combine the speed and look of the landscapes (slow generally) with the quick ‘sketchy’ colourful aspects of the ‘floral’ and ‘magical’ pieces.”



1992 Art Foundation Manchester Metropolitan University

1993-96 Chelsea College Art and Design. Ba Hons Fine Art (painting)

2000 Millennium award scholarship. School of Social Entrepreneurs (for Art in Community). East London

2012 PTTLS level 4. Teaching (art)-Lifelong Learning Sector


Artist /Residencies Employment & Voluntary work

“My employment as an artist reflects my strong belief that creative activities strengthen the morale of a community and the personal journeys of individuals within the community.”


1997 Volunteer Artist. Vital Arts Royal London hospital

1998-2003 Volunteer artist/tutor Core Arts, Hackney

1999-2003 Community Artist, Bromley by bow Centre

1998-2001 Artist. St John at Hackney Community Space Centre. (Charity for homeless)

2000-2003. Wellbeing Artist Homerton Hospital, Hackney.

2004 Community resident Artist. St Francis of Assisi RC primary school Gorton

2004-2014 Full time (PT in 2013) Wellbeing Artist, Studio One. NHS *

* Roles at Studio One have included:

  • Co-Pioneering successful art studio system to service users of the mental health service NHS in Manchester. 2004-Present.
  • Teaching Drawing/Painting to over 200 service users in 10 years.
  • Curated annual Community Exhibitions at different venues in Manchester.
  • 2004-present. Arranged continuous partnership/collaborative artistic projects with Manchester adult Education
  • 2005-2008. Dig Manchester/Dig Art. Lead Artist. Community collaboration with Manchester University archaeological department, Wythenshawe Regeneration Team, Manchester City Council.
  • 2011 Studio One collaboration lead with Manchester Art gallery for Pre-Raphaelite experiment.


Exhibitions. Joint/solo

1997 Lime-house Gallery. Solo exhibition- Abstracts

1998 Truman’s Brewery Brick Lane London- Portraits

1999-Hidden art of Hackney. Abstracts/Floral

2000 Bromley-By Bow Centre –Landscape exhibition

2004 Artist-Cow Parade Manchester

2010 Courtyard café. Wythenshawe Hall, Landscapes.

2011 Trowbridge Gallery- Duck egg Florals

2012 Oxfam Didsbury. Colour Conversations

2013 Parsonage Trust Gallery. Landscapes

2014 Art in Ardington Oxford. Florals.

2015. Parsonage Trust Gallery booked for solo show (Magic Garden)


Liz’s paintings and drawings have sold to private buyers in UK, and overseas. (as far afield as Japan and Australia)