Our Mission
Heavy Manners is a lending library, gallery, and bookstore that seeks to provide a space for developing, sharing, and discussing artwork and creative practice.

Because formal art education is increasingly becoming cost prohibitive and inaccessible, Heavy Manners hopes to be an alternative resource. Our collection focuses on self and independently published books, zines, and other media. Additionally, the library works directly with artists and small publishers, to make overlooked, out of print, and hard to find media accessible.  After signing up for one of our membership options, members receive a library card and are able to borrow books from the library. Visitors are welcome to browse or scan our collection during our open hours.

In tandem with the mission of the lending library, Heavy Manners also presents events and gallery shows in our exhibit space and basement theater. With these programs, we hope to create opportunities for budding artists to share their work and established artists to experiment with new projects. We prioritize programming that provides educational opportunities for those in the community.

If you are interested in proposing an event for the public you can fill out this form.

If you are interested in renting space for a private event you can fill out this form.

The library is located @ 1200 N Alvarado Blvd Unit D, Los Angeles, CA 90026.
We are open Friday - Sunday from 11am - 7pm and Monday from 1pm - 7pm.

Heavy Manners was founded by Matthew James-Wilson in 2021.

Who's involved...

(213) 263-9449

You can support Heavy Manners by becoming a member, donating, or subscribing to our newsletter.