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A Selection of Fun, Creative and Educational activities you can enjoy at home


Our popular storytelling sessions have moved online. Visit our website for stories read allowed by a professional actor with an accompanying craft activity:

Get Creative Challenge

Get Creative Challenge – Join our participants in completing a weekly creative challenge, suitable for all ages. Info here:


ReAct – our project for over 50’s is connecting people across Bolton online. Find us on Facebook and at our ReAct Theatre Club, an online opportunity to watch and read theatre, then take part in fun, informal discussions about it. Plays will be announced every Wednesday, with discussions taking place the following Wednesday from 2-4pm over Zoom. Anyone connected to Bolton and over 50 is welcome to join.

Also see Octagon Theatre Bolton -wide creative writing Competition

Facebook – @OctagonBolton

Twitter –  @octagontheatre

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GM i-THRIVE Arts Culture& Mental Health: Ask us Anything

Ask us anything…

Here’s your chance to get answers to any questions you have about arts, culture and mental health. 

Submit a question

Maybe you’d like to know:

Could something like singing actually help my mental health?
Is there any evidence for the benefits?
What’s available in my area? 

We’ll be answering your questions throughout July during our dedicated Arts, Culture and Mental Health month. Keep your eye on your inbox, and follow us on twitter @GMiTHRIVE where we’ll be providing the answers and more.

Children & Young People, Vacancies & Opportunities

Call for Artists: Apply now for the 2018 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award, Artist Commission at The Turnpike, Leigh (deadline 23 Oct 2017)

Artists are invited to apply for the 2018 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA), Artist Commission, hosted by The Turnpike, Leigh, worth £15,000. The award funds an artist or artists to undertake work with children and young people over approximately 10 weeks, and for the experience to inform the creation of a commissioned artwork accessible to the public. ARMA was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust (MRCT).

The successful artist(s) will work with The Turnpike over a 10-week period between February and July 2018, to deliver a programme of after school and weekend engagement workshops for young people in care or those who have recently left the care system. The artist will work closely with The Turnpike’s Learning & Outreach Coordinator, with curatorial support from the Director, Helen Stalker and Exhibition Coordinator, Matt Retallick. The artist(s) will create a semi-permanent or permanent art commission at The Turnpike or in a nearby space accessible to the public, informed by the participatory/education programme. The commission is to be completed by October 2018, for a launch event in November 2018.

This is an exciting opportunity for an artist or artists to undertake a highly respected participatory project and commission which is well supported by project partners, and will be widely promoted, both nationally and internationally. The deadline to apply is 10am on Monday 23 October 2017, and further information including a brief and application form can be found

Application deadline: 10am, Monday 23 October 2017  

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‘Music on Tick’ – a new Youth Music funded project from Mr One Million CIC

photodune-10373683-the-power-of-music-l (800x660)In March 2017, Mr One Million will be running weekly music sessions for young people living in Bolton looking for new skills and hands-on experience of roles within the music industry.  The sessions will include: music production, running a label, lyric writing, instrumental playing skills, MCing and DJing, event management & live performance.  Young people can also work towards live events, accreditation and further learning or employment opportunities.

If you’re interested, or know someone who might be interested, call/text/Whatsapp Paul on 07779 123175 or email Gaynor at

Mr One Million CIC is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in the North West. We engage unemployed and/or vulnerable communities in creative projects that explore health and wellbeing and worklessness through film, theatre, music and art. Our projects are fundamentally about using creativity to bring about positive change- on a personal, community and global level.

Mr One Million started life 4 years ago as an arts and media programme commissioned by Bolton at Home and delivered by freelance community artist and project manager Paul Hine. The programme aimed to engage young unemployed men aged 18 to 24 years old living in Breightmet, Bolton.

Since then we have delivered a range of creative projects and events – including films, documentaries, music videos, visual art, magazine shows and an adult puppet show exploring men’s health. All of our projects have involved us helping participants develop arts and media skills and improve team work, communication, independent learning, confidence and self worth.

See to find out more about Mr One Million and their community and media arts projects.

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Children & Young People, Vacancies & Opportunities

Curious Minds Is Recruiting…

As our mission to improve the lives of the region’s children and young people though art and culture is ever expanding, we’ve created five new positions we’re currently recruiting for. Take a look at the range of roles below to see how you could fit in with the Curious Team.

Programmes Administrator Full time – 37hpw Support the Curious Minds team to deliver the highest quality across its training and support programmes such as Arts Award and Artsmark by providing administrative support.

Contracts & Reporting Senior Officer Full time – 37hpw Establish, maintain and deliver highly effective internal systems for Curious Minds’ contract management and the collection and use of data.

Cultural Citizens Programme Co-ordinator Part time – 21hpw The Cultural Citizens Programme is a brand new Government led initiative, which aims to engage and enthuse 11-14 year-olds who have had no prior involvement in arts and culture. The Cultural Citizens Programme Co-ordinator will provide effective co-ordination of the pilot programme.

Partnerships & Place Manager Full time – 37hpw Provide leaders of Local Cultural Education Partnerships (from within cultural organisations, local authorities and schools) with co-ordination, regular communication and fundraising support that will take the partnerships from formation to delivery.

Cultural Education Leadership Manager Part time – 30hpw Develop and co-ordinate the delivery of our Flagship leadership programmes: SLiCE (Specialist Leaders in Cultural Education) and the Cultural Education Leadership Programme for emerging leaders.

The deadline for all applications is September 13th. Full job descriptions and application forms can be found on our website