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Manifest Arts


Manifest Arts Festival is an artist-curated biennial festival giving visitors an insight into the wide-ranging contemporary art being produced in the North West region.

 In its second year, Manifest Arts Festival has increased in size and scope: 5 full days to explore the 33* events across some of the most unusual and exciting spaces of arts production and exhibition in Manchester, Salford, and this year, Bolton. All but one of our events is free to attend.

 We have separated the events into the days they begin, with some continuing for the duration of the festival, and others one-day only specials (such as Open Studios). We hope this will make the programme easier to navigate when you plan your visit.

 Manifest Arts Festival is a celebration of the arts community we’re proud to be a part of, and we’re excited to share this with visitors wanting to get an insight into the contemporary arts scene of the region.

 We hope you enjoy it!

More info:

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Duet Invisible Flock and Quicksand

Duet Invisible Flock and Quicksand

Duet is a collaboration between Invisible Flock (UK) and Quicksand (India); an innovative and ambitious piece of work about making cultural connections between the UK and cities across
India. Quays Culture is proud to be a co-commissioner of the project, introducing this exciting exchange opportunity to the people of Greater Manchester.

Anonymously connect with someone for a year via the free mobile app and exchange details of your lives by answering one question a day. Prompted by Duet, gradually build a picture of your partner and their surroundings through your shared messages. Available to download and get involved with now on:

iOS –

Android –

See the project unfold in real-time via the web platform, a beautiful portal into thousands of global conversations:

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The Nerve Centre Re-Launch

The Nerve Centre is the web portal for Arts, Creative and Digital Industries in Bolton, managed in partnership by Bolton Council, Bolton at Home and the University of Bolton.

We are developing the website and re-opening the register for organisations to promote themselves and their work and we would like to hear from artists, arts organisations, creative and/or digital businesses or support organisations to find out:

  •  How can the site be developed to be most useful to artists and organisations? 
  • What would you like to see on the website?
  • What content would you like the Nerve Centre to post?        

Promote your news, events or your business for free in our creative directory. Registration re-opens in September 2017.

To pre-register and give your feedback please see here.


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Creative Partners new website launch


Euclid is pleased to announce, a new website which provides a FREE platform for arts & culture organisations to list themselves as looking for partners, or to search for partners.  The service is not limited to Europe, though it does allow listings to indicate if they are searching for partners for specific EU funding programmes, including Creative Europe, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, Horizon 2020, Life+ and Interreg A/B.

Add your organisation or project ideas now!

The website includes a map – see screenshot above – which provides an artform coded pin for every entry.  There are already over 30 listings, from Croatia, Cyprus, Norway, Poland, Spain and the UK, and it is expected this will increase significantly across Europe and beyond.

Searching the database or adding a listing are quite straightforward – you can access simple instructions via the Help/FAQs tab in the top menu on the website.  Adding a listing is a 2-step process – first you register, and then you can add one or more listings – with up to 5 images, a video clip and 2 attachments for each listing.

Initial feedback on Creative.Partners is very positive, and we are very excited that it will become a valuable platform to help partnerships develop.  Creative.Partners will also be promoted at the European Culture Forum in Brussels next week!

Some EU funds are easy…

(well, perhaps easier than Creative Europe…)

There are EU programmes where the application process is easier than you might expect – for example, much looser requirements for match funding, and no requirement for detailed budgets.  These programmes are Erasmus+ and Europe for Citizens – and both have deadlines in February-April 2016.  Erasmus+ focuses on education, training and young people (aged 13-30) and provides small-scale mobility grants alongside project grants.  Europe for Citizens also provides mobility and project grants, and is focused on European goals of tolerance and understanding, and on stimulating participation in the democratic process in the European context.

The UK will be having a referendum on EU membership before the end of 2017.  Europe for Citizens also provides a specific opportunity to undertake projects which would seek to more actively engage citizens in discussion and debate around the pros and cons of EU membership.  The March 2016 deadline for this programme is really the only opportunity to submit an application focusing on this area.

To help you understand these programmes, and to help you develop potential applications, Euclid is running 5 afternoon workshops in England from 18-28 January 2016:

• 18 January – London (FreeWord Centre, EC1R 3GA)

• 20 January – Manchester (Arts Council England, M1 1FN)

• 21 January – Bristol (Colston Hall, BS1 5AR)

• 25 January – Leeds (West Yorkshire Playhouse, LS2 7UP) – please note this date was previously listed as 26 January

• 28 January – Birmingham (CBSO Centre, B1 2LF)

These workshops will be presented by Geoffrey Brown and Giles Agis.   Geoffrey Brown is Director of Euclid, and is the UK’s leading independent expert for EU funding for arts and culture – and Euclid was the official UK Contact Point for the Europe for Citizens programme from 2007-8.  Giles Agis is Director of Brouhaha International, one of the most successful UK applicants for EU funding, especially to the 4 Creative Europe and Erasmus+ programmes and their predecessors – Brouhaha has received more than 60 EU grants in the last 10 years.

All workshops will run from 2pm to 4.30pm, with registration and refreshments from 1.30pm.

NOTE: due to the fact that the deadline for one of the Erasmus+ strands is now 2 February, there will be a FREE extra webinar in December for all those booking for one of these workshops which will focus on this earlier deadline.

The delegate fee for these workshops is £70 – and just £30 for Connexus members.  Connexus membership is £25 per annum, and you can join at

Book your place at – select the date you want from the list on the left and follow the instructions.  Please contact if you have any questions.


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Social Housing Arts Network

PIN 2The Social Housing Arts Network (#SHAN) project was developed following a successful research and development period in 2013 with Bolton at Home, supported through the Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, exploring how arts organisations / collectives can work with a local social housing provider to explore the impact outreach art projects can have on the community.

SHAN Project Managers Guild used the learning from the research and development phase to support a successful bid to the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Fund to deliver a three-phased socially engaged art activity, spanning across four social housing providers in the UK.

Working in four locations with four social housing provider partners – Bolton at Home, Poplar HARCA, St Leger Homes, and South Yorkshire Housing Association – the project will work with specifically targeted local areas over a three-phase project.

Project partners Bolton at Home worked with Guild and local residents to recruit writer Sarah Butler on a project that aimed to bring refugees & asylum seekers and the wider Breightmet community together using the theme of Growing, Cooking and Sharing.

DSCF3213The Breightmet project showcase event was held in December at Breightmet Library, and the final artwork was unveiled.  The ‘Growing, Cooking, Sharing Box’ is a beautiful yet functional and interactive resource offering recipes, growing tips and stories, gathered from Breightmet residents and Bolton at Home staff during the project, for people to browse through, take away and add to. The Box is currently on display at Breightmet UCAN Centre and is engaging customers, who have been contributing their own recipes, growing tips and stories.

SHAN Partner projects have been developed in the three other areas – Sheffield, London and Doncaster. Each project is different; each one at a different stage; each facing different challenges and opportunities.

You can find out more about the SHAN project at