An Exhibition featuring 5 Bolton based artists

In creative partnership with neo:artists, New Art Spaces Bolton consists of four shop units and two large office spaces for developing and showcasing new art and artistic talent in Greater Manchester.

Location: Churchgate House, Churchgate, Bolton BL1 1HL

The opening times are:

Thursday 6 April, 5-8pm

Friday 7 April, 11am-5pm

Saturday 8 April, 11am-5pm


Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces is an initiative to create dynamic project spaces for artists, artist collectives and artists development agencies. Making use of temporary vacant retail, office and light industrial units, New Art Spaces provides opportunities for emerging artists to incubate their practices, produce work and showcase new art to local communities.


Investment in Culture in Bolton

There’s a lot happening in Bolton with developments across the borough bringing in over £1billion in investment from the private and public sector and with it a new confidence is spreading into the cultural life of the town. For information on all development visit the Evolve website

The Market place £20million refurbishment by owners Moorgarth includes the new Light Cinema showing blockbusters, independent and international films as well as the newest and latest on screen content of opera, sport and music. There are opportunities for local performers to take to the purpose built stage in the main shopping area; for information contact the centre manager Nikki Wilson Cook

The Albert Halls has undergone a £6.5m transformation to create a premium multi-purpose venue comprising a number of themed meeting rooms and conference facilities including a 670 seat theatre. The sympathetic refurbishment has conserved the heritage of the building and hidden treasures have been uncovered and restored such as the old Victorian Minton tiled floors.


Bolton Museum is expected to draw in crowds from around the world, with its £3.8 million refurbishment which includes one-off capital funding, income from the museum’s touring exhibition, plus a contribution from sponsor Eddie Davies. The Grade II listed building will benefit from a new gallery Eternal Egypt; featuring a full size reproduction of the burial chamber of Thutmose III as its centrepiece and highlighting Bolton’s important links to ancient Egypt in a family-friendly and interactive exhibition.


Bow St car park will be transformed into The Link by well-known Bolton business owners Geeta and Subhash Kotecha who run the Spice Valley Indian restaurants and property developer Farhad Azimy. After success transforming the former Riley’s snooker hall on Blackburn Road into an exciting new business space, incorporating Global Interiors furniture store, the Dolce Italian restaurant and World of Brass they are now looking for artisan and independent businesses to get on board. For more information contact Subhash Kotecha on 07879 643664 or call Farhad Azimy on 07801 504477


The Link, Bolton

The Link, Bolton

The Octagon Theatre refurbishment with an anticipated project cost of approximately £10m funded partly through Arts Council England’s Large Capital Grants Scheme, National Lottery Good Causes and £2m pledged from Bolton Council. The Octagon building will close for ten months in mid-2018 and re-open in spring 2019. During this time, the Theatre will take the opportunity to engage with new and existing audiences by operating in different spaces around Bolton. Look out for the REVEAL Festival beginning February 28th this year encouraging new work by local writers performers and creatives:

Events, Exhibition

A Photographic Exhibition “Brits on the beach”


Among other exhibits, a body of work capturing a single day of silly games and fun on the beach, British style.

All in aid of the Charles Henry Ashley historic lifeboat.


Events, Seminars

ADUK National Seminar 2015: Arts, Health & Wellbeing

Venue: St David’s Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH

Date: Tuesday 1st December 2015


Places are limited and are filling up fast.
This programme and booking form is also available in Welsh. If you prefer a Welsh version, please contact ADUK at

This next national seminar in our professional development programme is aimed at officers involved in both policy and practice related to arts, health and wellbeing commissioning and service provision.  Our training needs survey and previous seminar feedback indicated that arts officers across England and Wales are keen to learn more about how arts supports the health and wellbeing agenda. It will also assist health professionals to learn more about the benefits of applying arts and cultural participation to improve heath and wellbeing.

The seminar will illustrate best practice arts services in both England and Wales, giving delegates networking opportunities and an opportunity to take part in a series of activities illustrating arts, health and wellbeing. The seminar will demonstrate how working through arts participation, individuals, organisations and communities can increase participation and access to health and wellbeing; also increasing confidence and ability, community development and social cohesion, and bringing groups of disadvantaged or hard to reach people to increase their quality of life. The day will allow delegates to hear about policy and practice from a range of informed speakers and presenters from Wales and England.

The morning will include keynote presentations from Clive Parkinson, Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Alexandra Coulter: Director of Arts & Health SW followed by a series of breakout sessions with presenters drawn from good practice case studies from a national prospective with opportunities for debate and information sharing.

The day is aimed at arts and cultural organisations, artists, those in the health, wellbeing and social care sectors, local and national government policy makers, and those working in the voluntary and independent sectors. We very much hope that you will be able to join us for an enlightening and informative day that should enable you to support better cultural practice and delivery with communities in your own areas.

The programme is supported by the Arts Council of Wales and in association with St David’s Hall, Cardiff.


09:15     Registration and refreshments

09:40     Seminar Introduction & overview: Chair of the seminar
              Katherine West, Vice Chair of ADUK

09:50     Keynote Speaker: 
              Clive Parkinson, Director of Arts for Health, Manchester Met University 

10:15     Questions from the Floor

10:30     Refreshment Break

11:00     Breakout Sessions: Local Communities & Health and wellbeing
A choice of one of four discussion forums in the following areas:

Breakout 1: Working in partnership: Sally Anne Evans, Community Arts Development Officer with Newport Live discussing working with St David’s Hospice and the Creative Living Group.
Breakout 2: Singing out for health: Kate Strudwick and David Jones (Head 4 Arts) explore how singing and choir development has positive effects on community health with benefits to families and carers, illustrating good practice in Wales and England. The session will be facilitated by Kate.
Breakout 3: Sharing together: engage Cymru have developed an all-Wales arts, health and wellbeing network with ACW Sharing Together funding, presently with over 40 members. With Seed Funding from Artworks Cymru, the Network have developed an Artists in Hospital Toolkit which will be launched in December.  Angela Rogers and other Network members will discuss this, and other projects.
Breakout 4: Working with cultural partners: Arteffact is a partnership of 4 museums and galleries in N Wales working with people with mental health problems. Led by Dr Maria Hayes, Project Manager of Arteffact.


12.00      Breakout Session repeated (choose a second breakout from the above)

13.00      Lunch

14.00      Keynote Presentation:

               Alexandra Coulter, Director of Arts & Health SW

14.20      Afternoon Breakout sessions: Working towards practical problem solving


A choice of one of four practical case studies in the following areas:

Breakout 1: Designer Maker: Jo Marsh, Learning & Engagement Officer at Oriel Wrecsam (Wrexham CBC) will be presenting on the gallery’s ‘Designer Maker’ project which has been delivered in partnership with mental health charity Advance Brighter Futures. Participants facing a variety of mental health challenges have worked with local artist Rhi Moxon to create a new product to be sold in Oriel Wrecsam’s retail space. The project has developed from earlier work around health and wellbeing issues affecting people on the Plas Madoc estate.
Breakout 2: Evidencing Impact: A presentation by Natalie Jode (Executive Director; Creative Arts East) regarding the Norfolk Arts and Wellbeing Programme, a project aiming to establish a county-wide arts & community development consortium to deliver Action Research work with key health and wellbeing service user groups.
Breakout 3: Gwent Arts in Health: Sarah Goodey introduces the work of Garth (Gwent Arts in Health), a charity that delivers an arts and health programme for patients and public in healthcare and community settings throughout the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area. Sarah will present the Healing Words project in partnership with Literature Wales and local authorities, a project that uses creative writing and visual arts as a tool for positive mental health. There will be a hands-on opportunity to participate in this breakout.
Breakout 4: Working with older people: Imagine Nottingham. This  is a three year project, one of four nationally  funded by Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation’s Arts and Older People in Care fund. Now in its second year the project has been demonstrating both pros and cons of working within this  sector and developing ways of engagement, utilising training of artist and care staff and the use of digital technology. It’s been a journey of discovery with an overall aim of using the arts to change attitudes to the role of care homes in our communities. Presented by Sharon Scaniglia, Nottingham City Council.


15:10      Refreshment Break

15:30      Breakout Session repeated (choose a second breakout from the above)

16:30      Conference Summary: Conference Chair

Changes to programme: The programme was correct at the time of going to press. Arts Development UK reserves the right to change speakers and the conference schedule as appropriate.

Vacancies & Opportunities

Open Art – Visual Artist opportunity, TMBC (deadline: 27 Sept 2015)

TMBC invites proposals for artwork, to be sited on the glazing of the new “pod” within entrance area and internal ground floor of Ashton Old Baths. The artwork needs to reflect both the building’s heritage, as a late 19th century municipal swimming baths and its transformation into a cutting edge digital media start-up incubator.

The artwork needs to both connect with the community of the borough and go some way to tell the building’s unique story to date. The artworks narrative should be dynamic, innovative, original and most of all engaging; successfully tying together both incarnations of this iconic building.

THE PROJECT – Ashton Old Baths Background

The Corporation Baths at the Henry Square end of Stamford Street, Ashton under Lyne were opened in 1870 at a cost of £16,000. It was one of the first and largest municipal swimming baths in the country. Since its closure in 1970, when it was replaced by the baths on Water Street, the building had remained vacant until its recent redevelopment.

The Old Baths on Henry Square is being transformed to house incubation units for ‘state-of-the-art digital start-up units’ for new technology and digital firms. The project has been made possible through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

The repurposing of the iconic municipal baths into a high tech digital media incubator will enable us, to use the borough’s heritage to drive forward its future prosperity. The new multi-purpose building will provide a hub for a wide variety of new media, digital and creative enterprises in Tameside.

The creation of this incubator is essential for the long term viability and sustainability of the building, moving a previously vacant Grade II* listed building forward into an exciting new creative era.

The artwork needs to be installed on completion of the development’s “phase 1” building works in December 2015.

For more information regarding this exciting opportunity please contact Ben Irwin Arts and Events Officer via email