COMMUNITY 

MOSTON, HARPURHEY & CHARLESTOWN

In 2020, we launched a 10-year programme of arts projects, created with and for communities in Moston, Harpurhey and Charlestown.

We believe in the power of art to make a real, positive difference in people’s lives, to confront difficult issues, to celebrate the local community and to empower people who live here. Having made this vibrant neighbourhood our home, we will work with great local artist and invite international artists into the community. We will make work together, collaborating with community groups, charities, healthcare services and local businesses.

Our approach always starts with listening: Through our Ambassadors Group of local residents we explore what really matters to people in Moston, Harpurhey and Charlestown. What makes people feel good about the places they live and what challenges do people face? How can WE make a difference?

We’ll be making ambitious new projects that get presented in the neighbourhood. We’ll present our festival every two years, and we’ll deliver projects that contribute directly to the health and wellbeing of the community.

Our SMASH Mental Health Arts Programme offers a menu of creative activities for people experiencing mental health problems. Working in partnership with No. 93 NHS Community Health Centre, we want to offer a space where people can reflect on their experiences together and take part in activities that boost their wellbeing.

Steve Vickers, Creative Producer for SICK! Productions says:

“I’ve been working in the community here since 2010 and it’s a really vibrant place. I want us to shine a light on Moston, Harpurhey and Charlestown, to let people know there’s a great pool of creative talent here that makes a big contribution to Manchester’s cultural offer. The talent is here. Our job is to highlight it. By making this genuine long-term commitment to the area, I think we can do this.”

Our work in Moston, Harpurhey & Charlestown is supported by: Oglesby Charitable TrustPeter Sowerby FoundationManchester City Council and Arts Council England.

A sign reads 'Harpurhey Shopping Centre'

Photo by Shada Iqbal

Our Moston, Harpurhey & CHARLESTOWN Projects

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather is our photographic exhibition, showcasing work developed by participants of our social prescribing project SMASH: EXPLORE. The exhibition took place from Friday 8th October 2021 at No. 93 Health and Wellbeing Centre, 93 Church Ln, Harpurhey,...

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Soundpaths

Soundpaths

YONATAN COLLIER (NL) SICK! FESTIVAL COMMISSION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BRIGHTER SOUND FROM 01 MAYROUTE 1:  AROUND MOSTON, HARPURHEY & CHARLESTOWNROUTE 2: BOGGART HOLE CLOUGHSEE BELOW FOR ACCESSIBILITYFREEHow well do you know your neighbourhood? When was the last time...

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Streets Of Poetry

Streets Of Poetry

ELTEN KIENE & SJAAN FLIKWEERT (NL) SICK! FESTIVAL COMMISSION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH YOUNG IDENTITY FROM 01 MAYVARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT MOSTON & HARPURHEYSEE BELOW FOR ACCESSIBILITYFREE POEMS BY IFY, RUBY, MOHAMMED, NELSON, DAVID, HAYLEY Imagine if your...

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SICK! FESTIVAL SECURES THREE-YEAR FUNDING

SICK! FESTIVAL SECURES THREE-YEAR FUNDING

Sick! Festival secures three-year funding as part of The Arts Council England National Portfolio 2023-26   We are delighted that SICK! Festival will be part of the Arts Council England National Portfolio 2023-26 Let's Create! We gratefully received an offer of...

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OPPORTUNITY: CREATIVE PRODUCER (COMMISSIONING)

OPPORTUNITY: CREATIVE PRODUCER (COMMISSIONING)

creative producer (commissioning) We’re looking for a dynamic and inspirational individual to join us, to work closely with me and our fantastic team to help us achieve our potential and grow our impact and reach. Although the last two years has presented us with a...

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OPPORTUNITY: Creative photographic facilitator

OPPORTUNITY: Creative photographic facilitator

call out for a freelance creative photographic facilitator SMASH, is a creative social prescribing project that offers participants a range of creative and innovative experiences  One of the elements of SMASH is EXPLORE; A guided programme of creative walks that uses...

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