£60,000 fillip for Manchester artists

Published: 13 September 2020
Reporter: David Upton

Greater Manchester Artist Hub

Greater Manchester Artist Hub has been awarded £60,000 by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to support independent artists.

A project spearheaded by 13 leading performing arts organisations across Greater Manchester supports independent artists and creative freelancers in the area.

It was formed in April to help independent artists access support, advice and opportunities during the COVID crisis.

The project has now offered nearly 300 private advice sessions to local artists and a number of larger opportunities for artists to learn about specific funding and connect with chief executives and artistic directors across the region.

Participating venues and arts organisations are Community Arts North West, Contact, HOME, The Lowry, Manchester International Festival, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, SICK! Festival, STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North), Waterside Arts and Creative Industries Trafford, hÅb/Word of Warning and Z-arts.

This funding from the Fairbairn Foundation will allow the project to offer a range of new opportunities including creative care and wellbeing support, opportunities to develop new skills and co-commissions offered across a range of local partners.