Community Arts North West
Community Arts North West is a Manchester based arts development organisation led by artists and creative producers. We work with diverse communities and artists to create access to cultural production for people that are excluded from or on the fringes of the mainstream.
We facilitate cultural expression and visibility for the many complex and diverse communities that make up Greater Manchester, working across the performing, visual and media arts.
CAN strongly allies itself with the historical struggle of communities to create a better world. Our work brings people, artists and communities together in urban spaces to articulate and share hidden histories, to explore the complex identities of communities and to shape social and cultural agendas.
Most of all, we create access to high quality experiences and beautiful art.
Collaboration and partnership is core to what we do and we have worked for over 30 years with individuals, communities, the voluntary sector, cultural agencies and artists to develop and create a rich portfolio of work with a deep and lasting cultural and social legacy.
At CAN we believe that inter-cultural dialogue creates a dynamic space where commonality and difference, tradition and modernity can be explored to create rich new cultural forms. Diversity is central to our work and we collaborate with urban communities across Greater Manchester, working with a range of ages, cultural backgrounds and artforms.
Community Arts North West in the News
20th July 2015
Community Arts North West has been selected from charities across the North West as the regional winner of the Championing Change Award. The Charity Achievement Awards have been created to recognise the amazing, life changing work of small & medium sized charities. We’ve been recognised for our influential refugee women’s theatre programme which developed a unique, ground-breaking, high-profile play; Rule 35, in partnership with the Boaz Trust. The production, whose participants had experience of the asylum system, was highly successful in communicating the issues relating to women going through the detention system.
The project gained a national profile and received significant press interest in its ability to raise awareness around the emotional, psychological and physical impact of detention, having a powerful and lasting impact on the audience. Importantly, Rule 35 has made a significant contribution to the national debate around detention, championing change and a radical shake-up of the current system.
Chief Executive of the Lloyds Bank Foundation, Paul Streets OBE, said of the awards: ‘We are delighted to celebrate the winners of our Charity Achievement Awards. Community Arts North West has demonstrated excellent and inspiring practice, and has set the standard high; not just surviving in these tough times, but thriving, delivering vital services and literally transforming lives. For over 30 years the Foundation has supported thousands of such small and medium sized charities to tackle disadvantage in communities right across the North West and we look forward to doing much more in the years to come.’