We work with other organisations to help them to imagine new programmes, access funding, bring together partnerships, and commission artists. We can offer creative consultation, strategy, curatorial, fundraising and development support.
Our consultancy work is delivered as a social business, and seed funds new ideas, support artists and helps us to develop new work with communities.
People we’ve worked with include The Turnpike, Heart of Glass, Granby Workshop, Assemble, Tameside Council, Bluecoat, Helix Arts, City of York Council and MAKE Liverpool.
The People's Powerhouse
For the last two years, we have been commissioned by The People’s Powerhouse to produce the arts programme for their annual convention, aiming to give people and communities in the North a greater say about the direction of their region. We brought together some of the North’s most brilliant artists and organisations to represent the arts in conversations about the future of the North, alongside policy and decision-makers.
Manchester Craft and Design Centre
We have been commissioned to reimagine Manchester Design and Craft Centre’s practice and purpose as a meeting point between cutting-edge creative practice, social making, community participation, and diverse cultures. Building on their strong heritage, we will work closely with their Board, staff, and resident artists to revisit their drivers and become more financially resilient, reflective of Manchester’s vibrant cultures, and environmentally sustainable.
Activating the Turnpike
Working closely with Director Helen Stalker, the gallery team, the Leigh community, and artists, we played a role in shaping a new direction for The Turnpike, as an artist-led testing ground — a place of healing, learning and creative exchange, that operates beyond its walls and throughout the town.
The Cap and Dove
We were invited to support GM Arts to develop an artistic programme as a legacy from 2019’s Peterloo bi-centenary. We worked with the 10 local authorities of Greater Manchester to develop a collective approach to commissioning that would enable ambition, engagement and artists’ development.
Fire Within: Wigan Cultural Strategy
Through 2018 we worked with artists. communities, arts organisations and Wigan council develop a new cultural strategy for Wigan Borough. Drawing on local heritage, the strategy brought together the Borough’s incredible cultural offer under five key curatorial themes, to act as a framework for development of audiences, impact, arts practice and infrastructure.