The Making of Us is a professional development programme for socially engaged and community artists based in Greater Manchester. The programme brings together the cross-sector expertise of partners in the arts, social care and education sectors to develop post-pandemic practices with a focus on artists engaging young people.

Between October 2020 and March 2022, the Making of Us programme will support 15-20 mid-career artists with a programme of training, mentoring, peer-to-peer learning and live collaborative projects in settings with our partners across Wigan, Stockport and Salford. 

For more information about the Making of Us programme please contact:

Project Coordinators, Emma Fry and Shelley Cater-Shipway


Delivered in partnership with


Making of Us Artist Call Out
Applications are now open for the Making of Us professional development programme for socially engaged artists and community artists, which will include the following:

  • Training workshops delivered by partner organisations

  • Mentoring and peer-led knowledge exchange events

  • Participation in a ‘live’ collaborative project working with at least one other artist, one partner organisation, and individuals aged 13 - 25 years who identify as experiencing adversity (e.g. are care experienced, have mental health issues, are neuro-diverse or are living with a physical illness or impairment)

  • An opportunity to develop responsive non face-to-face practices, including digital and blended approaches with a focus on accessibility and inclusivity.

  • Contributions to programme research and evaluation

  • Participation in a one-day conference in Spring 2022 to share learning with colleagues in Greater Manchester working across culture, health, and social sectors.

For more information download the full brief HERE.
Deadline for applications: extended to midnight 30 October.

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