The ‘Making of Us’ is a professional development programme for socially engaged 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 work engaging young people 13-25years facing adversity. 

Generously supported by the Greater Manchester Culture Fund:

Delivered in partnership with:

Between October 2020 and March 2022, the Making of Us programme will support 15-20 mid-career socially engaged 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:

Emma Fry and Shelley Cater-Shipway

Project Coordinators


Creative Assistant Work Placement Opportunity

The Turnpike is looking to support two 6-month Work Placements during the first phase of the Making of Us programme. The aim of these Work Placements is to take positive action to encourage more Greater Manchester-based individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to consider an arts career. 


Creative Assistants will have the opportunity to:

- Receive £1000 Career Development Bursary

- Work alongside arts professionals and artists as they devise and deliver this exciting professional development programme. 

- Gain hands-on experience of workshop planning and delivery with young people

- Work in a small team to support with programme evaluation, administration and coordination. 


100 hours placement, flexible 1-2 days a week over 6 months.

Placement 1: Scheduled to take place October 2020 - March 2021

Placement 2: Scheduled to take place February 2021 - July 2021


If you are over 18 years of age and meet any of the following criteria, you are eligible to apply:

  • You are from a black and minority ethnic group. For the purposes of this opportunity, this is defined as Arab; Asian or Asian British; Black or Black British; Chinese; Gypsy or Traveller; Irish Traveller; Mixed White and Asian; Mixed White and Black African; Mixed White and Black Caribbean; Other Asian background; Other Black background; Other Ethnic background; Other Mixed background; and Other White background.

  • You have a disability

  • You are care-experienced

  • You have been a carer for an ill or disabled family member

  • You identify as being working class or from a low socio-economic background.

  • You are currently based in the Wigan Borough, or another area of Greater Manchester with higher than average levels of deprivation. 

To Apply:

-  Write 500 words detailing your interest in the opportunity and what you would hope to gain from the experience. 

-  Supply two referees who are able to comment on your suitability for the placement.

-  Indicate whether your preference would be to considered for Placement 1 or 2. 

Send your application via email to: by Friday 25 September at 5pm.

Please note: Whilst our offices are based at The Turnpike in Leigh, the Creative Assistants may be required to work remotely for part of the placement, and will require access to their own laptop/PC with an internet connection. Activity will take place across Greater Manchester & travel expenses can be reimbursed. All Creative Assistants will be required to submit to DBS vetting due to the nature of the work, and will undergo Safeguarding training. 

Freelance Evaluator

The Turnpike is looking for a freelance evaluator to work closely with its project team to conduct evaluation of ‘Making of Us.’ As part of this role, the individual will review key programme milestones and activities and build an evaluation framework to capture the voice of participants, artists and partners.


Further information and a full brief on the Freelance Evaluator role can be found HERE
Closing date for applications - Friday 9th October at 5pm

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