The Turnpike operates in the spirit of reciprocity, partnership and exchange. To be part of the GMCA Culture Fund Portfolio presents an extraordinary opportunity to develop new and innovative ways to broaden our reach and impact. The creative sector has a key role to play in raising ambition, enabling critical thinking, and finding common ground across GM. We’re delighted to be part of this cohort and very much look forward to sharing outcomes and exchanging knowledge and ideas with our partners.

    Helen Stalker, Director

    The Making of Us programme has been designed in collaboration with The Together Trust, an exceptional charity providing a wide range of care, education and community support in the North West of England. The programme will include:
    - Engagement of 15-20 ‘Making of Us’ Associate Artists recruited from across GM

    - Engagement of participants aged 13yrs-25yrs who identify as experiencing adversity.
    - Commissioned Live Projects which explore different models of collaboration and co-creation across Wigan, Salford and Stockport.
    - 4 apprenticeship opportunities
    - 1-day conference to share our learning with colleagues in GM working across culture, health, and social sectors.

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

    Hannah Gaunt

    Learning and Engagement Manager

    Funding announcement, March 2020

    £8.6 million boost for arts, culture and creativity across all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester

    Theatres, museums, festivals and cultural centres from across all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester are to be given a boost thanks to an £8.6 million investment in arts and creativity throughout the city-region.

    Thirty-five (35) organisations will receive grants from the Greater Manchester Culture Fund, set up by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to support cultural organisations that provide excellent cultural experiences and opportunities throughout Greater Manchester. This 23% increase in cultural investment allows GMCA to support organisations in all ten Greater Manchester boroughs, recognising the important role culture plays in the vibrancy and liveability of our towns and cities.

    For the first time, literature and carnival arts organisations will join museums, heritage, theatre, film, dance, music, and visual arts organisations in receiving grants from the Culture Fund. There is also an increase in support to Salford, Wigan and Tameside, and more funding for Greater Manchester carnival arts.

    Cllr David Greenhalgh, GMCA Portfolio Lead for Culture, said: “The groups and organisations recognised here represent some of the very best Greater Manchester has to offer. They are a celebration of the diversity and dynamism of our cultural scene, which continues to produce outstanding talent and provide entertainment and education to our residents and visitors from around the world.”

    “Greater Manchester is a place like no other when it comes to culture, creativity and opportunity. Through the Culture Fund, we are reaffirming our commitment to the groups and institutions that are the lifeblood of our communities, and which contribute more than £1.4 billion to our economy every year.”

    Alison McKenzie-Folan, Chief Executive Lead for the Culture portfolio, praised the calibre of applications to the Culture Fund.

    “The variety of organisations represented here is a real indication of the rich cultural offer of Greater Manchester”, she said. “I’m particularly pleased to see our excellent literary scene represented among this year’s recipients, which hail from all 10 boroughs of our city-region.”

     “The Greater Manchester Culture Fund is about celebrating our world-leading cultural heritage, and supporting the historic institutions and grassroots community groups helping everyone to enjoy the arts, engage with local history, and develop new skills and talents.”

    To find out more about the fund, contact the GMCA Culture Team: 


    The Turnpike is pleased to be part of a portfolio of organisations in Greater Manchester supported by the GM Culture Fund between 2020-2022. 


    The ‘Making of Us’ will bring together the cross-sector expertise of The Turnpike, The Together Trust, and local delivery partners to develop practical working approaches for collaborative arts projects with a focus on young people 13-25years who are facing adversity across Wigan, Salford and Stockport.

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