Who are Art with Heart?

Art with Heart are a not for profit CIC based in Salford who have been creating high quality, accessible artistic experiences for audiences and 
participants since 2010

Led by Sarah Emmott and Rachel Moorhouse, Art 
with Heart have over 20 years combined 
experience delivering Performance, Participation 
and Education projects


What do
we do?

For a small company we have big ideas and work with incredible collaborators and partners to help make them a reality. Each year we engage with thousands of people locally and nationally. We create performances which tour to arts venues and unexpected places, provide curriculum and enrichment educational workshops, creative projects for community groups, bespoke professional development training and public speaking.

We have been commissioned to create work for, and partnered with Museum of London, Southbank Centre, Contact, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, People’s History Museum, Manchester Science Festival and Manchester City Council, among others. Our Advocates include Rory Bremner, Kate Green OBE and Sally Carr MBE.

Why do we
do it?

We’re invested in being part of positive change and work with audiences and participants to bring about social action. We make work for the here and now which responds to the world we live in and questions what it means to be part of society.

We provide platforms for voices and stories that are often untold and encourage audiences to look at the world from a different angle. We work to open conversations, provoke debate and challenge perceptions.

We focus on encouraging and engaging women, young people and isolated communities in the arts, are passionate about diversity and committed to providing accessible artistic experiences. As a Queer led company, we work extensively within the LGBTQ+ community. As a rule we try to provide a quality brew and biscuits for the people we work with, and listen more than we speak.

Art with Heart create spaces in which participants and audiences can grow personally and collectively to
instigate social change

Our core aims:

  • Create relevant, meaningful artistic experiences that support personal and collective growth to instigate social change
  • Provide spaces and platforms for under-represented voices and unheard stories
  • Provide opportunities for professional development, supporting participants to realise their potential
  • Engage our local community through activities that provide lasting impact
  • Engage isolated communities by removing barriers to accessing the arts


2018 (Winner) Equalities Award at Heart of Salford Awards

2017 (Winner) ADHD Foundation Partnership Award (for Declaration)

2017 (Named) Sarah Emmott listed on The Purple List (Influential Bisexual List).

2014 (Winner) ‘Theatre Production of the Year’ (for Secret Diaries) at the Co-operative ‘Loved By You’ Awards.

2017 (Shortlisted) Sarah Emmott for ‘Best Actress in a Studio Production’ (for Declaration) at Manchester Theatre Awards

2016 (Shortlisted) ‘Equality Award’ at ‘Heart of Salford’ Awards.

2016 (Shortlisted) ‘Community Organisation of the Year’ at ‘LGBT Foundation Hero’ Awards.

Meet the

Sarah Emmott

Sarah Emmott

Writer, Performer, Maker, Facilitator and Producer. Her solo production The Speed of Dating toured with sell out runs. She has created a number of interactive micro-works including Kiss my Heart. Her work has toured to theatres nationally and featured in bus stops, car parks, trams and community spaces.

Rachel Moorhouse

Rachel Moorhouse

Producer, Director and Theatremaker. A recipient of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Producers Bursary Programme, she co-produces Pen:Chant, a cabaret night founded by Slam Poet, Ben Mellor and co-founded Lost & Found, a pop-up performance festival in Manchester.

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