Blog

Read the latest news and views from the Art with Heart team and our collaborators.

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Explore SPACE online- launching our virtual wellbeing space

SPACE is a mobile wellbeing room curated by Mental Practitioner Steph Walker and shaped by the people that occupy it.

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Dial In – creative activities to build connections

Tired of talking about the pandemic? Out of practice in making conversation? Looking to connect? Dial is here to help.

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Announcing our seed fund recipients

We’re over the moon to have received an impressive 88 applications for our seed fund for working class creatives based in Greater Manchester.

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Being Transgender: the hurt and the pain – Poetry by Pauline Smith

Pauline identifies as a trans woman, and her powerful poetry really resonated with us after the launch of our podcast, Box Tickers, a few weeks ago.

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Civic Spaces of Care

The arts has been pushing to be more inclusive for decades now with numerous strategies calling for change; there is clearly a problem in the arts. We know it, we feel it, and we want it to be better.

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A Covid-19 Conversation Capsule by Alice Proctor

Alice’s response to our project Dial, where she was one of 5 artists connecting with elders over the phone.

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Every Act Impacts by Lesley Downing

One of our Dial creative collective Lesley wrote an opinion piece in response to her conversations with artist Alice. Here is Lesley’s call for change.

Chelsea is a mixed-race woman. She has a warm smile on her face and looks happy. She has big, black curly hair that lands just on her shoulders and is wearing a plain black t-shirt.

Refreshing Perspectives by Chelsea Morgan

Chelsea’s response to our project Dial, where she was one of 5 artists connecting with elders over the phone.

Ella wears a white t-shirt and sits outdoors with her chin resting in her hand.

Equal parts strangers and faceless friends by Ella Otomewo

Ella’s response to our project Dial, where she was one of 5 artists connecting with elders over the phone.

Roma is a young white person with short brown hair and a moustache. They sit in a launderette, wearing a knitted sweater.

Meeting is the most human of inventions by Roma Havers

Roma’s response to our project Dial, where she was one of 5 artists connecting with elders over the phone.

Joe is a white man. He wears a pink t-shirt and smiles.

Cards of Connection by Joe Gilmour-Rees

Joe’s response to our project Dial, where she was one of 5 artists connecting with elders over the phone.

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We need more than ‘coming out’ stories to come out

Sarah discusses why theatre needs better queer programming in order to compete with T.V & streaming services.

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Ross Thompson: A letter to the powerful

This is a letter to the powerful, the people in charge. The people who can make the difference we so desperately need.

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What lockdown has meant for older people, and why we need to talk about it

Ageism has been an issue in the UK for years, and the pandemic has only worsened it.

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A people powered programme for change

The pandemic has forced us to rethink and reshape our programme of work to ensure it is responsive and useful.

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This is where the hope comes in: Alice Proctor’s Equalities workshop reflections

Alice Proctor reflects on her experience facilitating our LGBTQ+ History Month equalities workshops in February.

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The difference between tolerance and acceptance: Hebe Reilly’s Equalities workshop reflections

Hebe Reilly reflects on her experience facilitating our LGBTQ+ History Month equalities workshops in February.

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Quietly and deeply radical: Jenny Gaskell’s Equalities workshop reflections

Jenny Gaskel reflects on her experience facilitating our LGBTQ+ History Month equalities workshops in February.

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Tragedy cannot be the catalyst for change

If #BlackoutTuesday was a day for reflection, then each day forward must be a day marked with action.

Sarah high giving participants at the Golden Years Caravan

Greater Manchester Culture Fund success!!

We are thrilled to announce that we will be part of the Greater Manchester Culture Fund portfolio for 2020-2022.

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International Day of Older Persons

Happy International Day of Older Persons! To mark this important day we are sharing a behind the scenes video from ‘Old Stock, New Stock’

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Meet the ‘This is Our Time’ film squad

Find out all about the brilliant team of older neighbours from the Manchester Cares network behind short film ‘This is Our Time’.

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LGBTQIA+ Equality Today- Alice’s reflections

Alice reflects on how we can continue to learn and be a better ally to the LGBTQIA+ community.

Chelsea stands at the front of a classroom, reading from a sheet of paper as she delivers a workshop.

LGBTQIA+ Equality today – Chelsea’s reflections

Chelsea Morgan has been supporting us to deliver our Equalities Workshop for LGBTQ+ History Month. We asked her to reflect on her time in schools with us.