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Dial In

Designed for use over the phone, in person or via video call, Dial In is a booklet of activities created by artists from Greater Manchester

Parent and child having a chat in conversation corner

Bucket List Bingo

Bucket List Bingo was developed as part of Golden Years Caravan, used to encourage elders to try new experiences and think of the life they have ahead, not behind them.

Two people wearing brightly coloured dresses and glasses laugh hysterically together. One of them holds a lime green shoe and behind them is a rack of clothes and shoes.

Old Stock New Stock

Old Stock New Stock is a series of ambitious artworks that confront perceptions of ageing and retirement.

A graphic with a teal background and the word Dial.


A creative phone based project which connected isolated elders and artists during lockdown.

Sarah is wearing a yellow cagoule and guiding a smiling lady towards a photograph. In the photograph, the same lady wears a gold top hat and smiles.

The Golden Years Caravan

A roving cinema and art gallery celebrating the curiosity, creativity and culture of Greater Manchester’s older generation.

An illustration of a squirrel wearing a backwards cap and playing the trumpet

Squirrel Club

A workshop to help children and young people find new ways of exploring and expressing what it’s like to live with ADHD.

A visitor to our wellbeing room sits at a table and writes. Our host Steph Walker leans on the table and observes


SPACE is a mobile wellbeing room curated and hosted by mental health practitioner Steph Walker.

A group of people dressed as suffragettes line up under green trees.

100 Deeds

A project about gender equality in response to the Women’s Social Political Union slogan ‘Deeds Not Words’.

A woman leans on a table to write on a luggage tag. Next to her, a small lightbox reads share a story #IWD2016. On the wall in front of her is a map with other luggage tags pinned to it.

Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Tales

An interactive collection of inspirational stories about ordinary women who have had an extraordinary impact on people’s lives.

Twelve people sit in rows of a large civic chamber. The walls are panelled with wood and there is a microphone in front of each person. .

Queer Youth In Focus

Exploring issues affecting LGBTQIA+ young people in Greater Manchester through workshops, live debate, a short film and a photographic exhibition.

Young people stood on the stage at WHY festival with a microphone, waiting to present

WHY? Festival – The Rights of a Child

A creative project on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for Contact and Southbank Centre.

Sarah is on a tram holding a giant red pencil. She is talking to the passenger next to her.

From Me To You

Performed on a Metrolink tram, From Me To You encouraged people to interact with strangers, building a community of commuters.

A pink rug in the shape of heart is on the floor of a large room. In the background, there is a small pink tent, a table with a box on it and a person sitting at a table with a drink.

Kiss My Heart

Kiss My Heart collects stories of love for intimate performances and exhibitions.

A Little Piece of Our Heart

An intergenerational LGBTQ+ storytelling project with young people from The Proud Trust using audio stories and film. Created for Manchester Pride.

A rainbow-coloured finger painting of a man in a suit.

Thumbs Up For Turing

Commissioned by The Museum of Science and Industry, this interactive exhibition and workshop celebrated Alan Turing; the father of modern computing.

Polaroid pictures are laid on top of a map.

Memory Maps

An interactive community exhibition about the celebration of Manchester through LGBTQ+ eyes. Commissioned by Museum of Science and Industry.

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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.

A graphic illustration of a person with short grey hair and dark skin. They are holding a telephone up to their ear and smiling.

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.

A painting of Alicia Keys

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.

Photo of participant Pauline, standing outside her house and wearing sunglasses

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.

A wide shot of SPACE, participants are sat chatting around tables under soft lighting

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.

A white woman with dark brown hair and a fringe. She is smiling.

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.

Illustration of lots of different faces with lines drawn between them like webs

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.