We are

Art with Heart

  • Heart
  • Adventure
  • Ambition
  • Compassion
  • Momentum
  • Curiosity
  • Hope
  • Respect
  • Impact
  • Communities
  • You

Creative, curious and collaborative arts adventurers.

For a small company we think big. We are barrier

breakers, dance-floor shakers and loyal caretakers.
We are a warm hug and a wake up call.

We are Art with Heart

We design and deliver Performance, Participation and Education projects from our home in Salford, where you’ll find an open door, a ready boiled kettle and a pot brimming with ideas. We provide creative experiences in the form of performances, projects, exhibitions, workshops and training to support people to unlock their creativity, discover their voice and test their values.

We engage with thousands of people nationally every year and are always on the hunt for fellow collaborators. Active citizens, our sleeves are rolled up, prepared to dig deep and explore new territories together. We’re invested in being part of positive change and work to fire conversations, challenge perceptions and galvanise action.

You’ll find us out and about; with performances and projects popping up in all manner of places from theatres to community centres, tents at festivals and occasionally on trams! Take a look at our portfolio for a peek at our performances and projects and get in touch for a chat about working together.

We are Art with Heart

Creative
Experiences

Performance

We create, produce and deliver professional performances which tour to arts venues and unexpected places. Sometimes we tell our stories, sometimes we tell yours, but we’re especially interested in sharing stories that might otherwise go untold.

”A level of empathy and understanding that smashes apart stereotypes and stigma“
The Reviews Hub on 'Declaration'
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Participation

We support people to unlock their creativity and discover their voice. We deliver artistic projects and workshops with community and youth groups in open and inclusive environments helping participants to thrive.

”We hugely value their ethical, well considered, sensitive approach and trust them to work with us in engaging some of the most hard to reach communities across Greater Manchester“
Lynsey O’Sullivan
Engagement Manager, The Lowry
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Education

We have over a decade of experience working in various education environments including schools, colleges and pupil referral units and are passionate about encouraging and nurturing creative thinking.

”Students found the session engaging and inspiring. They felt comfortable discussing difficult topics as you created such a lovely, safe space“
Naeem Moosa
The Co-operative Academy Manchester
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Training

We offer a range of professional development workshops for artists and students. Workshops can be adapted for small or large groups and to suit the needs of emerging or more experienced participants.

”I am a physical learner - the workshop catered to all learners. It was very informative and I enjoyed all parts“
Birmingham School of Acting Student
on 'Setting Up A Performing Arts Company' Workshop
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What we're
up to

A People Powered Programme for Change

Our response to Covid-19. Announcing our Summer – Autumn programme; a responsive, relevant and useful programme of work which prioritises local communities and creatives. Including; Dial: intergenerational creative phone-based activity, SPACE: online wellbeing resource, Artist Brew Days: Free workshops and advice surgeries for local creatives, Box Tickers: returning to the 2010 Equalities Act, 13 artists explore whether it is working and ask ‘is protection is enough?’, in a series of podcast provocations. Read more.

Dial

This summer we paired 5 Greater Manchester artists with 25 elders from across the region with the simple aim of connecting with one another. We called this project ‘Dial’ as it took place over telephone between 2 people. Over 150 hours of conversation took place before our creative collective hung up their phones to one another. During that time, they laughed together, sang together, drew portraits of one another, wrote poems, talked politics and pandemics, shared life stories and recipes, created maps and imagined fantasy lands together.

We invited our artists to create a series of responses to their conversations. In light of the recent news of prospective lockdown restrictions for another 6 months, we can’t think of a more fitting time to share the voices, stories, frustrations and hopes from elders across our local communities. They are calling for change, and it’s about time we answered.

Our commitment to anti-racist action

We’re making a commitment to anti-racist action. We want to do more. We hope you do too. Read about the actions we are promising to put into place in our blog, “Tragedy cannot be the catalyst for change.” The blog also includes a list of resources and actions that you can take to help in the fight against racism.

Stay Safe, Stay Home

Privacy Policy

Your personal privacy is important to us. You can read all about how we handle your personal data and how we keep it safe here.

Who we've
worked with

The Co-operative