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From February 2021, Contact will be working with a cross sector group who are interested in providing the best possible creative opportunities for children and young people in Manchester through collaborations and shared learning experiences.

A new project in partnership with Curious Minds and Young Manchester.

Scroll down to meet the Creative Connections Team!

Zorazelda King

As a Community Arts Practitioner, Facilitator and Theatre Maker I aspire to work with diverse communities to create inclusive participatory theatre for social and political change. I am passionate about working with young people on issues and topics that are important to them whilst utilising the arts and creative practice as a way to express themselves and have their voices heard. With experience working with young people on a variety of projects, I strive to continue developing my practice working with young people ensuring that they can access the best possible creative opportunities, whilst feeling empowered to make positive and impactful change for themselves and their communities.

Twitter: @zorazelda_king

Instagram: @zorazelda.king

Ros Norford

Lead Practitioner, Odd Arts

I am a Lead Practitioner at Odd Arts, I work in a range of settings delivering creative projects that enable positive social change. In my role I often use a strength and restorative based approach to explore challenging issues with young people.

Twitter: @RosNorford @OddArtsUK

Instagram: @creativeros @OddArtsUK

Denise Bowler

Producer (Schools & Colleges), Whitworth Gallery

I’m lucky enough to work across two teams at the Whitworth.  I am a curator, working on the Constituent Museum Project with our local neighbours and a producer working with schools and colleges (11-19 years).  Since the appointment of our Director, Alistair Hudson, in February 2018, the Whitworth has taken on the role of the Useful Museum with a new mission…Together, we use art for positive social change.  It’s a real move away from the expected and traditional way of engaging with art, opening up a path for experiencing art from a personal perspective and address what matters most in people’s lives.

Twitter/Instagram: @whitworthart @dynamodee @whitworthvoices

Yemi Bolatiwa

Engagement Officer, Z-Arts

Yemi is a community engagement officer, creative arts facilitator and professional singer and songwriter. With 12 years in Manchester she has her feet firmly stuck into the Manchester arts and culture scene, coordinating outreach partnership projects, youth and family arts programmes alongside her music career, she has a breadth of experience to add to the network.

Instagram: @yemi_bolatiwasoulsinger

Twitter: @Z_arts_mcr

Alfred Chung

Senior Project Worker, Wai Yin

My name Is Alfred Chung from Wai Yin Society. I am working with BAME young people for over 15 years. We have different activities with outdoor trip, workshops and drop-in time. Also, we give extra support to young migrants to enjoy their live in the UK.

Twitter: @waiyincws

Victoria Osobemekun

Lead Female Worker, M13

I’m Victoria, Lead Youth Worker for the girls work at M13 Youth Project. You’ll find me on the street on detached with young people as well in our girls and lads groups, where we create space for great conversations, fun and learning.

Instagram: @m13youthproject

Isah-Levi Roach

Children’s & Young People’s Coordinator, Royal Exchange Theatre

My name is Isah-Levi Roach. Born and raised Manc and so very proud of that!

I work for the Royal Exchange Theatre, where over the past 5 years I have risen from participant to freelancer to employee! I am currently working as the Children and Young People Coordinator, but my original training is as an actor. In my spare time I also write for spoken word poetry and for stage.

Twitter: @rxtheatre

Instagram: @rxtheatre

Rosie Stuart

Engagement Producer, HOME

I am a creative producer and practitioner with over ten years’ experience working in arts education and community engagement. Currently producing the young people’s programme at HOME, my practice focuses on meaningful and high-quality engagement with young people across the arts, nurturing talent and developing accessible and inclusive opportunities to enable participants to achieve creative ambitions, express identity, showcase work, develop creative careers and share stories not often heard or listened to within the public arena.

Twitter: @HYCmanchester

Katie Charlton

Founder and Director of Starling

Starling is an arts-based charity working with neurodivergent young people across Greater Manchester.

@starlingcio on all social media /

Michelle O’Leary

Project Officer & Music Tutor

Lauren Banks

Young People’s Producer, Contact

We will be bringing you more updates about this project via this page, over the next few months.

Creative Connections is funded by Curious Minds and Young Manchester.