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About Creative Connections 2023


Creative Connections is a week full of free developmental sessions for youth sector and arts sector workers.

Led by expert organisations from across Greater Manchester, come along, listen, learn and contribute to sessions; focussing on how we can collectively provide exceptional creative spaces for young people across the city. Whether you're early in your career or seasoned in your practice; these sessions will have something for everyone.

Session Overview

13 June, 10 - 12 | Networking Meet Up

A fun & energising morning of creative networking for youth and cultural sector workers. Everyone is welcome – whether you’re new to the sector or a seasoned professional! Come along and make some new connections. The session will be led by local Community Theatre practitioner, Lynsey O’Sullivan.

13 June, 2 - 4 | CommonWealth: Co-Creating Projects Workshop

A practical workshop exploring how we lay the foundations for powerful, active, co-creation. Sharing unique starting points from CommonWealth’s practice, celebrating lived experience, agency and how we discover our shared wealth. Exploring how Common Wealth’s practice can be used to empower, build confidence and transferable skills for young people.

14 June, 10 - 12 | Art with Heart: Equalities Workshop

Art with Heart will take you through definitions, explanations and action points for equality, equity and allyship. This equality, diversity and inclusion training will give you refreshed understanding, new skills and action points on how to put things in place immediately for yourself and your organisation.

What you will learn in this 2-hour session

The protected characteristics within the Equality Act 2010

The difference between equality, equity and justice

The importance of language, changing definitions and descriptors

Making practical improvements in your work

Who is it for?

Equality isn’t just important for work, but also for life! We aim for this session to be useful for people in both their life and their working practice.

What will it be like?

This session is discussion based and will include practical activities and sharing. You won’t be expected to share anything you don’t feel comfortable with. You are welcome to make notes, but we recognise that different people absorb information in different ways.

Who is running it?

Sarah is an open, friendly facilitator who creates a relaxed and welcoming environment. Sarah is a working-class, neurodivergent, queer woman who will offer her own lived experience.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore and refresh thinking around equality, equity, and identity. The workshop allows you to develop and deepen understanding around best practice, creating inclusive language and space for people of all identities”

“It gave me a different perspective on issues discussed. There was a challenge for everyone, but it was really accessible”

“Really great delivery, very articulate, and was also entertaining as well as educational. One of the best deliveries of training I have attended. Thank you"

Contains discussions about identity and discrimination - nobody will be asked to share any personal details.

14 June, 2 - 4 | MADE: Creativity in Educational Settings

Further information to be confirmed.

15 June, 10 - 12 | Curious Minds: Creative Careers for Yourself and Others

This interactive session will help participants to understand their own career journey so far and how to create work opportunities for yourself in cultural education. From there, we'll start to explore the role you can take in helping children and young people to consider a creative career and believe that it could be for them. As part of this, we'll examine the wider skills benefits to taking part in creative and cultural education and how to advocate to those who might be sceptical about the possibilities for a creative career.

15 June, 2 - 4 | Starling: Neuro-inclusive Youth Projects Toolkit Session

Join us for a workshop from Starling, exploring neuro-inclusive community and youth projects. There will be in depth discussions focused on adapting delivery to suit differences (senses/sensitivities/executive functioning and communication/learning styles). Using case studies and best practice sharing.

16 June, 2 - 4 | Kids of Colour: Anti-Racist Practice and Abolitionist Movements in Youth Work

The session will explore some of Kids of Colours work with young people and communities. The session will provide room for participants to explore and discuss the value of antiracist and abolitionist approaches and practices when working with young people and communities.

Explores themes of racism, policing, and criminal justice.

17 June, 10.30 - 4.30 | Introduction to Creative Facilitation

Are you interested in developing your skills as a facilitator? Join us for a full day of training exploring tips for creative activities, session planning and considerations for leading your own creative workshops for young people.

Access and Content Warnings


If you have any access needs you want to discuss with us, please call the box office Tuesday to Friday between 12pm – 10pm on 0161 274 0600.

Alternatively, you can email the box office on boxoffice@contactmcr.com, or get in touch via direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@contactmcr on all three platforms).

Learn more about access at Contact here.

Content Warnings

Please see individual event for content warnings.


Creative Connections is funded by Manchester City Council. It builds on the first iteration of the programme which launched in 2021 and was funded by Curious Minds and Young Manchester.

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