Arts and culture opportunities

Our arts and culture opportunities allow you to contribute to some of Manchester's heritage sites and visitor attractions.  They also also contribute to the diversity of our city.

Archives+ has created an archive centre of excellence in the heart of Manchester.  The project brings together statutory, university and voluntary organisations to provide a holistic range of archive and heritage services from one location.  Archives+ raises awareness of and provides easy access to our histories for the broadest possible audiences.

Elizabeth Gaskell's House in Manchester is the former home of the famous author and her family. Her novels include Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South, Ruth and Wives and Daughters and are enjoyed on television, stage and radio. This beautifully restored home has spectacular period rooms, a villa garden and a tea room for visitors to enjoy. It hosts a year-round programme of special events and activities and the much loved book shop sells a range of new and second hand books.

esea contemporary is the UK’s only non-profit art centre specialising in presenting and platforming artists and art practices that identify with and are informed by East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) cultural backgrounds.

esea contemporary is situated in an award-winning building in the heart of Manchester, home to one of the largest East Asian populations in the UK. Since its inauguration as a community-oriented visual arts festival in 1986, esea contemporary – previously named Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) – has continuously evolved to establish itself as a dynamic and engaging space for cross-cultural exchanges in the British art scene, as well as in a global context. 

esea contemporary aims to increase the visibility of contemporary art practices from the East and Southeast Asian communities and their diasporas. It is a site for forward-thinking art programmes that beyond exhibitions also include commissions, research, residencies, publishing, and a wide range of vibrant public events. esea contemporary values creativity, compassion, interconnectedness, and collectivity in implementing its mission.

LGBT Foundation are a national charity with LGBTQ+ health and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. We celebrate and empower LGBTQ+ individuals and our diverse communities to realise their full potential, every day.

We provide services and activities that give a lifeline to those in need, offering hope and support on their journey towards achieving their aspirations.

Our vision is a world where queer liberation enables meaningful and lasting change and plays a vital part in a more equal and just society.

We recognise the diversity and strength of our communities. We create safe spaces, amplify voices and work with our partners and allies to drive positive change.

Since 1975, we’ve been transforming the lives of LGBTQ+ people across the UK. The same spirit that fuelled our beginnings still drives us today. We are committed to championing the unique voices, experiences and cultures of LGBTQ+ people across the UK.

We know that challenges still exist, but we remain optimistic about the progress we can make together, towards a fairer and more inclusive world where queer hope and joy flourish.

Purpose-built to tell powerful stories of over a century of war, IWM North makes full use of its extraordinary architecture to deliver an award-winning immersive experience. 

Our volunteers help bring to life the stories of our collections, promote great visitor experience and care for our many significant objects. You don’t have to be a history buff, just enjoy getting involved and support our mission in telling the stories that matter. We value diversity and encourage volunteers from all sections of the community. Our opportunities are designed to be meaningful and enjoyable; we want to ensure you can give as much or as little as you like to our cause. 

Irish Community Care is a registered charity which exists to identify and respond to the needs of both the Irish and Irish Traveller communities across the north west.

It currently offers a range of front-line information, advice and outreach support services including welfare benefits advice and advocacy, support around homelessness, seeking more appropriate accommodation, poor health, drug or alcohol misuse, cultural and social isolation. It also facilitates activities and groups to enrich and grow the community.

Manchester Pride is one of the UK's leading LGBTQ+ charities. Its vision is a world where LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice and its culture is universally celebrated. It is part of a global Pride movement celebrating LGBTQ+ equality and challenging discrimination.

The National Football Museum is England’s only national museum for football. It explores the impact of football on all of our lives and how it shapes our identities. It aims to be known as a leading national museum, engaging one million visitors through its doors, digitally and by visiting local communities and schools.

The museum is the place for everyone to enjoy stories about football culture. It’s mission is to hear those stories and tell them in an engaging and creative way.

The National Trust is Europe’s largest conservation charity. It looks after nature, beauty and history for everyone to enjoy. It does this with the help of millions of members, volunteers, staff and donors. Without this, it couldn’t care for the miles of coastline, woodlands, countryside and the hundreds of historic buildings, gardens and precious collections it protects.

Lyme Park nestles on the edge of the Peak District. It has a glorious house which was once the home to the Legh family and, in its heyday a great sporting estate. Lyme Park is a 1,400 acre estate encompassing formal gardens, ancient woodland, rugged moors and a medieval herd of red deer. 

Lyme Park famously featured in the BBC production of 'Pride and Prejudice' where a certain Mr Darcy met Miss Bennet.

The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester is devoted to inspiring our visitors through ideas that change the world, from the Industrial Revolution to today and beyond.

With exciting roles across the museum, its volunteers have an opportunity to make a positive impact on its visitors and enhance the understanding of the museum's collection.

The Whitworth is an art gallery and one of Manchester's greatest cultural assets. It is driven by a mission to work with communities to use art for positive social change. It aims to actively address what matters most in people’s lives. This vision has been developed as part of an international dialogue about how to evolve and adapt museums to a constantly changing world.

In 2015 the gallery undertook a £17 million redevelopment, which doubled the public space, creating new facilities to house the collection of over 55,000 works of art, textiles and wallpaper. Along with expanded gallery spaces, a study centre, learning studio, and collections care centre, the gallery reconnected with its park (Whitworth Park), with communal gardens and outdoor programmes.

Wild Rumpus CIC is a social enterprise producing large scale outdoor family arts events, most often in wild natural landscapes. We believe that when families engage together in the highest quality arts in the great outdoors, something quite amazing can happen.

We produce extraordinary worlds, taking families out of their day to day lives into magical and enchanting places which can inspire, create moments of wonder and have a lasting impact.

We provide the environment where families can immerse themselves in incredible stories and believe that families deserve access to the highest quality art.

Alongside producing large-scale events, we’re working with performers, producers and programmers to shape a cultural environment where excellent outdoor work for families thrives.

As a not-for-profit community interest company, all of Wild Rumpus’s profit goes back into its arts programmes, developed to support emerging artists, create pioneering schemes for volunteers, and host creative adventures for marvellous families of all shapes and sizes.

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