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Stella Barnes is Creative Director at CAN, who leads our creative producers in the development and delivery of our artistic programme.

Stella Barnes

Stella Barnes is Creative Director at CAN. She leads CAN’s creative team in the development and delivery of our artistically diverse, socially-engaged arts programme; responding to the ambitions and cultural aspirations of Greater Manchester’s diverse communities and connecting programmes to wider cultural sector initiatives.

Her role involves brokering dynamic partnerships that bring communities, artists, mainstream, independent and voluntary arts sectors together with third sector agencies, charities and other public bodies.

Stella has a wealth of experience including consultancy for Counterpoint Arts in London as an Associate Artist and Advisor. At Ovalhouse, she was Director of Participation for 13 years, developing ground-breaking arts projects with young refugees, young emerging artists and disabled children, and a large, strong engagement department. Stella helped establish Platforma, a national network for refugee-related arts, and freelance work has included directing a theatre piece performed at the Southbank Centre in London and the Platforma Festival in Newcastle Upon Tyne, as well as work for A New Direction, Graeae Theatre and the British Council in South Africa. A passionate advocate of equality, community and arts for over 30 years, Stella’s work is defined by a long commitment to diversity and equality; challenging elitism in the arts and an interest in voices not heard in the mainstream.